Driving & Disabilities
Driving with Cerebral Palsy

Mobility Independence

Can you drive with CP?

Person with cerebral palsy holding flowersYes, many people with cerebral palsy are able to drive. In most cases, safe driving will require the addition of adaptive devices to assist in operating the vehicle’s primary driving controls (gas, brake, and steering) as well as the vehicle’s secondary driving controls (turn signals, windshield wipers, horn, etc.).

To determine if you are a candidate for driving, a driver rehabilitation specialist can provide a comprehensive evaluation. The assessment should include vision, cognition, perception, motor coordination, functional ability, reaction time, and a behind-the-wheel evaluation. After this assessment, the driver rehabilitation specialist will help you identify what special equipment or accomodations are needed to acheive independent, safe driving.

Adaptive Driving Equipment

Possible Mobility Solutions for a Driver with Cerebral Palsy

Oftentimes, driving with cerebral palsy requires vehicle modifications and adaptive equipment. While every driver is unique, the equipment listed below is frequently used by drivers with cerebral palsy. In addition to these items, there are more products available to help create a safe and comfortable driving experience that is customized for you.

 To help you determine what solution best fits your needs, your driver rehabilitation specialist will likely have different variations of demo equipment for you to try. If a particular product is not available for you to demo, please contact a Creative Mobility Group showroom so we can facilitate a demonstration for you with your driver rehabilitation specialist.

Person driving vehicle with hand cnotrols and spinner knobHand Controls
Hand controls allow the driver to accelerate and brake using hand movements.
Spinner knob steering device installed on a steering wheelSteering Device
Commonly used with hand controls, a steering device attaches to a vehicle’s steering wheel to provide easier and more comfortable steering.
Left Foot Accelerator
A left foot accelerator allows the driver to accelerate and brake with their left foot while keeping their right foot stationary.

Woman entering Toyota Sienna minivan with turn out seatTransfer Aid
A transfer aid, such as BraunAbility® Turny® Evo, can assist with entering and exiting the vehicle independently.
Woman loading mobility scooter with crane-style lift into a minivanScooter Stowage Lift
If the driver utilizes a mobility aid, such as scooter, a stowage lift can assist with transporting it.
Woman on mobility scooter in front of wheelchair accessible Toyota Sienna with ramp deployedWheelchair Accessible Van
If the driver uses a power wheelchair, a wheelchair accessible van may be needed.


Additional Resources for Driving and Cerebral Palsy

The organizations listed below can provide more resources and information on learning to drive with adaptive equipment for individuals with cerebral palsy. If you’re ready to begin your driver rehabilitation journey, contact The Creative Mobility Group to help you get started!

Logos for ADED - The Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association, NMEDA - The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Assocation, United Cerebral Palsy, and Michigan United Cerebral Palsy