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Description: What is a concussion? A concussion is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious. Concussions can have a more serious effect on a young,developing brain and need to be addressed correctly. What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion?...
Description: This CDC fact sheet is part of the "Heads Up to Schools: Know Your Concussion ABCs" program. It provides steps that school professionals can take to help facilitate a student’s return to school and recovery after a concussion. It emphasizes the importance of a collaborative approach by a team that includes not only school professionals, but also the student’s family and the health care professional(s) managing the medical aspects of the student’s recovery. (CDC- Centers for...
Description: CDC Injury Center's publications are designed for professional health practitioners, researchers, and the general public. Many of our publications are also available for ordering in hard copy at no cost. (CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) The Traumatic Brain Injury Publications include: Fact Sheets Patient Information Health Care Providers Sports Older Adults
Description: To help coaches, parents and athletes properly identify and respond to a concussion, CDC, in partnership with leading experts and organizations, developed the HEADS UP: Concussion in High School Sports initiative and materials. (CDC- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Specific Concussion Information for: Coaches Parents Sports Officials Teen Athletes
Description: To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC developed the HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The HEADS UP initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion. (CDC- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Specific Concussion Information for: Coaches Parents Sports Officials Young Athletes
Description: A concussion is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a fall or blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious. Be alert for any of the following signs and symptoms (Signs Observed by School Professionals and Symptoms Reported by the Student). (CDC- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Description: Any one of your students could take a spill, knock his/her head, and get a concussion in any number of school settings ranging from the hallway, the playground, the cafeteria, and beyond. That’s why—whether you’re a principal, school nurse, teacher or other school professional—the CDC and several other distinguished medical, educational, school-health and school-professional organizations encourage you to use the HEADS UP to Schools: Know Your Concussion ABCs materials....
Description: There are many ways to help reduce the risk of a concussion or other serious brain injury both on and off the sports field, including: General Prevention, All Sports Baseball Basketball Cheerleading Field Hockey Football Ice Hockey Lacrosse Soccer Softball Volleyball Wrestling (CDC-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Description: Based on motor responsiveness, verbal performance, and eye opening to appropriate stimuli, the Glascow Coma Scale was designed and should be used to assess the depth and duration coma and impaired consciousness.
Description: Our multidisciplinary team helps children and their parents through every step of recovery, from managing neurological symptoms to school and social issues. Specialists on the team include: Certified brain injury specialists Educational consultants Neuropsychologists Registered nurses Rehabilitation therapists Social workers Sports medicine physicians The team also includes certified consultants for ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). ImPACT is the most widely...
Description: Brain Injury Services provides specialized case management to address the complex needs of survivors who have experienced disabilities involving cognition, behavior and physical functioning. This intervention focuses on minimizing institutionalization and maximizing clients’ strengths and abilities in order to be a part of their community. The role of the Case Manager also includes increasing the capacity of other organizations to serve our clients and his/her family effectively, as well...
Description: Traumatic brain injury (TBI), a form of acquired brain injury, occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain.
Description: The AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language (the Academy) is an independently governed, subsidiary corporation of The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Academy was established in 2005 and envisions a future where individuals and families will have qualified listening and spoken language professionals available in their immediate geographic area. The Academy is uniquely positioned to advance the revolutionary global opportunity for deaf or hard of...
Description: Head Start is a national child development program for children from birth to age 5, which provides services to promote academic, social and emotional development for income-eligible families. Created in 1965, Head Start is the most successful, longest-running, national school readiness program in the United States. Head Start is a child-centered, family focused, comprehensive and community-based program. Head Start provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, dental, mental health,...
Description: VSTE is the premier professional development and advocacy organization for educators in Virginia. The Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) was founded in 1986 as the Virginia Educational Computing Association and is Virginia’s affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). In addition, VSTE is the Virginia state chapter for CoSN. VSTE’s mission is to promote excellence in education through professional development endeavors supporting the...
Description: The Strategic Instruction Model™ is a comprehensive, evidence-based adolescent literacy program that empowers teachers and enables students to better succeed in school and beyond.
Description: The American Society for Deaf Children supports and educates families of deaf and hard of hearing children and advocates for high quality programs and services.
Description: The Epilepsy Foundation of America® is the national voluntary agency dedicated solely to the welfare of the almost 3 million people with epilepsy in the U.S. and their families. The organization works to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; to improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society; and to promote research for a cure.
Description: Many interventions exist for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Yet, scientific research has found only some of these interventions to be effective. The interventions that researchers have shown to be effective are called evidence-based practices (EBPs). One reason for using EBPs is because, by law, teaching practices must be based on evidence of effectiveness. What EBPs have been identified? The NPDC used a rigorous criteria to classify 27 focused interventions as EBPs in 2014. The 27...
Description: As concussions and other injuries are on the rise, Mason’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) is joining forces with the Central Loudoun Youth Football League (CLYFL) in Loudoun County, Va., and the National Sports Medicine Institute. The partnership will work to improve youth sport safety through on-site medical care and professional expertise from athletic trainers and physicians who will help craft future league safety policies.
Description: The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education, research and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society.
