Mission: Serve individuals with disability, family members, caregivers, and the community through wide-ranging community outreach, education, and advocacy activities
Conduct meaningful, innovative, rigorous research
Including individuals with disability, community partners and medical professionals in development of sound research questions and methods, and interpretation of results.
Increase awareness of disability-related issues through dissemination within scientific and academic journals; internal and external newsletters; the RRC website; electronic media, social networking, and community, national, and international presentations.
Actively participate in local, national, and international projects and organizations that benefit individuals with disabilities.
Provide a supportive and nurturing work environment which inspires team members to pursue ongoing personal and professional development .
Results: We are currently investigating a community based intervention for fatigue following brain injury. We are also investigating dysphagia (swallowing issues) after spinal cord injury.
We had a very succesful conference this year. The Santa Clara Valley Brain Injury Conference at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose (Feb 24-26, 2011). The conference attracted over 500 attendees.
Target demographics: Individuals with brain or spinal cord injuries, families, medical professionals, community partners.
Several Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC) community members (our clients) and staff have been through the Rehabiliatation Resource Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Also, the therapist and staff have been instrumental in building the bridge to recovery with passion, dignity and respect.