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Release: April 4, 2001

Pearson honored as 'Professional of Year' by brain injury association

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Sue Pearson, a State of Iowa consultant for students with brain injury at University Hospital School, was named "Professional of the Year" by the Brain Injury Association of Iowa at its conference in Des Moines March 15.

Pearson has worked at University Hospital School since 1975 and is a member of its pediatric brain injury team. She works with 15 brain injury resource teams across the state, creating communication networks with hospital and rehabilitation personnel, educational professionals and families. These networks assist students with the transition from hospital-based care to educational services in their local communities.

Trained as a special educator, Pearson's major areas of study include orthopedic disabilities and learning disabilities. Building on her work in developmental disabilities for the past 25 years, she has conducted numerous workshops and conference presentations for educators, families and medical staff in Iowa and across the country. She has written extensively on the topic of school re-entry and has been involved in the production of several training videos for educators and families, including "Pieces of the Puzzle: An Introduction to Brain Injury."

The Brain Injury Association of Iowa was founded in 1980. Its mission is "to create a better future through brain injury prevention, education and advocacy." Members of the organization include people with brain injuries, their family and friends, and professionals who work with individuals following brain injury.