Brain Injury


Michigan State University provides services and accommodations to persons with brain injuries for both academic and workplace settings. The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities fosters independence by helping students and employees harness appropriate strategies and resources for success. We look forward to maximizing your experience at MSU!

Brain injuries fall under two categories: 1) traumatic brain injuries, associated with trauma to the head or skull and 2) acquired brain injuries, which occur on a cellular level and are not hereditary, congenital or degenerative. Even though traumatic and acquired brain injuries occur differently, both may impact the way a person thinks, feels, acts, and moves. Both types can also affect body functions and sensory perception. Each person with a brain injury is unique; physical disabilities, impaired learning, and personality changes are common. Accommodations will vary, according to documentation. See the Brain Injury Details page for more information. 

Getting Started (MyProfile)

Log on to the MyProfile page with your MSU NetID and password to register with the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities. MyProfile provides online forms and initiates communication with a Ability Access Specialist.


Documentation of a disability must appear on official letterhead from a licensed medical or diagnostic professional and include a diagnosis, scope or degree of involvement, and summary of related functional limitations. RCPD provides a downloadable Brain Injury form that may be used by medical providers to document conditions.

After documentation of a disability has been provided and a needs assessment is completed, reasonable accommodations are determined. RCPD will provide a verification letter that includes: (a) verification of disability and status as a student or employee registered with the RCPD (b) an outline of reasonable accommodations.

Students will receive a Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations letter, otherwise known as a VISA.

Employees will receive a Statement of Employee Accommodation Determination letter, otherwise known as a SEAD.


RCPD adheres to strict standards of confidentiality in the management of student information. Since RCPD is the only holder of disability documentation, all disability-related documentation should be directed to RCPD (not other campus departments).


RCPD recognizes that accommodations may be required in order to assist individuals in maximizing their educational and workplace experience at MSU. While the university is required to provide reasonable accommodations, it is not required to change essential academic requirements or job functions.

Before Requesting Accommodations, students and employees must Identify and Register as a person with a disability and provide appropriate documentation of their disability to RCPD. Employees should refer to the MSU Disability and Reasonable Accommodation Policy, for the procedure on requesting worksite accommodations.

Students and employees with Brain Injury may be eligible to receive the following accommodations facilitated by RCPD:

RCPD Specialists are committed to an active partnership with students and employees who make reasonable accommodation requests through our office. In the case you experience a disagreement regarding disability determination or appropriateness of accommodations, you may consider taking the steps outlined in our dispute resolution process.


Building Community

MSU provides many venues for collaboration and community building on disability issues. Please consider becoming involved in the following organizations:

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have further questions that have not been answered on this page, please refer to the FAQ Page.

Brain Injury in the News:

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Shawn lost a brave 18-month battle with brain cancer in 2011, at just 34 years of age. Although he isn't physically here, his legacy continues as an embodiment of Spartan leadership.

High School Students 'Venture' into Higher Education

This summer, the RCPD hosted their third annual Venture Program, accommodating nearly 20 high school students with disabilities. Read the full blog article to view the Venture 2013 recap video, featuring interviews from participants.