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Documentation About TBI Symptoms and Accommodations When Returning to School

Documentation About TBI Symptoms and Accommodations When Returning to School

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[Adam Anicich] Hey guys, it's Adam, and today I want to talk to you a little bit about the documentation you might need when you're going back to school. So a lot of people with traumatic brain injuries or other physical injuries, sometimes even PTSD, will come to me and ask, "Hey Adam, I know you went back to school after a brain injury, but how did you do that? How did you kind of get reacclimated into the academic system in the more formalized setting?" One of the pieces that was really critical to recovery and kind of reintegration was a disability documentation letter. Essentially what that is is a note from your doctor, for lack of a better word, just kind of outlining very briefly and very vaguely some of the symptoms that you suffer from and also some of the strategies or sequences of the course that might be beneficial if they adjusted them a little bit. For example, "Hey, Adam Anicich may have troubles with XYZ. It would be really helpful if he had additional time on his written assignments, double time to take tests, extended periods for homework assignments or reading assignments." That letter—literally just like that— you can take that and give that to the disability services office or the student services office, and essentially they'll get you into a more of a monitored situation where your professor is aware that this has been authorized and then also they can't grade you down for any of that stuff. It kind of helps with bringing everybody together on the same page. I definitely encourage you to look into that, and let me know what you think. Give me your comments below. Thanks.

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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.

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Hi, I’m Adam Anicich

I’m a former Army Sergeant, a Department of Veterans Affairs employee, a service-disabled vet, and someone with a brain injury. I’m here to share my story with you — along with some practical tips — and I hope that I can help you in your own journey of recovery.

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Comments [3]

My return to school was a nightmare.  I did have documentation and linked up with the school's disability services office but it was in vain.  They just don't have the training to support someone with TBI.  I left school near the end of the semester with all A's and B's.  Once you're classified as disabled, the other students look at you as if you have two heads.

Dec 12th, 2013 10:46pm

You have to really stay on top of the school district and ask for help. It took me a year with emails, phone calls and finally getting the school to understand TBI's. A TBI is considered a disability under the 504 plan with our school district and they are required by law to accommodate my son. Even the teachers don't understand TBI's they just think the student is being rude and disrespectful.

Oct 17th, 2013 11:12am

I wonder why the counselors for the GI bill don't make the students who are on the GI bill aware of this. The counselor my son has at the school he attends has offered no assistance or support or even concern over how he is doing in school.

Sep 26th, 2013 9:22pm


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