Thursday, March 1, 2012

Brain Injury Awareness Month Begins

As we begin Brain Injury Awareness Month, I wanted to share a message from the Brain Injury Association of America...

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. A brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone. Brain injuries do not discriminate. Did you know that 1.7 million people will sustain a brain injury each year? An injury that happens in an instant can bring a lifetime of physical, cognitive and behavior challenges and early, equal and adequate access to care will greatly increase overall quality of life.

The Brain Injury Association joins a nationwide network of state brain injury organizations affiliated with BIAA, including self-advocates, families and volunteers across the nation to mark Brain Injury Awareness Month this March. “Brain Injury Awareness Month honors the millions of people with brain injury, who with proper acute care, therapeutic rehabilitation and adequate long-term supports, are living with the successes and challenges that each day brings,” said Susan H. Connors, president/CEO of the Brain Injury Association of America. “Our goals this year are to continue to sustain and bolster brain injury programs, increase access to care and preserve vital brain injury research.”

“Since anyone can sustain a brain injury at any time, it is important for everyone to have access to comprehensive rehabilitation and ongoing disease management,” said Dr. Brent Masel, national medical director for the Brain Injury Association of America. “Doing so eases medical complications, permanent disability, family dysfunction, job loss, homelessness, impoverishment, medical indigence, suicide and involvement with the criminal or juvenile justice system. Access to early, comprehensive treatment for brain injury also alleviates the burden of long term care that is transferred to tax payers at the federal, state and local levels.”

For more information, please go to http://www.biausa.org/

Throughout the month of March, Disability Insight will focus on brain injuries, including stories from survivors, family members, treaters, updates in medicine and testing, as well as insight on the question that still puzzles many: What is TBI?

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