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Accommodations and Technology

It’s common to need a little extra help when you’re going back to school after a traumatic brain injury. You may need extra time to complete exams or homework assignments. Perhaps you want to record lectures so that you can listen to them a second time. Maybe you have some mobility challenges that make it hard for you to get across campus in between classes. It’s important to know what kinds of accommodations you can expect, the types of technology aids that are available, where you can go to ask for the help you need to succeed.

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Why Not Get the Help You Need When Returning to School with a TBI?

Why Not Get the Help You Need When Returning to School with a TBI?

Adam shares his experience of returning to school twice, the second time equipped with strategies and tools to help with his brain injury. "The experiences were night and day," he says.

The Benefits of Using Disability Services in College Post-Injury

The Benefits of Using Disability Services in College Post-Injury

"I look back at my years in college and graduate school and think, wow, if I had just used disability services, my life would have been a lot easier," says Kelli Gary, PhD.

Assistive Technology Glossary

Assistive Technology Glossary

Learn the "language" of assistive technology to help your child with brain injury.

Environmental Barriers

Environmental Barriers

Learn how to sidestep environmental barriers that can get in the way of your recovery from a brain injury.

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Ten Ways to Make College More Friendly to Veterans

Ten Ways to Make College More Friendly to Veterans

Karen Gross, who served as a senior policy advisor to the US Department of Education in Washington, DC, writes about the opportunities and challenges facing returning veterans when

At College, Move Beyond the Stigma of Asking for Help After a Brain Injury

At College, Move Beyond the Stigma of Asking for Help After a Brain Injury

If extra time on a test or memory aids can make life easier during college, why not use them? Adam talks about moving past the "stigma" of using disability services and getting the help you need to succeed in college.

Back to School: Guide to Academic Success After Traumatic Brain Injury

Back to School: Guide to Academic Success After Traumatic Brain Injury

For service members and veterans with ongoing symptoms from a traumatic brain injury, going back to school can come with its own set of challenges. This guide will help.

Documentation About TBI Symptoms and Accommodations When Returning to School

Documentation About TBI Symptoms and Accommodations When Returning to School

Adam talks about how easy it is to set up the accommodations you may need when in college with a TBI or PTSD by first getting documentation from your doctor.

For Veterans with TBI Returning to College, Technology Can Be Your Friend

For Veterans with TBI Returning to College, Technology Can Be Your Friend

From taking notes on a laptop during class to using a voice recorder to tape a lecture to review later, technology can help veterans with brain injury succeed in college. Adam shares his first-hand knowledge.

Confidentiality Guaranteed When Using Colleges' Disabilities Office

Confidentiality Guaranteed When Using Colleges' Disabilities Office

Adam knows from experience that using any accommodations in college for brain injury or other injuries is always confidential, so veterans returning to college need not worry.

Meet Kelli Williams Gary, PhD

Meet Kelli Williams Gary, PhD

In 1990, Kelli Gary fell asleep at the wheel and sustained a severe brain injury. Along a bumpy but ultimately successful path, Dr. Gary earned her bachelor of science degree, two masters degrees, and a PhD.

Kelli Gary, PhD on Her Hard Fought Degree in Occupational Therapy

Kelli Gary, PhD on Her Hard Fought Degree in Occupational Therapy

In college after her brain injury, Kelli Gary, PhD determined her major then worked diligently and resourcefully to succeed in getting her degree.

Go at Your Own Pace When Returning to School After a Brain Injury

Go at Your Own Pace When Returning to School After a Brain Injury

Speaking from personal experience, Kelli Gary, PhD knows how difficult and frustrating it can be to have to learn to study and think in entirely different ways. "But don't give up," she says. "It can be done!"

Kelli Gary, PhD on Her Crash and Her First Attempt to Return to College

Kelli Gary, PhD on Her Crash and Her First Attempt to Return to College

After five months in acute rehab following her car crash, Kelli Gary, PhD returned to college and tried to do what she had always done. Within two months, she was flunking out. She needed a new plan.

Kelli Gary, PhD: "A New Start, a New School"

Kelli Gary, PhD: "A New Start, a New School"

Even today, after earning her PhD and two masters degrees, Kelli Gary, PhD knows that, with a TBI, sometimes you have to take one step back in order to take two steps forward.

Tips for Transitioning Back to Academia After a Brain Injury

Tips for Transitioning Back to Academia After a Brain Injury

For Kelli Gary, PhD, one of the hardest lessons she learned was that she had accept the slow process of rebuilding her skills after brain injury in order to ultimately succeed at college.

A Flashlight Out of the Dark

A Flashlight Out of the Dark

Army vet Timm Lovitt finds that reaching out to help other vets is his own best medicine.

Going Back to School After My Traumatic Brain Injury

Going Back to School After My Traumatic Brain Injury

Kelli Gary talks about deciding to go back to school after her traumatic brain injury and her mom who supported her even when school didn't work out the first time.

Three Words That Motivated Me to Continue On

Three Words That Motivated Me to Continue On

"I never gave up. I knew it was harder. Things were more difficult. It would take more time. But I never gave up."

Compensatory Strategies for Studying

Compensatory Strategies for Studying

Kelli Gary talks about the compensatory strategies that she found through her own experience worked for her — like recording herself reading her text books to better prepare for class and tests.

Assistive Technology 101

Assistive Technology 101

Technologies to help people after brain injury.

Assistive Technology for People with TBI

Assistive Technology for People with TBI

Learn how assistive technology can make life easier for someone with a TBI.

Questions to Ask Colleges About Assistive Technology Resources

Questions to Ask Colleges About Assistive Technology Resources

Availability of assistive technologies for people with disabililities is different in the K-12 environment versus college. Know what to ask.

 


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