This extensive list of resources was compiled by a class of professional people who returned to being college students at Coastline Community College in order to find out more about brain injury and how to help those who have survived ABI.Many thanks to contributors Jo Anne, Janice, Kathi, Monica, and Celeste, our instructor (without whom none of us would have gotten this far). Coastline has an excellent Coginitive Retraining Program for survivors of brain injury or stroke.
Many of the documents available from this site are in pdf format.If you don't have Acrobat Reader, you can download it here.
On this first site, the primary focus is one of positive communication between persons with brain injury, family members/caregivers/friends of persons with brain injury, professionals who treat persons with brain injury and community members in order to create positive changes and enhance public awareness and knowledge of acquired/traumatic brain injury The Perspectives Network
Epidemiology and Prevention for Injury Control Branch California Department of Health Services Brain Injury Surveillance
Brain Injury Association of Kentucky. Their website in particular should be useful to the family member seeking information, education, solace about brain injury. Family Changes sections, entitled "Help! I'm New!" "Attitude is Recovery" and "Resources" are useful and informative buttons to click on; but there are some straight-talking sections on Long-Term Recovery, Explosive Behavior, etc. that are well worth the family's attention. Though sections of the site are under construction, this is definitely a Keeper to use with client families! BIA Kentucky
Prevention Matters The BIA - USA is a great resource. This page has links to various areas of prevention and safety. I have knowledge of the areas of that have dealt with after my injuries. To get a betterunderstanding of unfamiliar issues, this is a great place to start.Prevention Matters
Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability among people under the age of 24. As many as 80% of all deaths in bike crashes result from brain injury. Head Smart
Concussion and traumatic brain injury: This 15-page illustrated guide contains a mini glossary of medical terms, lists of expected physical, cognitive, and behavioral changes, and helpful tips for individuals with TBI and their family members. Cricket Diane Phillips wrote the guide with input from a team of individuals with brain injury for the Division of Health Planning, Georgia Department of Community Health and the TBI Steering Committee of the Health Strategies Council. To download a copyBack to Index
California Department of Mental Health Services Acquired Traumatic Brain Injury Project
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders. The article below gives an overview of psychosocial therapy. NAMI
International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation. Its goal is to provide a public forum for practitioners, consumers and researchers to address the multiple service needs of patients and families and help determine what works, for whom under a variety of circumstances.
The Amen Clinics in Newport Beach and Fairfield are private medical clinics that specialize in innovative diagnosis and treatment for a wide variety of neuropsychiatric, behavioral and learning problems for children, teenagers and adults.
Cognitive behavior therapy - or CBT for short - is a clinically and research proven breakthrough in mental health care. Hundreds of studies by research psychologists and psychiatrists make it clear why CBT has become the preferred treatment for many conditions. Read more about CBTBack to Index
aphasia (word finding problems) fact sheet aphasia
Vestibular Problems School of Medicine Research and Training Center for Hearing and Balance.
Information and help for those who have suffered a STROKE.The National Stroke Association.
MOTOR SPEECH DISORDERS (dysarthria)After a stroke or other brain injury, the muscles of the mouth, face, and respiratory system may become weak, move slowly, or not move at all. The resulting speech condition is called dysarthria. The type and severity of dysarthria depends on which area of the nervous system is affected.
Can we train our brains?
Neuro-Optrometric Rehabilitation Association lists many of the eye problems an ABI survivor might have and various treatments and a newsletter, bibligraphy, etc for professionals working with neurological impairments. NORA
Frequently overlooked issues is a site well worth the visit. Balance and coordination problems, as well as some eye/vision problems are discussed. Frequently Overlooked Issues
Legal assistance and referrals as well as extensive descriptions of brain dysfunctions Tbilaw
a letter from your brain Read about brain injury from the brain's perspectiveBack to Index
U. Wisconsin's Stout Rehabilitation Center, where we can access their publications concerning ABI rehabilitation. This particular area is a veritable treasure trove of publications about transitions to workplace for the ABI client, the therapist, and the employer. Numerous inexpensive publications available. Stout Rehabilitation Center
National Library of Medicine Current Bibliographies Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Current Bibliographies
BIA USA Treatment and RehabThe Road to Rehab Series
The Brain Injury Society is a federally-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation committed to empowering persons living with conditions caused by a brain injury. The organization works with clients, families and caregivers to identify strategies and techniques to maximize the new found potentials for a stronger recovery. In this way individuals recovering from brain injuries are better able to lead active, productive and meaningful lives while becoming as independent as possible in a rarely given second chance. The Brain Injury Society
This site is useful on searching for specific BI info. It has been broken down into categories and also has a list of BI related sites. I like Google because you can search within your search to narrow down your results. Google's Web Directory - Brain InjuryBack to Index
Article on Independent Living Centers Quest Magazine Read the Article
The ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization) program is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living. They have a national directory of Independent Living Centers for consumers, and a newsletter for professionals. Newsletter
TASH is an organization of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates and professionals concerned with human dignity, civil rights, education and independence for all individuals with disabilities. TASH has a newsletter, Connections, that provides its members with informative, thought-provoking and inspiring articles, resources and connections. Examples of topics are lifestyle planning; housing opportunities; balancing choice, safety and risk; and ethics in behavior control.
