|These programs include assessment and rehabilitation services
and are discussed in detail in the following Special Education section
of this guide.
Special education in Washington is available for individuals up to age
21. Eligibility is determined by a school-based multidisciplinary evaluation
team, which includes input from the parent(s), and determines whether the
individual has a disability that will make learning difficult without special
Persons with TBI who require special education services most often qualify
for those services through one of the following categories: Traumatic Brain
Injury (TBI), Physical Impairment (PI), Other Health Impairments (OHI),
Learning Disabilities (LD), or Speech and Language Impairments (SLI).
College Level Educational Assistance
At the college level, both the Washington Community Colleges and many
private colleges and universities maintain fully staffed departments, called
"Disabled Students Programs and Services" or a similar name. They may provide
some form of testing to determine the appropriate type of learning assistance
that the student needs. There are a wide range of different programs, varying
from tutoring, computer learning laboratories with advanced cognitive re-training
software, old fashioned pencil and paper exercises, classes in learning
skills after Brain Injuries, and special sections of study skills courses
just for persons with Learning Disabilities and Brain Injuries. In addition,
many colleges offer note-takers and study hours with student peer tutoring
help. In most cases, a person need NOT be a regular "student" in order
to utilize the services of the Community College's Disabled Students Program.
Many members of the surrounding communities often attend the programs,
without ever having been a regular degree-seeking student there.