Resources to Help You Improve Brain Injury Patients’ Lives
- Assistivetech.net – Developed by the Georgia Tech Center for assistive technology and environmental access, this site includes a database listing an extensive variety of assistive technology.
- Texas Technology Access Project – The Texas Technology Access Project provides information, conducts training, provides technical assistance, and works with policy makers to support children and adults with disabilities in their efforts to acquire and use technology as a routine part of day-to-day living. The Project was formerly named the Texas Assistive Technology Partnership.
Health and Medication Information
- Healthtouch Online – This is a resource that brings together valuable information from trusted sources on topics such as medications, health, diseases, supplements, and natural medicine.
- RxList Drug Information – This website provides information to both the consumer and the medical professional.
- NeedyMeds.com – NeedyMeds.com is the place to learn about patient assistance programs and other programs designed to help those who can’t afford their medicines. NeedyMeds is not a program—it’s an information source.
- What Texas Medicaid Waiver Does What? – From the good folks at Imagine Enterprises, this is a very good summary of the Texas Medicaid Waiver programs.
Physician’s Tool Kit
- Centers for Disease Control – The CDC, in collaboration with an expert work group, has recently updated and revised the “Heads Up: Brain Injury in Your Practice” toolkit. This toolkit is available free of charge and contains practical, easy-to-use clinical information and tools.
- Frequently Asked Questions on Person Centered Practices – This includes some basic information on the concept of person-centered planning from the American Association on Mental Retardation.
- Person Centered Planning: FOCUS ON SEVERE DISABILITIES – This site offers an overview of several different methods of PCP.
- The Person Centered Planning Education Site – Although this site is not quite fully constructed, it still offers great potential for learning and we felt it was worthy of inclusion. Here is what you should find when it is completed: an overview of the person-centered planning process, a self-study course covering the basic process involved, a quiz section to help you focus on areas you may need to cover more thoroughly, a compendium of readings and activities for you to use on your own, and various links and downloadable resources.
- Personal Outcome Measures: What they are and how they benefit people – The Council offers a challenge to the traditional assessment of quality in human services with their own 25 outcome measures across seven different domains.
- Whose Life is it anyway – This site contains tutorials and tools to help you use person-centered planning effectively during transition. Workbook — Your Personal Passport – This workbook is for both people with developmental disabilities and their friends and families who want to learn more about person-centered planning. It will also help people get ready for their next Individual Program Plan (IPP) meeting. It’s set up to be printed on legal size paper (lengthwise) with a spiral bind, so it’s easy to work on.
- Person Centered Planning – This is a user-friendly introduction and resource packet.
Brain Injury Studies and Research
- Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems
- NIH Consensus Development Program, Rehabilitation of Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury
- American Psychological Association – Division of Clinical Neuropsychology
- American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology
- Neuropsychology and Brain Injury
- Neuropsychology Central
- International Neuropsychological Society
ACBIS Certificate Distance Learning Program
The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) offers a national certification program for both entry-level staff and experienced professionals working in brain injury services. ACBIS provides the opportunity to learn important information about brain injury, to demonstrate learning in a written examination, and to earn a nationally recognized credential.
TACE Region 8 offers a training program geared toward preparing for the CBIS examination. This training can be delivered in an all-distance format with teleconference calls. All study sessions will be delivered in a teleconference format. Students must attend all scheduled sessions. Sessions have included study materials, teleconference, discussion board inter action and one-on-one consultation with Nancy Freeman & Tyler Paris, Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainers.
Traumatic Brain Injury for VR Counselors
Margaret A. Struchen, Ph.D
Research Scientist, Brain Injury Research Center
TIRR Memorial Hermann
Assistant Professor, Dept. of PM&R
Baylor College of Medicine
Laura M. Ritter, Ph.D., M.P.H
Brain Injury Research Center
TIRR Memorial Hermann
This educational resource is designed to assist vocational rehabilitation counselors in gaining familiarity with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and can be used as a reference to assist counselors who work with clients with TBI. The material is designed to provide a good overview of TBI and of issues the VR counselor may encounter in working with clients with TBI. It also provides practical information that may assist counselors in their day-to-day assessment and intervention with clients.
Three modules are available for self-study and each module contains various training segments. The organization of this material is designed to assist VR counselors in accessing reference information quickly and easily when working with actual clients. The contents of each training module are listed so that you can click to enter the section of information with which you have interest.
The content covered by this educational website was generated based on interests identified by a focus group of VR counselors facilitated by the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, State of Texas. These modules are available for self-study at no cost. In some cases, counselors may also earn continuing education credits for completion of the modules. Please see the section on Continuing Education for further information on CEU credits.
Development of this online training system was supported by a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), U.S. Department of Education (Grant #: H133B031117 – Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Integration of Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury) to TIRR Memorial Hermann. Please visit TIRR’s website for more information.