Working with a Traumatic Brain Injury: Accommodations and Strategies

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Brain injuries are complex and come with many unanticipated consequences. They can range from mild injuries to catastrophic and have a host of possible outcomes.  A brain injury is complex and its manifestations, typically not physically visible, are unique to the individual. Learning strategies that can be individualized will provide opportunities for greater success in a work environment.   

The return of our troops and increased awareness of TBI makes businesses' ability to reinstate, hire and accommodate employees with a TBI a state and national priority. Educating others on symptoms and strategies will help to facilitate more supportive work environments. 

Meet the Presenters:

Kathleen Martin
photo of KathleenKathie is an occupational therapy consultant with Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Michigan’s state Vocational Rehab program.  Her professional interests include working with transition students and community re-entry and retention with vocational accommodations including worksite evaluations, disability advocacy and inclusion, ergonomics, and assistive technology.  In addition, Kathie is a member of Michigan Occupational Therapy Association (MiOTA), is Certified as a Brain Injury Specialist and as an Employment Training Specialist and is involved in Michigan’s Capital Area Down Syndrome Association.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University in Occupational Therapy.  She provides supervision to Level 1 and Level 2 OT Interns, has lectured on Accommodations and Productivity after a Brain Injury and published work on Adolescents with TBI: Transitioning Back to School.

You can contact Kathie at 248-444-2114 or martink31@michigan.gov 

Christine Roberts
photo of ChristineChristine is an occupational therapy consultant with Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS), Michigan’s state Vocational Rehab program. Her background is in community practice and traumatic brain injury. She joined MRS in 2019 working with individuals with disabilities to obtain and retain employment.  She also works with businesses to educate them on innovative reasonable accommodation strategies and onboarding practices.  Her clinical focus is cognitive, learning and mental health disabilities.  Christine is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a Master’s of Occupational Therapy and Bachelor’s of Science.  She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and has a continued interest in advocating for survivors of auto-related brain injuries. Her professional areas of interest include brain injury rehabilitation, job analysis, identifying accommodations and wellness routines in the workplace for individuals and to enhance an inclusive business culture.

You can contact Christine at 248-285-0565 or robertsc11@michigan.gov