I was interested in finding out how to go about getting hand controls to be able to continue driving. I have inoperative spinal issues that have caused my legs to get weak and numb, getting weaker all the time. I want to be able to drive with hand controls instead, but I have no idea how to get the process started. I talked to my pain management doc and she said to start with PennDOT, but I can’t find any answers anywhere. I was wondering if you knew how to get the process started and what that process might entail. Thank you so much.
You may want to reach out your local Center for Independent Living (CIL) to ask about this issue. Information on CILs for PA can be found on our website above or this link:
In terms of paying for adaptive vehicle, you can ask the local CIL, but you may also want to check out PA Assistive Technology Foundation for information on grants and low interest loans -here’s their link:
Here is a link to a section of PennDOT’s website that should provide some guidance related to some driving questions related to disability and forms: http://www.dmv.org/pa-pennsylvania/disabled-drivers.php .
You may also want to talk with your local PennDOT office for the process for further guidance, if you’re unclear on what different driving forms mean and how to handle them http://www.penndot.gov/RegionalOffices/Pages/default.aspx
I believe that you will need your doctor to sign off on forms from PennDOT regarding driving status (limitations, etc.) pertaining to eligibility for disability plates and placards as well as medical assistance or shared ride transportation programs.
If you are interested in employment and want to drive, you should talk with the local Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) office in your area. Here is the link:
I know folks who got OVR to pay for driver training if it was related to returning to work or keeping a current job. There are some specific locations that they subcontract with to train or re-train drivers with disabilities.
Hope this helps and let us know if you have further questions by replying or calling us at 717-364-1732.
Thanks and have a great day.
I use a wheel chair due to a back injury. I have just completed a driving course for using hand controls to drive at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital. I now take my driving test with hand controls in January 2017. If you contact them they can steer you the right way( pardon the pun). http://Www.goodsheperdrehab.org