BIATX helps people connect to available services and local support groups and provides education to the public about the epidemic of brain injury and the multiple needs for those affected by brain injury. Efforts also focus on prevention – public awareness of shaken baby syndrome, publicizing the risks associated with contact sports, preventing serious brain injury following concussion and promoting early response to trauma. BIATX is actively working to address public policy issues regarding brain injury, takes an active role in preserving services that already exist and encourages appropriations to end waiting lists for service programs. We also support and participate in the annual golf tournament that raises funds for the organization.
Brain injury is not an event or an outcome. It is the start of a misdiagnosed, misunderstood, under-funded neurological disease. Individuals who sustain brain injuries must have timely access to expert trauma care, specialized rehabilitation, lifelong disease management and individualized services and supports in order to live healthy, independent and satisfying lives.
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is the voice of brain injury. They are dedicated to increasing access to quality health care and raising awareness and understanding of brain injury through advocacy, education and research. With a nationwide network of more than 40 chartered state affiliates and hundreds of local chapters and support groups, BIAA provides help, hope and healing for individuals who live with brain injury, their families and the professionals who serve them.
The Brain Injury Network of Dallas, BIND, is a Texas based non-profit corporation and member of The International Brain Injury Clubhouse Alliance (BICA), www.braininjuryclubhouses.net. Joining 16 operating brain injury clubhouses in the United States, Canada and Australia, BIND is the only member of IBICA located in Texas.
BIND provides supportive services for adult survivors of stroke and brain injury, joining the gap between medical rehabilitation with independent community living. BIND’s mission is to provide brain injury survivors the opportunity for lifelong, functional gains across all areas of recovery so each may live the most independent, productive life possible.
Bind’s vision is to continue to build our network of connections and open a Brain Injury Clubhouse in Collin County by the end of 2014. For more information about BIND please visit the website: http:www.thebind.org.
RISE’s mission is to assist persons with physical challenges to Recover, Inspire, Succeed and Empower themselves and others by providing inclusive adaptive recreational sports programs. All RISE programs are completely 100% free of charge. No membership fees. No participation fees. No equipment fee. Reservations are required and can be made online at www.riseadaptivesports.org or by calling (469) 762-5075. All RISE programs are are 100% supported by volunteers. There are events, activities, clinics and training. Programs include: adaptive skating, boating, camping, golf, group outings, handcycling, indoor soccer, kayaking, power soccer, rugby, swimming, tubing and water skiing.