“5.3 million people living with brain injury want what everybody wants: a good job, a nice home, someone to love, and to enjoy their lives.”
These powerful words come from the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), which champions Brain Injury Awareness Month
every March to advance brain injury prevention, research, treatment, and education and to improve quality of life for all people affected by brain injury.
This year, the theme is Not Alone, and the campaign provides a platform for educating people about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of individuals with brain injuries and their families. The campaign also aims to de-stigmatize injury, empower those who have survived, and promote the many supports that are available.
For Brain Injury Awareness Day
, taking place on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, the BIAA, the National Disability Rights Network, and other organizations have several activities planned in Washington, D.C., including an awareness fair, a reception, and a briefing titled Finding a "New Normal": Post-Injury Supports and Services That Make A Difference.
Additionally, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers a resources page
for individuals, families, and care professionals to access online anytime, including links to brain facts, research centers, and the BIAA’s Guide for Families and Caregivers
. A brain injury guide and resources site
also offers professionals the opportunity to take quizzes to earn Continuing Education (CE) credits approved by the University of Missouri School of Health Professions.
March is also the month for Brain Awareness Week
(BAW), taking place from Monday the 16th
through Sunday the 22nd
this year. The DANA Foundation offers resources
such as activity planning guides, puzzles for people of all ages, and coloring sheets for kids. You can also browse the BAW calendar
for events in your area or list your own.
Stay up to date this month by following @biaamerica on Twitter, Brain Awareness Week on Facebook, and the #NotAloneinBrainInjury hashtag.