The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is the oldest cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. NCILBack to Index
Kirchner Vocational Rehabilitation and Case Management Provides vocational assessments and evaluations, case management for injured workers, transferable skills analysis,labor market surveys,occupational research,vocational expert witness,disability management,job placement assistance,and vocational testing.
Case Management Resource Guide A free searchable health directory/database of over 110,000 specialty healthcare services, facilities, businesses and organizations, covering over 40 categories of services. Find resources on organizations, diseases, pharmaceuticals, and services.
Neurological Case Management Associates Homepage Provides a specialized approach to personal injury. Covers neurological case management, specializing in traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries (TBI/SCI), advocacy, service coordination, educational/vocational planning.Back to Index
National Patient Advocate Foundation is a policy organization committed to national and state iniatives that will enhance and ensure patients' access to care and reimbursement for same through legislative and policy processes.
NICHCY is the national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. Our special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22).
Protection & Advocacy, Inc. is an organization that works in partnership with people who have disabilities to advocate and protect their rights. PAI is a California based agency with offices throughout the state. This web site has many links to other disability related resources.Protection & Advocacy, Inc. -Newsletter
Pride Industries is located in Northern California. I 'm familiar with this organization because a good friend of mine participated in their work program for many years. Earlier this year I met one of their job coaches a Compensatory Skills Trainer's workshops. I was impressed with her desire to know more about brain injury to better serve their consumers better.
The NC Department of Health and Human Services - Olmstead Ruling Compliance. This web site is compiled of questions and responses to a small group meeting addressing Disability issues related to the Olmstead ruling. The results from these questions will be used to assist NC DHHS in developing a plan to comply with the Olmstead policy.TBI ACT passed in 2003 Read the details.
The National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems, Inc. (NAPAS) is a voluntary membership organization of state programs advocating for the rights of people with disabilities.
RSA acts as an advocate to ensure the rights of persons with disabilities; establishes standards for determining who are individuals with disabilities for purposes of RSA program eligibility; and provides leadership in ensuring that all categories of individuals with disabilities receive equitable consideration for access to services.
Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK) is a Parent Training and Information Center that Parents & Professionals can turn to for assistance in seeking and obtaining needed early intervention, educational, medical or therapeutic support service for children.
The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc., (DREDF) is the leading national law and policy center in disability civil rights. DREDF was founded in 1979 by a unique alliance of adults with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities. DREDF's name was chosen to associate and align with the tradition of other civil rights legal defense funds, starting with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. DREDF offers education, training and technical assistance to persons with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities, lawyers, service providers and policy makers about disability civil rights laws and policies. Since the passage of the ADA in 1990, DREDF has provided training on this law to over 45,000 people from virtually all 50 states, annually providing an additional 13,000 people with information about their legal rights.Back to Index
Family Care America. Caregiver resources searchable by zipcodeCareAmerica
Link2Care is a service demonstration in collaboration with Family Caregiver Alliance, the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the following five Caregiver Resource Centers: Bay Area, Del Mar, Del Oro, Valley and Mountain. If you are a client of one of these Caregiver Resource Centers and would like to participate in our online services, you may register online. Link2Care is a secure site designated for CRC clients only.
