Brain Injury Association of America
Here at Tyrone Law Firm, we believe families who have children with special needs deserve to have access to the best resources available. We do all we can to help these families. In fact, we have dedicated members of our staff who have had to navigate a path for their own children. If you are a parent with a child with Cerebral Palsy or hypoxic brain injury, we hope these posts will bring new resources for you, your child, and your family:
Children and adults that suffer from a brain injury may have slurred speech, memory loss, learning delays, concentration problems, emotional and behavioral issues, difficulty with sensory skills and long term issues, such as Epilepsy. Babies who suffer from a birth trauma, resulting in brain injury may have long term issues, like developmental delays, Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy.
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) serves individuals with brain injuries and provides support to the families and caregivers of these individuals. They are the longest running brain injury advocacy organization in the country. It is the mission of the BIAA "to advance brain injury prevention, research, treatment and education and to improve the quality of life for all individuals impacted by brain injury. Through advocacy, we bring help, hope and healing to millions of individuals living with brain injury, their families and the professionals who serve them." Over the last 35 years, the BIAA has received support from many presidents, including President Bush, who declared the 1990's, the "Decade of the Brain" and signed the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Originally the National Head Injury Foundation (NHIF), the BIAA was founded 35 years ago, by a group of individuals who were family members and doctors of individuals with brain injuries. They wanted to improve the quality of life for brain injury survivors and ensure that they had the best resources available to care for these individuals. According to the Center for Disease Control and Injury Prevention, there are more than 2.5 million people that sustain a brain injury every year and over 1 million more that have strokes or other acquired brain injuries. Research shows that in the United States, on average, there are 6-8 injuries per 1000 live births each year.
Living with a brain injury can require a lot of medical support and therapy. It is important to remember that no two people or injuries are alike. Therefore, the effects of a brain injury will be different for everyone. Family members are critical to the care of brain injury survivors, providing love and support, and overseeing medical treatment and rehabilitation.
The National Brain Injury Association is in VA, but there are local chapters, including one in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia's Information and Resource Service Coordinator is Ms. Jane Jackson, who can assist local families in finding the support and resources needed to live with and care for a person who has sustained a brain injury.
If you would like to know more about The Brain Injury Association of America, you can find them on the web at http://www.biausa.org. You can find our local chapter online athttp://www.biausa.org/state-affiliates/bia-of-georgia. Our firm is here to help you locate these and other resources. If our firm can ever help you or someone you know, please don't hesitate to contact us at the Tyrone Law Firm.