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.
With a deep understanding of the effects of war trauma on the brain, Pate Rehabilitation is a proud sponsor of the Bill and Fran McElvaney Justice for Veterans and Their Families Program, designed to assist veterans in “leaving the war behind” as they come home to their families and friends. With training based on a personality-typing tool, the enneagram, more veterans have regained the ability to adapt and respond appropriately to life events in times of stress.
Pate Rehabilitation is devoted to this program. A 2007 RAND study estimates that over 300,000 of the 1.6 million soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan between 2001 and 2007 are suffering from either post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depression, or both. In addition, more than 320,000 have been impacted by a traumatic brain injury.
Due to these stressful and traumatic experiences while deployed, veterans are twice as likely than non-veterans to commit suicide, and 150,000 are homeless.
Pate is dedicated to the McElvaney mission to help America’s veterans regain their civilian lives.
If you have friends or family who may be experiencing difficulty coming back home, feel free to contact Rhonda Norris, 214.366.3377 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Programming offered in the Leaving the War Behind workshops, discussion groups and camps is not therapy or medical treatment. Instructors, facilitators and other program personnel are not diagnosing or treating medical or psychological conditions.
The DSO’s mission statement is to entertain, inspire and change lives through musical excellence. In addition to producing premier musical programs, the DSO features educational programs for people of all ages. Its HeartStrings Program provides complimentary concert tickets to those with limited means, and, since 1980, has granted more than 40,000 tickets to children, adults and organizations in the Dallas area. DSO has core values of innovation, uncompromising excellence, teamwork and integrity. Pate Rehabilitation is proud to support such a community-involved organization