Recovery Awareness Foundation, a caregiver assistance program which will actually supply funding if you submit information to them about your need. They provide lots of links to survivor/family/caregiver stories, a caregiver support mailing list, and people such as Claudia Osborn. It's a nice site, worth everyone's attention, but not as chock-full of information on long-term care, transition, or case management. Recovery Awareness Foundation
Bouverie Centre of Victoria, Australia. This is a mental health center which offers quality short courses and workshops concerning issues of family adjustment to brain injury. BC also offers specialized training of a sensitive nature to working professionals within the field of brain injury rehabilitation and will send a team of speakers to the sponsoring agency to deliver same. They work with public mental health agencies as well as health and welfare agencies to deal with families and other caregivers. They offer publications on family therapy which can be ordered from them online. I've not seen anything online that comes close to offering this much assistance to caregivers/family members here in the USA. As a professional, I'd be tempted to travel there (if airline travel were cheap enough) to participate in one of these workshops.
Brain Injury Foundation website, which offers a rather comprehensive treatise entitled "The Family Reacts." It covers mostly everything someone with an ABI survivor in care would want to know except discussion of roles in case management. Still, it's nicely organized, easy to read, friendly in tone; and I think it's worth keeping an eye on for future offerings. I'd use this as an online referral for families/caregivers.
Centre for Neuro Skills This site has information that is easy to understand. And links to various resources - books, articles, and other related sites. The down fall is trying to find the info within the site. The frames can be overwhelming and printing is difficult. It is a site to recommend often, but try to locate the URL for the topic of concern. It eliminates the frustration of getting around the site.
This is the official case management website CMSA is an international not-for-profit membership society of case managers, nurses, and allied healthcare professionals. CMSA offers its members a great way to network and obtain continuing education in the fields of case management, nursing, social work, disease management, and rehabilitation.
Help for those clients who are using Medicare benefits to pay for services. The Medicare Learning Network web site was established in response to the increased usage of the Internet as a learning resource by Medicare health care professionals. This web site is designed to provide you with the appropriate information and tools to aid health care professionals with: Education and customer service staff in Baltimore, Washington, 10 HCFA regional offices, Your local carrier and intermediary and Nearly 400 Medicare Learning Centers. These centers volunteer to serve as downlink sites for HCFA Satellite Broadcasts. the proper submission of Medicare claims; and the appropriate payment for services rendered to Medicare beneficiaries.
Case Management Resource Guide
Acquired Brain injury Literature Resource Guide Offers a list of reference materials about acquired brain injury, for professionals, caregivers, and survivors.
the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation website, which offers a rather comprehensive treatise entitled "The Family Reacts." It covers mostly everything someone with an ABI survivor in care would want to know except discussion of roles in case management. Still, it's nicely organized, easy to read, friendly in tone; and I think it's worth keeping an eye on for future offerings. I'd use this as an online referral for families/caregivers.Back to Index
Founded in 1977, PACER Center was created by parents of children and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families facing similar challenges. Today, PACER Center expands opportunities and enhances the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families. PACER is staffed primarily by parents of children with disabilities and works in coalition with 18 disability organizations. PACER Center
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition seeks to increase the capacity of national, state and local agencies and organizations to improve secondary education and transition results for youth with disabilities and their families. NCSE&T
The Perspectives Network online archives is a good resource for articles. Special note check out the article entitled: Developing Functional IEPs
Grant Wood AEA Brain Injury Resource TeamProviding consultation and information for school teams who have students with traumatic brain injuries. Alice Dahle (319) 399-6818 Our Mission: As a partner we provide exemplary leadership and service to support learning in schools and communities. Grant Wood AEA Brain Injury Resource Team
CasaColina is the site for a Pomona-based nonprofit rehabilitation facility which Does It All. The site is extremely informative and useful, except for the psychosocial aspects of Transition to Work. --worth a visit -- online and off -- just to see what they can do for a given client.
