The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Integration of Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury at TIRR

Training Project 2: Outreach to Community Organizations to Increase Social Networking Opportunities

Background

Reduced social integration is frequently reported after TBI, including social isolation and loneliness, decreased size of social networks, and increased dependence on family to provide recreation and emotional support. Decreased participation in previously enjoyed recreational or leisure activity is also common after TBI. An inability to participate in leisure or recreational activities may reduce opportunities for establishing and maintaining social contacts and friendships after injury.

Community organizations provide important opportunities for participation in leisure activities and socialization, often at little to no cost to community members.

Objectives

The purpose of this training project is to provide outreach, general education and technical assistance to staff at community institutions that offer opportunities for participation in leisure activities and social networking.

The project includes: