What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic Brain Injury is an acquired injury to the brain caused by an external force resulting in a total or partial functional disability, psychosocial impairment, or both, that adversely affects a child's educational performance. The term includes open or closed head injuries resulting in impairments in one or more areas, including a) cognition; b) language; c) memory; d) attention; e) information processing; f) communication and g) speech. The term does not include brain injuries that are congenital or degenerative, or brain injuries induced by birth trauma.
Purpose of Regional Programs
The children, birth-to-21, who as a result of their low-incidence disability require specialized services, are eligible for support from the Regional Programs. Regional Programs work in collaboration with Local School Districts, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) programs, Families, and Community Agencies to provide specialized educational support for children with a traumatic brain injury.
The Oregon Department of Education provides a grant to University of Oregon to support the Statewide Consultative and Resource Services for Traumatic Brain Injury. Statewide Consultative and Resource Services for Traumatic Brain Injury are available to assist the Regional Programs in meeting the needs of students with Traumatic Brain Injury who are eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004).
Traumatic Brain Injury Regional Program Services
For more information contact Linda Brown 503-947-5825.