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Brain Injury Services Jeopardized under Trump Proposed Budget

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) issued a press release calling attention to the budget cuts proposed by president Trump and their impact on individuals with brain injury.

These cuts will jeopardize the care and support of persons with a brain injury and their families.  It is critical that you contact your congressional representatives and urge them not to cut essential services for victims of brain injury.

The Brain Injury Association of America said:

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) received an advanced copy of President Trump's budget analysis, which seeks to combine the TBI State Grant Program with the Developmental Disabilities Grant and Independent Living Grant Programs into a single grant, albeit with less funding. Further, the budget proposes a $9 million cut to the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) budget, where the TBI Model Systems are housed. 

BIAA will meet with representatives from the Administration on Community Living (ACL), which houses both programs, on Thursday, May 25, to discuss these matters. BIAA will work collaboratively with NASHIA, Friends of NIDILRR, and other TBI Stakeholders to develop and implement appropriate strategies to fight these harmful proposals by the Trump Administration.

May 26, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Brain Injury Association of New York State--Annual Meeting Notice

The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) will be holding their annual meeting at the upcoming "One Voice for Brain Injury" Annual Conference on June 16 at 8 a.m. at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga, N.Y.  

The meeting is open to the public. Individuals interested in attending the annual meeting must RSVP by Friday, June 9, 2017 to 518-459-7911 or by email

May 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Brain Injury Association of New York State Events Update

Brain Injury Association of New York State Annual Conference: June 14-June 15

The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) will be holding its annual conference this year from June 14-June 16 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, NY.

The conference, is open to persons with brain injury, their families and friends as well as professionals and brain injury service providers. The conference will feature workshops, panel discussions and personal testimonials from brain injury survivors and their family members. This is the 35th year BIANYS is hosting an annual conference.

In addition to the annual conference, BIANYS is also hosting the following additional programs at the conference location.

Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) Training – June 13, 2017

This training is intended to review material for the Certified Brain Injury Specialist examination. The deadline to register for this class is April 14th.

Starting six weeks prior to the class, enrollees will have access to weekly webinars and receive study tips and detailed home study information that corresponds with the chapters in the Essential Brain Injury Study Guide.

Professional Symposium – June 14, 2017

This symposium is intended for professionals and specialists in brain injury medicine and rehabilitation.  The program will provide information on new developments in diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injuries.

Certified Education Units (CEU’s) for Certified Brain Injury Specialists and other professionals as well as Contact Hours for Social Work will be provided to attendees. Live stream is available for professionals who are unable to attend in-person.

Registration is now open for all of these programs. For further information, visit the Brain Injury Association of New York State web site.



April 12, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Traumatic Brain Injury Upcoming Events: April 2017 – November 2017

The following brain injury conferences have been scheduled:

April 2017:
Brain Injury Association of Minnesota Annual Conference Brooklyn Center, MN


Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin Annual Conference
Wisconsin Dells. WI

May 2017:
Rehabilitation of the Adult and Child with Traumatic Brain Injury
Williamsburg, VA

Traumatic Brain Injury Conference
Washington, DC

June 2017:
Brain Injury Association of New York State Annual Conference
Saratoga Springs, NY

Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania Annual Conference
Lancaster, PA

July 2017
National Neurotrauma Society Annual Conference
Snowbird, UT

September 2017:
American Society for Neurorehabilitation
Baltimore, MD

State of the States in Head Injury Meeting
Temple, AZ

Brain Injury Association of Michigan Annual Conference
Location: TBA

Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Conference
Rome, Italy

October 2017:
Brain Injury Association of Vermont Annual Conference
Burlington, VT

November 2017:
Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference
Washington, DC




April 5, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Increased Funding Needed for Federal Brain Injury Programs

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) submitted written testimony this week to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies calling for increased fiscal year 2018 appropriations for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Act programs, including the state grant program, and for TBI Model Systems research funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

The TBI Act, which was originally passed in 1996 and reauthorized in 2008 and 2014, is the only federal law that specifically addresses the needs of the growing population of TBI survivors.

The programs authorized under the TBI Act provide public awareness and education through the CDC and State TBI care capacity-building and protection, legal, referral, and advocacy services at the Administration for Community Living. Furthermore, the TBI Model Systems of Care at the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) represent a vital national network of TBI research and expertise—providing the only source of non-proprietary longitudinal data on TBI experiences and a key source of evidence-based medicine.

Critical funding is also required for the CDC to establish and oversee a national surveillance system to accurately determine the incidence of concussions, particularly among the most vulnerable of Americans—our children and youth

March 13, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Repeated heading of the ball in soccer is major risk factor for long term brain damage

According to a new study published online in the journal of the American Academy of Neurology, soccer players who repeatedly head the ball are three times more likely to have concussion symptoms than players who do not. The study is entitled:  Heading in soccer: More than a subconcussive event?

The study raises important implications for heading in the ball in soccer, since these players at risk for concussion symptoms are suffering sub-concussive blows to the head.

Most recent research implicates repeated sub-concussive blows as a major risk factor for long term disability.

You can read more by clicking here.

February 2, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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December Legislative Update Brain Injury Association of America

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has provided the following legislative update for December 2016:

December 9, 2016

Appropriations Bill Sent to Senate

The Senate has until midnight to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to continue funding federal government in order to avoid a partial government shutdown. Yesterday, the House passed House Resolution 2028 to continue funding until April 28, 2017. The current CR funding government expires today.

