Other Assistance

AbleData - provides objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations,professionals, and caregivers within  the United States. They do not produce,  distribute or sell any of the products listed on this website, but provide you with information on how to contact manufacturers or distributors of these products. The AbleData database of assistive technology contains objective information on more than 35,000  products.  http://www.abledata.com/abledata.cfm?CFID=36224935&CFTOKEN=7f499014cd86eef4-A322CDB6-FD8C-3CCD-F5E6A9AF715F3657


Assistive Technology - a web site will for people with a disability who find operating a computer difficult, maybe even impossible.This web site will direct you to adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers.
http://www.abilityhub.org

Stephen Ministry - is a nationwide program named after Stephen, the first of the deacons in the early church, commissioned by the apostles to  provide care and comfort for the needs of people in the Christian community. When people experience loss,grief, or other stressful changes in their lives, there is a need for an empathetic listener. Family and close friends are often too emotionally involved to meet this need. Stephen Ministers are trained to be caring Christian friends who can help hurting individuals sort out options. They do not give advice or provide solutions. Stephen Ministers are not professional counselors, psychologists, social workers, or experts in law, finance, church doctrine, and so on, but neither are they merely superficial visitors. God is viewed as providing the cure while Stephen Ministers provide the care.
http://www.stephenministries.org/


Rehabtool.com - offers a variety of high-tech assistive and adaptive technology products, augmentative and alternative communication devices, computer access equipment, multilingual speech synthesis and voice recognition software. 
http://www.rehabtool.com/


The Jogger System - uses a combination of handheld PDA and Internet technologies to enable persons with short-term memory loss to better manage their affairs and thereby increase their independence and productivity.It is a fully individualized and flexible system that enables a caregiver to remotely prompt an end-user to complete impending tasks such as job functions, chores, taking medications and transportation instructions. It presents the tasks at designated times by written and/or voice messages delivered via the end-user's PDA. It then records the end-user's response to each task prompt and transmits the responses to the caregiver for analysis and follow up modification.


Canines for Christ - is a Christian-based,animal-assisted therapy ministry that uses ordinary people and their beloved dogs to share God's message of love, hope, kindness, and compassion to the community. 
http://www.k9forchrist.org/

GiveBack, Inc. - is a recovery group for traumatic brain injury (TBI). Its purpose is not to help survivors to accept new lives that offer them limited options, but rather to help recoverers to deal with their deficits, improve their functioning, become active, and regain self-control of their lives. Survivors are to be respected and honored for having survived, but recoverers go on to realize their untapped potential to live productive lives again. 
http://www.givebackorlando.com/news.html

Tampa General Rehabilitation Center - is a 59-bed facility located on the campus of Tampa General Hospital. It has earned accreditation (three-year) by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in the following 12 areas: Adult Brain Injury Inpatient Rehabilitation Program,  Inpatient Brain Injury - Pediatric Specialty Program , Adult Brain Injury Outpatient Rehabilitation Program , Outpatient Brain Injury - Pediatric Specialty Program,  Adult Inpatient Rehabilitation Program , Inpatient Rehabilitation - Pediatric Specialty Program , Adult Interdisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation Program - Outpatient , Adult Spinal Cord System of Care, Spinal Cord System of Care - Pediatric Specialty Program, Adult Inpatient Rehabilitation Program - Stroke Specialty Program and Adult Outpatient Rehabilitation Program - Stroke Specialty Program. The Rehabilitation Center  is also accredited by the Joint Commission and is designated as a State o  Florida Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Center for both adult and pediatric.  
http://www.tgh.org/rehabilitation.htm#inpatient


MADD - The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.
http://www.madd.org/fl


SADD - The mission of Students Against Destructive Decisions is to provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving and other destructive decisions.
http://www.sadd.org/intro.htm


FADD - Fathers Against Drunk Driving;. was created to form partnerships in order to do mass mobilization throughout the United States of America. Our goal is to reduce and eliminate deadly alcohol related crashes on our U.S. highways, and eventually branch out to other countries.

http://www.faddintl.org/mission.html#mission


Victims Assistance Program - Provides comprehensive services to victims of violent crime, including information about the criminal justice system, notification of court hearings and escort to courtroom and deposition. Assistance also is provided in applying for Victim Compensation benefits, Injunction for protection, seeking return of property when no longer needed as evidence, obtaining restitution when appropriate, completing the Victim Impact Statement, notifying employers of courtroom appearances, and assistance in solving problems caused by the necessity of court appearances and post-conviction services. Victim Advocates are available 24 hours a day to provide emergency on-scene services to victims at the request of law enforcement.
http://www.sao13th.com/victim_assistance.htm

