ADED Mission Statement: Promoting excellence in the field of driver rehabilitation in support of safe, independent community mobility
ADED Vision: ADED is identified as the preferred, international thought-leader for driver rehabilitation specialist education and support. ADED members are highly qualified and considered experts in the field and are available in every major service area of the US and Canada. This diversified membership is active at the local and national level and influences legislation and decision makers. The CDRS is recognized as the gold standard for expertise in the field and levels of certification are offered to reflect the varied expertise of the membership. ADED is easily recognized as the primary resource for drivers with disabilities, family & caregivers of disabled drivers and passengers and represents the profession to the general public. ADED is recognized as a preferred place of employment and place where members want to serve the community. ADED is financially sound with various sources of revenue.
2014 Board of Directors
|President||Amy Lane, OTR/L, CDRSfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Past President||Michele Luther-Krug, COTA/L, SCADCM, CDRS, ROHemail@example.com|
|President Elect||Jenny Nordine, OTR/L, CDRSfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Treasurer||Peggy Gannon, CTRS, CDRSemail@example.com|
|Secretary||Ann St. John, OTR, CDRSfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|At-Large||Dan Allison, MS, OTR/L, ATP, CDRS||404-350-7763||Dan_Allison@shepherd.org|
|At-Large||Dean Robertson, B.Ed, CDI, CDRSemail@example.com|
|Mobility Equipment Dealer||Eric Mansfieldfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Executive Director||Elizabeth Green, OTR/L, CDRSemail@example.com|
History of ADED
The history of ADED reflects a unique blending of different professional fields into an organization dedicated to providing quality service in the field of Driver Education/Training for the Disabled. The professional fields represented in ADED consist of:
It is from the professional skills of these individuals working together that ADED has evolved into a functional organization dedicated to providing excellence in its service to the driver with a disability.
ADED began with an organizational meeting in Detroit, Michigan, on August 25 & 26, 1977. Thirty people, from ten states, representing professionals in the field of driver evaluation and training of persons with disabilities attended this meeting. The initial meeting determined the type of organizational structure, the official name, initial officers, standing committees and membership fees. The first official newsletter was also created.
Since that date, ADED has continued to expand. Emphasis is placed on the yearly conference with its pre-conference workshops, conference training programs and one of the largest exhibits of products for both the driver with a disability as well as for the professional working in this field. Membership also continues to increase with representation from nearly every state plus Canada, Australia, and England.
2013 ADED membership totaled 900 members: 335 Individual members, 378 Facility Members, 141 Mobility Equipment Dealer members, and 37 Corporate members.
August 25-26, 1977: The Association for Driver Educators for the Disabled (ADED) established at first meeting in the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. Election of First officers.
1978: First newsletter published.
1988: ADED chapters established
1992: Development of certification examination process.
March 1993: New secretariat hired: Ricardo Cerna
1996: ADED and American Kinseotherapy Association form alliance. Roger Kelsch, AKTA named liaison to ADED.
July 2004: ADED publishes Best Practice document.
2007: Teresa Evans-Hunter employed as executive director.
March 2009: Best Practices updated