montreal occupational therapist

Susan Sofer founded AUTONOMY·COMMUNITY·THERAPY A.C.T. INC. in 1998 to fill a gap in the area of driver safety and rehabilitation. ACT Inc. is the only authorized DriveABLE centre in Montreal.

Susan has over 20 years of experience in occupational therapy specializing in driver evaluation, retraining and vehicle modification. She is recognized as the first clinician in Quebec to become a certified driver rehabilitation specialist (CDRS). In addition to her extensive background treating people with a stroke, orthopaedic or rheumatologic conditions in a hospital setting, she is trained in the assessment and treatment of hand and wrist injuries.

Susan is also a part-time lecturer at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University.

With an in-depth background in research studies, Susan has co-authored numerous publications in the field of driving and occupational therapy.

Susan is an active member of the Ordre des ergothérapeutes du Québec (OEQ) and Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). Other professional memberships include:

  • ADED: The Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists
  • NMEDA National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association Member
  • The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP)
  • CARP Canada’s Association for the Fifty-Plus

ACT Inc. works in partnership with:

Korner-Bitensky, N. & Sofer, S. (2009) The DriveABLE Competence Screen as a predictor of on-road driving in a clinical sample. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 56 (3)

Korner-Bitensky, N., Bitensky. J., Sofer, S., Man-Son-Hing, M., & Gélinas, I. (2005) Driving evaluation practices of clinicians working in the US and Canada. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. V.

Mazer, B.L., Sofer, S., Korner-Bitensky, N., Gélinas, I., Hanley, J., & Wood-Dauphinee, Initial. (2003) Effectiveness of a Visual Attention Retraining Program on the Driving Performance of Clients with Stroke. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 84.

Mazer, B.L., Sofer, S., Korner-Bitensky, & N., Gélinas, I. (2001) Use of the UFOV to Evaluate and Retrain Visual Attention Skills in Clients with Stroke: A Pilot Study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 55 (5).

Korner-Bitensky, N., Mazer, B.L., Sofer, S., Gélinas, I., Meyer, M.B., Morrison, C., Tritch, L., Roelke, M.A., & White, M.  (2000) Visual testing for readiness to Drive After Stroke: A Multicenter Study. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 79 (30).

Mazer, B.L., Korner-Bitensky, N., & Sofer, S., (1998) Predicting Ability to Drive After Stroke.

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 79.

Korner-Bitensky, N., Sofer, S., Gélinas, I., & Mazer, B.L. (1998). Evaluating Driving Potential in Persons with Stroke: A Survey of Occupational Therapy Practices. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 52 (10).

Korner-Bitensky, N., Sofer, S., Kaizer, F., & Gélinas, I. (1994). Assessing ability to drive, following an acute neurological event: Are we on the right road? Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61 (3).

Pagnotta, A., & Sofer, S. (1988). Rheumatic Disease Assessment Battery (R.D.A.B.).

Sofer, S., Pagnotta, A., & Korner-Bitensky, N., (1987). Ulnar Deviation Adaptation for the Wrist Cock-Up Splint. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. 54 (2).