Through supported job and volunteer placement services, Brain Injury Services (BIS) helps its clients discover their true capabilities and find and maintain suitable employment.
Most survivors of brain injuries see employment as a big milestone in their recovery. It means independence, self-worth, and community reintegration. But finding and maintaining employment is a big, long-term challenge for those with brain injuries. Their abilities are easily misunderstood by employers. Survivors often have a hard time recognizing their own capabilities and challenges.
The BIS Supported Employment Program was developed to help BIS clients meet appropriate employment goals. The program works in collaboration with the Virginia State Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) and accepts referrals from DARS.
The program provides individualized employment services for survivors of brain injury using the Supported Employment model. A BIS employment specialist works one-on-one to assist a survivor with suitable employment goal setting, job searches, on-site job training, follow-along support, and help keeping a job.
The Volunteer Placement Program helps BIS clients to assess their interests and to find a suitable volunteer job in the community. The vocational specialist may assist with interviewing and any needed accommodations as the client adjusts to the position. A volunteer specialist maintains communication with the client, volunteer site, and case manager, as needed. The goal is to place all interested clients in fulfilling volunteer jobs. This is often a bridge to returning to paid employment.