The Empowerment Zone, created and staffed by those with various disabilities, is a treasure trove of articles on all aspects of disability, including brain injury. There isn't a more complete advocacy/re-entry site on the Internet right now, but one has to have a lot of time in order to view, then read, all the articles available. Worth your time! The Empowerment Zone
NeuroNews -- a newsletter -- from a rehab center called NeuroAdvance, in Danvers MA.Issue XI, spring/Summer 2000 on the subject of Work. There are three articles by/about students who have returned to work from this place and one by a job coach that gives us insight on that work. NeuroNews
The Arc of Winnebago, Boone, and Ogle Counties in Illinois, contains information on Transition Planning, Staffing, and IEPs. Geared primarily toward those who are mentally retarded and developmentally delayed, but of late it has added an autism site. This is an example of the re-entry and mixing of disabilities we read about in Y&G, and it's worth a look to see how they work with young people, how they work with one another. The Arc of Winnebago
Citizens Alliance to Uphold Special Education a collaborative forum where consumers and providers can actively support an individualized, Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE) that enables ALL students to maximize their options in the world community. Their priority is the protection of the rights of students with disabilities. It is committed to training parents of children with disabilities and other special needs to serve as advocates for other parents. Over the years CAUSE has certified hundreds of these parents as "Parent Trainers". In return for their three-year commitment, Parent Trainers are provided with intensive introductory and continuing training from CAUSE and join a supportive and knowledgeable community of advocates. Cause Online
Family & Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) Web site. The Partnership is a project which aims to inform and educate families and advocates about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997 and promising practices.FAPE
A website that parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys can come to up-to-date information about effective advocacy for children with disabilities. There are hundreds of articles, cases, newsletters, and other information about special education law and advocacy. Recommend it to families.wrightslawBack to Index
Assistive Technology for people with a disability who find operating a computer difficult, maybe even impossible. This web site will direct you to adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers. Ability Hub
A Family Guide to Assistive Technology
Welcome to the Closing The Gap Forum. We encourage you to join this rapidly growing network of professional, informed specialists working to enhance the lives of persons with special needs through technology. Share your questions, ideas, and best practices. We would like to thank you for your participation, your thoughts and ideas, and for making our Forum a useful, supportive place for individuals with disabilities, parents, teachers, and Assistive Technology professionals alike.
L&HT Kurzweil 3000 reads scanned or electronic text aloud using human sounding synthetic speech (L&HT RealSpeakT). Words are highlighted in contrast as they are spoken. This patented auditory and visual presentation of information helps increase reading accuracy, speed and comprehension for struggling readers. Kurzweil 3000
Closing the Gap computer technology in special education and rehabilitation.
Services, Inc., (SCRS), founded in 1979 by a group of disabled individuals aiming to improve quality of life for disabled persons living throughout SoCal. Serving more than 3,500 disabled persons in the LA, Orange, Riverside and San Bernadino counties, SCRS has comprehensive programs responding to the needs of the disabled community. Services are provided free to all with disabilities, and funding comes publicly from federal, state, county, and city governments as well as privately from foundations, corporations, and individuals. SCRS's local board of directors is composed of at least 51% disabled persons.SCRS sponsors both The Southeast Center for Independent Living (SECIL) and The Southern California Project with Industry (SCPWI). Southern California Project with Industry (SCPWI)
Dedicated to creating a world in which people with disabilities will live simply as people. In this world, people with disabilities will have the same opportunity as all other people, be treated with dignity and respect, and have access to all the benefits of our society. .National Center for Disability Services
Nathaniel H. Kornreich Technology Center focuses on ability. Nathaniel H. Kornreich Assistive technologyBack to Index
Beyond all the factors within the person and the family that influence longterm improvement, there must be sufficient resources and flexibility within the community and work situation to receive and adequately serve the individual with TBI. Whether there is an effective and affordable head trauma program available, is one big factor. Whether the community provides additionally needed resources such as day programs, competent therapists, school programs, etc., will certainly influence these individuals' chances for long term improvement.
When return to work becomes an issue, the availability of appropriate jobs and the flexibility of employers become crucial variables. Experience shows that for those individuals who return to work successfully, the employers and supervisors are likely to possess certain qualities.
First, they are willing to talk with the vocational counselor to understand the strengths and limitations of the client, and to give them a chance.
Second, they are flexible in their expectations of the client, and are more inclined to notice the clients' abilities than the inevitable peculiarities of the "head injured behavior."
Third, they are not "on guard" for the first sign of trouble as a trigger for dismissal but rather they work with the counselor after the client is hired to smooth out and solve difficulties that arise. To find the proper blend of job and cooperative employer for the head injured person takes considerable perseverance and insight. The availability of such a situation is an important factor in long term functional improvement.
"Traumatic Brain Injury and Vocational Rehabilitation" edited by David Corthell, Ed.D.
