A New Face of Disability: Traumatic Brain Injury

The film Wipe Out made it into last weekend's SuperFest disability film festival in Berkeley. It follows a series of snowboarders with traumatic brain injuries. This article by ProPublica provides a glimpse into the new generation entering the disability community. Just as the blind gained social institutionalization after the nerve gas of WWI increased their numbers and those using wheelchairs saw an increase in recognition after the war in Vietnam those with TBI are finding a voice:


Traumatic Brain Injury in Theater: When Blasts Damage the Brain

June 7, 2010 10:00 pm EDT

Traumatic brain injuries have been called the "signature wound" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. While improvements in armor and battlefield medicine mean more soldiers are surviving bomb blasts that would have killed them in previous wars, the explosions are leaving some of them with permanent wounds. Mild traumatic brain injuries are difficult to detect as they leave behind no obvious signs of trauma. While many soldiers recover fully from the injury, others are left with persistent mental and physical problems.


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