CCDE

CCDE-Certified Comprehensive Driver Evaluations
for Drivers under 65

Overview

Driving is not just about getting from one place to another; often, it is about how we conduct our lives. Losing the ability to drive or choosing to limit where we drive can mean losing more than just transportation. It can mean losing our independence.

Barber’s Driving School has engineered a comprehensive driver evaluation in which you can rely on. Our evaluation is comprehensive and addresses all of the critical areas in which drivers could be experiencing difficulties, Legally, Cognitively, Visually, Physically, Behaviorally, Financially, Socially and potential issues in their Future.

Who needs a Certified Comprehensive Driver Evaluation?

Drivers experiencing any of the following:

  • A medical condition that could affect your driving abilities.
  • A change in your vision.
  • Concerns about medications you are taking and their effect on driver safety.
  • A recent gap of time without driving.
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Mental or physical decline due to an accident or sickness
  • A lack of confidence in driving ability.
  • Recent involvement in an auto or other accident could impact one’s driving.
  • ADD, ADHD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, OCD, Crohn’s Disease, Bi-Polar disorder and other challenges

Call (706) 561-2509 for more information

The Process

Step 1

Have your physician make the referral or just call or come by Barber’s Driving School. No referral necessary to start the process.

Step 2

Complete the Questionnaires about your health, online in the comfort of your home. Many persons have family, friends or Caregivers help with this process. If you have no one who can help complete the questionnaires no worries we can assist you with this process.

Step 3

Complete a Clinical Evaluation where we will check your Vision, Range of Motion, Motor Strength, Reaction Time, review your Prescription Medications for any concerns, and several Cognitive test like, CDT, MoCA, Trail Making Part A and B and others.

Step 4

Complete a Behind the Wheel Evaluation of your actual driving skills.

Step 5

Final Certified Comprehensive Driver Evaluation Report (CCDE)

Barber’s will provide a comprehensive evaluation including the questionnaire, clinical, Medications of Concern, and the Behind the wheel results. We can provide a refresher course to further sharpen the driver’s skills or vehicle modifications as necessary. Information may also be provided regarding driving retirement and alternative modes of transportation, if appropriate.

Doctors, family members can rely on the evaluation when counseling with patients or loved ones who are recovering from a physical injury or surgery. Our evaluation is comprehensive and addresses all of the critical areas in which drivers could be experiencing difficulties, Legally, Cognitively, Visually, Physically, Behaviorally, Financially, Socially and in their Future.

Call (706) 561-2509 for more information

18-year-old Maggie suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, Referred by her Neurosurgeon for a CCDE

64-Year-Old Jesse and his wife Peggy, Jesse Suffered a Stroke, Referred by his Family Physician

Three Tier Evaluation System
Tier 1
This level will typically include:

  • Mild Cognitive Dysfunction
  • Memory loss
  • Dementia
  • General safety concerns/Effects of aging
  • Learning disability
  • Autism Spectrum disorders

This level may include:

  • CVA/TBI – non-complex
  • Parkinson’s disease – non-complex
  • Psychiatric disorders

Tier 2
Examples of typical diagnoses include:

  • Neuropathy
  • Foot drop
  • Lower extremity amputation
  • CVA or TBI with physical deficits such as hemiplegia
  • Paraplegia
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Arthritis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic pain

Tier 3
Examples of typical diagnoses include:

  • Quadriplegia
  • Muscular dystrophies
  • UE amputations or amputations of >2 limbs
  • Congenital conditions that affect multiple limbs

CCDE Frequently Asked Questions

Who will see the written results of the Evaluation?
The driver being evaluated has primary access to the evaluation outcome as well as persons or entities that are driver-authorized. Drivers often request that copies be sent to physicians, adult children, state DMV’s, insurance companies, judges and occasionally others.


If I don’t pass my evaluation will I lose my Driver’s license?
We do not make referrals to the Georgia Department of Drivers Services or the Alabama Department of Motor Vehicles for one’s license to be suspended, canceled, or revoked unless mandated.


Who administers the Evaluation?
The Evaluation is three parts performed by state-certified personnel.

  • The Health Questionnaires can be completed in the comfort of the driver’s home. There are seven comprehensive health questionnaires in potential areas of concern – legal, mental and physical health, behavioral health, and family, friends and caregivers’ questionnaires.
  • The Clinical Evaluation is performed by an Associate Partner who is a licensed Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, or by others who have been trained to administer such tests. Typically, this will be an established hospital with an outpatient Physical/Occupational therapy service.
  • The Functional behind-the-wheel evaluation is performed by a certified driving instructor from one of Barber’s Driving Schools. The instructors are experienced, friendly, patient, and highly supportive.


Whose vehicle will be used for the Evaluation?
All evaluations are given in the managing partner’s vehicle, such as a vehicle from Barber’s Driving School.


How often do I need to take the Evaluation?

Older drivers should take the evaluation every 6 months if they have a diagnosis of dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, muscular degeneration, and other degenerative conditions. An evaluation may be necessary in less than 6 months, given situational changes in the driver’s life.


When will the Evaluation be conducted?
We administer evaluations 5 days a week from 9 am till 5 pm. All evaluations are given by appointment only. Call 706-561-2509 for available dates and times.


Where will the Evaluation be given?

  • The online Health Questionnaires can be completed at home.
  • The Clinical Evaluation is performed by a certified occupational therapist during an outpatient visit conducted at St. Francis Rehabilitation at Main Street.
  • The Functional Behind-the-Wheel Evaluation will be conducted at the local state-certified driving school. The road portion will be conducted on a certified road test route.

In Office

The clinical portion of the evaluation is conducted at one of our Associate partners facilities, either St Frances Out Patient Rehab HPRC or East Alabama Medical Center Out Patient RehabWorks depending on your location.

Behind-the-Wheel

The road evaluation can be conducted in a range of areas depending on the driver’s needs. Routes which may include driving range skill course, interstate highway, rural routes, city routes and more.


How much does the Evaluation Cost?
The driver evaluation costs $250.00-$295.00 out of pocket. The driver evaluation will be completed in one-hour increments over a 3-day period, totaling three hours of evaluation time.

Call (706) 561-2509 for more information