Education in Rehabilitation
Training Resource Network, Inc. Offering resources on the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in their communities Training and Consultation Topics in Supported Employment Browse our Catalog Conferences and Trainings TRN Order Form Supported Employment InfoLines News and information in supported employment. Training Resource Network, Inc. Vol. 13, No. 1, ©2002 TRN, Inc.
The leading national corporate resource on all issues related to the successful employment and integration of individuals with disabilities into America's workforce. The National Business & Disability Council (NBDC)
The CRS Rehabilitation of Australia site, run by their government rehabilitation offices, simply because it came from Australia. The site because it provides a wide range of services. This is worth a look when thinking about resources and advocacy for ABI VR.
Dedicated to facilitating integrated employment and full participation of persons with disabilities in their work and learning communities ABILITIES, INC.
An Innovative Recruitment and Placement Tool A Web-Based Pipeline to Job Opportunities This site offers information, resources and research connecting employers with qualified individuals with disabilities. Includes: Disabilities Management, Workforce Diversity, Workforce Training, Accomodations and the Law and Policy. They also offer a web-based certificate program for supported employment. This series of coursework includes a historical overview of supported employment, defines the components of a customer profile to include situational assessments, community assessments, vocational evaluations and functional resumes, and the various alternative funding sources for supported employment (e.g., medicaid, social security work incentives, vocational rehabilitation, community resources, developmental disabilities, etc.). Work Support
The best source I've found on this topic. Includes a definition of supported employment, listings of state chapters, legislative updates, news regardug advocating for the disabled, lists of up-coming conferences and trainings as well as additional links that appear very helpful. Association for Persons in Supported Employment (APSE)
REDI-Online establishes a national network of Return-to-Work professionals, called REDI-Connectors, that will link rehabilitation service providers and their clients with job opportunities provided by participating employers. REDI-Online has been created by the National Association of Rehabilitation Professionals in the Private Sector (NARPPS) and is sponsored by The Hartford. The Hartford is the exclusive insurance and financial services company sponsoring REDI-Online.
Office of Employment Support Services (OESP) There is an employers section of the OESP web site which provides information about employing people with disabilities. Employers will find helpful information about the Americans with Disabilities Act, tax incentives and helpful links to the President's Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities.
Job Accomodatiion Network (JAN)JAN is an international toll-free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations and the employability of people with disabilities. JAN also provides information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) This site includes JAN's Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR) which is available to let users explore various accommodation options for persons with disabilities in the work setting.
Northern Lights Vocational Services of Ontario, Canada. This is THE place for consumers needing case management services, for it bridges the gap from unemployment to employment for those who have "barriers" to employment. It's a very impressive website, and if I were a Canadian CRS I would refer my consumer here
This is only one of the many resources available for disabled job seekers at icanoline. "Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped or People Who Have Disabilities, Revised" by Richard Nelson Bolles and Dale Susan Brown Ten Speed Press, $12.95 Few would disagree that people with disabilities face more roadblocks in the job search than their "able-bodied" counterparts. It is how they approach those roadblocks that can make the difference to their getting a job. That is the premise of "Job-hunting for the So-called Handicapped or People Who Have Disabilities" by Richard Bolles and Dale Susan Brown. People with disabilities have the highest unemployment rate in the U.S. and have been called the "untapped workforce." Despite disincentives to work such as the loss of state or federal aid and not being covered by employers' medical insurance because of preexisting conditions, most people with a disability want to work. Unfortunately, many give up after being rejected time after time. This book can help the disillusioned find the inspiration and confidence to keep trying.
Job Access, located in Costa Mesa, is a service of ABILITY Magazine and CareerMosaic, which helps people with disabilities enhance their professional lives by providing a dedicated system for finding employment. It works together with companies, governments and non-profits to make it easier for people with disabilities to match their experience to an employer who needs them.
SBIcares provides a broad spectrum of program for rehabilitation, re-education, and employment leading to independence for the survivor and his family. One of the services they offer is job coaching. Their follow-up service is called Touchstones, which appears to be a case management system supporting clients on the job, in volunteer positions, housing, and in relationships both personal and community. Fees are not listed
The simplified version of job retention skills from the job bank
Report on key issues and International strategies to overcome job retention roadblocks for the disabled community worldwide.
Australia's job retention strategies contribution a.k.a. the job retention project.
Diversity world is more about reducing barriers.
