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News From The Brain Injury Associaton of New York State

The Brain Injury Association of New York State is a great organizatoin whose mission is to improve the lives of persons with brain injury, their family and friends and to prevent future brain injuries from occurring. 

Here are some events that will take place November sponsored by the association.

Fundraising Event:  Meet the Sopranos

An exciting and elegant fund raiser for the Association is being planned by Joanne Miller and Ann Marie DiSalvo, the owners of DiSalvo Interiors, an upscale interior design company in Garden City, NY. The event will take place in the company’s luxurious 20,000 square-foot showroom, and is scheduled for Thursday, November 15, from 6 to 10:00 pm.

When Joanne’s son sustained a brain injury several months ago, she and her family spent many hours with him at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Manhattan. Coincidentally, two nationally-renowned celebrities, Lorraine Bracco and Penny Marshall, were also holding vigil for a close friend of theirs with a brain injury. They got to know each other well, and when Joanne began planning an event to raise funds and awareness about brain injury, Ms. Bracco and Ms. Marshall agreed to be honorary co-chairs.

The fund raiser will include hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a silent auction featuring many items donated and autographed by celebrities Ms. Bracco and Ms. Marshall have contacted about the event. All proceeds will benefit the Brain Injury Association of NYS. Tickets are $125.

For more information, contact Joanne Miller or Ann Marie DiSalvo at 516-873-6011. Click here for an invitation.

Long Island Chapter Membership Meeting:

The Long Island Chapter of the Brain Injury Association of NYS will hold a membership meeting on Wednesday, November 14, from 7 to 9:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Long Island Head Injury Association, 65 Austin Boulevard in Commack. All are welcome to attend. For further information, please contact Kate DiMeglio at 631-929-5837.


On Friday, November 16, from 8:00 am to 4:15 pm, the Association will hold a training symposium entitled, “Securing the Future: Lifetime Planning for a person with Brain Injury.” This one-day event will take place in the Main Auditorium of Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw.

The conference will encompass such topics as community re-entry, legal issues, assistive technologies, medication management, and emergency preparedness. This symposium is a must for individuals with brain injury and their families, service coordinators, rehabilitation specialists, and allied health care professionals.

I will be presenting at this conference on the mulitude of legal issues faced by individuals and families following a traumatic brain injury.

More information on the Brain Injury Association of New York can be found on their web site.



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