ERIC Number: ED451633
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Traumatic Brain Injury. Quick Turn Around (QTA).
Markowitz, Joy; Linehan, Patrice
This brief paper summarizes information concerning use of the traumatic brain injury (TBI) disability classification by states and the nature of state-level activities related to the education of children and youth with TBI. It notes addition of the TBI disability category to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in 1990 and provides the federal definition of TBI. A report on a survey of state education agencies (SEAs) covers use of the TBI category and the federal definition of TBI, the TBI contact person at the SEA, federally funded TBI projects, community and interagency initiatives concerned with TBI, and professional development related to TBI. A summary notes that 49 of the 53 responding SEAs use the TBI category and all but 15 use the federal definition. At least 34 of the SEAs have a TBI contact person at the SEA. An array of federally funded projects and interagency initiatives are in place across the country targeting children and youth, birth to 21, who have sustained a TBI. Although teacher endorsement or certification in TBI is very rare, 10 states have pre-service courses and at least 36 have in-service professional development programs, many of which are interagency collaborations. A table details survey responses by state. (DB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Cooperative Programs, Definitions, Elementary Secondary Education, Head Injuries, Inservice Teacher Education, National Surveys, Neurological Impairments, Postsecondary Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development, State Departments of Education, State Standards, Teacher Certification
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, 1800 Diagonal Rd., Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-3800; Fax: 703-519-3808.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997