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Kean Conference Offers Insight on Brain Injuries

Union, N.J. --- Kean University will serve as the site for a conference aimed at helping students afflicted with brain injuries on Oct. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. in University Center, Room 228.

Sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey, which has educated and provided outreach and advocacy about brain injuries since 1981, the session is targeted for parents, school professionals and others associated with such disabilities.

The conference is free.

“For our students here who are in occupational therapy or have learning disabilities, this conference has broad appeal,’’ said Dr. Susan Polirstok, Kean Dean of Education.

Presenters at the meeting will include Lois Mishkin, a speech language pathologist and independent learning consultant and Susan Paradise, an educational specialist for the JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute’s Center for Head Injuries.

An estimated 5.3 million Americans have lifelong disabilities because of brain injuries. Brain injuries are also a leading cause for death among children and young adults.

In New Jersey, more than 9,000 traumatic brain injuries are reported annually and the leading causes are falls, car crashes and assaults.

For more information about the session or to RSVP, contact Justin Stanley of the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey at 732-745-0200 or email The toll-free family helpline number for state brain injury association is 1-800-669-4323.

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a master’s degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 14,000 students.