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Massachusetts Program Uses Adapted Vehicle for Driver Evaluation and Training

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) unveiled a state-of-the-art motor vehicle equipped with adaptive evaluation and training devices that will help promote independence and employment for people with disabilities. As part of American Reinvestment and Recovery Act’s (ARRA) Vocational Rehabilitation Grant to the MRC, the Commission received $155,000 in federal funding for the van.

The MRC’s Driver Evaluation and Training Program will use the van to determine the type of adaptive driving equipment needed by individuals with significant disabilities so that they can operate a vehicle safely. Individuals evaluated using technology in the new MRC van will also receive training on how to operate the vehicle and its adaptive equipment and technology. Previously, Massachusetts consumers had to travel out of state for driving evaluations or purchase a vehicle independently and wait for it to be modified before taking driving lessons. The state’s new vehicle will help consumers who need adaptive equipment determine their unique needs in order to live and work as independently as possible.

“After receiving my learner’s permit over a year ago, I have been anxiously waiting for the chance to get my license,” said Andrew Ivanov, an MRC client. “I’m overjoyed that there is a vehicle within Massachusetts that can give me the ability to drive and get my license. I would like to thank everyone involved for giving me the opportunity to start driving — I hope that after I get my license, I will have become a more independent and outgoing member of society.”

About the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC)
The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission assists individuals with disabilities to live and work independently. The MRC is responsible for Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Community Services, and eligibility determination for the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) federal benefits programs for Massachusetts citizens with disabilities. The MRC serves people with all types of disabilities except those who are blind, who are served through the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. To learn more about MRC, please visit: www.mass.gov/mrc.

For the entire press release, see: MRC Unveils State-Of-The Art Vehicle

 

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