The core of this project is the set of case studies listed below. Each character is based on interviews with a real person, and each has a very different history. If you are taking the Orientation Course, you should start with Karen's Story.
If you are just browsing through this site, you can choose, based on the character descriptions, which character you'd like to follow through the rehabilitation process as they meet with service providers, deal with regulations, and try to find employment. Each case will probably take you more than an hour to read through.
Farther down the page, you will find links to descriptions of some staff characters. These are also based on real people, often ones who are working with the primary characters. The material on the staff characters is not a story format like the others but a summary of interviews on their views of working in the rehabilitation system. Reading one of these may take half an hour.
click on a name to read that person's story
Karen is 23. Nine years ago she sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury. She recently lost her job and is looking for a new one. Here is Karen's story.
Juan is a 33 year old man. He sustained a C5-6 Spinal Cord Injury two years ago. Juan is working part time now but he wants to go to college. Here is Juan's Story.
Marion is 39 years old and has lived with major depression for most of her life. 5 years ago she was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. She is employed, has a grown daughter, and is engaged to be married. Here is Marion's Story
Tony is about to graduate from High School. He was born with Down's Syndrome and has had several part-time and volunteer jobs. Now he and his parents are trying to figure out what he will do after High School graduation Here is Tony's Story.
Rich is a 33 year old man. He has Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder. Rich has held several part-time jobs in the past, but none have lasted very long. Now he would like something more steady. Here is Rich's Story
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