Learn more about life after a brain or spinal cord injury.
Whether you’re a Rehab Without Walls® NeuroSolutions patient, a family member, a case manager or physician, there’s always more to learn about brain or spinal cord injury. These books and websites offer information about injury, recovery and life going forward.
If you’re helping care for someone with an injury or illness, be sure to check out our caregiver resources page, too.
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Brain injury and stroke resources
Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA)
This organization provides information on brain injury, research, conferences, publications, prevention and education, survivors’ voice, assistive technologies and referral.
United States Brain Injury Alliance (USBIA)
The mission of this organization is to engage the community in preventing brain injury and improving lives. In addition to the national organization, there are chartered affiliates in more than a dozen states.
Brain Injury Resource Center
This organization provides brain injury information, education and support to foster self-advocacy and self-care in partnership with families, doctors, rehabilitation facilities and lawyers.
TBI.org (Formerly The Perspectives Network)
This website focuses on “positive communication” between persons with brain injury, family members, caregivers, professionals and friends of the injured, in order to create positive changes.
Traumatic Brain Injury Survival Guide
The goal of this online book is to better prepare the injured person and family for the long road ahead.
Brain injury and stroke books
Note: All links go to Amazon.com
Acknowledged a Man
Barbara Del Buono, Allen Chatt, and Paul Hultmen
After Stroke: Enhancing Quality of Life
Brain Injury and Stroke: A Handbook to Recovery
Dr. E. A. Freeman
Brain Storms: Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury
Children with Traumatic Brain Injury: A Parent’s Guide
Chipper: More Than a Miracle
Gayla Schmutz and Lorraine Thompson
Coming Home: A Discharge Manual for Families of Persons with Brain Injury
Dana S. DeBoskey
Conquering the Darkness: One Woman’s Story of Recovering from a Brain Injury
Coping with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Diane Roberts Stoler and Barbara Albers Hill
Crazy Visitation: A Chronicle of Illness and Recovery
Saundra Murray Nettles
Cyclops Awakes: A Newspaperman Fights Back After a Massive Stroke
How to Conquer the World with One Hand and an Attitude
Paul Berger and Stephanie Mensh
I’ll Carry the Fork! Recovering a Life After Brain Injury
Kara L. Swanson
In Search of Wings: A Journey Back from Traumatic Brain Injury
Living With Brain Injury: A Guide for Families
Richard Senelick and Karla Dougherty
Living with Brain Injury: A Guide for Families and Caregivers
Sonia Acorn and Penny Offer
Living With Head Injury
M.D. Van Den Broek
Miracles Happen: One Mother, One Daughter, One Journey
Brooke Ellison and Jean Ellison
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey
Jill Bolte Taylor
My Stroke of Luck
My Year Off: Recovering Life After a Stroke
Navigating Through a Strange Land: A Book for Brain Tumor Patients and Families
Tricia Ann Roloff
One Handed in a Two-Handed World
Over My Head: A Doctor’s Own Story of Head Injury from the Inside Looking Out
Claudia Osborn, PhD
Parenting a Child with Traumatic Brain Injury
Plant a Geranium in Your Cranium
Rebooting My Brain: How a Freak Aneurysm Reframed My Life
Return to Ithaca: A Woman’s Triumph over the Disabilities of a Severe Stroke
Sexuality and the Person With Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide to Families
Ernest Griffith and Sally Lemberg
Slow Dance: A Story of Stroke, Love, and Disability
Bonnie Sherr Klein
Someone Stole Yesterday
Starting Again: Early Rehabilitation After Traumatic Brain Injury or Other Severe Brain Lesions
Students with Acquired Brain Injury: The School’s Response
That’s Unacceptable: Surviving a Brain Tumor – My Personal Story
The Brain Disorders Source Book
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
The Stroke Recovery Book: A Guide for Patients and Families
Kip Burkman, M.D
Through My Head: Essays by a Brain Injury Survivor
To Wherever Oceans Go
Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Children and Adolescents
Where is the Mango Princess? A Journey Back from Brain Injury
C. E. Crimmins
Working After Brain Injury: What Can I Do?
Spinal cord injury resources
Paralyzed Veterans of America
A comprehensive website with information about spinal cord injury, resources for professionals, sports and recreation, research and education, and legislative issues.
University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System (UAB-SCIMS)
Provides research, education and training, medical and psychological information including employment, sexuality issues, rehabilitation, family and relationships.
Spinal Cord Injury Information Pages
Provides links to books, adaptive technology, travel and leisure, top hospitals, disability communities, online chat and message boards and spinal cord injury organizations.
Spinal Cord Injury Peer Information Library on Technology
Describes the assistive technology experiences of individuals with spinal cord injury through personal stories of life with assistive devices, consumer reviews and idea exchanges.
United Spinal Association’s Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center
Provides information on conferences and events related to spinal cord injury, information for people with new injuries, rehabilitation, and a resource center.
Spinal cord injury books
Note: All links go to Amazon.com
Access for Disabled Americans: A Guide for the Wheelchair Traveler
Choosing a Wheelchair: A Guide for Optimal Independence
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
Life on Wheels: The A to Z Guide to Living Fully with Mobility Issues
Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, Declarations of Independence
Nothing is Impossible: Reflections on a New Life
Sexuality After Spinal Cord Injury: Answers to Your Questions
Stanley Ducharme and Kathleen Gill
Spinal Cord Injury: Functional Rehabilitation
Martha Freeman Somers
The Dive From Clausen’s Pier: A Novel
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death
Americans With Disabilities Act
Provides information about the ADA including design standards, information line, technical assistance and enforcement.
Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) Program
National center for information, training, research and technical assistance in independent living. Improves the utilization of results of research programs and demonstration programs.
Job Accommodation Network
Increases employability of people with disabilities through worksite accommodation solutions, technical assistance with disability legislation and education about self-employment options.