Applying for Disability Benefits with a Brain Injury

This article, written by Disability Benefits Help, explains what benefits are available for brain injury survivors from the Social Security Administration, and how to apply for them. Click the title above to read the full article.

Brain Injury Specialists

Comprehensive Services include:

  • Speech/Cognitive Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Case Management
  • Psychological Counseling
  • Return to Work/ Job Coaching
  • Return to Driving
  • Neuroattendant Training
  • Family/Caregiver Education and Training

Available in Spanish in Ventura County and selected areas. Please click here for more information.

Downloads from Brain Injury Specialists

Brain Training Programs

Lumosity – an online tool to train core cognitive abilities. From neuroscience to visual art, they combine many diverse disciplines to create their engaging brain training program — making cognitive research available to everyone. Through the Human Cognition Project, they collaborate with over 100 leading researchers, clinicians and teachers from institutions around the world. (free and paid subscriptions available)

Elevate – a cognitive training tool designed to build communication and analytical skills. App available on Google Play and the App Store. (free and paid versions available)

Guide to Managing Finances After a Brain Injury

free resource that lists interactive tools for scheduling and budgeting personal finances, while educating families on how they can help during the recovery period

Helpful Info about Apps for Smartphones & Tablets

What’s Appening in Therapy? Become familiar with the built-in features of the iPad that enhance the device as a therapy tool. See apps in use for a variety of different therapeutic interventions and find out how and where to get more free and/or low-cost apps from: Rehab Without Walls

In-Home Supportive Services

The Human Services Agency helps low-income seniors and people with disabilities (including children) stay in their own homes instead of moving to residential care facilities. Through In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), help is available for qualified applicants to pay for support services, including light domestic help, non-medical personal care and assistance to and from medical appointments. Clients must be citizens or legal residents and meet financial and disability requirements. Click here for more information.

HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program)

provides free counseling and community education on Medicare, Medicare Part D, managed care, and other health insurance issues. Click here for more information or call (805) 477-7310.

Brain Injury Survivor Blogs

Surviving Brain Injury – “I was thrust, completely against my will into the silent and frightening world of traumatic brain injury.” Freelance writer David Grant’s raw and honest account of life after TBI.

Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury –  Amy Zellmer, Huffington Post blogger who suffered a TBI and lives to bravely tell her story.

The Brain Fairy – A fierce compilation of resources, blog posts and personal insight from TBI survivor “Mina Kitty”. Must-read for TBI survivors.

Constant Therapy – “Understanding the Brain Science Behind Stroke, Brain Injury, Aphasia, Dementia, & Learning Disorders” a series of great resources and therapeutic ideas for brain injury survivors. They also have an app you can view here.

Adventures in Brain Injury – “Adventures in Brain Injury is a resource for health, recovery, and community created by traumatic brain injury survivor, Cavin Balaste”. We love Cavin’s spirit and tenacity — and especially appreciate the podcasts on his website.

New Life in an Old World – The story of Matt and Danielle Davies. A couple whose love triumphed over all things – including Matt’s TBI. We recommend this blog specifically to caregivers.

Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury – Blog by TBI Surivivor Donna O’Donnell-Figurski with guest bloggers.


Learn how to use Ventura County’s public transportation system and apply for an ADA Identification Card to use para-transit services: (English or Espanol).


Driving after Brain Injury: Issues, Obstacles, and Possibilities

Driving after Traumatic Brain Injury

Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital: Adaptive Driving Program

Northridge Hospital: Driver Preparation Program

Emergency Preparedness

Nutrition for Brain Health

Kindling Studios

Kindling Studios is a working art studio for entrepreneurs with special needs. Artists engage in expert-led art and entrepreneurial classes and work to create and sell their own pieces in person and online. Powered by Reid’s Gift at Studio Channel Islands

After Trauma I: Basic Info for Trauma Survivors

Employee Rights in the Workplace

Alternative Therapies for TBI

Tips for Improving Fine Motor Skills

How to Talk to Your Boss about Mental Health Issues