I have been active with the BIA-NE since it was started in Nebraska. I have seen so many great things accomplished in this time. Most of all I’ve seen so many people helped!! Thanks to the many efforts of the BIA-NE, awareness and support has grown throughout the state. I’ve heard great things about trainings and conferences. I work with several people who practically live for the conference every year for the sense of connectedness and family as well as learning more and more about brain injury. I’ve heard several stories about how the BIA-NE has changed someone’s life. I tend to hear two things the most. First that they are grateful to have a “family” who understand and accepts them as who they are, regardless of their challenges or situation in life and secondly that they used to think they were just crazy, but now they know they aren’t! It makes me so proud to see how much the BIA-NE has helped Nebraska accomplish in the area of Brain Injury, and I am so excited to see what additional great things will be coming!
Review from Guidestar
As a professional with a brain injury, I really appreciate the mission of the Nebraska Brain Injury Association and their attempts to reach out to even the smallest and most rural communities.
The Brain Injury Association of Nebraska (BIA-NE) is a vital component to the state of Nebraska. They are serving many individuals and families that incur a brain injury ranging in all ages including the elderly population (e.g., falls, strokes, aneurysms); adults (e.g., car wrecks, meningitis, encephalitis, anoxia); veterans (e.g., blast injuries); young athletes (e.g., concussions, motor vehicle accidents); and young children (e.g., falls; shaken baby syndrome). It has been said that the survivors of brain injury pass rehabilitation, but fail at life because they do not have adequate support to meet long-term medical, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, financial, and social needs.
Although many survivors often receive hospitalization and rehabilitation services, they and their families subsequently emerge from acute care with limited insight and knowledge on how to overcome the obstacles they face in the years to come. Many individuals throughout the state of Nebraska are not diagnosed with brain injury after a car accident or fall, which again results in many lost abilities throughout their lifetime and lasting negative outcomes since brain injury often results in long-term disabilities.
The BIA-NE provides support, structure, a sense of direction and purpose for these individuals and their families by: ensuring access to care; improving concussion management; responding to Veterans with brain injury by educating Nebraska's community of providers and families about the impact of BI and PTSD as Veterans return home; educating professionals, families and survivors about brain injuries; advocacy for those afflicted with brain injury; and getting awareness about brain injury to the community so that everyone can be better protected as well as educated when a brain injury is incurred with someone they love and they can get the proper help and resources.
Without the BIA-NE, many Nebraskans will go without assistance and the injuries sustained will likely devastate their lives and negatively impact those around them. I have worked and volunteered in the field of brain injury now for over 22 years and have seen so many success stories of Nebraskans, both young and old, gradually recovering their lives after a brain injury with the assistance of the BIA-NE and giving back to their communities in return. We all need to find ways to keep this organization going because of its selfless staff who are working many long hours to keep it sustained and continue its mission for so many. In working with the BIA-NE, I have found much comfort and peace in knowing that I have found a great group of people who are compassionate in assisting those who need their help.
Review from Guidestar