[Oh-ahead] Accommodating Student Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Tips for Campus, Faculty and Staff
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Tue Aug 2 20:12:55 EDT 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Erin Hennessy
EHennessy at acenet.edu
ACE Provides Tips for Accommodating Traumatic Brain Injury,
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on Campus
Washington, DC (July 14, 2011)-As millions of returning service members
and veterans enter higher education, the American Council on Education
(ACE) offers tips in a new report
<http://www.acenet.edu/links/military/vet_ptsd_report.html> for faculty
and staff who may be working with students suffering from "invisible
injuries" like traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress
Accommodating Student Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Tips for Campus Faculty and Staff offers
information about these most prevalent battlefield injuries for today's
returning service members as well as examples of promising practices.
Among these practices are ensuring students (who are often just learning
to cope with newly acquired disabilities) understand their rights under
federal disability law; establishing a strong working relationship with
staff in the disability services office on campus; and utilizing methods
of instruction that ensure accessibility for all students, not just
those with TBI or PTSD.
The report, available as a free PDF, was produced in partnership with
America's Heroes at Work, a project of the U.S. Department of Labor, and
the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD), with the
generous support of The Kresge Foundation.
"When we hosted the Veteran Success Jam
ntentDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=37400> last year, it was a unique
opportunity for veterans, campus representatives, and policy makers to
share honest feedback on how to best address the barriers that still
exist for veterans and service members," said ACE President Molly
Corbett Broad. "We heard from many campus leaders that one of the
primary areas in which they were in need of guidance was working with
students who have been impacted by these 'invisible injuries.' Working
with our partners at America's Heroes at Work and AHEAD, we are pleased
to offer some concrete guidelines for campuses welcoming increased
numbers of veterans and service members."
"The Kresge Foundation is delighted to support ACE's work on behalf of
veterans and service members," said William Moses, Kresge's program
director for education. "Maintaining college accessibility for veterans
is not only the right thing to do for the young men and women who have
served our nation-it's the smart thing to do. Veterans bring maturity,
determination and diverse experiences to colleges and universities.
Supporting their transition to civilian life helps to ensure that they
graduate and contribute to the nation's broader goals of increasing
college achievement and global economic competitiveness."
Student Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-traumatic Stress
Disorder is part of ACE's Serving Those Who Serve: Higher Education and
rograms/serving/index.htm> , a broad-based initiative designed to
promote access to and success in higher education for more than 2
million service members and their families who are eligible for newly
expanded benefits under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance
Act of 2008 <http://www.gibill.va.gov/> .
Founded in 1918, ACE <http://www.acenet.edu/> is the major coordinating
body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing
more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200
related associations, nationwide. It provides leadership on key higher
education issues and influences public policy through advocacy.
The Kresge Foundation is a $3.1 billion private, national foundation
that seeks to influence the quality of life for future generations
through its support of nonprofit organizations in six fields: health,
the environment, arts and culture, education, human services and
community development. In 2010, the Board of Trustees approved 481
awards totaling $158 million; $134 million was paid out to grantees over
the course of the year. For more information, visit www.kresge.org
American Council on Education
One Dupont Circle NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 939-9702
mkrause at acenet.edu
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