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As the Mom of a 16 year old brain injury survivor, I too have witnessed the stares of both the curious and the judgemental. Although now that her recovery is to the point that her injury is invisible, the behavioral issues (lack of filters for topics of conversation, laughter at inappropriate times and easily fatigued, memory issues), many people, including education professionals treat her with disrespect or as if she were dumb. I agree with one poster about amazing conversations - we've also met many wonderful, supportive people just by someone asking my daughter what happened. (She still wears a colorful sling on one arm due to an injury sustained in the same accident). We all need to remember the abilities someone may have-they far outweigh the disabilites.