Do you have a traumatic brain injury and would like support or to connect with others?
One of the goals of FREED’s Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) program is to connect people with others who have similar experiences. Traumatic Brain Injury is incredibly common with more than 1.7 million American’s sustaining a TBI annually. TBIs often resulting from accidents or injuries. At FREED, we bring individuals together to empower new options. Our TBI program aims to reduce isolation and increase independence for people with this common syndrome.
People with TBI may have a hard time understanding words, have challenges with memory and concentration, have a hard time modulating their emotions and controlling impulses, and they may have problems with the senses such as vision or hearing.
Here are a few of the services we offer for people who have TBI:
Independent Living Services: We work with people who have TBI in the community and in the home to maximize independence and self-determination. Supported living services include training, supervision, and peer support.
Community Reintegration Services: Community Reintegration Services are “person-centered” at FREED, meaning that we engage with people to meet their own defined goals and needs. These services are provided to maximize independent functioning. Community reintegration services are services provided to support individuals in remaining in or returning to the community. These supports can include helping people self-advocate for housing, transportation, medical care, personal assistance, and mental health counseling. The support is meant to empower consumers to remain in the community.
Vocational Support Services: FREED is a “Right to Work” agency, enabling and supporting people’s self-determination in finding and sustaining employment. Our vocational support services for individuals who have Traumatic Brain Injury include career counseling, resume assistance, and support in attaining educational goals for people who have TBI.
Information and Referral: Our information and referral program supports consumers and their families in identifying resources and coordinating services. We at FREED think of ourselves as a network of support, in which we reach out into the community and the community reaches back toward us.
Public and Professional Education: Our public education program brings information about TBI to lawyers, law enforcement personnel, community agencies and others. In FREED’s, professional TBI workshops, we teach people how to identify brain injury, as well as discussing how to communicate and work effectively with people who are experiencing TBI.
TBI Support Group: Confidential peer support for those living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). FREED is hosting a friendly, peer-led, Traumatic Brain Injury support group meeting in a fully accessible space. Philosophic emphasis is on empowerment, Independent Living and voluntary skills-sharing. If you would be interested in learning more, contact us at (530)477-3333.
Tuesdays, 11:00AM-12:30 at FREED in Grass Valley
Wednesdays, 10:30AM-Noon at FREED in Marysville
Please explore this fantastic TBI resource developed by a FREED consumer: http://youruniquebrain.com/