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New Driving Simulator Will Help with Research and Rehabilitation

Pocatello- A new driving simulator at the idaho State University Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Clinic in Pocatello will help ressearchers and community members alike. The simulator is ready to be used by the clinic in evaluations for patients who have a concern about driving ability. Faculty at the clinic also say it has a lot of research potential.

An open house to see the new technology up close was held on September 23rd. The simulator also completes the new Driving Evaluation and Community Mobility Program. Every year, thousands lose their lives in the US in car accidents where the driver was compromised. This new program is designed to evaluate anyone at risk, whether is due to stroke, dementia, brain injury or autism. The driving evaluation consists of clinical assessment for vision, balance, mobility and then experience on the driving simulator. This can all be followed by an on-road test before a final report is given.

The new device is the only one of its kind in Pocatello. The Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Clinic is located on the 2nd Floor of Garrison Hall at 1400 E Terry Drive, Room 202 Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho 83209.

For more information, contact Lisa Hong at honglisa@isu.edu or (208) 282-4166.

 

Written by: Jake Dixon