ABC Channel 7 stopped by Synapse House on Tuesday! Our segment will air This Sunday, February 4th, between 8am-10am.
Be sure to check back to our website, facebook, twitter or LinkedIn pages to see the link to the news segment!
Rep. State Representative Carol Sente plans to unveil legislation that would ban children under age 12 from playing tackle football in Illinois, in an effort to reduce head injuries.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there were nearly 3 million non-fatal workforce injuries in 2014, the most recent time frame of available statistics. This is the equivalent of 3.2 cases for every 100 full time equivalent employees. This number doesn’t include non-work place related injuries and illnesses, making it clear just how many of these events occur each year.
In addition to the shear number of work related injuries, there is a vast amount of lost productivity. For the 3 million injuries there are 24 million days of lost productivity. According to ODEP, the Office of Disability Employment Policy, the current labor force is comprised of 20% of disabled employees and 68% of nondisabled employees. The unemployment rate of people with disabilities is 8.4%, as opposed to 3.7% in the nondisabled population.
Clearly, the return to work of these individuals is a critical endeavor and rehabilitation is the vehicle for those who must strive to overcome obstacles and return to productivity. The cost to employers and health care and families is astronomical but the loss of self esteem and identity is devastating. Programming offering workforce development, work readiness training or retraining is the necessary solution to this problem. The benefits to employers and employees are impressive. For employers, they gain from the retention of experienced workers, less employee turnover, greater productivity, improved employee relations and reduced costs. The employee is able to retain and improve their skill level, stay financially stable and maintain a better morale by participating in the workforce, reducing isolation and staying productive. Most Return to Work programs offer ongoing support, continued analysis of performance, job accommodations assistance and problem solving strategies.
Synapse House prides itself on returning members to employment, engagement and empowerment.
7th Annual DuPage Human Race is happening on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 and we want you to join team Synapse House! Click here to sign up to take part in the 5K run or 2 mile walk
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
The Esplanade at Locust Point, 1901 W. Butterfield Road, Downers Grove
We will be starting an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) group at Synapse House in January. ACT This group is based on the premise that it is necessary to "accept the effects of life's hardships, choose directional values and take action". We have seen some evidence that members are struggling with negative feelings and emotions and are having difficulty processing those feelings. ACT has been a successful strategy for people who have suffered trauma, severe anxiety and depression and even substance abuse. Focusing on changing behavior, regardless of accompanying emotion is the emphasis. We will go through six core practices of ACT: Acceptance, cognitive diffusion, being present, self as context, valuing and committed action.
PHOTO: Angela C.
Congratulations to Angela C! Angela comes to the board with experience as a teacher and is eager to help the organization grow!
The Board of Directors also has a position open for a family member. This position would have the same requirements of attending meetings 6-8 times per year, typically from 6:30pm-8:00pm. 70% attendance is expected. This is a two year term.
Please notify staff if you are interested in the position on the Board of Directors.