Skill Builders

Medical Driving Assessments

Do you know someone who could benefit from a medical driving assessment? We can help!

Our Driving School is proud to offer Skill Builders Driver Evaluation services through our Sault Ste. Marie location. Our Driving School is the only driving school that offers this service in the Algoma District.

The Skill Builder’s Program may apply to you if you’ve suffered from a traumatic brain injury, received a medical driver licence suspension, received a referral from your doctor or family members, have age-related concerns or other medical issues.

We offer a range of services including medical fitness to drive evaluations, driver training, vision waiver assessments, vehicle & adaptive equipment prescriptions, and driver anxiety assessments/reintegration. We have a Registered Occupational Therapist available who works in partnership with our Driver Rehabilitation Specialist. This means your driving assessment is completed under one roof. Operating under the approval of the Ministry of Transportation, our team offers the most experience and knowledge locally in this comprehensive field.

How Do You Access Our Clinic?

Referral Process

Anyone may make a referral. If a person’s licence has been or will be medically suspended by the MTO, a request for a temporary permit will be made by Our Driving School for evaluation purposes. A medical release form from the client’s physician is required stating that he/she is medically stable, free from seizures and not taking any medications that may affect his/her ability to drive.

For more information, please see the Drivers Rehabilitation Brochure OR call the Barrie Skill Builders Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Centre at 705-727-0319

Some conditions that may result in the need for an evaluation are:
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Stroke
  • Amputation
  • Driving Anxiety
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Visual Impairments (Vision Waiver assessments)
  • Memory disorders which could be non-specified, dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, mild cognitive impairment
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Congenital disorders
  • Developmental delay
  • Age-related concerns
  • Progressive disorders
  • Other neurological events
  • Medical Driver Licence Suspension
What does Skill Builders offer?

We offer a range of services including;

  • Medical fitness to drive evaluations
  • Driver training
  • Vision waiver assessments
  • Vehicle and adaptive equipment prescriptions
  • Driver anxiety assessments/reintegration.
What to expect

The evaluations consist of three parts and will take approximately 2.5 – 3 hours.

  • In-clinic assessment that includes a vision screening, a cognitive assessment and a physical assessment
  • On-road assessment that is conducted in one of the Our Driving School education vehicles.
  • Feedback session including the Occupational Therapist’s interpretation of the results.
What is included in a driving evaluation?

The purpose of the evaluation is to determine if the individual’s medical condition, medications, functional limitations and/ or anxiety affect his/ her ability to drive.

  • Vision screening
  • Cognitive testing
  • Physical assessment
  • On-road assessment
  • Conclusion & recommendations

Call us for more info and rates