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.

 


 

  1. 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

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

 


 

  1. 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

 


  1. 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


TBISERV
is the listserv for the Federal TBI Program. TBISERV is moderated by the
Federal TBI Program’s Technical
Assistance Center. To post to the list, email TBISERV@list.nih.gov. To search the TBISERV archives, visit https://list.nih.gov/archives/tbiserv.html

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. 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.

 


 

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

 


 

  1. 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

 


  1. 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


TBISERV
is the listserv for the Federal TBI Program. TBISERV is moderated by the
Federal TBI Program’s Technical
Assistance Center. To post to the list, email TBISERV@list.nih.gov. To search the TBISERV archives, visit https://list.nih.gov/archives/tbiserv.html

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