The Get Going Live! event, which allows end-users to experience adapted driving, is relaunching at Elland Road hosted by the William Merritt Disabled Living Centre.
Part of the Centre’s annual AccessAbility exhibition on 18 October, Get Going Live! focuses on younger disabled people, novice drivers and individuals with a newly acquired medical condition.
The wider AccessAbility exhibition will showcase new and innovative assistive technology and equipment from leading specialist suppliers including walking and bathing aids, beds and seating equipment as well as tricycles, scooters, wheelchairs and vehicle adaptations.
The William Merritt Centre, based in Leeds and Sheffield, is one of twenty independent organisations, many with satellite centres, which offer professional information, advice and driving assessments for people seeking assistance with mobility.
Accredited by the charity Driving Mobility, all centres are staffed by OTs as well as Approved Driving Instructors so that safety for drivers with injuries, disabilities or restricted mobility is maximised.
As well as conducting assessments on behalf of the DVLA, Motability and healthcare professionals, Driving Mobility accepts self-referrals.
Get Going Live! was previously a feature of the national Mobility Roadshow which was held annually for over thirty years until 2017.
Visitors to this relaunched event will be able to test drive a range of accessible and adapted vehicles around a dedicated test track, in safety with qualified specialist instructors.
Teenagers, from the age of 14, will be able to try assistive driving for the first time and explore suitable options for accessible motoring.
The Leeds event will also provide useful opportunities for individuals with existing or progressive conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons and dementia, to explore safer driving options and receive independent and professional guidance.
Annette Abbott, senior OT at William Merritt Centre, commented: “We are delighted to be including Get Going Live! in our annual assistive technology and equipment exhibition. We believe it will deliver a unique experience to young and disabled individuals seeking driving independence.”