The Technology applied to drivers with disabilities: the experience of the Inail Prosthetic Center

Author/s Massimo Improta, Rinaldo Sacchetti
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2010/92-93
Language Italian Pages 12 P. 30-41 File size 3990 KB
DOI 10.3280/SUR2010-092003
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Since October of 1998, the Inail Prosthetic Center (IPC), a state-owned italian company specialized in prosthetics and orthotics, has been working in the field of the accessible travel. The recovery of individual mobility, in fact, is a decisive factor in the reintegration into society of people suffering from motor and/or sensorial pathologies. Therefore, the IPC has activated a multispecialistic operative center (MSC) that helps his customers to obtain the driving licence and travel into a vehicle (car, motorbike, etc). Furthermore, at the MSC, the disabled people can take driving lessons, take the driving exam with the adapted cars of IPC, choose the different devices for his vehicle which can be fitted in the IPC car repair unit. In collaboration with the manufacturers of mobility aids and universities, the IPC has been promoting researches about the personalization of the vehicles to drive the vehicles on the wheelchair, drive and pass an holiday in a accessible RV for tourism, access and use a farm tractor. The new technical challenge is to people with very limited movements (i.d, suffering from severe myopathia) can drive too using a joystick that turns, accelerates and brakes the vehicle.

Keywords: Assessment of driving abilities, accessible vehicle, disability, drive, mobility aids, prostheses

Massimo Improta, Rinaldo Sacchetti, Le tecnologie per consentire ad una persona diversamente abile di guidare un veicolo: l'esperienza del Centro Protesi Inail in "SOCIOLOGIA URBANA E RURALE" 92-93/2010, pp 30-41, DOI: 10.3280/SUR2010-092003