Returning to Work After Injury
The news is not good. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that less than 30 percent of working age people with a disability were employed in 2013 compared to 78 percent for people without a disability. And the bad news affects families, too. Families with an adult member with a disability earn almost 40 percent less than households without an adult member with a disability (2012 Disability Status Report).
So, what is the news for people with disability from brain injury? An analysis of Colorado’s registry showed that working people with severe brain injury (more than one day of coma) had a failure rate of 50 percent in their goal of returning to work at one year.
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About the Author
Lynn Brouwers, MS, CRC, CBIST
Lynn Brouwers holds a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Services from the University of Wisconsin. She has more than 25 years of leadership experience in medical rehabilitation with a specialty in programs for persons with traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. She has managed neurological rehabilitation programs in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, residential facilities, and in the home and community.
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