Mark H. Whitehouse, Certified Driving Instructor, and Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist, is President of Adaptive Driving Program, Inc., and Program Coordinator. He has thirty years in the rehabilitation driving field and is fully licensed in Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. He has worked with more than 300 van clients and conducted evaluations for many of those clients. He has conducted evaluations for many clients of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services. He has worked with a wide range of physical and mental disabilities. He has had experience with more than 2,500 clients throughout his career.
He has instructed at the Academy of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles in their Driver Competency for the Handicapped Program. He is an advisory member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles and a former member of its Elder Driver Task Force. Prior to entering the field of adaptive driving, he had experience in Emergency Medicine as an Emergency Medical Technician and trainer of emergency vehicle drivers, plus a background in television and mass communications. He has been a member of the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (formerly the Association of Driver Educators for the Disabled) for twenty years and has attended their international conferences held in various cities throughout the U. S. He was co-host of the 1992 conference in Cambridge. Mark is past-President and past-Vice President of the Association's Northeast Chapter, and former member of the Association's Board of Directors. He is Past-President of the Professional Driver Educators Association, made up of Massachusetts driving school owners. He shares the responsibility for the Adaptive Driving Program with Tricia Whitehouse, (see below.)
Tricia Whitehouse, Certified Driving Instructor, and Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist, is Director and Treasurer of the Adaptive Driving Program and is its Program Director. She has twenty years experience in the rehabilitation driving field and is fully licensed in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She has conducted evaluations and/or driver training for over 1000 persons comprising a wide range of disabilities.
She has instructed at the Academy of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles in their Driver Competency for the Handicapped Program. She is an advisory member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles and a former member of its Elder Driver Task Force. She has been a member of the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists for nineteen years and has attended every annual international conference during that time, including co-hosting the 1992 conference in Cambridge. She is the former Treasurer of the Association, and was its Finance Chairperson. Tricia has attended every Northeast regional conference since the Northeast Chapter was formed, and has served as Secretary of the Chapter. She is currently a Commissioner in the Town of Dedham, MA., serving as Chairperson on its Commission on Disability. In connection with the Commission's Handicapped Parking Patrol, she has been sworn in as a Police Civilian in the Town of Dedham's Police Department. Governor Donald Carchieri has appointed her to the Rhode Island Statewide Independent Living Council.
She conducted the Driver Education Program at the Massachusetts Hospital School for seven years, and taught the Driver Education Program for the three years prior to the closing of the Boston School Serving Deaf and Aphasic Children. Both of those programs included classroom and on-road components. She has provided one-on-one tutoring for the Learner's Permit in Massachusetts, and the Instruction Permit in Rhode Island for students with learning disabilities.
Mark and Tricia, were chosen by the Psychology Department of Suffolk University to assist with research funded by a grant from the AARP Andrus Foundation. The title of the study was "Role of Cognitive Style in the Driving Skills of Young, Middle-Aged and Older Adults." Together, they designed the driving range and route, and administered the in-vehicle components of the evaluations for the two-hundred-thirty-one subjects who participated in the study.