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The Technology applied to drivers with disabilities: the experience of the Inail Prosthetic Center
Author/s: Massimo Improta, Rinaldo Sacchetti 
Year:  2010 Issue: 92-93 Language: Italian 
Pages:  12 Pg. 30-41 FullText PDF:  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, The Technology applied to drivers with disabilities: the experience of the Inail Prosthetic Center in "SOCIOLOGIA URBANA E RURALE" 92-93/2010, pp. 30-41, DOI:10.3280/SUR2010-092003


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