Realizing Employment Success: A Tailored Approach to Serving People with Brain Injuries
Webinar: Date: April 12, 2022 | Time: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm EST
Office Hours: Date: April 15, 2022 | Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST
People with brain injuries seek meaningful employment opportunities in their communities each year. Some transition to work without the need for accommodations or pre-employment services and supports. For others, the pathway to employment presents various challenges due to physical, neurocognitive, and/or emotional changes in function. Complicating employment pursuits for individuals with brain injury stems in part from the often less visible nature of the disability as well as the high prevalence of co-occurring behavioral or mental health issues. Such challenges have resulted in the creation of innovative programs and funding opportunities to address the critical supports and services that individuals with brain injuries need to achieve successful employment outcomes.
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), housed within the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, established a partnership with local community rehabilitation programs (CRP) to strategically serve people with brain injuries. The primary goal of the partnership is to support job seekers with brain injuries receive tailored services from certified brain injury specialists through its competitive funding opportunities for local CRPs. DVRS works closely with the North Carolina Traumatic Brain Injury Program which was awarded a five-year federal grant from the Administration for Community Living (ACL).
During this webinar, participants heard from North Carolina DVRS as well as from a key CRP partner, Community Partnerships Inc., about the milestone-based structure and approach of the Brain Injury Support and Services (BISS) program which aims to connect people with brain injuries to competitive integrated employment through an individualized, self-directed, and holistic approach to services. The National Association of State Head Injury Administrators opened and facilitated the session focused on helping employment service providers recognize opportunities to help people with brain injuries succeed in employment.
– National Association of State Head Injury Administrators
– North Carolina DVRS
– Community Partnerships Inc.