Many of the brain injuries that occur annually in this country can be prevented. Each year 140,000 persons die from brain injuries and 70,000 persons sustain severe brain injuries.

A brain injury is an insult to the brain caused by an external force, which may impair cognitive, physical, behavioral, and emotional functions.

Brain injury rehabilitation is a long process that is measured in years rather than months. Many persons with severe brain injuries face a wide range of lifelong problems. These problems, in turn, can dramatically affect an individual’s ability to live independently, care for a family, and work.

The true extent of brain injury is conveyed by numbers. Lives, hopes, dreams, families, and friendships are often altered in the wake of a brain injury. Research, rehabilitation, public awareness, and PREVENTION can help to lessen the occurrence to brain injuries in our society.

SEATBELT SAFETY

THE BEST PROTECTION AGAINST BRAIN INJURY IS PREVENTION!!

FREE CDC TOOL KIT ON CONCUSSION FOR HIGH SCHOOL COACHES!

Concussions can happen to any athlete—male or female—in any sport. Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), caused by a blow or jolt to the head that can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. More than 300,000 people sustain sports- and recreation-related TBIs every year in this country. Coaches, athletic directors and trainers play a key role in helping to prevent concussion and in managing it properly if it occurs.

To reduce the number of this type of injury, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with the support of partners and experts in the field, has developed a tool kit for coaches titled, Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports. This kit contains practical, easy-to-use information including a video and DVD featuring a young athlete disabled by concussion, a wallet card and clip board sticker for coaches, posters, fact sheets for parents and athletes in English and Spanish, and a CD-ROM with downloadable kit materials and additional concussion-related resources.

Bully is a thought-provoking 30-second PSA focusing on brain injury prevention through bicycle helmet use. Geared toward children from age 5 to 15, this powerful video PSA certainly will invoke discussion on the issue of bicycle helmet use and the empowerment of those kids who choose to wear helmets despite outside taunting or teasing from “bullies.”

FREE TRAINING IS AVAILABLE

The Brain Injury Association Resource Center is now able to provide free brain injury training for professional groups/provider agencies and community organizations in Rhode Island. In addition, the Rhode Island Disability Law Center and the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island are now offering advocacy trainings for health care facilities, human service agencies and community organizations.

FOR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

The RI Department of Human Services contracted with the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island to develop brain injury training for community organizations such as, social clubs, special interest or civic groups, and places of worship. Studies have shown that recovery and adjustment are enhanced when individuals return to community participation as soon as possible. Active participation as a valued member of a community group can have a positive impact throughout the recovery process. For those who will not enjoy a full recovery, the adjustment process is made easier when they do get involved in community and have contact with a large circle of support.

The video entitled Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury: Welcoming the Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor Back into Your Community Group provides basic education on the causes and consequences of traumatic brain injury, overview of common areas of difficulty including practical approaches and techniques to support participation in social and community activities, followed by interview input from individuals with brain injury and family members.

The Brain Injury Association Resource Center is able to provide these trainings to any community group or organization in Rhode Island free of charge at your site. For further information or to schedule a training call (401) 228-3319 or email braininjurycenter@biari.org.

Funding for the video training project was provided by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Administration Department of Health and Human Services Grant project # H21MC00057-01.

INFORMATION TRAINING

We offer a variety of trainings, free of charge that can be tailored to suit your group or agencies needs. For additional information or to schedule an on-site training, call (401) 228-3319 or email braininjurycenter@biari.org.

  • Orientation to Brain Injury
  • Introduction to Brain Injury Resources and Services in RI
  • Domestic Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • The Hidden Brain Injured
  • Brain Injury in Older Adults
  • Brain Injury and Substance Abuse
  • Brain Injury Prevention: Safety Tips
  • Concussions in Sports and Recreation

FREE BRAIN INJURY TRAINING VIDEOS FOR PROFESSIONALS

The Brain Injury Association Resource Center is now able to provide free brain injury training for professional groups/provider agencies and community organizations in Rhode Island.

The RI Department of Human Services contracted with the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island to develop five brain injury trainings for service providers and professional groups. Each video provides an introduction to traumatic brain injury, followed by approaches, strategies, accommodations and insights specific to that provider or professional field. Four of the videos are concluded with interview and input from survivors of brain injury and family members.

  • Brain Injury: A Practical Training for Case Managers
    (43 minutes viewing time)
  • Brain Injury: A Practical Training for Direct Care Givers
    (50 minutes viewing time)
  • Brain Injury: A Practical Training for Mental Health Professionals
    (46 minutes viewing time)
  • Brain Injury: A Practical Training for Substance Abuse Treatment Professionals
    (44 minute viewing time; brain injury survivor interviews are not included in this presentation)
  • Brain Injury: A Practical Training for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors
    (53 minute viewing time)
  • The RI Brain Injury Resource Center is able to provide these trainings to any Rhode Island service provider agency or professional group free of charge at your site. For further information or to schedule training, call (401) 228-3319

Funding for the video training project was provided by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Administration Department of Health and Human Services Grant project # H21MC00057-01.

ADVOCACY TRAINING

The Rhode Island Disability Law Center and the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island, Inc. are available to provide advocacy training for individuals with brain injury or other disabilities, family members and professionals at your heath care facility or community organization free of charge.

  • “Testifying Before the State Legislature: An Advocate’s Guide”
  • “Advocacy: Writing Letters to State Legislators”

For additional information or to schedule an on site training at your agency or organization contact the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island at (401) 228-3319

NATIONAL LEGISLATION ADVOCACY

The National Brain Injury Association maintains an on-line advocacy page: Click Here