Meltzer's Driver Training Center

... where Matt Meltzer teaches those with - or without - disabilities to drive!

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Matt Meltzer's Curriculum Vitae


Items of Note

            11/12 American Heart Association Became recertified in CPR and First Aid and trained in use of the Automated External Defibrillator - AED
            '11-'12 The World Spearheaded my high school 40th reunion. Found people all over the world.
            02/12 Drive-Master Had Variable Effort Steering installed in one of my vehicles... what a trip!
            03/11 New York City Marched in the Saint Patrick's Day Parade with other Alumni from Marist College - including my daughter Kristen('06 & '08).
            2010 ADED Ran for and became the 2011 & 2012 President of the Northeast chapter - our chapter is comprised of 9 states and 2 provinces - about 100 members.
            11/10 New Jersey Test drove a pre-production model of Motor Trend magazine's 2011 Car of the Year, the Chevy Volt.
            03/10 New York City Marched in the Saint Patrick's Day Parade with other Alumni from Marist College - including my daughter Kristen('06 & '08).
            2009 ADED Ran for and became the 2010 President of the Northeast chapter - our chapter is comprised of 9 states and 2 provinces - about 100 members.
            10/08 Mercy College Received training and participated in a CarFit Event. I became certified as a CarFit Technician.
            05/08 As a Daddy Received the PHT Cord for Commencement.      PHT?    Putting Him/Her Through    For over four decades, adult
                        graduates from Marist College have honored one person in their lives who exemplified the commitment of support, patience and
                        encouragement  that  helped  them  during  their journey to complete  their  degree.  My second daughter to receive her  Master's
                        Degree honored me with this presentation.
             2007 ADED Ran for and became the 2008 President of the Northeast chapter - our chapter is comprised of 9 states and 2 provinces - about 100 members.
            05/07 SURE GRIP Certified to install the Sure Grip Hand Control System.
            08/05 Mobility Products and Design Completion of the Online Test for Driver Rehabilitation Specialist for Mobility Products and Design.
            03/04 Ireland Bent over backwards and kissed the Blarney Stone in County Cork Ireland; earned the
            06/01 Town of Wappinger Took a FLYING lesson at the controls of an airplane. Very cool.

            07/00 VESID(2011:name/acronym changed to ACCES-VR) Took a 12 hour course in Vehicle Modification Evaluations in Rochester NY; became certified to inspect Vehicle Modifications for VESID/ACCES-VR.
            08/97 ADED Sat for the Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist exam in Virginia; earned CDRS effective 01-01-1998.
            06/93 New York Blood Services Donated one pint of blood for the eighth time; received the Red Heart pin for reaching one gallon in donations.
            03/86 MENSA Sat for a MENSA certification exam in Poughkeepsie NY; earned MENSA membership effective 07-01-1986.
            03/76 American Red Cross Took a 51 hour course in Advanced First Aid in Albany NY; became certified in CPR and First Aid; refreshed many times.
            02/74 NYS DMV Sat for the Driving School Instructor exam in Albany NY. Became a Certified Driving Instructor - CDI on that date.


College Studies

            05/78 Marist College, Poughkeepsie NY Bachelor of Science degree in Business Admin. - graduated Cum Laude
            05/76 Hudson Valley Community College, Troy NY Associate in Science degree in Business Administration


