NDSCS OTA Program to host CarFit event


The North Dakota State College of Science Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program will host a CarFit event on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton, N.D. on Monday, October 15 from 1-3 p.m. Space for this event is limited, and pre-registration is required. Appointments can be made by emailing alliedhealthcareers@ndscs.edu or calling 701-671-2981. There is no cost for a CarFit check-up.

CarFit is a national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, and is designed to give a quick, yet comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together. At a CarFit event, trained volunteers complete a 12-point checklist with each driver. Among the items checked are: correct position of driver’s seat, driver’s ability to easily reach pedals, and proper adjustment of mirrors.

As part of their coursework, NDSCS OTA students are trained in the CarFit program by a Certified CarFit Technician. This is the second year that the NDSCS OTA program has hosted this event. At this year’s event, second-year OTA students will work with participants to ensure they “fit” their vehicle properly for maximum comfort and safety. A CarFit check takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.