March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March 6, 2013


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Brain Injuries Do Not Discriminate

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can happen in an instant, yet can bring a lifetime of physical, cognitive and behavioral challenges. Brain injuries can affect anyone. They occur in all walks of life, at all ages and stages, across all demographics and income levels.

Did you know that in the United States alone –

– 1.7 million people, including 475,000 children, sustain TBI each year?

– 3.1 million people live with life long disabilities as a result of a TBI?

– 52,000 people will die from a TBI?

– 275,000 people will be hospitalized, and that 1.365 million people will be treated and released from an emergency department?

Just as no two people are alike, no two brain injuries are alike. Early, equal and adequate access to care will greatly increase the overall quality of life for people with brain injuries. With proper care, therapeutic rehabilitation and adequate long-term support, millions of people are living with brain injuries and the successes and challenges that each day brings them.

Get the Facts about brain injury from The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA).

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The Brain Injury Association of America is with you every step of the way. BIAA helps people with brain injuries and their families by providing information, resources and support and by advocating for life-saving research and treatment.

Learn more about the Brain Injury Association of America and how it can help you or someone you know who is living with a brain injury.

How Can You Help?

The BIAA can accomplish more with a strong collective voice that includes you. You are invited to join BIAA during March to help raise awareness for brain injuries and the challenges people with brain injuries face. You can help by sharing Brain Injury Association’s posts on Facebook, retweeting important messages from your state Brain Injury affiliate on Twitter. The Delaware affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America can be found on Facebook and Twitter at @BIADE.

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Let everyone know why protecting and promoting the rights of people with brain injury is important to you.

Find Your State’s Brain Injury Association Affiliate

The Brain Injury Association’s nationwide network of affiliate organizations are the go-to resource for anyone living with a brain injury, their family and friends, the professionals who provide research treatment and services to people with brain injuries, and the general public. A local chapter can provide you with direct support, information, resources, education and advocacy opportunities.

Here’s the link to the Brain Injury Association of Delaware.

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Don’t live in Delaware?To find an affiliate near you, click on Brain Injury Association State Affiliate Finder.

Will you help spread awareness for brain injuries and the effects they have on the people who live with them? Let us know how you are raising awareness in the Comments section below.

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Delaware Family Voices is a 501 C3 Non-profit organization. Consider donating to our organization via United Way #12691.

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Brain Injury Across The Lifespan – A BIAD Conference

February 28, 2013

Do you or someone you know, have a brain injury? Would you like to learn more about the latest brain injury information, connect with others experiencing similar situations? Consider attending the 22nd annual Brain Injury Association of Delaware (BIAD) conference, Brain Injury Across The Lifespan, April 4th and 5th, 2013, Wilmington DE.

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Doug Smith – Featured Keynote Speaker

Listen to keynote speaker, former NHL player Doug Smith, as he recounts his recovery from a broken neck and spinal cord injury. Learn how he fought back from quadriplegia to walk once again.

All registered attendees will receive a copy of his book, The Trauma Code. Doug will also be hosting the workshop, Internalizing Your Performance, during the conference breakout sessions.

2013 Brain Injury Conference Schedule

The conference will begin the evening of Thursday, April 4th, and will conclude Friday evening, April 5th, with the Diamond Dinner. The specific dates and times of events are:

– Thursday, 7:00pm to 8:00pm – Mix and Meet Reception

– Friday, 8:30am to 4:00pm – Brain Injury Conference

– Friday, 6:00pm to 9:00pm – The Diamond Dinner

NOTE Change of Conference Location: All activities will be held at the Doubletree Hotel, in downtown Wilmington. The exact address is 700 N. King St., Wilmington, DE.

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BIAD Conference Breakout Sessions

Choose from the following breakout sessions running through out the conference on Friday:

Child/Teen Track: Sessions on Interactive Metronome, Recreation after a Brain Injury, and Brain Injury and Child Abuse.

Mid-life Track: Sessions on Rational Psychopharmacology, Technological Recovery Tools, and Delaware Rehabilitation Services.

Elderly Track: Sessions on Vision, Concussion, and TBI.

Quality of Life Track: Sessions on Harnessing Your Passion after Brain Injury, Internalizing Your Performance, and Sibling Life.

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BIAD Conference Registration Details

There is a fee to attend the conference. If registering by March 31st, survivor, family member and student fees are $40 for BIAD members and $65 for non-members. The BIAD member professionals fee is $75, $100 for non-members. After March 31st, registration fees increase to $90 for survivors, family and students, $125 for professionals.

Need assistance with the registration fee? A limited number of scholarships are available for individuals with brain injuries and family members. Contact BIAD for details at 1-800-411-0505.

Need a hotel room? Reserve a room at the Doubletree Hotel by March 1st to receive the discounted conference rate of $109. Call the hotel directly at 302-655-0400.

Learn more about the conference and how to register in this flyer.

Conference Questions? Call BIAD at  1-800-411-0505.

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A Healthy Life Without Limits

Don’t forget to also attend the Healthy Life Without Limits health fair on Saturday, April 6th, for families and children with special health care needs. More details about this partner event can be found at A Healthy Life Without Limits.

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Delaware Family Voices is a 501 C3 Non-profit organization. Consider donating to our organization via United Way #12691.