The Acquired Brain Injury Program provides students with the tools needed to succeed in important areas of daily life including interpersonal relationships, work, school and community.
Focus is on:
- Rebuilding a "sense of self"
- Integrating strengths and limitations
- Transitions to volunteer placements, work re-entry programs, school and more independent living situations
The program strives to maintain a low staff to student ratio. It also provides an alternative for those students who may struggle in a fast-paced environment.
The Educational Cultural Complex (ECC) is a small campus surrounded by open parkland. This location affords ABI program access for residents of the South County and adjacent areas. The campus size creates a comfortable and pleasant environment for students, and is manageable for persons of all levels. There is a cafeteria, bookstore, library, and a DSPS office on site.
Classes cover the following areas:
- Communication: receptive and expressive communication skills, including listening, reading, talking, writing and non-verbal communication.
- Cognitive Retraining: memory strategies, organization and time management through classroom exercises and applied computer programs.
- Personal Development: critical issues, adjustment to disability, relationships, stress management.
- Advocacy Awareness: brain anatomy and function, self advocacy.
- Vocational Exploration: leadership, exploring volunteer opportunities.
ABI Class Schedule
- Monday through Thursday,12:30 - 3:30 PM, Educational Cultural Complex 4343 Ocean View Blvd.
- 18-week semesters: Fall (begins September) and Spring (begins January)
- 8-week Summer Session: (begins June)
Completion of the following requirements is advised 4 to 8 weeks PRIOR to the beginning of the semester:
- Intake Interview at DSPS Office (ECC)
- Completed Application
- Medical documentation of brain injury (acquired after age 13)
For Information and Referral, contact:
John Bromma, Counselor Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS), (619) 388-4812.