On Track is a day program, which was developed by the Adults with Disabilities Department of Mt. Diablo Adult Education and the Head Injury Task Force of the East Bay, to address the unique needs of adults with acquired brain injury.
On Track logo symbolizes the committment of Mt. Diablo Adult Education
to assist students with brain injury to get back "on track".
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The On Track Program provides a structured environment where students relearn old skills, develop new coping skills, increase independence, socialize and support one another, and learn about community resources. Emphasis is placed on self-esteem building, understanding one's own injury, cognitive skill building and personal goal setting.
Our goal is to assist individuals with acquired brain injury to transition from rehabilitation to once again becoming active and participating members of the community.
Program Schedule and Location
The Program is conducted Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm at the Loma Vista Adult Center located at 1266 San Carlos Avenue in Concord, California. The Adult Center is four blocks from the downtown Concord Bart Station. A bus stop is located one block away from the Adult Center on Mt. Diablo Street. More details regarding the Program location are provided by this local map. See the daily schedule for further class information.
The curriculum is primarily determined by the students, according to their interests and needs, and may include any of the following:
Brain Injury Education
Community Re-Entry Skills:
Pre-Vocational Skills and Volunteerism
Community Resources and Support Systems
Personal & Social Growth:
Personal and Social Adjustment to Brain Injury
Socialization and Communication Skills
Group Support and Problem Solving
Personal Growth (self-motivation, self-esteem, decision making, etc.
Creative and Expressive Arts
Daily Living Skills:
Wellness - Stress Management, Personal Care, Nutrition, Fitness, Relaxation
Leisure Time Planning
Cooking, Menu Planning & Shopping
Who Should Apply and How
Our goal is to assist individuals with acquired brain injury to transition from rehabilitation to once again becoming active and contributing members of their community. The Program is designed for adults (ages 18 and above) who demonstrate the need and motivation for assistance and support; can participate independently in a large group setting; are able to benefit from the Program; and meet all criteria for entrance. The application process includes a visit to the Program, completion of an application, submittal of a recent neuropsychological evaluation (preferred, not required), an intake interview, a trial visit, and payment of applicable fees.
For more information, to schedule a visit or to apply please contact: Teri Demmon , Program Lead Instructor, at (925) 685-7340, extension "#" 2747.
Student Comments Regarding Their On Track Experience
Many students participating in the Program have improved their cognitive abilities; they are making beneficial contributions to their families and communities. Current and former students take great pride in their ability to develop and sustain mutually beneficial relationships with their families and associates. On Track students are very pleased with the course material, activities, and the results they are deriving from their class participation. A few representative student remarks about the class follow.
Kevin believes On Track is a tremendous program for adults with brain injuries. On Track gets people out of their homes into an environment where they are with other people recovering from brain injuries. Class attendees can learn new cognitive skills, memory skills and social skills. Learning these skills may enable On Track students to eventually become employed again. Kevin has benefited greatly socially; the class has helped him restore much of his self-esteem since members of the general public have a tendency to stare at him because he must use a walker. On Track teachers are empathetic and sensitive to individual needs.
Christine believes On Track is a great program; it offers many benefits for her. Our group members have similar difficulties - memory, associating with other people, and making friends. The field trips are pleasurable, the classroom discussions are helpful. Christine had serious complications with her son's birth 5 years ago which marked the beginning of her cognitive difficulties.
Kathi was an office manager; her brain injury began during her pregnancy. She had a seizure after her son's birth and she lost her drivers license after the seizure. She plans on becoming employed again when her brain injury recovery is more complete. On Track benefits include learning more about health education and gardening. Her favorite On Track activity is doing daily homework. On Track has helped her considerably in her substantial effort to improve her memory.
Ken is very pleased with the course content, the instructors and their management of classroom activities. He enjoys the company of other class members. The classroom discussions are very relevant to his interests and circumstances. He attends most of the field trips since they provide a great social outlet, experience regarding use of public transportation, and seeing interesting places that he probably would not have otherwise considered.
Thank you to the dedicated members of the On Track Advisory Committee:
|Dick Allen||Mt. Diablo Unified School District Board Member|
|Polly Burman||On Track Student|
|Sue Colligan, Ph.D.||John Muir Health, Director, Institute of Neuroscience|
|Teri Demmon||Mt. Diablo Adult Education, On Track Program Instructor|
|Joanne Durkee||Mt. Diablo Adult Education, Director|
|Glenda Erickson||California Department of Rehabilitation|
|Roxanne Foster||John Muir Health, Director Volunteer Services|
|Angela Gragg||John Muir Health, Acute Rehabilitation Coordinator|
|Bart Gragg||Maverick Business Advisors, Consultant|
|Howard Hansen||On Track Student Caregiver|
|Patrick Johnson||Centre for Neuroskills, Marketing Director|
|Nancy Lazarus, LCSW||Mt. Diablo Adult Education, Student Support Services|
|Kim Machek||On Track Student Caregiver|
|Erin McGregor||ChevronTexaco Corporation, Global Marketing|
|Carol McKinney||Harmony Homes, Director|
|Pam Norgaard||Mt. Diablo Adult Education, Former Director|
|Susue Passeggi||Mt. Diablo Adult Education, Assistant Director|
|Kevin Reisser||On Track Student|
|Neil Simms||Firedoll Foundation|
|Faye Straus||Firedoll Foundation|
|Sarah Winstanley||Mt. Diablo Adult Education, Adults with Disabilities Program Coordinator|