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.
2013 Board of Directors
|President||Michele Luther-Krug, COTA/L, SCADCM, CDRS, ROHfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Past President||Mary Schwartz, OTR, CDRSemail@example.com|
|President Elect||Amy Lane, OTR/L, CDRSfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Treasurer||Janet Stohler, OTR/L, CDRSemail@example.com|
|Secretary||Ann St. John, OTR, CDRSfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|At-Large||Holly Alexander, OTR/L, CDRS||609.922.2840||Holly.email@example.com|
|At-Large||Dean Robertson, B.Ed, CDI, CDRSfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mobility Equipment Dealer||Eric Mansfieldemail@example.com|
|Executive Director||Elizabeth Green, OTR/L, CDRSfirstname.lastname@example.org|
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.
2012 ADED membership totaled 737 members: 327 Individual members, 310 Facility Members, 63 Mobility Equipment Dealer members, and 37 Corporate members.
Highlights in ADED's history include:
As ADED looks to the future it will continue to incorporate new ideas and services for its membership. These range from a renewed membership drive; assisting in research funding for members; initiation of a professional journal and initiation of a procedure for grievances. ADED is also closely aligned with other professional organizations, including ADA, NMEDA, AOTA, AKTA, SAE, RESNA and NRA (National Rehabilitation Association). The future of ADED, if judged by its past history, can only reflect continued growth as an organization dedicated to providing excellence in the field of driving for persons with disabilities.