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Dr. Sherrilene Classen in UF's full-cab driving simulator.

Mobility as a Human Right

Published: Dec 17th, 2020

Older adults will tell you that losing their driving license is like getting a death sentence. In her unstoppable journey to empower seniors, Dr. Sherrilene Classen, a professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions, is getting older adults comfortable with autonomous vehicle technology as well as conducting research to develop autonomous transit resources to promote their independence and safety.

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Dr. Classen and collaborators awarded NIDILRR Field Initiated Research Project

Published: Sep 23rd, 2020

Investigations related to autonomous vehicle technology and driving performance in people with Parkinson’s.

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Drs. Ennis and Classen awarded with NIH R-21

Published: Sep 23rd, 2020

Investigations to study driving performance in medically-at-risk adults age 50 and older using medical marijuana.

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CODY project wraps up and researchers share video

Published: Apr 30th, 2020

This 5-minute video provides an excellent overview of the project introducing the project to consumers and healthcare professionals involved in home modifications for people with movement impairments.

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Dr. Classen co-authors book chapter titled Driving and Community Mobility

Published: Apr 30th, 2020

Book chapter found in Ways of Living: Intervention Strategies to Enable Participation, Fifth Edition.

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Dr. Classen attends launch of Gainesville’s autonomous shuttle

Published: Feb 4th, 2020

Starting Feb. 3, Gainesville residents will be able to board an autonomous shuttle for test rides between downtown Gainesville and the University of Florida campus.

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Dr. Classen co-authors book chapter titled Restoring Driving and Community Mobility

Published: Jan 30th, 2020

Book chapter found in Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction, Eighth Edition.

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Autonomous cars: Science, technology, and policy

Published: Jul 26th, 2019

Dr. Sherrilene Classen was a panelist, along with other engineers, researchers, economists, and government officials, to provide a realistic outlook on the current state of driverless cars.

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OT Receives Funding to Study Perceptions of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury/Disease on Autonomous Vehicles

Published: May 20th, 2019

Funding received from the Paralyzed Veterans of America to elucidate the perceptions of adults living with a spinal cord injury and/or disease (SCI/D) as it relates to autonomous (i.e., self-driving) vehicles.

Use of Fitness to Drive Screening Tool

Published: Dec 10th, 2018

To enable family members or friends, in the USA and Canada, to detect at-risk older drivers, Dr. Classen and colleagues, developed and tested the Fitness-to-Drive Screening Measure (FTDS), a user friendly on-line tool http://fitnesstodrive.phhp.ufl.edu/. Family members, caregivers, or friends who had driven with the driver in the last three months, may rate the drivers’ difficulties by completing 54 screening questions. After completing the questions a keyform, or rating profile, of each driver is produced which includes a classification of the driver into one of three categories: at-risk driver, routine driver, or accomplished driver. Based on the specific driver category, recommendations– the logical next steps for family members, friends or clinicians– are suggested for each driver. These recommendations entail guidelines for continued fitness to drive, seeking interventions, or starting conversations about stopping driving. The FTDS has been translated into Japanese and Korean with demonstrated psychometric support for the Korean version. A shorter version has been developed (32 items) with excellent predictive validity of fitness to drive outcomes. This course will discuss each of these core activities and apply content information to an actual case study.