As millions of returning service members and veterans enter higher education, ACE offers tips in a new report for faculty and staff who may be working with students suffering from "invisible injuries" like traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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 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."
Accommodating Student Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is part of ACE's Serving Those Who Serve: Higher Education and America's Veterans, 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.
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.
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