Workers Compensation - is a form of insurance that provides compensation medical care for employees who are injured in the course of employment, in exchange for mandatory relinquishment of the employee's right to sue his or her employer for the  tort of negligence.The trade off between assured, limited coverage and lack of recourse outside the worker compensation system is known as "the compensation bargain." While plans differ between jurisdictions, provision can be made for weekly payments in place of wages (functioning in this case as a form of disability insurance), compensation for economic loss (past and future), reimbursement or payment of medical and like expenses (functioning in this case as a form of health insurance), and benefits payable to the dependents of workers killed during employment (functioning in this case as a form of life insurance ). General damages for pain and suffering, and punitive damages for employer negligence, are generally not available in worker compensation plans.  http://www.myfloridacfo.com/wc/employee/index.html 


Personal Injury Lawyer - is a lawyer who provides legal representation to those who claim to have been injured, physically or psychologically, as a result of the negligence or wrongdoing of another person, company, government agency, or other entity. Thus, personal injury lawyers tend
to be especially knowledgeable and have more experience with regard to the area of law known as tort law, which includes civil wrongs and economic or non-economic damages to a person’s property, reputation, or rights. 
http://www.hillsbar.com/
 
R.I.D. Tampa Bay - is a non-profit organization dedicated to removing intoxicated drivers from our streets and highways. Established in 1978 in Schenectady, New York, RID is the oldest national anti-DUI citizen activist organization in the U.S. Their mission is to save  lives and prevent injuries by deterring alcohol abuse, in general, and impaired driving and youthful binge drinking in particular.
http://www.ridtampabay.com/


The Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) - is a community of patients and families who are looking to connect with one another and rebuild their
lives after a serious injury. The American Trauma Society (ATS), the leading organization advocating for the injured and their families, in partnership with hospitals around the country, is committed to growing the TSN by providing the programs and resources patients and families tell us they need to manage their recovery and improve their lives. The underlying goal in all of these programs and resources is helping trauma patients and their families connect and rebuild their lives following a serious injury.
http://www.traumasurvivorsnetwork.org/


BADD - The mission of Bikers Against Drunk Drivers is to reduce the incidence of drunk driving and its consequences through promotion and awareness to the mainstream in malls, major events, annual tours and the media. In addition, to create an emergency fund for victims of drunk drivers while they await other compensation and/or where no other compensation is forthcoming.
http://www.baddcentral.com/


BADD - The mission of  Boaters Against Drunk Drivers is  to create public awareness for safe, sober, and responsible boating in America.

http://www.duifoundation.org/drunkdriving/bui/badd/


BADD - Bartenders Against Drunk Driving is headquartered in Plano, TX, was founded in 2011 to aid in the fight against drunk driving by
formally educating aspiring bartenders on how their service to the general public can affect the lives of others through scholarships to attend Bartending School. 
http://baddusa.org/


RADD - is The Entertainment Industry's Voice for Road Safety. An internationally recognized nonprofit [501 (c)(3)] corporation since 1986, RADD pairs athletes, celebrities, media partners and socially conscious sponsors to create positive attitudes about road safety.
http://www.radd.org/index2.html


Teens Against Drunk Driving, Inc. (T.A.D.D.) - is a Not For Profit community service organization that provides High Schools with a Safe Drivin
program which we incorporate into a homework planner and study guide for high School students. The program we distribute, at no cost to schools is titled, “Turn On to Safe Driving.”
http://www.tadd.org


The International Association for Near-Death Studies - A near-death experience (NDE) is a profound psychological event  that may occur to a person close to death or, if not near death, in a situation of physical or emotional crisis. Because it includes transcendental and mystical elements, an NDE is a powerful event of consciousness; it is not mental illness.
http://www.iands.org/


Brain Injury Support Groups

Hillsborough Tampa South                              Robert Barrett 813-908-1375

Hillsborough Tampa (Tampa Gen.)                                         813-844-7759

Hillsborough Tampa (VA Hospital)                  Steve Klemz    813-972-2000 x6663

Hillsborough Tampa/USF                                Gayle Holden  813-949-1564