Acquired Brain Injury

Acquired Brain Injury is caused by sudden physical damage to the brain. This may result from an accident, such as a car crash or a fall. It may also be the result of a stroke, brain tumor, brain infection or lack of oxygen to the brain. Some brain injuries, such as a concussion, can be temporary in nature, while others are permanent.

Depending on the nature of the damage, the symptoms of acquired brain injury can vary widely.  Physical symptoms can include difficulties with mobility, speech, headaches, or difficulties sleeping. Cognitive symptoms can include problems with vision, information processing, memory, attention, and language. Emotional symptoms can include irritability and mood disorders. In the college setting, students with acquired brain injury will benefit from an individualized accommodation plan that reflects the unique impacts of their injury.

For more information on the impacts of this disability and classroom accommodations see Information Processing, Oral Expression, Written Expression, Memory, Mobility, Chronic Pain, Attention/Concentration, and Fatigue/Stamina.