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RISE: A Program For Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury   

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Arapahoe Community College, in collaboration with Craig Hospital and MINDSOURCE - Brain Injury Network at the Colorado Department of Human Services, is offering a new program designed to bridge the transition between hospital-based rehabilitation and return to the community for adults living with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). The courses in the program address the cognitive and psycho social skills needed to achieve post-injury social, educational and/or vocational goals.


Targeted Skills Include:

  • memory and organization
  • time management
  • self-advocacy
  • self-awareness and goal setting
  • problem solving
  • social interaction and communication
  • psycho-social resilience and self-efficacy
  • use of compensatory technology

Is the RISE program right for me or someone I know?

  • Have a desire to attend and participate in a community college course that supports self-advocacy, life management skills and productive community engagement.
  • Be able to attend to personal care needs or provide a personal care attendant.
  • Remain an active participant through the length of the course.
  • Be able, after an initial orientation and training, to safely and independently navigate ACC’s Littleton campus.
  • Be able to provide medical documentation or other verification of a sustained moderate to severe acquired brain injury (ABI) or traumatic brain injury (TBI).
  •   Individuals with mild injuries will be considered for the program after the initial pilot year.
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 65.

Do you think this program is a good fit for you or someone you know?

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Pilot Course begins September 2021:

RISE will kick-off with a 12-week pilot course. This initial non-credit course will follow the Self Advocacy for Independent Life (SAIL) curriculum, an evidence-based* program addressing self-advocacy and self-management after ABI, emphasizing 5 core areas:

  1. Self-Assessment and Goal Setting: learning to assess needs and set attainable post-injury goals
  2. Wellness: strategies for physical, emotional, cognitive, and social wellness
  3. Cognitive Skills: generalizing compensatory cognitive strategies to the community
  4. Information and Resources: fostering self-management and self-advocacy
  5. Psycho-Social Skills: strategies for interacting successfully at home, in the community, at school, and at work

Course Information
9/14 – 12/9
Tuesdays, 10am-12:30pm, ACC Littleton Campus
Thursdays, 10-10:30am, Remotely via Zoom
No class sessions on 11/23 and 11/25 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Course Fee: $800 (Students may apply third-party scholarships and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation funding toward this program. ACC does not currently offer scholarships for this course.)

Additional courses, to be added in 2022, will address specific topics within the core areas (e.g., time management and social skills at work). Students may take courses based on individual goals, with some students enrolling for one semester, while other students may enroll over a 2-year period.

Begin the registration process!

We will work together to determine if this program is the best fit for your needs.

Program Background:

RISE was developed in response to a community need, modeled after successful programs in California at Coastline and Mesa Community Colleges. Craig Hospital is providing clinical staff expertise in curriculum development. The RISE Community Advisory Committee includes representatives of the following: Individuals/families with lived ABI experience; Craig Hospital; MINDSOURCE; Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado; Colorado Department of Healthcare Policy Financing; Colorado Office of Employment First; Colorado Department of Higher Education.

* Lenore Hawley, MSSW, LCSW; Clare Morey, MA, CCC-SLP; Mitch Sevigny, MS; Jessica Ketchum, PhD; Grahame Simpson, PhD; Cynthia Harrison-Felix, PhD; Candace Tefertiller, PhD. Enhancing Self-Advocacy after Traumatic Brain Injury: A Randomized Controlled Trial, Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 2021


Registrations and Questions: Call 303.797.5722, or email