Post College Education

Continuing Education Unit / Contact Hours courses:
   '16    NMEDA - Driving Independence
              3 Hours - Conducting Wheelchair Transportation Assessments(CWTA)
                  Learning Objectives:
                                    Participants will be able to identify appropriate vehicle modifications for wheelchair & scooter access.
                                    Participants will be able to discuss appropriate equipment for occupied wheelchair & scooter tie downs.
                                    Participants will be able to identify appropriate equipment for transporting unoccupied wheelchair & scooters.
                                    Participants will be able to refer to relevant safety guidelines and standards.
                                    Participants will be able to identify available sources to assure the most effective wheeled mobility transportation outcomes.
                                  by: Mr. Ashley Crook from Howell Ventures, Ltd. - makers of Sure Grip Hand Controls
                                  & : Ms. Donna Stressel-Tice, OTR/L, CDI, CDRS, Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital
   '16    A webinar from the people at Shanahan Sweeney Coaching, LLC
             2.75 Hrs - Behind the Wheel with ADHD
                                 by: Ann Shanahan, Bachelors in Psychology and Education - North Central College, Naperville, IL
                                 & : Gayle Sweeney, Bachelors in Business - Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
                                      Topics included but were not limited to: Executive Function, Impulsivity, Distractibility, Inattention, Maturational Lag - the need for longer training,
                                      How impaired behaviors mimic DUI, How missing a dose of stimulant medication can impact driving skill, Texting and the ADHD driver.
   '15   ADED's Newsletter - NewsBrake
             10 Hrs - As a proofreader, spent many more hours but received Contact Hour credit for a maximum of ten hours per three year period.
   '15   New England Regional Traffic Safety Education Association(NETSEA) Convention / Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists(ADED) Northeast Meeting
             1 Hour - Impact Teen Drivers: What do you Consider Lethal? A ZOOM Presentation
                                by: Zoe Schuler, Impact Teen Drivers, Sacramento, CA
             1 Hour - Overview of AAAs Keeping The Keys Program
                                by: Dan Goodman, AAA Northern New England, Portland, ME.
             1 Hour - Current and Future Vehicle Safety Technologies, including Autonomous Vehicles
                                by: William E. Van Tassel, Ph.D., AAA, Heathrow, FL
             1 Hour - Schizophrenia: Implications For Driving A Motor Vehicle
                                by: Sheryl Moriarty, OT, CDRS
                                     Overview of Research and Current Treatment Options.
             0.5 Hr - Interaction with Product Vendors
                                by: Matt Boger, Donate Life New England
                                 &: Richard Tarr, Atlantic Partners EMS
                                 &: Borden Perlman Salisbury & Kelley Driving School Insurance Program
                                 &: Darren Tessitore, Foundation for a Drug Free World
             1 Hour - How Driver Education Actually Affects The Safety of New Teen Drivers
                                by: William E. Van Tassel, Ph.D., AAA, Heathrow, FL
                                     Discussion of Studies done by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
             1 Hour - Communication Challenges for Driving Instructors and Driver Rehabilitation Specialists
                                by: Rosamond Gianutsos, Ph.D., CDRS
                                 &: Bonnie Goodman, OTR/L, CDRS
                                 &: Bruce Renfro,CDI, CDRS
                                 &: Scott Wilson, Training Manager
                                 &: Amanda Plourde, COTA, CDI, CDRS
                                     How Do We Communicate When A Driver Needs To Retire From Driving?
             1 Hour - Vehicle Modification for Vocational Rehabilitation in New England
                                by: Eugene Blumkin, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Boston
             1 Hour - Research and Consumer Information Programs to keep Teenage Drivers Safe
                                by: Angela Eichelberger
                                     Progress that has been made in reducing teenage crash risk. Overview of the IIHS's consumer information programs and recommendations for used vehicles for teens.
             0.5 Hr - Interaction with Product Vendors
                                by: AAA - Dan Goodman
                                 &: Miriam Monahan, CDRS, DriveFit
                                 &: T.J. Everts, Bob Fields, SMARTwheel
                                 &: Maria Herbert, Drivers Ed Solutions
             1.25Hr - The Power of One Decision .. Every Moment Matters
                                by: Bobby Petrocelli
                                     Discover Inner Strength - because YOU matter.
             1 Hour - Tire Safety and Maintenance / ADTSEA Curriculum
                                by: Robin Bordner, ADTSEA
             0.25 Hr - Joystick Driving
                                by: Don Sampson, CDRS
                                     One-on-one hands-on session in a minivan adapted with a Joystick for controlling the gas, brake, and steering. Secondary and tertiary controls were handled with a touch-pad.
             4 Hours - Adaptive Equipment & Technology Workshop
                                by: Aaron Morse, Rep. for Ride-Away
                                     Showing products which have been on the market for years AND the latest innovations.
   '12   New England Traffic Safety Education Association(NETSEA) Convention / Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists(ADED) Northeast Meeting
             1 Hour - The Parent Driving Zone
                                by: Andy Pilgrim, Race Car Driver, The Andy Pilgrim Foundation
                                     A Parent version of The Driving Zone 2. For Parents and ALL adult drivers.
             1 Hour - Using The Skid Monster to Enhance your Driving Skills
                                by: Joe Barsch
                                     Observation and Hands On use of The Skid Monster
             1 Hour - Inattentional Blindness: Implications in Interpreting the Environment
                                by: Rene P. Paquin, M. Ed., Low Vision Specialist
             1 Hour - Developing Situational Awareness to Counteract Distractions
                                by: Frederik Mottola
                                     Techniques to effectively get learner drivers to value vision and motion control to continually maintain the vehicle's path.
             1 Hour - TyREDD Drowsy Driving Prevention
                                by: Kerrie Warne, Founder of TyREDD
                                 &: Matt Uhles, Clayton Sleep Institute
                                     Increase knowledge and awareness of fatal consequenses of Drowsy Driving
