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December 2020

Save the Date

2020 Educational Series - Professionals Earn CEUs

Professionals, Brain Injury Survivors, and their families are invited to sign up today! Join us LIVE or ON-DEMAND for these informative sessions for personal knowledge-building or professional continuing education credits from the comfort and convenience of your home, organization, or wherever you are located. Corporate Sponsorship opportunities and financial assistance are available. To learn more, or to register, visit here.


Helmets for the Holidays: Give the Gift of Prevention

Preventing brain injuries is one of the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania’s key programs and BIAPA's Brain Safety Fairs are one of our signature programs. These family-friendly events include fitting and distributing free bicycle helmets to children and adults. Gifts to the Helmets for the Holidays campaign support this vital program designed to help prevent brain injuries.

If you'd like to make a gift in honor of a friend, family member, or colleague, please note that information on our secure form, and we'll send our Helmets for the Holidays bicycling snowman card with a message about your gift to the person you have honored.

A Corporate Holiday Gift Idea
BIAPA will also work with businesses that choose to support Helmets for the Holidays in honor of their clients and vendors by providing them with cards they can send to those they are honoring in this way for the holidays. FOLLOW THIS LINK to view a video of BIAPA Board Members Tracy Yalsko and Padraig Tagney discussing how Success Rehabilitation, Inc., participated in the Helmets for the Holidays campaign by making a gift in honor of their partners and vendors.

Click here for more information about the Helmets for the Holidays campaign.

CoBI Offers Grants to Organizations

This article was contributed by CoBI, BIAPA Corporate Partner.

The Council on Brain Injury will accept applications for grants up to $5,000. Awards will be made in April 2021. Organizations (not individuals) whose work reflects CoBI's mission of increasing awareness of brain injury, improving lives affected by brain injury, and preventing brain injury will be considered.

CoBI is committed to increasing the awareness of brain injury, improving the lives of those affected by brain injury, and preventing brain injury. Projects that have been funded include:
  • Scholarships through brain injury organizations for families and individuals with brain injuries to attend educational conferences;
  • Funding for adapted sports like skiing, golf, horseback riding, and bowling;
  • "Campership" for children with brain injury to attend summer camp;
  • Financial support for student research on brain injury;
  • Sponsorship of safety events including bike rides, helmet giveaways, and prevention talks to children;
  • Sponsorship of art classes for individuals with brain injuries, and their caregivers;
  • Support for brain injury support groups.
New and creative projects are encouraged - - with no project being too small.

For additional information and to access the application, please click here.

BIAPA Welcomes MossRehab as a Corporate Partner! 

The article below is the Moss contribution to the BIAPA newsletter.

This year marks the 120th anniversary of MossRehab. That's 120 years of empowering patients to cover come obstacles and accept every challenge. While we do that through leading therapies, world-class research and the most advanced technologies, recovery is also about a strong will, hard work and hope. It's about finding the courage to advance each and every day. We are constantly inspired by our patients.

To celebrate 120 years, we are collecting inspirational and uplifting stories to help empower others. Whether you've overcome a major obstacle in your career or accepted challenges of helping patients achieve goals they never thought possible, you have a story to tell.

Help inspire others. Share you story at MyChallengeAccepted.com and get your special edition MossRehab anniversary t-shirt.

Survival Tips for the Holidays with Brain Injury

Excerpt from an article on BrainLine.org, the full article can be found here.

Linda W. Arms provides 13 great tips on how to enjoy the holiday season without overdoing it. Linda is a TBI survivor since 2006.

You may remember how your life used to be before your injuries, but you have to move on and appreciate your life today. You can look back with fond memories, but you can also build new ones that do not require you to overdo during the holidays. Here are 13 tips to help navigate this busy season. They are detailed in the article mentioned above:
1. Pace yourself
2. Say "No"
3. Get organized in advance
4. Prioritize
5. Ask for Help
6. Keep things simple
7. Eat
8. Determine how to get where you have to go before you leave
9. Determine how much time you need to get there
10. Determine what you need to take with you and what you are going to wear
11. Determine, in advance, your way out
12. Study the menu on the internet before you go, if you are going to a new restaurant for dinner
13. Try to get a table in a quiet, less busy part of the restaurant


Support Group Corner

Pop-Up Support Group Update

The BIAPA Pop-Up Support Group meets this week - Thursday, December 17th at 5:30 PM via zoom.  We sent a link to the meeting to those on our distribution list.  If you didn't receive it and want to attend, please send a message to us at survivorsupport@biapa.org. All are welcome!

This month's special guest is Alan Segal, founder of the Jazz Sanctuary and brain injury survivor.  Alan will share his story and how he found support through his journey.  We'll have a short selection of music with video in which you can see Alan playing with his band.  This will be followed by an open discussion on support systems in which attendees can share their experiences.  Hope to see you there!

Other Virtual Support Group Meetings
It is encouraging that so many support groups are meeting virtually! Click here for a list of the groups who are meeting through videoconferencing. If you are interested in attending a virtual meeting, please reach out to the person listed as the contact for the group so that you can learn how to join the meeting.

A full list of support groups with contact information for each is on the BIAPA Website Support Group Listing page. If you are aware of groups that are meeting through video conferencing, please contact Candace Gantt, BIAPA Vice-President, at candace.gantt@verizon.net  so that we can let others know. 

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