Podcast Provides Tips for Returning to Work After Rehabilitation for a Spinal Cord or Brain Injury
Shepherd Center vocational case manager shares insights for returning to work.
Every October, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month to recognize the workforce contributions of people with disabilities.Those workers include people living with spinal cord or brain injury.
Returning to work after rehabilitation for these life-changing injuries is filled with challenges. But with the guidance of vocational case managers and others, many have overcome the challenges and now make vital contributions to their employers and communities. They have also become more financially independent and are living full, productive lives.
At Shepherd Center, vocational case manager Debbie Page, MS, LPC, CCM, counsels patients and employers on strategies to accommodate disabilities in the workplace. She and her colleagues have witnessed many successful returns to work, and Debbie has shared her insights in a new podcast for Shepherd Center Radio.
This podcast and others are available at shepherd.org/news/radio or can be downloaded as an MP3 file from the link above. A transcript of the interview is also available on the Shepherd Center Radio web page.
Page has worked at Shepherd Center for eight years. She has worked in the field of medical and vocational rehabilitation since 1989. She earned a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Georgia State University. Debbie is a licensed professional counselor and a certified case manager. She is specialized in visual impairment, brain injury and spinal cord injury rehabilitation.
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 900 inpatients, 575 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year.