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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynne View Post
    I'm having trouble getting hand controls put on a different vehicle because the folks(I've talked to people in FL and GA) want me to show a certificate that I've been trained to drive with them! I've been driving with hand controls for 28 years on several vehicles and this has never come up before. I had my rehab at Warm Springs and one day, back then, a woman took me out into an open field in a car with hand controls. I showed I was competent and that was that. BUT to get them to find info to document that in order to certify me has been a rat's nest of bureaucracy! Anybody else have this problem? Sure, I could get new training but understand from these installers it'd be @$750! Help!
    Hi Lynne,

    I went through rehab at Warm Springs also, 1967, before there was a Shepherd Center. I recently decided to start using hand controls and contacted the Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation. I got approved for modifying a van and training. I worked with a lady, Cathy Corpus, at Warm Springs and she was a pleasure to work with. I live about 70 miles from Warm Springs and I got the training and certification I needed. Ms. Corpus sent me documents for my doctor to fill out and send in to the state and the state scheduled me a driving test which I easily passed. I now have a rider for $22,000 insurance on my van. My insurance company requested verification that I was qualified to drive the modified van.

    For me, it began with a call to the Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation. I hope this helps.

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    PA hrs 20 hours training before they will sell them. At least the place working with.

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    Thanks everyone for the responses! Millard, can I ask how much all of this cost, and how long it took? I'm about 3 hrs form Warm Springs and haven't been back since 80's.

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    Hi Lynne,

    I didn't have any out-of-pocket expense as this was done through Vocational Rehab.

    Good luck.
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    I went thru this same issue when I bought my new car in 2011. I couldn't believe that I was being asked to prove that I could drive with controls after doing so for 20 yrs. and had been signed off to drive before I left Shepherd back in 93, but it turned out that the installation company just wanted me to get trained/certified because I was changing to a different type of handcontrol. In the end I was glad that I did it and the training/certification only cost me around $300.

    I had the new controls installed by Custom Mobility in Athens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rlmtrhmiles View Post
    PA hrs 20 hours training before they will sell them. At least the place working with.
    Make the dealer show you the DOT law that requires such training. They cannot because there is no requirement. I have lived most of my life in PA and been paralyzed for close to 30 years and had many sets of hand-controls installed and never took a class.

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    In MN my drivers license states I need handcontrols, if yours does also, that should mean that you passed the state's driving test with hc, show that to them, what more certification do you need.

    Let us know how things turn out.
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    The GA drivers license are the same as AB ppl and they do not state anything about handcontrols, wheelchair user, etc. on them at all.
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    Heah! Thank you al million!!! This is the rehab place I want to buy the controls from. Unless this is some nonsense they have just to sell them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Monoski View Post
    Make the dealer show you the DOT law that requires such training. They cannot because there is no requirement. I have lived most of my life in PA and been paralyzed for close to 30 years and had many sets of hand-controls installed and never took a class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpybushman View Post
    The GA drivers license are the same as AB ppl and they do not state anything about handcontrols, wheelchair user, etc. on them at all.
    My driver's license (Ga.) has restrictions marked on it as requiring hand controls. The certification was required before Vocational Rehabilitation would pay the $22,000 modification to my van. My insurance company (Geiko) required it to add a $22,000 rider to my auto insurance. I drove for the last 49 years with a standard Ga.'s license as I didn't use hand controls.

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    Last edited by Millard; 05-17-2013 at 09:16 AM.
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