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Welcome to BIAC’s directory of Connecticut-based community resources, state and national organizations, and publications with important information related to brain injury education, prevention, and recovery. If you need further assistance, please give our helpline a call at 860-219-0291 to connect with a Brain Injury Specialist, or email general@biact.org.

Educational Resources

Scenarios: What Would You Do?

Protect Your Brain: High School Toolkit

Protect Your Brain: High School Students’ Fact Sheet

Protect Your Brain: Parent’s Fact Sheet

On the Road to Adulthood

Learn what your brain does. Learn why protecting your brain is so important. Learn simple steps to protect your brain every day. Have fun!

Brain Injury 101: How to Guide

Brain Injury 101 for High School Students

Jeopardy-style classroom game for High School Students about Brain Injury facts.

Scenarios: What Would You Do?

These activities are intended to engage students in the critical thinking process regarding safe behavior currently confronting middle school students. The real-life scenarios below are designed to generate dialogue around issues they might face daily. These may be used in either a classroom discussion format or small group discussions. You may also incorporate role plays in these exercises as these scenarios easily fit this format.

Protect Your Brain / The Middle School Years

Brain Injury Prevention Activities

Protect Your Brain Grades 3 – 5

Parent Letter

Protect Your Brain Grades K – 2

What is Brain Injury

Protect Your Brain Resources

Elementary School Toolkit

This toolkit was developed by the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut and covers topics including functions of the brain, effects of brain injury, the incidence of brain injury in children, and strategies to reduce brain injury through seat belt use, learning safety in the car, helmet safety, bicycle safety, pedestrian safety, and concussion awareness.  Two toolkits are available for elementary schools with one geared towards students in grades kindergarten through 2nd grade, and the other geared towards students in grades 3-5.

Educating Students with Brain Injury

It is likely that most educators will encounter students with brain injuries at some time – from the student who sustained a severe brain injury in a motor vehicle crash to the student who sustained a concussion on the soccer field. To assist school professionals, parents and students, the following materials were created.  It is important to keep in mind that there is no one size fits all to meet the educational needs of students with brain injury, requiring a flexible approach for each student.  

Education Resources for Parents

The following links provide educators, students and others with additional resources for information about the brain and brain injury. A link to each organization’s web site is included where available.
Navigating the educational system following a brain injury can be a daunting and challenging task for parents. The following are resources to assist parents in understanding their child’s rights, and how to navigate the educational system as the parent of a child with a disability.

CT Parent Advocacy Center

The CT Parent Advocacy Center, Inc. (CPAC) is a statewide nonprofit organization that offers information and support to families of children with any disability or chronic illness, age birth through 26 in addressing educational support. Services are free. Phone: 1-800-445-2722. Email:

CT Parent Advocacy Center

Disabilities Rights Connecticut

Case Services Advocates and Attorneys implement federal and state Protection & Advocacy mandates to protect the rights of adults and children with disabilities & to intervene on behalf of children with disabilities who are receiving special education services and are experiencing difficulty obtaining relevant educational supports.
Phone:860-297-4300

Disabilities Rights Connecticut

State Education Resource Center (SERT)

SERC is a nonprofit agency primarily funded by the CT State Department of Education. SERC provides information dissemination in the latest research and best practices to educators, service providers, and families throughout the state.
Phone: 860-632-1485

State Education Resource Center (SERT)

LEARNet

LEARNet is a resource for teachers, clinicians, parents, and students. LEARNet is an interactive web-based problem-solving program designed to enable families and school staff to create effective intervention and support plans for students with Acquired brain injury/ Traumatic brain injury.

LEARNet

Center on Post Secondary Education

Lists Connecticut Resources for Assessment Services

Center on Post Secondary Education

Gateway Community College Step Forward Programs

Contact for Step Forward is: Jaime French, Director 203-285-2505 jfrench@gatewayct.edu – A 10-month transition program for young adults (18-21) with mild cognitive disabilities. This non-credit program focuses on interpersonal communication skills, career exploration and workplace readiness. In addition to classroom instruction, students are placed in a community or campus-based work experience. Topics covered in the Step Forward I program may include vocational exploration & career planning, job search essentials, personal finances, interpersonal & workplace communications, self-advocacy & disability awareness, and nutrition & fitness. There is a follow up Step Forward 2.

Gateway Community College Step Forward Programs

Neuroscience for Kids – Brain Development

Created for students and teachers who would like to learn about the nervous system. Discover the exciting world of the brain, spinal cord, neurons and the senses. Use the experiments, activities and games to help you learn about the nervous system.

Neuroscience for Kids - Brain Development

Brain, Brain Information, Facts, News, Photos

National Geographic – Create a free online account with National Geographic to gain access to this and other useful information.

Brain, Brain Information, Facts, News, Photos

Brain Development: Frequently Asked Questions

Inside the Teenage Brain

BS Frontline: What’s going on in there? How science may help explain the mysteries of the teenage years.

Inside the Teenage Brain

The Baby’s Brain – The Secret Life of the Brain, PBS

Traumatismo cerebral y de cabeza

Brain Injury, A Guide for Educators

This booklet provides information for school professionals about brain injury and how it affects students, including accommodations and strategies to assist students in the classroom.

Brain-Injury-Guide-for-Educators-CT-8_17_publications.pdf

Brain Injury, A Guide for Families about School

This booklet provides information for parents of students with brain injury about the services available through the school system following brain injury, including information on the initial referral to special education services, the Planning & Placement Team, and the differences between the IEP and 504 Plan.

Brain-Injury-Guide-for-Families-About-School-CT-8_17_publications.pdf

Helping Students with Brain Injury

The Helping Students with Brain Injury Series is meant to be a tool for school professionals and parents. Each sheet in the series addresses various areas that can be affected after brain injury and includes strategies for the classroom and sample IEP goals. The series was originally developed by the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, and adapted, with permission, by the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut.

Helping-Students-with-Brain-Injury-Complete-Series-8_2016_publications.pdf