Every March, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) leads the nation in recognizing Brain Injury Awareness Month, a time to acknowledge and support the millions of Americans impacted by brain injury. The theme for the 2018-2019 awareness campaign is Change Your Mind.
Every nine seconds, someone in the United States sustains a brain injury. Estimates indicate that 5.3 million Americans live with brain injury-related disabilities at a cost exceeding $82 billion annually.
“People living with brain injuries want the same things we all want – a good job, someone to love, a comfortable home, and fun in their lives,” commented Susan H. Connors, President and CEO of the Brain Injury Association of America. “They want to be defined by who they are as people, not by their injuries.”
Change Your Mind Campaign
The Change Your Mind campaign provides a platform for changing common misconceptions about the injury; educating the public on the incidence of brain injury and the needs of individuals who are injured and their families; and offers tools and information for anyone to advocate for access to care after brain injury.
WakeMed Rehab – Brain Injury Rehabilitation System (BIRS)
WakeMed’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation System (BIRS) is the area’s largest and most comprehensive brain injury program, serving over 200 brain injury survivors a year. Our inpatient hospital and outpatient brain injury programs are CARF accredited for adults and children & adolescents.
Learn more about our Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program here. We also offer outpatient therapies in many convenient locations. Schedule an appointment by calling 919-350-7000.
Information, Resources for Brain Injury Support
Individuals in need of information, resources, and support after brain injury may speak with a brain injury expert by contacting BIAA’s National Brain Injury Information Center (NBIIC) at 1-800-444-6443.
About the Brain Injury Association of America
The Brain Injury Association of America is the country’s oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organization. Their mission is to advance awareness, research, treatment, and education and to improve the quality of life for all people affected by brain injury. They are dedicated to increasing access to quality health care and raising awareness and understanding of brain injury.