[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.