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February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

My daughter suffered brain injury from multiple brain surgeries to try and remove a brain tumor. BIATN has provided much needed information , encouragement and active involvement in her continued education and therapy. I can honestly state she would not have advanced to the cognitive therapy treatment she has had without BIATN's support and guidance.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Donate more money.

February 23, 2011

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February 23, 2011

As a professional who works with individuals with brain injuries, I have found the services provided by BIAT to be invaluable to this population. They work not only with individuals with brain injuries but the entire families to provide the support and education that they so desparately need.

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I have referred many families to BIAT fir education and support concerning issues related to brain injury

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I am very pleased with BIAT as it currently operates.

February 11, 2011

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February 11, 2011

Going into my senior year of high school, I was involved in a very serious motor vehicle accident that resulted in me receiving a traumatic brain injury. Not knowing who to turn to or where to start, I tried desperately to pick up the pieces and move on with my life. It wasn't until four years later that I realized just how much my TBI had affected me.
Broke, divorced, jobless & on the verge of being homeless; I focused all my energy on searching for resources that could possibly help me. Through my lengthy, strenuous search; I finally came across an organization that specialized in providing aid for survivors with my condition and current situation. The Brain Injury Association of TN not only supported & provided me with a bundle of different resources, but also opened my eyes and helped me realize the vitality of TBI.
While attending a BIAT Support Group Christmas dinner at Vanderbilt, I was offered a Board Member position. Feeling overwhelmingly blessed and thankful for this wonderful opportunity; I immediately took action.
Recently becoming a certified BIAT Board Member, gives me hope that I can make a difference in the TBI community; by provding aid to other TBI survivors & spreading awarness.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in being a TBI survivor and recently becoming a certified BIAT Board Member.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would provide additional funding so that they can serve more people and provide additional services for survivors & their famiies.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Through lengthy research.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

The Brain Injury Association of TN's top short term priority is to ensure hope and support by providing brain injury prevention, awarness, education, and advocacy to survivors and their families.

What is its top priority in the long run?

The Brain Injury Association of TN's top priority in the long run is to maximize the quality of life and of those who are affected by brain injury.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

The Brain Injury Association of TN plays a key role in assisting individuals with brain injury and their familes to find educational resources and services to allow the individual with a brain injury to reach their maximum potential. The staff are professional and knowledgeable. The staff return calls in a timely manner and work to change the lives of individuals with brain injury on a shoe string of a budget. With more Veterans returning from the war with a traumatic brain injury from explosive devices, it is more important than ever that this program receive additional funding.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem in the United States. Each year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. Recent data shows that, on average, approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury annually.

A TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild,” i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to “severe,” i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. The majority of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild TBI.

Thanks for your consideration of awarding this money to a very worthy cause and organization.

Cindy Murdock-Elliott, M.A., L.P.E.
Former Board Member, Professional, and
Family Member

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Board Member 1994-1998 Served on the Conference Committee 1995-1998 Professional in the field of brain injury Volunteer for the organization over the past 20 years Family Member of an individual with a brain injury

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to assist them in receiving more funding to sustain the great and valuable work they provide.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

My son suffered a Brain Injury from a bout with Encephalitis in 1996. BIAT has been a source of support and much needed information. There are few resources available in TN for Brain Injury survivors. I applaud the efforts of this group because they continue to try to offer the best services with limited funds.

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My husband, myself and my son have attended support groups offered through BIAT. My son has atteded Brain Injury Camp and my whole family has benefited from the respite it has provided.

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funding is so important for an organization like BIAT. This is a remarkable group of people who want to help an increasing number of survivors. The change should be funding for this very special organization.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

My 19 year old son was in a motor vehicle accident five years ago and suffered a TBI. I felt right away that this was a marker in time and our lives would forever be changed. It was about four years after the accident that I learned of the monthly support group. It has been a wonderful resource. I've made many good friends. It's great to celebrate successes with each other. It's a community of great understanding.

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a personal way, family member with TBI

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide the information to families as they leave the hospital/rehab.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

A family member was in a very serious auto accident, and sustained a traumatic brain injury. She was only 21 at the time, and had short-term memory loss. Pam Bryan (BIAT Executive Director) is a long time friend of ours, and she suggested we contact a person at the State of Tennessee who could help obtain vocational training. My cousin is now on the waiting list to begin the training as soon as a slot opens up. No one else had suggested this, and we are very appreciative of the referral.

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See above

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

BIAT is a great place to get resources and information about Brain Injury. They help survivors, family members, and professionals gain a better understanding of the nature of brain injury and how to deal with recovery.

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Support groups

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give contributions to further their goals. More volunteer involvement.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

I have worked with BIAT just recently since switching to the Trauma Unit at Vanderbilt. They were available when contacted, and provide resources to our families who are dealing with family members affected by TBI. I am appreciative of the services and support they provide to by TBI patients and families.

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the acute care setting.

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N/A

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

The Brain Injury Association of Tennessee has been an invaluable resource for our brain injured patients here at Baptist Rehabilitation! From written materials to providing workshops, they have "answered the call" when needed! Brain injury is so variable from survivor to survivor it is always challenging to provide support to families and the BIAT has been able to help us, help families from around the midsouth area.

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my job experience

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

move them to Memphis so they would be closer ;)

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