Submitted by Kendra Schroder, Independent Living Coordinator
This week, we continue our new weekly tradition of publishing a blog post that links you to valuable resources available online or in your community.
I’ve worked with people with brain injuries for over a decade, so this cause is near to my heart. I’dd like to introduce you to the Brain Injury Association of Illinois. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1.7 Million people sustain a brain injury every year. These can result in anything from death to a concussion, and in may cases, can leave lasting effects that change a person’s life forever. The BIAIL is available as a resource for Illinois residents who live with brain injury, as well as the friends and family who love them.
Here is the mission of BIAIL:
The Brain Injury Association of Illinois (BIA of IL) is a not-for-profit, statewide membership organization comprised of people with brain injuries, family members, friends and professionals. BIA of IL is part of a network of brain injury associations across the United States, and is an Affiliate of the national Brain Injury Association, Inc. (BIA) which was founded in 1980. The BIA of IL is the only statewide organization in Illinois serving individuals with Acquired Brain Injury, their families and professionals who treat them. We work to assist in developing communication channels between families and professionals in a way that improves relationships and cooperation, enhances teamwork and helps decrease potential issues that might arise . Due to decreased resources, lengths of stay, rehabilitation and care needs, and changing family structures, the BIA of IL feels collaboration is critical for effective service delivery. The Brain Injury Association of Illinois works with local, state and national organizations to consistently lead Illinois in providing quality, affordable and accessible services to people with brain injuries and their families. The BIA of Illinois is dedicated to providing information, resources, advocacy, and support.