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Invitation to attend extended facilities at Norfolk centre to help disabled and elderly drivers

By Julie Graham, Business Editor

More drivers from across West Norfolk who are disabled or elderly could be helped to stay on the road thanks to a centre at Thetford which this week is launching improved facilities.

East Anglian DriveAbility (EAD), one of Driving Mobility’s UK assessment centres for elderly and disabled drivers, is officially opening the enhanced centre on Thursday, July 11. All healthcare professionals and members of the public with an interest in adapted driving are invited to attend the event, which takes place 10am-4pm at 2 Napier Place.

The new extension includes an impressive training room for drivers and professionals and a larger reception which is spacious and welcoming.

Members from East Anglia DriveAbility are ready to welcome visitors to its enhanced facilities in Thetford.
Members from East Anglia DriveAbility are ready to welcome visitors to its enhanced facilities in Thetford.

A vast range of adapted vehicles, WAVs (wheelchair accessible vehicles), specialist steering and driving controls will be on display and attendees will have the opportunity to try the vehicle simulator.

Vehicle conversion companies will be supporting along with specialist suppliers such as Autochair car boot hoists and TGA mobility scooters.

A scooter test drive course will be available so visitors can experience part of the EAD assessment process and determine which product is suitable for their needs.

And advice will be available on the latest developments in legislation and topics such as disabled parking and the extension to the Blue Badge scheme.

Driving Mobility accredits 20 independent organisations which offer professional support and driving assessments to people who need to gain, or retain, the ability to drive following a diagnosis involving impairment or disability.

EAD is part of this network with centres in Thetford and Colchester. In addition to driving assessments and guidance regarding adapted vehicles, its occupational therapists and driving advisors provide several additional services focused on suitable mobility scooter, powerchair and wheelchair provision.

Service users at EAD either self-refer or are signposted by the DVLA, Motability, police and healthcare professionals such as occupational therapists and GPs.

The EAD centres are managed by a team of specialist occupational therapists, approved driving instructors and administration staff who are focused on recommended solutions for independent mobility.

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