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Citation:  Koch, L., Rumrill, P., Wu, J. R., Rumrill, S., Iwanaga, K., & Chan, F. (2020). Effective vocational rehabilitation services for improving the postsecondary educational and employment outcomes of young adults with traumatic brain injuries. Brain Injury Professional, 17 (3), 15-20.
Title:  Effective vocational rehabilitation services for improving the postsecondary educational and employment outcomes of young adults with traumatic brain injuries
Authors:  Koch, L., Rumrill, P., Wu, J. R., Rumrill, S., Iwanaga, K., & Chan, F.
Year:  2020
Journal/Publication:  Brain Injury Professional
Publisher:  HDI Publishers
Full text:  http://braininjuryprofessional.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/BIP-D...   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Background:  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2015), between 3.2 million and 5.3 million persons in the United States are living with traumatic brain injury (TBI) related disabilities. Employment outcomes for individuals with TBIs lag far behind those of the general population. Unemployment is particularly profound among young adults with TBIs, as many of them face a range of complications, including cognitive impairments, behavioral problems, and social isolation, which can negatively affect their educational and vocational pursuits (Strauser et al., in press; Todis et al., 2011; Wehman et al., 2014). Patient data from the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems National Data and Statistical Center (TBIMS-NDSC) indicated that the prevalence of unemployment at two-year post-injury (2003–2012) for adults with TBIs was 60.4%, whereas the average unemployment rate for the U. S. population during the same period was 9.0%.

Disabilities served:  Cognitive / intellectual impairment
Developmental disabilities
Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Populations served:  Transition-age youth (14 - 24)
Transition-age students (14 - 22)
Interventions:  Vocational rehabilitation
Transition services
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition
Full-time employment