             1 Hour - Aspect Ratio Between Cars and Trucks
                                by: James Roddy, New England Tractor Trailer Training School
                                     Understanding the difference between cars and trucks with blind spots, acceleration from stop, following distances, and stopping distances.
             1 Hour - Driving and Newton's Law of Motion: Driving to Learn: Learning to Drive
                                by: Stewart Williamson, Physics Teacher
                                 &: Barbara Brody, Driver's Education Instructor
                                     Using Teacher Collaberation to enhance the classroom experience
             1 Hour - Distracted Driving Demonstration
                                by: Rod Hull
                                     Driving a Golf Cart through an obstacle course, then while texting, then while wearing Drunk Buster Goggles.
             1 Hour - Driver Education National Update
                                by: Allen Robinson, CEO, ADTSEA
                                     An overview of some of the changes in the program offered by ADTSEA to the states and individual districts.
             1 Hour - What to do about teens? Curbing Teen Driver Crashes
                                by: Pam Fischer, New Jersey Teen Safe Driving Coalition
                                     An overview of what is working in the GDL programs, Parent and Teen engagement, Law Enforcement etc.
             1 Hour - How to Market your Program
                                by: Dr. Mark Horowitz
                                     Showing how good marketing in all industries has a constant thread: Market the Program, not just the segment.
             1 Hour - Good Drugs Gone Bad
                                by: Jason Weber, Menashaw PD, Wisconsin
                                     Drug abuse has become an epidemic with improper use of prescription drugs.
   '12   President - ADED Northeast Chapter
             5 Hours - Received Contact Hour credit for leading the Chapter.
   '12   Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists Convention
             3 Hours - Bioptics:Application and Outcomes to Low Vision Driving
                          by: Chuck Huss, COMS
             1 Hour - NHTSA / AOTA Project
                          by: Anne Dickerson, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
                          & : Elin Schold-Davis, OTR/L, CDRS
             3 Hours - Navigating The Legal Landscape; what every CDRS needs to know
                          by: Dianna Robertson, CDRS
             3 Hours - Product Demonstrations: Interactive Seminars to learn about Mobility Solutions
                          by: Keith Howell @ Sure Grip (Howell Ventures Ltd.)
                          & : Tom Egan @ Access Unlimited
                          & : Rex Bradbury @ Crescent Industries
                          & : "That Guy" @ Bruno Independant Living Aids, Inc.
                          & : That informative dude who gave away T-shirts @ EZ Lock, Inc.
                          & : Dean Tompkins @ Manufacturing and Production Services, Inc - MPS
                          & : Those good folks @ BraunAbility
                          & : Those good folks @ Vantage Mobility International - VMI
                          & : James Morrison @ Veigel/MPD
                          & : Those good folks @ Mobility Works
             2 Hours - Stepped in as the spokesperson for Access Unlimited's "Soap Box" presentation
             2 Hours - Mentored a Mentee for the conference. Discussed many matters. Introduced her to various products at various vendors from the CDRS's point of view.
   '12   ADED's Newsletter - NewsBrake
             10 Hours - As a proofreader, spent many more hours but received Contact Hour credit for a maximum of ten hours per three year period.
   '12   Author
             5 Hours - Wrote an Article, "Driving with Different Abilities", for NewsBrake - ADED's quarterly Newletter.
   '11   President - ADED Northeast Chapter
             5 Hours - Received Contact Hours credit for leading the Chapter.
   '11   New England Traffic Safety Education Association(NETSEA) Convention / Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists(ADED) Northeast Meeting - Pre-Conference / Pre-Meeting Workshop
             4 Hours - High Tech Van Assessment and Training
                          by:  Donald F. Sampson, CDI, CDRS, Central Massachusetts Safety Council
                                 Participants were shown a van(adapted for wheelchair access), and equipment(steering devices and mechanical hand controls).
                                 Participants were also shown servo motor systems, and alternative devices to access secondary controls.
                                 Vehicle Entry
                                 Use of the six way seat and its removal.
                                 Securing a wheelchair in the driver position
                                 Primary control options.
                                         High-Tech. .
                                         Low-Tech.
                                 Secondary control options.
                                 Evaluator / Trainor control options.
                                 Examples were discussed for equipment use.
                                 After the three hour classroom session, there was a one hour hands-on session in a minivan adapted with a
                                     Joystick for controlling the gas, brake, and steering. Secondary and tertiary controls were handled with a touch-pad.
   '11   ADED's Newsletter - NewsBrake
             10 Hours - As a proofreader, spent many more hours but received Contact Hour credit for a maximum of ten hours per three year period.
   '10   Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists Convention
             3 Hours - From Data to Decisions: What Physicians Want in a Driving Rehabilitation Report
                          by: Anne Dickerson, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
                          & : Elin Schold-Davis, OTR/L, CDRS
                          & : David Carr, MD
             3 Hours - Return to Driving Following ABI[Acquired Brain Injury] - The Continuum of Care.
                          by: Michelle Luther-Krug, COTA/L, SCADCM, CDRS
                          & : Matt Abisamra, OTR/L, CDRS, CDI
                          & : John Anschutz, BS, ATP, RET
                          & : James Kennedy, CDRS
                          & : Eugenia Herbst, OTR/L
                          & : Suzanne Wolfe, OTR/L
             2 Hours - Taught a "Coaches Corner"
                                Behind-The-Wheel Assessment & Training
             3 Hours - Clinical Driving Simulators For Driver Evaluation and Training
                          by: Johnell O. Brooks, Ph. D.
                          & : Doug Evans, MS
                          & : Leah Belle. OTR/L, CDI, CDRS
             3 Hours - Case Studies: Driver Rehabilitation Products and their Application
                          by:  Access Unlimited, ACE Mobility, Adapt-Solutions, Advanced Therapy Products, B & D Independence Co. Inc., Braun Ability, Bruno,
                                 Creative Controls Inc., Crescent Industries, Doran Precision Systems, Inc., Drive Master, Inc., DriveABLE Assessment Centers Inc., Drive Safety Inc.,
