Assistive Technology

Vehicle Modification and Driver’s Training

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT: JEFF HUGHES

Vehicle Modifications and Driver’s Training: two challenging yet vital services in a Vocational Rehabilitation program. What makes a vehicle modification safe? Who should we buy from? How can we negotiate on pricing? Who should be providing the training? If asking these questions fills you with anxiety, we can help! Having vast experience with vehicle modification evaluators, mobility dealerships, manufactures, driver’s trainers, and rehabilitation engineers, Mr. Hughes has the knowledge and vital connections required to help your agency build, review, and train on a comprehensive Vehicle Modification and Driver’s Training program.

Technical assistance is also available.

Home Modifications and Home Modification Evaluation

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT: JEFF HUGHES

What is the minimum safety requirement for the slope of an exterior ramp? What do you do when universal design conflicts with accessibility recommendations? What role does Vocational Rehabilitation play in home modification evaluation and provision of services? How do you know if the ‘build’ was done to code? The Home Modification and Evaluation fields are challenging due to their varying requirements: the technical expertise required to understand the functions and requirements of a homes’ construction; the policy expertise to understand what your program can and cannot do; the finesse required to work with customers who struggle to live in their own home. With a Home Modification Evaluator certificate, several years of reviewing home modifications for a state agency, and being born into a family that has renovated kitchens and bathrooms for over 50 years, Mr. Hughes has the knowledge and experience to review your policy, work with your evaluators, talk with the builders, and hang drywall in the afternoon! If your agency would benefit from training on best practices within these fields, or from technical assistance in building your Home Modification program, we can help!

Technical assistance is also available.