Disability Resource Center
More Alike Than Different
SPECIFIC DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS
Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
An acquired brain injury (ABI) can be anything that inflicts trauma to the
brain. The variety of problems and the degree of severity that can result from
an ABI, makes regular follow-up necessary. The Disabled Students' Programs
and Services counselor provides support to students with an ABI. Services,
such as priority registration, assistive technology and on campus transportation
are available. Although, accommodations are helpful, there are still significant
differences between an educational program of a student with an ABI from other
students with disabilities. A student with an ABI can demonstrate one or more
of the following problem characteristics that may affect their learning. These
characteristics range from moderate to severe:
- Organizing thoughts, cause-effect relationships, and problem solving
- Processing information and word retrieving
- Generalizing and integrating
- Exhibiting discrepancies in abilities such as high reading comprehension
vs. a lower level spelling ability
- Memory loss
In these areas, accommodations similar to those suggested for students with
learning disabilities are useful. Such as:
- Note takers
- Extended test taking time
For more specific academic deficits a student with an ABI may need:
- Established routines and/or step-by-step directions
- Books and lectures on
tape to reinforce information by repetition.
- Behavior management techniques
- On-going counseling
- An aide (not provided by the college) for personal assistance.
Gavilan's Disability Resource Center provides a variety of services
for students with Acquired Brain Injuries.
All college information or academic materials are available in alternate media upon request at (408) 848-4865.
For more DRC information, call 408-848-4865 or TTY at 408-846-4924.