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Mary Yates, Occupational Therapist, will be hosting a CPD seminar at Kidz to Adultz Middle highlighting how Driving Mobility Assessment Centres help disabled drivers get behind the wheel.

Taking place on Thursday 17th March 2022 from 9.30am-4.30pm at the Ericsson Exhibition Hall in the Coventry Building Society Arena, Kidz to Adultz Middle is a popular exhibition that showcases the latest products and services to assist people up to the age of 25 with restricted mobility. Organised by the charity Disabled Living, the regional event is also a chance for healthcare professionals to gain CPD accreditation by attending educational seminars.

Driving Mobility is a national charity that coordinates a network of over 20 centres, many with outreach facilities, which provide ‘fitness to drive’ and mobility equipment assessments.

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Supported by the Department for Transport (DfT), Driving Mobility approved driving instructors (ADIs) and occupational therapists (OTs) guide and support individuals who self-refer or are signposted from the DVLA, Motability, Police and NHS.  Every member is committed to enabling people with restricted mobility, so they can remain independent whether driving an adapted vehicle, using assistive equipment, or travelling by accessible transport.

Aimed at healthcare professionals, Driving Mobility’s latest CPD seminar at Kidz to Adultz Middle, ‘Learning to Drive – How to get started’, focuses on assisted driving and will be supported by professional advice and information on stand V20.

Mary’s seminar, which takes place at 11.30am in Seminar Room 2 at the event, will provide information on the steps to becoming a full licence holder, Driving Mobility assessment centres, vehicle adaptations, and leasing through the Motability scheme.

All OT attendees will be able to add credits to their CPD portfolio.

The charity will also explain how OTs can appropriately advise their disabled clients and illustrate why its clinical approach achieves positive outcomes. Young disabled drivers are permitted to gain their provisional licence a year early, at 16, if they receive the enhanced rate mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Last year, Driving Mobility relaunched its website to provide comprehensive guidance on all aspects of adapted driving, accessible travel and personal mobility.

In addition to clinical recommendations regarding driving with a disability, professional advice is available on wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs), mobility equipment, using public transport and accessible lifestyles.

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