Services for Students with Disabilities

Definition

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

The position of the Brain Injury Network is that acquired brain injury (ABI) includes traumatic brain injuries (TBI's), strokes, brain illness, and any other kind of brain injury acquired after birth. 
 
Definition of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
 
"A traumatically induced structural injury and/or physiological disruption of brain function as a result of an external force that is indicated by new onset or worsening of at least one of the following clinical signs, immediately following the event." 
 
Source: Traumatic Brain Injury: Definition and Reporting by S. Ward Casscells, MD., Department of Defense

Documentation

  • If the primary impairment is cognitive, e.g. learning, attention, memory, etc., then a psychological evaluation is warranted. 
  • If the primary impairment is chronic health, e.g. seizure disorder, then a Chronic Health Condition verification form must be completed. 
  • If the primary impairment is mental health, e.g. anxiety, depression, etc., then you will need to have a certified professional fill out a Disability Verification Form.

How to Register with SSD

The completed verification form/documentation can be sent to us one of the following ways:
  • Faxed to 734-936-3947
  • Emailed to ssdoffice@umich.edu
  • Brought to our office at G-664 Haven Hall

Once our office receives the paperwork you will receive an email confirmation and be assigned a disability coordinator. You will be asked to contact your disability coordinator to set up a meeting.

During the initial meeting, the registration paperwork will be done. Your disability coordinator will determine your eligibility for services and identify reasonable and appropriate academic accommodations.

Please note that University Policy is two weeks’ prior notice for any academic accommodation.
 
More information about acquired/traumatic brain injury.