Brain Injury & Young Adults
Young adulthood is an exceptionally challenging time of life especially for those who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers’ Young Adult Program is specifically designed to assist these individuals in gaining meaningful employment, developing the skills necessary to initiate and maintain long-term relationships, and solidify their identity.
Young Adult Program Schedule
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A Comprehensive Vocational Program
Vocational rehabilitation for the young adults typically requires increased guidance. The services take a habilitation approach, and the program is a gateway into competitive employment. Initially, attention is given to the basic skills of:
• Using a time clock
• Taking appropriate breaks and break lengths
• Accepting feedback
• Quality/productivity at the job
The Young Adult Program also assists with college enrollment. By working with Rainbow’s vocational specialists, the young adults are provided with opportunities to achieve both educational and vocational goals.
Community Rehabilitation Center
When young adults enter the program, they are employed in a community rehabilitation center where job skills are evaluated daily. Feedback is provided by the job coach and use of an itemized protocol. The jobs include general cleaning, landscaping, recycling, shredding, light office work and assembly of seasonal crafts.
An individual has the ability to move into a community enclave with job coach assistance if he or she has maintained the required average score and attendance to succeed. This way an individual receives immediate reinforcement for a job well done or knows the areas in which he or she needs to improve. If appropriate, the final step in the process is competitive employment.
Young adults who require residential services have access to Rainbow’s age-appropriate community homes or semi-independent living apartment settings. In these therapeutic environments, opportunities abound. The young adults may live in an individual or shared apartment, learn to budget their money for needed expenses or learn to drive. Lasting friendships naturally develop when living with or near peers.
Participation in the Program
Participation in the Young Adult Program is available to those in Rainbow’s Residential Program and on an outpatient basis. Those individuals who have attained a high school diploma or equivalent, are working on their GED, or have completed their post-secondary education are also eligible for the program. Young adults who have not completed their formal education are accepted and evaluated for GED services.
Hours & Location
With flexible programming available from one to five days per week, Rainbow’s Young Adult Program hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The community rehabilitation center is located at: 32715 Grand River Avenue in Farmington, MI.