The Handbook on SSI Work Incentives and Transition Students is a very informative booklet to download for those consumers we encounter between the ages of 14-21. These SSI work incentives allow disabled students to increase their income while maintaining financial benefits from SSI so long as they are in school. This is a planning tool which is meant to provide students, parents, school personnel, and other IEP/transition team members with potential resources for increased post-high school training and other forms of support when a student leaves school. The student benefits by engaging in paid employment, increasing his income without losing SSI benefits or eligibility for other benefits such as Medicaid, offset expenses incurred due to work, and save for further education and training or to start his own business. The booklet is quite detailed, really useful because it explains every parameter, going so far as to explain our role in obtaining services for our consumer.
A very impressive website is APSE (Association for People in Supported Employment), which is meant to serve those people working in supported employment. APSE covers public policy affecting people with disabilities in SE, the empowerment of SE workers, and the management of SE progress. Not only does the site cover a lot of territory -- including News, Conferences, State Chapters, Products (publications, position statements, and spirit purchases) -- but it also has a newsletter, the Advance, published quarterly, which contains significant information for the supported employee. One can become a member and subscribe to the newsletter online. CA's APSE chapter President is John M. Christensen, online at email@example.com
The APSE website mentioned the SSA's 2001 Redbook, a publication for those who receive SSI and SSDI payments and want to work, and worth checking out (or downloading if you have reams and reams of paper). This lengthy and somewhat confusing "toolkit" covers everything anyone ever wanted to know (and more) about Employment Support Programs. There are sections on Youth with Disabilities all the way to Advocates, so it's quite a comprehensive location. New 2001 Amount Adjustments are covered, including the pilot position of Employment Support Representatives (ESRs), who are meant to help disabled persons to thread their way through the information and transition to work. Additionally, information on the Ticket to Work Program and Work Incentive Improvement Act of 1999 is available as well as Expanded Availability of Healthcare Services and New Employment Supports. An Overview of Employment Support covers topics of Impairment-Related Work Expenses (IRWE), Subsidy and Special conditions, Unincurred Business Expenses for self-employed persons only, Unsuccessful Work Attempts, Trial Work Periods, Extended Period of Work Eligibility, Continuation of Medicare Coverage, medicare for People with Disabilties who Work, and continued Payment under the VR Program. One has to learn a lot of acronyms to get through this, but all the information is available. And the 2002 book is soon to arrive.
Of interest concerning melding/networking different rehabilitation facilities for efficient and effective VR is New York City's International Center for Disabilities, which has been there since 1917. An incredible offering! They are now multidisciplinary and offer multiple VR opportunities, including work adjustment, work skills, and job placement. As a metropolitan center, they can offer such a variety of services to their ABI consumers.
The SBSES is a service of the U.S. DOL's Office of Disability Employment Policy which provides information, counseling, and referrals about self-employment and small business ownership opportunities for people with disabilities. SBSES is located at the Job Accommodation Network.
In the FY 2001 budget, Congress approved a new Office of Disability Employment Policy for the Department of Labor. Programs and staff of the former President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities have been integrated in this new office. The mission of ODEP, under the leadership of an Assistant Secretary, will be to bring a heightened and permanent long-term focus to the goal of increasing employment of persons with disabilities. This will be achieved through policy analysis, technical assistance, and development of best practices, as well as outreach, education, constituent services, and promoting ODEP's mission among employers.
Redesign Learning is a supported employment program sponsored by a partnership between the Department of Rehabilitation, Almansor Center, and the disabled employee/consumer. The Institute for the Redesign of Learning is located in South Pasadena, and has a Transitions department, including Job Development and Placement Services for Adults with disabilities. Specifically it has a Job Readiness Training Program which includes teaching job retention skills.
Tthe University of Iowa School of Medicine's Disability Resource Library. INDEX. Here, one can actually access a sries of papers and books focusing on job retention techniques for the disabled (including ABI survivors). Among them are such titles as Working I: Attitudes and Habits for Getting and Holding a Job, Social and Interpersonal Skills Necessary for Employment on Our Own, Social Skills at Work, Brain Injury Rehabilitation: Teaching Job Seeking Skills, Brain Injury Rehabilitation: Developing Adaptive Work Behaviors; and 10 Golden Rules for the Workplace. Lots more titles appear. One can join this library, but it will run $100. Maybe when we're earning some "big bucks" we can get in on this material.
Find out what grants may be available and currently funded for employing the disabledBack to Index