Description: The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America. The mission of the National Association of the Deaf is to preserve, protect and promote the civil, human and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States of America. (National Organizations, hearing impairment)
Description: TASH is an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm. Topics on their site include positive behavior support, inclusive education, communication, and community living. (National Organizations)
Description: The American Council of the Blind (ACB) is a national organization of blind, visually impaired and sighted individuals whose purpose is to work toward independence, security, equality of opportunity, and improved quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people. ACB programs and services include "The Braille Forum", a free monthly publication available in braille, large print, on cassette and computer disk, and by e-mail subscription and at www.acb.org; numerous scholarship awards; and...
Description: The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources.
Description: The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is a individual membership professional organization representing more than 77,000 member physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students of physical therapy. APTA seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in society by advancing physical therapist practice, education, and research, and by increasing the awareness and understanding of physical therapy's role in the nation's health care system.
Description: The American Occupational Therapy Association advances the quality, availability, use, and support of occupational therapy through standard-setting, advocacy, education, and research on behalf of its members and the public. (National Organizations)
Description: The Angelman Syndrome Foundation's mission is to advance the awareness and treatment of Angelman Syndrome through education and information, research, and support for individuals with Angelman Syndrome, their families and other concerned parties.
Description: We are the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We encompass all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X and various other developmental disabilities.
Description: Since their founding in 1988, the Beach Center on Disability has (a) conducted research, (b) carried out training and technical assistance, and (c) provided international, national, state, regional, and local service. They have carried out these three activities in collaboration with families who have members with disabilities, individuals with disabilities, the professionals and policy leaders who serve families and individuals, and members of the communities in which the families and...
Description: Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). (National Organizations)
Description: The Blind Childrens Center's mission is to provide comprehensive early intervention, specialized education and training, in a fully inclusive family oriented environment, for children ages birth through school age who are blind or severely visually impaired and to optimize each child's development and consequent opportunities to lead an independent and productive life. Additionally, to utilize the Center's professional expertise and experience to serve families and professionals worldwide...
Description: The IDEA Partnership is dedicated to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities by joining state agencies and stakeholders through shared work and learning. (National Organizations)
Description: The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of the learning disability, dyslexia as well as related language-based learning differences. (National Organizations)
Description: The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace. (National Organizations)
Description: Welcome to MDA’s new Transitions Resource Center, a site focused on the needs, goals and hopes of young people with neuromuscular disease! Each year in the United States, nearly half a million youth with disabilities and chronic health conditions cross into adulthood — and the numbers continue to grow. However, barriers continue to exist for young people seeking higher education, employment and independent living. (National Organizations)
Description: NADD is the leading North American expert in providing professionals, educators, policy makers, and families with education, training, and information on mental health issues relating to persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities. (National Organizations)
Description: The National Ataxia Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of persons affected by ataxia through support, education and research. People with ataxia have problems with coordination because parts of the nervous system that control movement and balance are affected. Ataxia may affect the fingers, hands, arms, legs, body, speech, and eye movements. (National Organizations)
Description: The Attention Deficit Disorder Association provides information, resources and networking opportunities to help adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder lead better lives. This site includes a section on College Resources and College Accommodations.
Description: The National Center for Learning Disabilities works to ensure that the nation's 15 million children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work and life. This website includes information on "Types of LD", "For parents", "At school," "Adults with LD" and "Resources."(National Organizations) This site is also available in Spanish.
Description: As a membership organization, NCIL advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy. (National Organizations)
Description: Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. (National Organizations)
Description: The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation of America’s 54 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life. (National Organizations)
Description: The National Spinal Cord Injury Association is the nation's oldest and largest civilian organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of Americans living with the results of spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) and their families. (National Organizations)
Description: The purpose of RESNA is to contribute to the public welfare through scientific, literary, professional and educational activities by supporting the development,dissemination, and utilization of knowledge and practice of rehabilitation and assistive technology in order to achieve the highest quality of life for all citizens. (National Organizations)
Description: The mission of the TRACE Center is to prevent the barriers and capitalize on the opportunities presented by current and emerging information and telecommunication technologies, in order to create a world that is as accessible and usable as possible for as many people as possible. (National Organizations)
Description: Pathways Awareness is uniquely dedicated to increasing knowledge about the gift of early detection and the benefit of early therapy for infants and children with early delays. We honor and support their parents by providing knowledge, information and a sense of community as they guide their children on life’s journey. Pathways.org also provides valuable information to healthcare professionals.(A multi-language brochure is available on the website.) (Early Childhood, National Organizations)...
Description: USSAAC is the United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, the national chapter of ISAAC, the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. We are an organization dedicated to supporting the needs and desires of people who use AAC, as well as the family members, professionals, and manufacturers making up our community. Augmentative and Alternative Communication refers to methods of communication that enhance (augment) or replace (alternative)...
Description: The Spina Bifida Association (SBA) serves adults and children who live with the challenges of Spina Bifida. Since 1973, SBA has been the only national voluntary health agency solely dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with Spina Bifida and those whose lives are touched by this challenging birth defect. Its tools are education, advocacy, research, and service. (National Organizations)
Description: CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is the nation's leading non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families. CHADD has over 16,000 members in 200 local chapters throughout the U.S. Chapters offer support for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals, and others. (family/families, National Organizations)