|Coastline Community College’s Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Program is an educational program designed to provide cognitive retraining for adults who have sustained a brain injury. The program’s unique curriculum has been developed to address a variety of special needs that resulted from brain injury such as impaired attention and concentration, language disabilities, loss of reasoning skills and memory disturbances. Staffed by a team of credentialed special education instructors, assisted by a neuropsychologist, instructional aides, graduate student volunteers and staff, the ABI Program’s goal is to provide structured cognitive retraining, allowing students to maximize their abilities, to regain their independence and to realize their academic and vocational goals. |
Base funding for the ABI program comes from the State’s Disabled Students Programs and Services
(DSP&S) Categorical funds, along with College matching funds. The ABI Foundation, a 501 (C) (3) organization, was originally founded to help support the financial needs of the students while attending the program through such means as gas and grocery store cards, help with tuition, transportation costs and child care, as well as paying for such expenses as unexpected car repairs or medical bills. As support for the ABI Foundation grew, it was then able to support the PDA program, developed to help students with memory compensation techniques that are applied to brain injury related deficits such as attention to detail, visual memory, sequencing, categorization and time management. Now, due to the California budget crisis and the fact that our base Categorical funding has been dramatically reduced, our fundraising efforts now go directly to support the continuation of the ABI program itself and the services it provides.
The ABI program is unique in that it was developed and remains under the community college system. In most cases, current services for medical rehabilitation process may only begin the process of cognitive remediation and under even the best healthcare systems may be very limited in scope. Coastline offers a very affordable and comprehensive solution to long term cognitive retraining including community re-integration services. You can help keep this amazing community resource viable by making a donation today.
For more information about giving opportunities, including sponsoring an ABI event, please contact Celeste Ryan, Instructor/Coordinator, ABI Co-Department Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (714)241-6214 ext. 17217.