CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: April 4, 2001
Pearson honored as 'Professional of Year' by brain
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.