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Easter Seals Launches Program for Veterans Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with Traumatic Brain Injuries
Date:10/5/2007

Seeks Participants in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Hartford and Sacramento Markets

CHICAGO, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ --

Why: According to the Department of Defense, the signature wound for

U.S. soldiers involved in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan

is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), with 25 percent of blast

survivors at risk of TBI. Government reports cite nearly 22,000

blast survivors, leaving 5,500 service members with the potential

for TBI. However, neurologists nationwide worry that hundreds of

thousands more, at least 30 percent of the troops who've engaged

in active combat for four months or longer in Iraq and

Afghanistan, are at risk of potentially disabling neurological

disorders from the blast waves of IEDs and mortars, all without

suffering a scratch.

Who: Over nearly 90 years, Easter Seals has played a leading role in

helping veterans with disabilities in their local communities

through medical rehabilitation, home accessibility, job training

and employment, and recreation. Easter Seals located in

Dallas/Fort Worth, Hartford and Sacramento, with funding from the

Ludy Family Foundation, are conducting a pilot project to help

returning veterans with TBI, using Posit Science's Brain Fitness

Program.

Iraq and Afghanistan military service members and veterans who

were involved in any blasts (from IEDs, mortars, land mines,

grenade, RPG, etc.) or sustained a head injury (from a bullet,

vehicle accident, or fall) and are currently experiencing ANY of

the following; easily irritated or angered; headaches; ringing in

the ears; blurred vision; feeling light-headed or dizzy; trouble

with memory; attention, or concentration; easily confused or

overwhelmed; problems with sleeping; balance problems; trouble

with organizing activities or thoughts; slowed thinking, moving,

speaking or reading or been told they have a Traumatic Brain

Injury, and live near Dallas/Ft. Worth, Hartford or Sacramento

are invited to take part in a computer based rehabilitation

program that is designed to improve thinking skills and memory.

What: Posit Science's Brain Fitness Program is a non-invasive

computer-based training program that has demonstrated significant

improvement in memory, communication and clarity of thinking. In

initial studies with older adults, participants improved brain

function by 10 percent. This program also may be effective for

individuals with TBI, and this project will evaluate its

efficacy.

Veterans with mild to moderate TBI and their families are

encouraged to call toll-free 866.423.4981 or email:

veterans@easterseals.com to participate in this pilot project

held at Easter Seals. Participants who complete the 14-week

program will receive a modest stipend and reimbursement for

program-related expenses. The program is offered at no charge to

participants, and a disability rating is not needed to

participate.

Interview -- Randy Rutta, Executive Vice President, Office of

Opps: Public Affairs, Easter Seals

-- Douglas Carmon, Assistant Vice President, Military and

Veterans Initiatives, Easter Seals

-- Local veterans and their families living with TBI

Media Kristen Barnfield, Easter Seals Sara Brewster, Easter Seals

Contacts: kbarnfield@easterseals.com sbrewster@easterseals.com

or P: 312.551.7147 or P: 312.551.7147

About Posit Science

Posit Science was established to transform recent discoveries in brain research into practical programs that can make a difference in people's lives. For more information, please call 800.514.3975 or visit http://www.PositScience.com.

About Easter Seals

Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical and mental disabilities, and other special needs. For nearly 90 years, we have been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play in their communities. Support children and adults with disabilities at http://www.easterseals.com.


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