                                 Driving Systems, Inc.(DSI)/ Menox, ELDorado National, EZ Lock Inc, Freedom Sciences, General Motors, Goshichi, Guido Simplex, Howell Ventures Ltd.,
                                 IDS, KEMPF, MPS Corporation, Mercury Dynamics, Mobility Productions and Design(MPD), Mobility Works, Nor-Cal Vans, Permobil Inc.,
                                 Q'straint, Simulator Systems International(SSI), Stereo Optical Co. Inc., SureGrip, Veigel NA, VMI.
                Including :  As a mentor, had mentee and self test drive the KEMPF DARIOS(Digital Accelerator Ring Optimized For Speed)
              3 Hours - Detailed Adaptive Driving Aids and Testing Equipment Demonstrations by representatives
                     From : The Braun Corporation
                          & : Stereo Optical Company
                          & : Veigel NA's Mobility Products and Design(MPD)
                          & : Bruno Abilities
                          & : Manufacturing and Production Services Corporation(MPS)
           16 Hours - The Impact of Disabilities, Vision, and Aging and Their Relationship to Driving
                          by: Mary Schwartz, OTR, CDRS
                          & : Michele Luther-Krug, COTA/L, SCADCM, CDRS
   '09   President - ADED Northeast Chapter
             2 Hours - Received Contact Hour credit for leading the Chapter.
   '08   American Society on Aging
             3.5 Hours - A Mercy College Sponsored Program
                                 Trained as a CarFit Technician to conduct the 12 point CarFit Check-Up for older drivers. This program was created by the
                                 American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with AAA, AARP, and the AOTA. We recommend car adjust-
                                 ments and adaptations to help drivers experience greater comfort and control while also enhancing their driving safety.
   '08   Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists Convention
             3 Hours - Case Studies: Driver Rehabilitation Products and their Application
                          by:  Access Unlimited, Adapt-Solutions, Adaptive Driving Alliance, AOTA, B & D Independence Co. Inc.
                                 Braun Ability, Bruno Independant Living Aids, Crescent Industries, Doran Precision Systems, Inc., Drive Master, Inc.
                                 Driving Systems, Inc.(DSI)/ Menox, Electronic Mobility Controls, LLC(EMC), ELDorado National, EZ Lock, Inc.
                                 Freedom Lift Corp., General Motors, Howell Ventures, Ltd., KEMPF, MPS Corporation, Mobility Productions and Design(MPD)
                                 NMEDA, Nor-Cal Vans, Permobil Inc., Q'straint, Simulator Systems International(SSI), Stereo Optical Co. Inc., SureGrip, Sure-Lok, Inc.
                                 View Point Mobility, LLC, VMI.
             3 Hours - Switching to Secondaries
                          by: Carol Blackburn, OTR/L, CDRS
                          & : Susan Pierce, OTR/L, CDRS, SCDCM
                          & : Tom Egan, Access Unlimited
                          & : Rex Bradbury, Crescent Industries
             3 Hours - Improving Insight about Driving: Using Using Motivational Interviewing in the Clinic, in the Simulator, and in the Car
                          by: Erica Stern, PhD, OTR/L
                          & : Joette Zola, OTR/L
                          & : Elin Schold Davis, OTR/L, CDRS
             3 Hours - Principles of Traffic Safety
                          by: James Whetstone, MA, CDRS, RRP, (C)OACCPP
             3 Hours - Case Studies: Driver Rehabilitation Products and their Application
                          by:  Access Unlimited, Adapt-Solutions, Adaptive Driving Alliance, AOTA, B & D Independence Co. Inc.
                                 Braun Ability, Bruno Independant Living Aids, Crescent Industries, Doran Precision Systems, Inc., Drive Master, Inc.
                                 Driving Systems, Inc.(DSI)/ Menox, Electronic Mobility Controls, LLC(EMC), ELDorado National, EZ Lock, Inc.
                                 Freedom Lift Corp., General Motors, Howell Ventures, Ltd., KEMPF, MPS Corporation, Mobility Productions and Design(MPD)
                                 NMEDA, Nor-Cal Vans, Permobil Inc., Q'straint, Simulator Systems International(SSI), Stereo Optical Co. Inc., SureGrip, Sure-Lok, Inc.
                                 View Point Mobility, LLC, VMI.
             7 Hours - Demystifying the Liability of a Driving Program
                          by: Susan Pierce, OTR/L, CDRS, SCDCM
                          & : Carol Blackburn, OTR/L, CDRS
   '07    MIT AgeLab Conference
             3 Hours - At the Crossroads: Caregiving, Dementia & The Driving Decision
                          With opening, moderating, and closing remarks by: Joseph Coughlin, Ph.D. - MIT AgeLab
                                   1) Introductory Remarks
                                           by: Laura Molnar, Assistant Vice President, Client Management at The Hartford - Manages the company's relationship with AARP.
                                   2) The Severity of Alzheimer's Disease Today and Tomorrow
                                           by: Harry Johns, MBA - President and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association
                                   3) Clinical and Research Issues on Dementia and Driving: What Have We Done and Where Are We Going?
                                           by: David Carr, M.D. - Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
                                   4) Caregiving and the Driving Decision: The Development and Evaluation of an
                                        Educational and Support Program for Caregivers of Drivers with Dementia
                                           by: Robert A. Stern, Ph.D. - Boston University School of Medicine
                                           & : Jodi Oleshevski, M.S. - The Hartford
                                           & : Lisa A. D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. - MIT AgeLab
                                   5) Welcome, Congratulations on this Work, and Thank-you For Coming
                                           by: Susan Hockfield, Ph. D. - President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                                   6) Driving and Dementia: The Role of Occupational Therapy
                                           by: Elin Schold Davis, OTR/L, CDRS - American Occupational Therapy Association
                                   7) Release and Presentation of:
                                                At the Crossroads: Family Conversations about Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia & Driving
                                                At the Crossroads: The Course on Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia and Driving
                                           by: Robert A. Stern, Ph.D. & Jodi Oleshevski, M.S. & Lisa A. D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
   '07   ADED Northeast Chapter Meeting
             3 Hours - Ecologically Valid Driving Assessments
                          by: Rosamond Gianutsos, PhD, CDRS, FAAO - Cognitive & Driver Rehab Services
