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Driver Rehab Grant

Driver Rehab Grant
Julie Hahnke
Julie Hahnke
Julie is the President of Cecropia Strong and is a stroke survivor, who was finally found after three days. She's a bagpiper, an author, a management consultant, and a nature enthusiast.

Cecropia Strong, Inc and the Central Mass Safety Council (CMSC) announce a grant program, for individuals with financial need, to gain the training necessary to resume driving after a stroke.

Getting Your License Back, Post-Stroke, is Expensive

One of the most daunting goals for those who have experienced a stroke with hemiparesis is how to get back to driving safely. One of the obstacles is the expensive cost. No insurance covers this. All told, the process of being evaluated, training on the adaptive equipment, driver rehabilitation training, the passing of the RMV’s Competency Exam (the equivalent of passing your driver’s test), and having the adaptive equipment installed by a reputable mobility equipment dealer will cost close to $5,000, and possibly more.

The Process For Driving Rehab

The Process of Getting Your License Back

Cecropia Strong and CMSC will Help!

CMSC will provide $500 and Cecropia Strong will provide $500 toward the person’s adaptive equipment training and driver rehabilitation. When the individual demonstrates potential to return to drive with adaptive equipment (following Step 1), and they request financial assistance, CMSC will screen them to determine eligibility for this grant. 

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Had a stroke with hemiparesis (an arm, leg, or arm/leg affected);
  2. Can demonstrate financial need;
  3. Has taken the Pre-Driver Assessment (PDA) and In-Vehicle Assessment (IVA) at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (Step 1) and demonstrates a reasonable potential for passing their RMV Competency Exam (Step 2);
  4. Has a motor vehicle in reasonable shape that can receive the necessary adaptive equipment;
  5. Shows the willingness to have adaptive equipment installed at a NMEDA approved mobility equipment dealer (Step 3).

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