U of O
The Center on Brain Injury
Research & Training

Transition Web: Web-based Transition Training for Students with Traumatic Brain Injury

Funded by:

US Department of Education–National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

Project Period:

October 1, 2011 - September 30, 2014

Project Contact:

Bonnie Todis, Ph.D.

bonniet@uoregon.edu

541-255-6054

Project Director/Principal Investigator:

Bonnie Todis, Ph.D.

bonniet@uoregon.edu

541-255-6054

Description:

Adolescents ages 15-19 have a higher rate of traumatic brain injury (TBI) than any other age group. Recent research indicates that transition outcomes (post-secondary education completion, employment, independent living/community integration) are poor for this population and that students who receive special education services in high school do no better in these domains than those who do not. In spite of the clear need to improve these outcomes, students with TBI rarely receive appropriate transition services, often because educators and transition personnel lack the knowledge and skills needed to tailor effective transition practices to this unique population.

The goal of this three-year project is to develop and evaluate the efficacy of an interactive, Web-based information and training program to improve transition outcomes for students with TBI. In keeping with a trend toward accessible online learning,"T-Web" makes use of cutting-edge technology to teach students, families, and educators improved transition practices through interactive training modules and a secure tracking portal accessible via web or cell phone. Modules will reach several audiences: 1) students with TBI will learn skills in self-determination, self-advocacy, and problem-solving; 2) parents of students with TBI will learn to better understand the challenges following TBI and how to support their children in the transition process; and 3) educators will learn to increase their awareness of the needs of students with TBI and their families and to modify transition materials for these students.

Publications and Presentations:

Todis, B. Glang, A., Bullis, M., Ettel, D., Hood, D. (2011).Longitudinal investigation of the post-high school transition experiences of adolescents with traumatic brain injury.Journal Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 26(2), 138-149. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20631630

Todis B. Glang, A. (2008). Redefining success: Results of a qualitative study of post-secondary transition outcomes for youth with traumatic brain injury.Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 23(4), 252-263.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18650769

Transition Into Adulthood for Students with ABI Bonnie Todis, PhD and Deborah Ettel, PhD, Center on Brain Injury Research and Training Transition to Adulthood for Students with ABI