What We Do

Acquired Brain Injury

The Kennedy Center Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Program serves individuals 18 years of age and older, who have either a traumatic or an acquired brain injury that may be a result from many different causes such as blunt force trauma to the head, stroke or anoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain). We have supported individuals who have injuries as a result of motorcycle/motor vehicle accidents, gunshot wounds, falls, chemical toxicity, severe concussion, and objects hitting the head, just to name a few.

The ABI program accepts referrals from funding sources such as DSS ABI Medicaid Waver, Money Follows the Person/MFP, workers compensation insurance companies, privately funded contracts and self pay.

The mission of The Kennedy Center Acquired Brain Injury Program is to provide individualized support services to brain injury individuals. We assist individuals in achieving their desired outcome of rebuilding their life. The program uses a person-centered, consumer driven planning model which means program staff, along with the individual, develop an individualized plan tailored to meet the needs and desires of the individual.

The ABI staff supports the individual in his/her own home, workplace and in his/her local community through The Kennedy Center Community Integration Services, which includes: Independent Life Skills Training, Companion Support, Prevocational Skills Training, Respite Support Services, and Transitional Living Services.

The Kennedy Center is also introducing a new program model, ABI Day Rehabilitation, which offers individuals who are not able to access the ABI Medicaid Waiver, an opportunity to participate in a meaningful day. The ABI Day Rehabilitation model is a new initiative targeted to individuals who have had to remain home and would like to have the experience of engaging with other survivors.

Individuals, families, insurance companies, and other private entities pay for individuals with an acquired brain injury to participate in a 3 to 5-hour day program based out of The Kennedy Center Woodbridge, CT facility. Individuals are offered cognitive retraining, compensatory strategy development, independent living skill-building activities, prevocational skill-building activities, memory and organization enhancement activities, and social engagement activities. The services are provided in a group format with a ratio no greater than four individuals to one staff person.

Individuals who are interested in employment services may receive services through The Kennedy Center Employment Program through team collaboration with our ABI staff.