                                   1) Standard clinical assessment screening tools (as typified in the AMA Physician's guide) and more ecologically valid alternatives.
                                   2) The value of simulation.
                                   3) The Behind-the-Wheel Assessment as ecologically valid but not psychometrically valid.
             3 Hours - The Impact of 2008 Vehicle Models on The Industry
                          by: Staci Frazer, ADED President and representative of Ride-Away Handicap Eq. Corp. & Robert Smith, G.M. of Ride-Away Eq. Corp.
                                   1) Virtual Exhibit Hall of New Equipment
                                   2) New vehicle changes which will affect the way the CDRS must prescribe Adaptive Driving Aids.
                                   3) New Adaptive Driving Aids for 2007 and 2008.
             2 Hours - How NOT To Go Out With a Bang! -- Addressing the older driver issue.
                          by: Beth Rolland, OTR/L, CDRS - Kessler Rehabilitation, NJ
                                   1) When will assistance (and what types of assistance) help the older driver continue driving.
                                   2) When must we tell a driver it is time to stop driving.
   '07   Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists Convention
             2 Hours - Up to Date Information on Available State of The Art Driving Mobility Equipment
                          by: Access Unlimited, Ahnafield Corp., B&D Independence Inc., Braun Ability, Bruno Indep. Living Aids
                                 Creative Controls, Crescent Industries, Doran Precision Systems, Inc., Drive Master, Inc.
                                 Driving Aids Development Corp.(DADC), Driving Systems, Inc.(DSI)/ Menox
                                 Electronic Mobility Controls, LLC(EMC), ELDorado National,EZ Lock, Inc., Ford Mobility Motoring
                                 Freedom Lift Corp., General Motors, Howell Ventures, Ltd., MPS, Mobility Productions and Design(MPD)
                                 NMEDA, Nor-Cal Vans, Permobil, Q'straint, Simulator Systems International(SSI),Sure-Lok, Inc.
                                 View Point Mobility, LLC, VMI, Volvo, Wright-Way, Inc.
             2 Hours - Creative Configuration and Vehicle Selection
                          by: Rex Bradbury, Crescent Industries, Inc.
             1 Hour - Understanding the Mobility Equipment Dealer Industry and Regulations
                          by: Dana Roeling, Executive Director - National Equipment Dealers Association(NMEDA)
                          & : Bob Nunn, President - National Equipment Dealers Association(NMEDA)
             3 Hours - If You Don't See It, You Can't Control It.
                          by: Delvis Freeman, Med Training Specialist, Doran Precision Systems, Inc.
             3 Hours - Can Motor and Process Skills be Accurately Assessed Behind the Wheel?
                          by: Dianna Robertson, BScOT, MScOT, CDRS
             2 Hours - Transportation Safety for Wheelchair Seated Individuals
                          by: Linda va Roosmalen, PhD
             1 Hour - Driving [and] The Elderly - tools to assess and screen the older driver
                          by: Dr. Rita G. Hamilton, O.D., F.A.A.PMR
             7 Hours - Driver Rehabilitation: Evaluation and Treatment of Adolescents With Cognitive and Social Skill Limitations
                          by: Marian Watson Monahan, OTR/L, CDRS
   '06   Driving Rehabilitation Symposium at Kessler Rehabilitation, NJ
             The Impact of Visual-Vestibular Dysfunction on Driving
                  .75 Hours - An Overview of the Vestibular System by Joel Lehrer, MD (Otolaryngologist)
                  1.5 Hours - Visual-Vestibular Integration Dysfunction by Vincent Vicci, Jr., OD (Neuro-optometrist)
                  .75 Hours - Driving and Vestibular Dysfunction by Beth Rolland, OTR, CDRS (Clinical Specialist)
             Hi-Tech Driving Systems Update
                     2 Hours - Hi-Tech Driving Systems update by Richard Nead, CDRS
                     1 Hour   - Hi-Tech Driving Systems Demonstration and Hands-On Experience of The Scott System, EMC's EGB and AEVIT-W, IDS, and more.
                                             Shelby Wells, Sales Rep. of Drive-Master Corporation and Carlos Saez, President of Independent Driving Systems (IDS), et. al.
   '05   Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (Free standing seminar)
             16 Hours - Fundamentals of Driver Rehabilitation seminar by Sally Sullivan, CDI, CDRS and Ann B. Havard LOTR, CDRS, ATP
   '04   American Society on Aging
             1 Hour - Senior Transportation Options: Problems and Solutions; a tele-conference by Helen Kerschner, Ph.D.
             1 Hour - Medications and the Older Driver; a tele-conference by David Carr, MD
             1 Hour - Dementia and Driving: Issues & Resources; a tele-conference by Nina Silverstein, Ph.D.
   '02   Castle Point Campus of the Veterans' Administration's Hudson Valley Healthcare System Seminar
             8 Hours - Elemental Driving Simulator / Driving Advisement System seminar by Rosamond Gianutsos, Ph.D., FAAO, CDRS
   '02   Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists' Driving Rehabilitation Symposium through Kessler Rehab, NJ
             3 Hours - Making the Most of Visual Resources for Driving by Dr. Vincent Vicci Jr., OD, P.A. and Beth Rolland, OTR, CDRS
             .5 Hours - New Directions in Driving Assessment: Virtual Reality Technology by Maria Schultheis, Ph. D.
             3 Hours - Driving From A Wheelchair - Van Assessment Options by Rich Nead, CDRS; and Sean McCarthy, MS, OTR/L
   '01   Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists / New York State Rehabilitation Association Conference
             3 Hours - Vision Problems & Acquired Brain Injury
             1.5 Hours - Vehicle Modifications: A personal view and the need for Federal Standards
             1.5 Hours - The Road to success - Vehicle Modification/ Driver Rehabilitation CT VR, CT DMV
   '00   New York Sate Education Department's Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities Seminar
             12 Hours - Vehicle (Modification) Inspector Training Seminar
   '99   Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) Northeast meeting / New England Traffic and Safety Education Association Conference
             3 Hours - Guiding Your Client Through the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) / Vocational Rehabilitation System
             3 Hours - Comparative Licensing Practices for People w/ Disabilities
             6 Hours - Disabilities And Their Implications For Driving -- A discussion of disabilities with related Adaptive Driving Aids and Training Strategies
   '99   Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists Convention
             3 Hours - Driving Rehabilitation Of Drivers With Low Vision
             3 Hours - Evaluation & Rehabilitation Of Drivers With Disabilities
             3 Hours - Issues And Problem Solving During The Evaluation Process
             3 Hours - Mechanical Applications Of Hi-Tech Driving Systems
             7 Hours - Pre-Conference Workshop - Driving Controls For High Level Disabilities
            
