Adria De Simone

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photo of AdiraAdria De Simone, MS, CRC, CPWIC, LPC

Adria De Simone graduated from the University of Scranton with an undergraduate degree in Counseling and Human Services and a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. She holds national certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Community Partner Work Incentives Counselor, and Licensed Professional Counselor through the NJ Department of Marriage and Family Counseling. Adria's work experience includes vocational skill development and training for adults with mental health and autism spectrum disorder. She also provided clinical counseling services for families with children diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and attention deficit disorder. During her tenure at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation (KIR), Adria worked in the Cognitive Rehabilitation Program, leading the Functional Skills Group to return individuals with brain injuries back to work and education. Adria was the appointed therapist trained to complete Pre-Vocational Cognitive Assessments to identify cognitive, physical, and behavioral barriers to employment. In her current role at Kessler, Adria serves as the vocational counselor implementing the innovative Vocational Resource Facilitation Program for people with spinal cord injury/disease. Through a collaborative partnership with the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, this program created a standard of care and best practice for vocational rehabilitation professionals that reduces barriers and greatly exceeds historically low employment rates for the SCI population. Adria presented on this program at the 2019 and 2021 National Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals conference, National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) series, KIR 6th Annual Neuro-Trauma Conference, and KIR Spinal Cord Injury Grand Rounds.

Vocational Resource Facilitation in SCI