Unique brain injury program restored
Foundation helps open doors of education

The Roanoke Times, September 2, 2001

By JENN BURLESON

Funding problems three years ago forced George Washington University to cut its master's degree program that prepared students to work with brain injury patients.

But it's back this fall, thanks in part to a $340,000 grant from the Jason Foundation.

The school has the only master's degree program in the country that trains people specifically to work with brain injury patients, director Janis Ruoff said. The program prepares students to work in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation programs, advocacy programs or other fields. Already, 12 students are enrolled.

When brain injury patients "come back from the hospital, quite often, they are functioning at a lower level academically," Ruoff said. "But with proper intervention, they can move forward and function in regular classes."

She said there is a possibility that a distance education class on brain injuries will be offered at Radford University through the instructors at George Washington University.

Additional federal funding has also helped the college develop at the Center for Education and Human Services In Acquired Brain Injury. The center will do some research in brain injury.

Ruoff said the program might not have gotten off its feet without the support of the Jason Foundation grant, which made it possible for the agency to get additional federal funding.

 


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