Continuing Education non-credit courses from:
    '16    AARP Driver Safety Program
               6 Hours - Defensive Driving Course or Point Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP) (for the fourteenth time)
    '13    AARP Driver Safety Program
               6 Hours - Defensive Driving Course or Point Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP); curious to see how THEY taught it!
    '13    A Webinar from the people at Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP.
               1 Hour - Health Care Reform and Your Business. The PDF can be found at Health Care Reform.
                          by : Karen L. Staples, C.P.A.
                          &: Allen T. Paradie, C.P. A.
    '13    American Safety Council
                6 Hours - Defensive Driving Course or Point Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP)
    '12    A Webinar from the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators(AAMVA).
               1 Hour - Drugged Driving - A Growing Highway Safety Issue
                          by : Tom Manuel, Program Director, Driver Fitness, AAMVA
                          &: Cynthia Caporizzo, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
                          & : Dr. Terry Zobeck, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
    '10    A Webinar from the people at www.autismspeaks.org
               1 Hour - Growing up with Autism
                          by: Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer at Autism Speaks
                          & : Connie Kasari, Ph.D., UCLA - Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)
                          & : John Elder Robison, Author of "Look Me In The Eye, My Life With Asperger's"
    '10    IMPROV Online Traffic Safety School
                6 Hours - Defensive Driving Course or Point Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP) (for the eleventh time);
    '08    Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists Convention.
               1 Hour - Received one-on-one instruction from DSI's Rudy on The Scott System. Behind-The-Wheel experience in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
    '99    Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists / New England Traffic and Safety Education Association Conference;
                     Syd Muzzy, TSE Coordinator, Vancouver, Washington
              1 Hour - 'The Power of Influence"
    '99    Dr. Eugene Bernal, White River Junction, VT
              1 Hour - Vision and The Driving Task
    '99    Wendy Cohen, Assistive Technology Specialist, NY State Education Department
              1 Hour - Driver Rehabilitation and Vehicle Modification Services in NY State's Vocational Rehabilitation Program
    '99    DriveMaster, Inc.
              16 Hours - Hands on instruction and experience using EMC's EGB, DS2000, Digi-Drive, Touch Pads, Digitone.
                     Discussions of ramps, Lifts, Handdrive driving system, and various other vehicle modifications.
    '99    Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists Convention.
                1 Hour - Received one-on-one Behind-The-Wheel instruction from DSI's Rudy on The Scott System.
                                                     I chickened out and would not leave the parking lot.
    --/87 New Hackensack Fire Department -- Hurst Tool (Jaws-of-Life) use and Certification course
    --/87 New Hackensack Fire Department -- Pump Operator's Course
    --/86 New Hackensack Fire Department -- Officer's Training Course
    10/86 Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY Instructor's Refresher Course for NYS Prelicensing Course
    --/84 Dutchess County Bureau of Fire -- Essentials of Firefighting
    05/80 Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY Teaching Methodologies For Professional Driving Instructors
    12/79 Center for Safety, Tarrytown, NY National Safety Council's Defensive Driving Instructor's Course
    05/76 American National Red Cross - Albany NY Advanced First Aid / CPR
    06/74 New York University, NY Driver Training For Automobile School Personnel I

