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Special Education Introduction Washington State
From The Ashes:
A Brain Injury Survivor's Guide
INTRO -- Washington Law requires each school system to develop an educational plan for each eligible infant, toddler, child or youth through age 21 with a disability, including brain injury. 

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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 services. 

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.


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