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Community Re-Entry

One of the main goals of rehabilitation is to prepare you for life after discharge. This includes the following:

  • Adapting to living with a disability

  • Promoting independence

  • Planning for a safe and accessible environment

Community re-entry plans are individualized and are based on your physical abilities and needs. Both you and your family should be involved in planning re-entry into the community.

Many times, adjustments, a transitional period, and modifications need to be made to help you function independently. This may involve the following:

  • Home. Installing wheelchair ramps, raised toilet seats, or handrails on stairways

  • School. Special computers or adaptive equipment to allow for alternative means of communication, exams, and training materials

  • Work. New job skills, transitional work, job placement, and vocational counseling

  • Recreational, social, or sports activities. Mobility in public places, such as restaurants, churches, or stadiums

  • Transportation. Getting in and out of a car or bus, or installing special hand controls or lifts

  • Communications. Providing qualified readers and interpreters

Rehabilitation team members and community agencies often work together to help people with disabilities succeed.

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