Over The Years
Driver Concerns Encountered
but not limited to:

Alzheimer's Disease, Amputation(s), Aphasia, Arm - Lack of Use, Blepharospasm, Cerebral Palsy, Deafness, Emotional Disorder, Dyspraxia, Friedreich's Ataxia, Homonymous Hemianopsia, Homonymous Quadranopsia, Leg(s) - Lack of use, Muscular Dystrophy, Mobius Syndrome, Monocular Vision, Multiple Hereditary Exostosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurofibromitosis, Noonan's Syndrome, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Paraplegia, Parkinson's Disease, Post Accident Stress Syndrome, Post-Coma, Post-Polio Syndrome, Proprioception Concerns, Quadriplegia, Shortness (midget or dwarfism), Spina Bifida, Spastic Diplegia, Spinal Cord Injury - SCI, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Startle Reflex, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury - TBI, Turner Syndrome, Vision - Limited (Bioptic Lens users), Visual Perceptual, other birth defects, other Neurological Disorders, other Psychological Disorders, etc., etc., etc.

Over The Years
Learning Differences Encountered
but not limited to:

Asperger Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder(ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD), Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Dyslexia, Emotional Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome - FAS, Homonymous Quadranopsia, Homonymous Hemianopsia, Lobectomy, Nonverbal Learning Disorder(NLD), Sensory Integration Disorder(DSI), Spina Bifida, Traumatic Brain Injury(TBI), other Neurological Disorders, other Psychological Disorders.

Over The Years
Adaptive Driving Aids Used In Training
but not limited to:

Ramp-van with Kneeling Function; Full-size Van with Wheelchair Lift; Various Wheelchair Lockdowns; Transfer Seat for driver; Digidrive (AEVIT "J-Series"); DS2000 (AEVIT "W-Series"); Digitone by EMC for secondary controls -- electronic remote for directionals/dimmer/horn/wipers; Hand Controls by Drive-Master Corporation, Inc., Push/Pull & Push/Right-Angle; Hand Controls by SureGrip, Push/Rock; Hand Controls by Mobility Products & Design, Inc. (MPD), Push/Right-Angle; Hand Controls by Mobility Products and Services, Inc. (MPS), Push/Right-Angle; Low Effort Steering; "Zero Effort" Steering; Low Effort Braking; "No Effort" Braking; MPD Steering Wheel Spinner Base with various Orthotics: Single-pin, Tri-pin, 2 Knob, Cuff; Right-hand Directional Cross-over Lever; Left-hand Gear Shift Crossover; Left-foot Accelerator Pedal w/ OEM Gas Pedal Block; Mini-Touch by Access Unlimited for secondary driving controls -- wiper/washer/directionals/dimmer/horn; Gearshift Extension; 2" - 15" Gas and Brake Pedal Extensions; 2" Raised Floor; Fullview Mirror; Extra (Out)Side Mirrors; 2" - 10" Built Up Seat (seat cushions); Key Extender; Parking Brake Extension Lever; Transfer Boards;
and last -- but in no way least -- an instructor brake from OS Brake, Inc. (Ahhhhh - MY LIFE LINE!)

