Normally, traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries require a major life adjustment and have a deep impact on social and work integration and thereby on quality of life. Return to competitive employment gives the possibility to promote autonomy, self-realization and personal dignity and can be considered the aim as well as a tool of rehabilitation. In literature there are a few studies concerning reintegration to work of people with this kind of disabilities. Most of this studies investigate predictors of successful work reintegration, but doesn’t give us information about participants’ perceived occupational life situations. Our cooperative, on the occasion of the 42nd National Congress of the Italian Society of Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine (SIMFER), plan a study designed to assess the outcome of employment in people with severe acquired brain injuries (ABI).
Beyond some predictable results, our data highlights how in the most of cases reintegration to work is by a social company as a non-profit organization. If we consider that a large number of participant in our work didn’t be able to indicate a service supporting RTW, we can assume that there is some distance between individual’s needs and responses of local authorities.
Despite continuous upgrades in activities of occupational and working pathways, the number of job placements decreased from 25% in 2007 to 4% last year, probably due also to current socio-economic crisis. Here it is important to note that predictors indicate in literature do not take into account the law and the economic reality of a State as well as the real possibility that labor market offers to people with ABI. Indices of a very good chance of recovery of everyday life, including work, collide with opportunities and resources of social, economic and political environment. In response to this critical situation, our centers have tried to use more and more high-tech information technology both as a means of training for future business activities and as strategic tools to address the practical difficulties that people with ABI encounter in workplacement.
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