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BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF GEORGIA

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Brain Disorders, Health

Mission: Provide Hope, Help and Support to the citizens of Georgia who have sustained or have been affected by a brain injury. If you need help, you can reach us by calling 404-712-5504, info@braininjurygeorgia.org or visit our website braininjurygeorgia.org

Results: We average from 10,000 contacts a year through direct calls, emails, social media, our 25 Support Groups or community outreach (events, symposiums)

Target demographics: Individuals, Veterans and families impacted by a brain injury (ABI/TBI) and the medical professionals who work with brain injuries

Direct beneficiaries per year: 10,000 Georgian's

Geographic areas served: Georgia - statewide

Programs: -INFORMATION & RESOURCE PROGRAM- consult with a Certified Brain Injury Specialist who provides education about brain injury, symptoms and coping strategies; Support services through Georgia State ADRC for TBI (Medicaid and state program application process); resources custom to their specific situation; informational packets; self advocacy centered on collaborative partnership with family and service providers and offer peer mentoring. They will be directed to the many free programs and services we offer such as: -SUPPORT GROUPS – a support system of peers where a survivor or their loved one can discuss the challenges being faced in a safe environment. Group leaders promote recovery, mutual support, networking and education for group members and encourage social activities. -CAMP PROGRAM – providing fun therapeutic activities for campers with a caregiver respite camp for their loved ones. Camp is a unique blend of activities that promote healing and recovery, practice life skills, enhances self esteem in a supportive and encouragement environment. Caregivers who attend Respite Camp are provided a time to network with other caregivers, receive daily group sessions, and a much needed break which renews their spirit to face future challenges. -PEER VISITOR FOR VETERAN– providing help and support for our veterans and their families with trained fellow veterans who understand. Packets of information and one-on-one peer support are provided with a support group of their peers at the VA center. -GEORGIA CONCUSSION PROGRAM offering education, policy and procedures to school and recreational leagues to promote safety for our youth.

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Rating: 5

17 years ago I sustained a head injury from an accident. When released from a trauma center they never advised me I had a traumatic brain injury. I looked ok, I sounded ok...but I was not.

While you couldn't "see" my injury it caused cognitive, executive and memory deficits...among other challenges. I became one of the thousands of walking, talking "silent injury " injuries. I was unable to work, my personality changed, I became unable to deal with light or sound, my memory was a 2 week window..and so on. I would never be the same again.

The first 3 years post injury were very painful for me and my family until I was finally diagnosed. The journey has been long and challenging...you cannot "cure" a brain injury, you cannot "fix" a brain injury.

Brain Injury Association of Georgia offered me an opportunity to speak with someone who understood, provided information and educated us. They provided resources that connected us to health care professionals who were knowledgeable with brain injury. We were directed to Support Groups, peer mentors, that helped us not feel so alone - because I did lose my job, friends, family members - I was one of the lucky ones whose wife has stood by me - people do not understand your "new normal".

BIAG - which is the ONLY nonprofit serving brain injury in Georgia with its programs and services - helped us get the resources and help we needed. I have learned to accept my "new normal", that I am doing the best I can and feel valuable....which I do through volunteer services and advocacy (I did not lose my ability to articulate!!).

This injury impacts EVERYONE! Please support their efforts to provide hope, help and support services.

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