The Next Street's Driver Rehab Services seeks to help medically challenged individuals with their driving. Our team of Occupational Therapists & Instructors includes Certified Driving Rehab Specialists in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. We work closely with doctors, rehab facilities, hospitals and other healthcare providers to get individual patients back behind the wheel, or to help them retire from driving. There is no one size fits all solution to driver rehab. Every patient has individual needs. We work hard to understand each patient and work with them and their medical team to try to get them back to driving.
We utilize a fleet of dual-controlled vehicles that are adaptable to meet the needs of every diagnosis. No matter your need, we are equipped with the friendly knowledgeable staff and the equipment modifications you need to drive safely. And in the event your evaluation doesn’t prove you are able to safely be behind the wheel, we will help develop your plan to not lose the independence that comes with a driver’s license. We look forward to working with you, your family and your medical professionals on your future of mobility.
In-Home Care Options
Joan Sevigny Cramer, MS, OT/L, CDRS received her Bachelor’s in Science in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University and continued her education at the University of Hartford where she earned a Master’s in Science in Organizational Behavior. Joan’s career has involved work in various clinical arenas serving clients with a variety of diagnoses. Her clinical expertise includes seating and positioning and home care consultation. After assisting her mother through the process of retiring from driving, she became intrigued with the specialty of Driver Rehabilitation. Her journey to become a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist began in 2015 by attending a comprehensive seminar lead by Susan Pierce, OTR, CDRS, SCDCM. She attended additional training sessions hosted by The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) who supports those working in this field; they establish guidelines for best practice and oversee the process for certification in this specialized field of practice.
In August 2017 Joan successfully passed the certification exam making her the only Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist in the state of Connecticut. She has recently been appointed the chair of an Ad Hoc Committee for ADED to assist with the development of training resources for those planning to take future certification exams. As the past President of the Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association, she continues to volunteer as a speaker at local conferences with a mission to heighten awareness of her peers as they guide their clients, young and old, in preparation to drive following injury/illness.
Joining the team at The Next Street will allow Joan to offer comprehensive services to those in need across the state. She is excited to learn from her associates who specialize in driver training and to broaden her involvement with young adults who wish to drive. In her free time Joan values time with her family, spoiling her 5 grandchildren and making memories with her mom. She hopes to incorporate her love for service animals in her efforts to work with clients behind the wheel.
“I wasn’t sure how I would do but now I am freed from my fear of driving after the accident.”
“You made this difficult situation easy and fun…you clearly care about your patients.”
“You treated my father with true respect and we appreciate that he will now be safe and accept this challenge in life.”
“We appreciate the details you assessed since that was the selling point for mom to agree that driving is not appropriate after her stroke.”
“Having the chance to try this equipment has helped me get excited again about gaining my independence and contributing to my family more”.