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Rehabilitation Center Upgrades Driving Program

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Thanks to a big grant, the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville is upgrading its driving program for students with spinal cord injuries.

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation awarded the center $35,000. With that money, the center purchased a new car equipped with many features to make maneuvering easier for the drivers. 

Markeia Hamlett, the first student training in the car, says she's very excited about the progress. 

"I'm paralyzed, so finding a comfortable position is kind of difficult, but this car makes it so great. And as far as being able to maneuver - great. Great maneuver ability, great handling. It's kind of like they thought of everything," said Hamlett said.

The Chevy Malibu has six types of hand controls, giving plenty of options to the students. 

The grant will also pay for another temporary instructor to get drivers off a four-month waiting list.

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