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Citation:  Rumrill, P., & Koch, L. (2020). Americans with traumatic brain injuries and the vocational rehabilitation process: Strategies for meeting the needs of emerging consumers.. Journal of Rehabilitation, 86 (3), 50-57.
Title:  Americans with traumatic brain injuries and the vocational rehabilitation process: Strategies for meeting the needs of emerging consumers.
Authors:  Rumrill, P., & Koch, L.
Year:  2020
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Rehabilitation
Publisher:  National Rehabilitation Association
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Background:  This article describes the traumatic brain injury (TBI) epidemic that is facing America and its implications for vocational rehabilitation (VR) services. Following an overview of the incidence, prevalence, and impact of TBI, the authors suggest strategies to meet the employment and career development needs of Americans with TBI across the phases of the VR process. The importance of individualized case planning, cognitive support technology, and interface with medical and mental health professionals is emphasized throughout the article. Implications resulting from the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic are discussed.
Purpose:  The tripartite purpose of this article is to (a) describe the nature and needs of Americans with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), (b) examine the unique effects that TBI has on employment and career development, and (c) suggest strategies that rehabilitation professionals can use to improve vocational rehabilitation (VR) services and outcomes for this growing but underserved clientele. Established best practices in VR services for people with emerging disabilities such as TBI are emphasized throughout the article.

Disabilities served:  Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Interventions:  Transition services