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Employers and colleagues of veterans living with traumatic brain injury might not know very much about TBI. This section includes information about the kinds of challenges an employee living with TBI might be experiencing on the job, and ways in which employers and colleagues can be supportive and work collaboratively to ensure success for both the employee and the employer.
The more employers know about TBI and PTSD, the more they can help their veteran employees succeed in the workplace.
Not everyone has experience communicating with people with disabilities, but as with anyone, be respectful and courteous.
Don't assume that a person with TBI or PTSD can't do a job due to apparent and non-apparent disabilities. Learn other dos and don'ts
"Veterans make great employees," Army veteran William Marquez, Virginia Employment Commission, explains to Adam. Prospective employers should focus more on the veterans' hard work, discipline, and skill level and less on any disability they may have.
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Dr. Heechin Chae talks about the best strategies for people with brain injury to return to their jobs, the most important and often difficult one being to return slowly and carefully.
An important event at work can take careful planning and energy — before and after the event. Adam shares some tips to help you "break a leg."
When it comes to employment, promising practices exist to help transitioning service members with TBI and PTSD. Providing natural workplace supports is one of these practices.
When it comes to employment, promising practices exist to help transitioning service members with TBI and PTSD. One such practice is mentoring.
Employers can play a vital role in helping service members and veterans with TBI transition back to work by recognizing the challenges associated with TBI and making necessary adjustments and/or reasonable accommodations.
Customized employment is one promising practice to help transitioning service members with combat-related TBI and PTSD succeed in the workplace.
After his brain injury, Adam had to create strategies to help him associate names with faces — from gleaning identifying factors in conversation to adding photos to his electronic contacts.
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Will my boss know that "mild" TBI is much more than mild?
Learn how job accommodations can help employers and employees.
For employers to determine effective accommodations for employees with disabilities.
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The effort employers put forth can make a tremendous difference to an employee with a brain injury.