The Total Re-Integration (TRI) Program at Richland College is an educational experience designed specifically for those students who have sustained a brain injury after the age of 13. The brain injury may be either acquired (stroke, tumor) or traumatic. Brain injuries present physical and emotional challenges for the student, their family and friends. Recovery from brain injury has been described as a long journey.
Although brain injury may result in physical impairment, the more problematic consequences involve the individual's cognition, emotional functioning, and behavior. These impact interpersonal relationships, school, and work. The cognitive consequences of injury are similarly broad. Some of the most persistent problems include memory impairment and difficulties in attention and concentration.
The HEATH Resource Center at George Washington University states that "Higher education offers significant opportunities for cognitive stimulation and age appropriate socializing opportunities that enable a person with a brain injury to re-connect with the world, rediscover abilities, understand new limitations while developing compensatory strategies, and regain confidence and self-esteem." Richland College, through the Total Re-Integration Program, has been doing just that since its inception.
The Richland College Total Re-Integration (TRI) program offers:
The program is open to adults of all ages who have documented brain injuries acquired through trauma or disease. For further information and documentation requirements please contact the Disability Services Office at 972-238-6180.
Please also follow our TRI blog here. This blog has been created by students in the Richland College Multimedia Department to inform people with brain injuries and learning disabilities how to supercharge their brains. Please read and watch videos on all the inspirational information and the latest research about how the brain can change itself. Tip: taking classes is one great way to exercise your brain.
The class offers a special thanks to the Richland College Disabilities Department for helping them.