Work Experience

3/80 - Present Meltzer's Driver Training Center, 44 Dorothy Heights Road, Wappingers Falls NY 12590, (845) 297-3966

Task Master - Performing all of the day-to-day operations of the business: sales, scheduling, accounting, record keeping, advertising, vehicle maintenance, vehicle purchase.

Driver Instructor - Teach unlicensed clients to perform the necessities to be a competent driver and pass the N.Y.S. Road Test. Refresh the driving skills of those with driver licenses. Some of the people I teach have mental, physical, or emotional disabilities (see Driver Concerns Encountered above). These students are sometimes taught at the request of, and with funding from, NYS VESID or ACCES.

Driver Evaluator - Take individuals with mental, physical, or emotional disabilities and decide their capacity to continue to drive or to learn to drive and, where applicable, give an estimate as to the amount of training time which may be required. This is sometimes done in conjunction with NYS VESID or ACCES (since 6/76).

Driver Teacher - Teach people with learning disabilities (one-on-one) the necessary information to pass the New York State Learner Permit written (or oral) test.

Technical Mechanic - Install Dual Brakes, Hand Controls and Left Foot Accelerators. Install some remote secondary control switches in my company's vehicles .

Students Range
            Age: 16 years to 95 years
            Height: 3'6" (107cm) to 7'3" (221cm)
            Weight: 45 pounds (20.4kg) to 385 pounds (174.6kg)
            IQ: 50 (documented) to 175 (stated)
            I have taught people who have trekked about 500 miles (800 KM) to the North Pole.
            I have taught people who have trekked about 700 miles (1100 KM) to the South Pole.
            I have taught people who have climbed to the top of Mount Everest.
                    Okay, those last three feats were all by the same couple. (I think it's cool.)
            Then there was the time - many, many moons ago - when I taught the Managing Editor of the People's Daily,
                    which was (and I believe still is) the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China, published worldwide
                    with a daily circulation nowadays (2008) of 3 to 4 million. In addition to its main Chinese-language edition,
                    it has editions in English, Japanese, French, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic. To cover myself legally, let me
                    change that to, "I believe he said he was the Managing Editor of the People's Daily."

2/74 - 3/80 - Edward I. Meltzer Auto Driving School, Wappingers Falls NY - Changed owners (grin) 3/1980.

Some of the High Tech Training

Present: Always teaching a variety of clients, some using the regular vehicle, some using Adaptive Driving Aids.

03/12 A student contacted me in November mentioning that she had not driven for quite some time and needed a brush-up lesson. She would need Zero Effort Steering and other Adaptive Driving Aids. I started the process and bought a new car. The company which would provide me with the Variable Effort Steering I would need to to provide her with Zero Effort Steering had parts on back order. There would be a wait. Months passed. I had it installed. She drove with me and used Zero Effort Steering, an On/Off Switch to turn off the airbag - she sat very close to the steering wheel, a remanufactured Platform Based Steering unit with a one inch knob so that she would have a three inch steering radius, and a push/right-angle set of hand controls with a five inch extension so she could reach it. She, subsequently, is driving her own car all over the place.

10/04 Worked to bring an experienced driver back to driving after her disability worsened further. We used a Dodge Grand Caravan Ramp-van with the Kneeling Function, EZ-Lock to let the driver drive from her wheelchair, Push/Right Angle Hand Controls, Low Effort Brakes, "Zero Effort" Steering, The EMC AEVIT W-Series steering System with a 1 1/4 inch steering knob, Remotes for all secondary functions and HVAC.

04/99 - 05/99 In vehicle evaluation of two drivers, well experienced with adaptive devices, on Digidrive (AEVIT "J-Series"). Observed another in passenger seat doing the evaluation followed by myself in the passenger seat doing the observation and training. Prescribed complete Hi-tech vehicle modification needs for both.

03/99 - 09/99 Taught a new driver using DS2000 (AEVIT "W-Series"), OEM Gas and Brake, Digitone for secondary controls.

05/95 - 07/95 Brought an experienced driver back to driving after his disability worsened. His van was equipped with "Effortless" Steering, Low Effort Brakes, Push/Pull Hand Controls and a Lift, Wheelchair Lockdown and Transfer Seat for the driver.

02/94 - 03/94 Brought an experienced driver back to driving after her disability worsened. We used a Ramp-van with the Kneeling Function, EZ-Lock to let the driver drive from her wheelchair, Push/Right Angle Hand Controls, Low Effort Brakes, "Zero Effort" Steering, a 2" Ball Steering Wheel Spinner, Right Hand Directional, Wide Angle Rear View Mirror.

03/74 - Present Taught a variety of clients using a variety of equipment -- too numerous to enumerate completely.

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