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Acquired Brain Injury

More than one million people who incur head injuries each year are between the ages of 15
and 28 years of age. Many sustain injuries that leave them with hidden disabilities,
decreased abilities not easily understood by others.

Brain injury can occur in two ways:
   1. from external events, such as a head trauma resulting from a severe blow, or
   2. from internal events, such as cerebral vascular accident, strokes or tumors.

The consequences of brain injury are many and complex. The structures of the brain and their
role in thinking and doing may be the most complex puzzle in science. For our educational
purposes understanding how the brain functions differently after injury has much greater
importance than knowing the cause or type of the injury.
Areas of Impairment
Educational Implications