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Causes: Brain Disorders, Health

Mission: The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado is the go-to resource for help and services for survivors of an injury to the brain, their families and providers. Vision That all persons with a brain injury thrive in their community. Mission Through guidance, resources, support and education, we seek to facilitate lifelong growth of Coloradans affected by an injury to the brain.

Programs: Brain injury professional networks - these networks are groups of providers, all involved in the brain injury world who meet on a regular basis for networking, education and to undertake various projects for the benefit of the survivor community. Colorado brain injury program adult services - biac is the single entry point for the colorado brain injury program (cbip). Biac helps clients with the application process for the program. Biac approves the application for this program that offers statewide case management services to adults who have sustained a tbi. Colorado youth brain injury connections - a part of the colorado brain injury program, biac provides state-wide intake and referral of youths in the community with any type of brain injury to receive care coordination and education consultation. Biac works closely with the colorado department of education as well as school districts and schools to help the child and family to thrive in the education system post-injury. Workshops- several workshops designed for survivors of a brain injury and their family members/caregivers are held throughout the state. The workshops are very affordable and feature topics that survivors and caregivers can use at home. Community outreach & education - biac staff give presentations, exhibits, and seminars throughout colorado to many different community groups depending on their specific needs. Staff attend and exhibit at conferences and meetings in order to increase awareness of brain injury in the community and to share information on local resources. Emergency utility bill assistance - biac is able to help survivors of a brain injury and families facing life changes after brain injury with their heating and electricity bills if they have fallen behind in payments. Resource facilitation pathways program - "the pathways program makes life easier for a survivor and their family by providing them with the confidence and peace of mind that biac will be checking in with them at regular intervals to provide support. Calls are scheduled for every 6 months for a period of 2 years. If a need comes up or a survivor or family member just wants to talk between scheduled calls, biac staff is available and able to help. Public policy - biac engages in state and federal legislative advocacy to encourage policies that improve the lives of survivors of a brain injury. Biac also works towards the establishment of an organized system of care, which includes appropriate services and benefits for persons with brain injury. Online resource directory - extensive and up to date database of brain injury related providers available for public access on our website. This is the most comprehensive resource directory on colorado based brain injury providers in the state. Support groups - over 70 state-wide support groups meet on a regular basis for understanding more about brain injury, learning about resources in your community, emotional healing, socialization, an opportunity to be understood and to express oneself and exploring common needs and strengths.

conferences - annual conference that features some of the most well-known brain injury experts in the us. Presentations are cutting-edge and feature up to date research and treatment protocols.

recreation programs - survivors of a brain injury are given the opportunity to participate in one-day or multi-day outdoor programs. The summer activities include rafting, rock climbing, a ropes course and cycling. In the winter participants ski, snowboard, ice fish, dog sled and snow shoe. There is a strong social aspect of all the recreation programs. Music and art therapy classes - we offer art therapy classes as well as music therapy classes. The art therapy classes use a series of projects to explore and stimulate discussion around changes to self-image following a brain injury. Music therapy classes are led by a board certified music therapist who uses live music to engage group participants in exercises to address social, emotional, cognitive, and speech goals.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Brain Injury Alliance (BIAC) for the past 20 plus years. BIAC is the only statewide advocacy organization for individuals with brain injury in Colorado. Their staff is extremely invested and care greatly for the people with brain injuries they support. In addition to advocacy, BIAC has taken the lead on policy and legislative efforts that advance the care and treatment of individuals with brain injury. As Director for the Brain Injury Program for the State of Colorado Department of Human Services, BIAC is an extremely valued partner for the state. I could not do the work that I do without exemplary partners such as BIAC. Individuals with brain injury and their families benefit greatly from the tremendous work of the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am a Certified Therapetuic Recreation Specialist that has worked with adults who have a mild traumatic brain injury for the past 16 yrs in a community recreational setting. Having the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado at my back door has been a wonderful thing. I have referred many clients and their families to this organization and have received only positive feedback. They provide wonderful education sessions and are very welcoming organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wow what an amazing organization. I started with the organization in 1980 and have had many positions over the years. I have learned about leadership, non profits, relationships and brain injury through the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado. As a Therapeutic Recreational Specialist for over thirty years this organization has taught me what I know. This organization was started by families and a few professionals and today has been shown to be an influence in the legislature and able to reach so many more people across the state. My feeling are the individuals that choose to be a part of this organization gain so much more than what they can contribute. My life is definitely richer because of the people I have met through BIAC.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado is an incredible advocacy organization for persons with brain injury, their family and friends and services provider. My first experience with BIAC was as a volunteer at their Adventure Camp in the Rocky Mountains for survivors of brain injury. What an amazing experience! I have continued to be involved with BIAC as a Support Group Leader, member of the Brain Injury Professionals Networks, attended and presented at their annual conference and as a provider of services for persons with brain injury. We are so fortunate in Colorado to have this valuable organization available to us. I encourage others to contact BIAC and see what they have to offer you.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am thrilled to be part of such a valuable organization. To find a work place that is full of positive energy and benevolent staff members is a rare and treasured experience. The work we do here will be beneficial to the greater community of Brain Injury Survivors for years to come.

Annie11

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado is an amazing organization that really stands for the work they do. Their community support, educational resources and their knowledgeable staff are first-class.