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A New Law Teaches About Brain Trauma Survivors

On June 17, 2015, House Bill 1338 became law, requiring certain acquired brain injury (ABI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) training for Texas peace officers and first responders. Cheryl Kempf began and shepherded this legislation, from her own ABI and negative experience with law enforcement. Her situation echoes the 2006 death of New York Times reporter David Rosenbaum from misidentifed TBI symptoms. These events show the life changing consequences when ABI or TBI are wrongly assumed to be substance abuse issues, and the need for effective law enforcement training to avoid such situations. Come hear Cheryl speak about her work for ABI and TBI survivors; and how you, too, can help.

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Cheryl Kempf, Speaker, Cheryl Kempf

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