[associates] Re: associates Digest V2 #5

  • From: "Don Sampson" <Don.Sampson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <associates@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 09:28:43 -0400

Hello; this isn't exactly what Ann is looking for, but it may be
helpful.  I've been working with a man who has held a CDL for many
years, he had a LUE amputation and could not pass the medical exam
because of an expectation he have '2 hands on the wheel'.  I evaled him
in a truck--not a semi--and he demonstrated the ability to control the
vehicle with a SK at 2 o'clock and he steadied the wheel as needed with
the prosthetic; the eval recommendations included he use an amputee hook
as well as the SK.  I tried moving the wheel myself with the truck
parked and it felt no harder than a car OEM steering.  Before the
in-truck eval I'd tried to find out what the break-away force was to
move a truck's steering wheel to no avail.  There were too many
variables to account for and no one wanted to commit to a number, but
most said in newer trucks it is most often comparable to a car.  Since
the eval he has gotten a medical waiver from the NH DMV and now he's
applied to the 'feds' for the same.  While doing research for this I was
told someone with a CDL must be able to do the required pre-drive
checks.  My client is able to do this, but would a quad be able to?  I
hope this helps.


Don Sampson
603-547-3311, x 1640
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From: johnanschutz@xxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:johnanschutz@xxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 1:08 AM
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Subject: associates Digest V2 #5

associates Digest       Wed, 24 Mar 2010        Volume: 02  Issue: 005

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                [associates] CDL - semi-truck mod?


Subject: [associates] CDL - semi-truck mod?
From: John Anschutz <johnanschutz@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2010 03:07:03 -0400

This came in from Anne,
> My question:
> I have a client with quadriplegia at C-5.  He is a farm boy through
and through.  Currently he drives a pick up to work on farm hauling all
kinds of stuff.  He wants to get a CDL for a semi to haul grain for the
farm.  Has anyone had a person with quadriplegia get a CDL.  Does anyone
know of a company that will modify a semi-truck? 
> Thanks
> Anne Hegberg MS, OTR/L 
> Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist 
> Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital 
> 26w171 Roosevelt Road 
> Wheaton, IL   60187
> Phone: 630 - 909 - 6080 
> Fax: 630 - 909 - 6081 
> ahegberg@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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