Milwaukee Center for Independence: Assisting individuals with special needs

Brain Injury and Stroke Vocational Services





An outpatient comprehensive brain health program that supports persons served with neurological conditions to: regain independence at home, in the community and at work.


Our Brain Health program provides group sessions with a focus on six main themes: cognitive re-education, wellness, social skills,community integrated employment, community & lifeskills, and sensory/creative arts.  These themes are derived from the Mayo Portland Adaptability Inventory, our primary assessment.  Each participant’s schedule is individualized to meet their needs, goals, and interests. Each group is facilitated by a staff members or community volunteers. The facilitators are trained in the physical, emotional and cognitive impacts that different neurological conditions can cause.

  •  Wellness: A holistic approach to promoting the physical and emotional well-being of persons served. Wellness groups offered include wellness, mindful meditation, and exercise & movement.
  • Social Skills: Focuses to promote appropriate social interactions and participation with others. Social skill groups offered include multicultural, team building, and women’s group.
  • Cognitive Re-Education: Focuses to maintain and/or increase cognitive functions. Cognitive re-education groups include recreational games, current events, and brain games.
  • Community Integrated Employment: Focuses on independence of participants & exploration of vocational options. Community integrated employment groups include computers, in-house volunteer opportunities, and community volunteer opportunities.
  • Community & Life Skills: Focuses on increasing overall independence & participation in daily activities both at home and in the community. Community & life skill groups include daily living skills cooking, daily living skills with OT/SLP, recreational outings.
  • Sensory & Creative Arts: Allows creative expression of individuals while enhancing fine motor, cognitive, and communication skills. Sensory & creative art groups include sensory integration, music therapy, and jewelry making.

Our Impact:

 In 2000, Bob Barrett had his first  brain injury riding his snowmobile.   “Someone didn't take their pier out of the water," he said. "I hit it going    
 about 60."

Just three years ago, he had a second  one. "I was driving my motorcycle down the road and saw a guy in my rear-view mirror about 4 inches away from me. It was take the ditch or get run over. I took the ditch."

Both injuries required surgery, and plenty of rehab, which Bob received at Brain Health. Bob said he had difficulty recalling words, organizing his thoughts and getting motivated. "I'd sit on the couch all day, lay in the bed all day.”

But at Brain Health, he received speech, PT and OT, and today he's more organized and has a daily routine that helps with his memory. "I feel that if I hadn't received the  tools I received here, I'd still be on the couch. It pretty much brought my independence  back.”


To make a referral contact the  Brain Health program call 414-431-5422

Vocational rehabilitation helps people recovering from brain injury re-enter the workforce.Community and life skills

If your goal is to return to work, Nexday will tailor vocational rehabilitation services to your abilities and goals. Services can include:

  • Daily living skills
  • Community-based volunteering
  • Work-readiness training and preparation
Brain injury and stroke recovery: Strategies

Many people who are recovering from brain injury, stroke, or other neurological conditions are eager to return to the workforce. The rehabilitation team works closely with your treatment team to connect therapies, cognitive retraining, and community integration with work-related concepts, needs and activities.

Activities are designed to provide insight and increase self-awareness, identify interests and explore practical career options and goals.

MCFI also works with employers to assist with reasonable accommodations, develop compensatory strategies and provide supports for people returning to the workplace after brain injury or stroke.

We work closely with families and referral sources on exploring funding options for services. We can help you understand benefits and can create a customized program for you that allows for a shift from benefits to self-sufficiency.

MCFI has more than 76 years of experience in helping people who have barriers to work prepare for, enter and succeed in the workforce.

Contact us

For more information about NEXDAY, please call (414) 431.5409.The center is at MCFI Nexday Campus, 3333 South Howell Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207 (Get Map) on Milwaukee's South Side. The building, designed especially for people recovering from brain injury and stroke, is entirely accessible to individuals who use wheelchairs and assistive devices.


Your donation can help people recovering from brain injury or stroke gain the confidence and skills necessary to return to work. Donate securely online.

MCFI Pediatric Skilled Nursing is
Accredited by the Joint Commission. MCFI core programs are accredited by CARF


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