Federal TBI Program Listserv Digest: January 2013

Ian Mattoch, Hawaii’s personal injury attorney, received January 2013’ Federal TBI Program Listserv Digest. In this issue, the Federal TBI Program highlighted the following:

1. Parking Permits for Individuals with a Permanent Disability:
Melinda Montovani (CT) asks: Is having a brain injury, or having a cognitive disability, a qualifying disability for handicap parking permits in your state? Under CT statute a person must have a physical disability to be eligible for the permit and CT reports this is part of the federal code.

Melissa Slater (AL) writes: Our son, who has a TBI was able to get a “handicap hangtag” due to the fact that he is almost totally blind from his TBI. He uses a white/red cane. Personally he does
not drive but we are able to use in whatever car he is riding in.

2. Assistive Technology
Amanda Wilson (WV) asks: Is there any states that can offer suggestions of successful tools and technology that they are
currently using for consumers? We are trying to update our Assistive Technology program and looking for any good suggestions.

Dr. William Svihla (IN) writes: I used “Inspiration” software, an object mapping software, during my recovery to help organize my
writing projects. I had great difficulty in organizing projects and the software helped me considerably. IU Speech installed the software on my notebook for free. I believe it costs around $70. There are open source applications available for free, but this one is certainly easy to use. It is targeted to 6th graders. To help me organize tasks and appointments, I used an iPhone app called “SmartTime.” You enter your tasks with priorities and estimated time and appointments in the calendar. SmartTime then optimizes/assigns the tasks based on their importance and the available time. It helped me tremendously In organizing my day.

Shell Bowne (IN) writes: In Indiana, we have a great provider Easter Seals Crossroads in Indianapolis. Look at their website to get an idea of the products and services

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that they provide. I assume you are accessing the JAN network, that is certainly a good resource for assistive technology.

3. Evidence Mounts Linking Head Hits to Permanent Brain Injury: Researchers at Boston University have found more evidence supporting a link between repeated knocks to the head and chronic brain disease. The results, just published in the journal Brain, add weight to concerns about the effect of repeated mild head trauma in athletes, whether they’re pros or peewees. To read the NPR news story about this study, please click here: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/12/03/166406662/evidence-mounts-linking-head-hits-to-permanent-brain-injury. To read a Boston Globe news story that cites this study, please click here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2013/01/14/kids-may-take-longer-heal-from-concussions-than-previously-thought/B2eA8Ut4KsmQEVkY0mJDIN/story.html

To read the full Brain journal article, please click here: http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/12/02/brain.aws307.full

4. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation – Focus on the Military and TBI
Researchers are making new strides in understanding the health consequences and treatment and rehabilitation needs of combat veterans and other service members affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI). The January-February issue of The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, official journal of the Brain Injury Association of America, is a special issue devoted to new research in military TBI. To read a free article entitled, “Self-Reported Mild TBI and Postconcussive Symptoms in a Peacetime Active Duty Military Population: Effect of Multiple TBI History Versus Single Mild TBI”, please click here: http://journals.lww.com/headtraumarehab/Fulltext/2013/01000/Self_Reported_Mild_TBI_and_Postconcussive_Symptoms.4.aspx

To read the rest of the January-February issue, please click here: http://journals.lww.com/headtraumarehab/pages/currenttoc.aspx

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