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What is

TBI and can a

service dog help?

TBI is 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:

  • Any period of loss of or a decreased level of consciousness (LOC)

  • Any loss of memory for events immediately before or after the injury (post-traumatic amnesia)

  • Any alteration in mental state at the time of the injury (confusion, disorientation, slowed thinking, etc.) (Alteration of consciousness/mental state)

  • Neurological deficits (weakness, loss of balance, change in vision, praxis, paresis/plegia, sensory loss, aphasia, etc.) that may or may not be transient

  • Intracranial lesion

External forces may include any of the following events: the head being struck by an object, the head striking an object, the brain undergoing an acceleration/deceleration movement without direct external trauma to the head, a foreign body penetrating the brain, forces generated from events such as a blast or explosion, or other forces yet to be defined.

The above criteria define the event of a TBI. Not all individuals exposed to an external force will sustain a TBI, but any person who has a history of such an event with immediate manifestation of any of the above signs and symptoms can be said to have had a TBI.

TBI Information Bank

What are the benefits of service dogs, emotional support dogs for Veterans?

A great video produced by the VA on the benefits of dogs for PTSD, MST, TBI, and emotional support.

How Can Service Dogs Help Individuals with TBI and PTSD?

A great video explaining some of the ways service dogs help to cope with PTSD and TBI, directly related to Veterans.

Tramatic Brain Injury Overview

This is the PTSD overview page from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke..  It has many facts and information including signs and symptoms, risk factors, treatments and therapies, and available studies.  An excellent resource.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion

This is the Center for Disease Controls information portal on TBI's. It is full of information including data and statistics, publications, reports, fact sheets, and resources.  It also has a link with information to the National Concussion Surveillance System.

TBI: Traumatic Brain Injury

This is the VA's Official page for their ongoing research on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  There is a lot of great information here.

Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA

This link covers the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  It is published by the ADA, so it is the most accurate representation of the law.  This guidance and provisions should be read in conjunction with the publication ADA Revised Requirements: Sevice Animals which is linked below this article.

ADA Revised Requirements: Service Animals

This is the official PDF publication of the Americans with Disabilities Act, produced by the Department of Justice. The Department of Justice published revised final regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for title II (State and local government services) and title III (public accommodations and commercial facilities) on September 15, 2010, in the Federal Register. These requirements, or rules, clarify and refine issues that have arisen over the past 20 years and contain new, and updated, requirements, including the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design (2010 Standards).

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