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Media Contact: Tina Sheesley

Published on April 02, 2010

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital Demonstrates Vehicle for Disabled Drivers to Montgomery County Students

Partnership continues between Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital and Montgomery County Students Automotive Trades Foundation

Damascus, Md. - Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland (ARHM), which is part of Rockville's Adventist HealthCare, recently helped Damascus High School automotive technology students understand how adaptive driving equipment helps people with disabilities practice activities of daily living.

In February 2009, the Montgomery County Students Automotive Trades Foundation, Inc. (ATF) students reconditioned and donated a van, with a hydraulic lift, to Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland for use with transporting patients into the community as they practice activities of daily living skills. As part of the ongoing partnership, two of Adventist Rehab's therapists presented an interactive adaptive driving demonstration for these auto students in March.

"Adaptive driving equipment helps people with disabilities live active lives in our community," said Doris B. Reinhart, Vice President and Administrator of Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, part of Adventist HealthCare. "As part of our commitment to serving the community, we are pleased to help demonstrate this equipment to Damascus High School students who have been wonderful partners with us in helping to expand access to this equipment."

The recent presentation enhanced the Damascus High School students' automotive knowledge of adaptive driving and included an overview of appropriate application and use of the adaptive driving equipment and a review of basic installation. After the presentation, students were able to participate in adaptive driving with the therapists.

"No one ever knows when he or she may need the help of Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital. This ATF automotive students' partnership with Adventist Rehab provides a way of PAYING IT FORWARD; it is a partnership that keeps on giving, for all involved," said Judyn Rengers, ATF Foundation Career and Community Outreach. "The adaptive driving demo provided by ARHM enlightened the auto students; they were intrigued by the challenges and difficulties of driving a vehicle when adaptations are required. Some students are now considering an automotive career installing and/or designing vehicle adaptations."

Students who participated in the demonstration in March learned first-hand about the challenges of learning adaptive driving.

"Driving with the hand controls was a unique experience. It is definitely NOT as easy as you would think, and it would take a ton of practice to become comfortable with it," said Stephen Robertson, a junior at Damascus High School. "I have much respect for those disabled people who drive on a daily basis."

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland is the first and only acute rehabilitation hospital in Montgomery County. It offers comprehensive rehabilitation programs for traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes, amputations, orthopedic injuries and surgeries, sports related injuries, work-related injuries, cardiopulmonary conditions and neurological disorders. Our Mission is to demonstrate God's care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.

The Montgomery County Students Automotive Trades Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit education foundation established cooperatively between the Montgomery County business community and the Montgomery County Public Schools to promote and advance the interests of automotive education.

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