Advocacy by and for People with ABI (Acquired Brain Injury)
Public Policy of the Brain Injury Network Policy dated 10-18-08
High School Graduation:We do not think that young people who suffer a brain injury close to their graduation from high school should be encouraged to graduate with diploma until it is clear that they have not suffered the kind of brain injury that would entitle them to numerous special education and life transition, sometimes life-long services, if they are had not graduated and are instead placed in special education.Sometimes the granting of a high school diploma prevents a young person with a brain injury from securing additional services he or she might have been entitled to but for his or her diploma. Therefore, high school graduation with diploma after a serious brain injury should be carefully weighed against other options and services. We feel that school districts should be required to explain this to the family of the young student prior to encouraging standard or accelerated diploma for a student with a serious brain injury.