Total Re-Integration Program
The Total Re-Integration (TRI) Program at Richland College is an educational experience designed specifically for those students who have sustained a brain injury after the age of 13. The brain injury may be either acquired (stroke, tumor) or traumatic. Brain injuries present physical and emotional challenges for the student, their family and friends. Recovery from brain injury has been described as a long journey.
Although brain injury may result in physical impairment, the more problematic consequences involve the individual’s cognition, emotional functioning, and behavior. These impact interpersonal relationships, school, and work. The cognitive consequences of injury are similarly broad. Some of the most persistent problems include memory impairment and difficulties in attention and concentration.
The HEATH Resource Center at George Washington University states that “Higher education offers significant opportunities for cognitive stimulation and age appropriate socializing opportunities that enable a person with a brain injury to re-connect with the world, rediscover abilities, understand new limitations while developing compensatory strategies, and regain confidence and self-esteem.” Richland College, through the Total Re–Integration Program, has been doing just that since its inception.
The Richland College Total Re-Integration (TRI) program offers:
- Convenient location on the bus line
- Small class size
- Interdisciplinary instruction
- Individualized fitness evaluation
- Totally accessible campus
- Community referrals
- Academic support services
The program is open to adults of all ages who have documented brain injuries acquired through trauma or disease. For further information and documentation requirements please contact the Disability Services Office at 972-238-6180.