21st Century Cures Bill Sent to President's Desk

This week, the Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act which is now on its way to the President's desk for his signature. The bill invests nearly $3 billion to build upon major biomedical research initiatives, including the B.R.A.I.N. Initiative and the Precision Medicine Initiative, both of which research brain-related injuries and disorders and are to create new research models to find cures and better target treatments.

Congress Includes Fairness for Veterans Amendment in Defense Spending Bill

Yesterday, the Senate passed the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report, which included a provision to help veterans who may have been erroneously given a less than honorable discharge from the military due to negative behavior resulting from mental traumas such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), who had introduced the Fairness for Veterans Act of 2016 (H.R.4683), led the effort to pass the amendment in the House defense authorization bill last week. Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) introduced the amendment in the Senate version in May. The bill is now on its way to President Obama for his signature.

Congress Passes Distance Health Education and Technology Bill

S. 2873, introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), has passed both the House and Senate and has been sent to the President. The bill requires studies and reports examining the use of, and opportunities to use, technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity-building models to improve programs of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). A "technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity-building model" is a distance health education model that connects specialists with other health care professionals through simultaneous interactive videoconferencing for the purpose of facilitating case-based learning, disseminating best practices, and evaluating outcomes. The HHS Secretary is to study the impact on using this model to address issues such as mental and substance use disorders, chronic diseases and conditions, pain management, health care workforce issues and shortages, public health programs including disease prevention and public health surveillance, and the delivery of health care in rural or medically underserved areas.

House Passes Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016

On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 6416, the Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016, which, among other provisions, requires an independent review of process by which Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) assesses impairments that result from a TBI for purposes of awarding disability compensation; temporarily increases the number of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims; and approves education and training courses for purposes of the VA vocational rehabilitation program. Rep. David Roe (R-Tenn.) sponsored the legislation.

Senators Introduce the RISE Act

This week, Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) introduced the Respond, Innovate, Support and Empower Act (RISE Act) to help ease the transition to higher education for students with disabilities. The bill provides more funding for a one-stop resource for information about disability services in college. It would also:

  1. Require colleges to accept an IEP or 504 plan as evidence of a disability. This would make it easier and less costly for students to get accommodations.
  2. Support a technical assistance center to highlight strategies that help students with disabilities to succeed in college. The center would also train college faculty on those strategies.

A number of disability-related organizations support the legislation and plan to work with bill sponsors to reintroduce the legislation in the upcoming Congress.



December 10, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Brain Injury Association of America Submits Amicus Brief Today to United States Supreme Court To Reject NFL Concussion Settlement

I am pleased that the amicus brief that Shana De Caro and I wrote was submitted today on behalf of the Brain Injury Association of America to the United States Supreme Court in support of the Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to reject the NFL class action concussion settlement.

"This action, commenced for the multi-faceted repercussions of brain damage as a result of longstanding NFL misconduct, fails to compensate the majority of players who have suffered the devastating and enduring effects of traumatic brain injury.   The court has an obligation to protect the entire class based upon well-researched, recognized, and cogent medical science. Any settlement that does not, should be rejected as unfair and contrary to the best interests of the majority of class members." BIAA Supreme Court Amicus Brief Cover Page



October 26, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Brain Injury Association of America Legislative Update

The following legislative update was prepared by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA).   

Protection and Advocacy for Veterans Act

Members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Task Force on Veterans and Military Families submitted a letter of support last Friday to Representatives Martha Roby (R-Ala.), Dina Titus (D-Nev.), Timothy Walz (D-Minn.) and Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), sponsors of H.R. 5128, the "Protection and Advocacy for Veterans Act." H.R. 5128 would establish a pilot program within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure veterans receive proper support in the areas of mental health and substance use. As a member of the CCD Task Force, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) signed the letter.

NIH Pediatric Concussion Workshop

On Oct. 13-14, 2016, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is sponsoring a Pediatric Concussion Workshop to bring together experts in the field of pediatric concussion to present their most recent findings. The goals of this workshop are to: (1) identify gaps in knowledge about pediatric concussion, (2) identify high priority areas of research in pediatric concussion, and (3) identify populations and study designs that will prove most feasible for addressing knowledge gaps. The workshop will be held at the North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Bethesda, Maryland. Participating NIH institutes are the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS); National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR); National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, known as the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center (NICHD); and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). For details,  click here

CDC Report on Guideline for Managing Mild TBI

The Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC), an advisory board to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), met last week and accepted the mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) workgroup report prepared for Congress. The BSC recommended that CDC move forward with developing the mTBI guideline. More information on the public comment period for this guideline will be forthcoming as that process gets further underway. The TBI Act Reauthorization of 2014 directed the CDC, in consultation with the National Institutes of Health, to conduct a review of scientific evidence related to brain injury management in children and to submit a report to Congress in 2016. CDC's Injury Center is expecting to release the report around the annual Congressional Brain Injury Task Force Awareness Day in March. Click here to review the report.

September 16, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Congressional Brain Injury Caucus Briefing Scheduled for Tuesday Sept 13 on CTE

Neuroscience Caucus to Hold Briefing on CTE Next Week

On Sept. 13, 2016, the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus and the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, in partnership with the American Brain Coalition, the American Academy of Neurology, and the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators, will present a briefing that explores our current understanding of sports-related injuries and research efforts aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of these injuries on the human brain. The briefing, "Sports-Related Brain Injuries: From the NFL to the Laboratory," will be held from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Capitol Visitors Center H-201A-B. This briefing will feature Chris Borland, a linebacker formerly of the San Francisco 49ers who stunned the sports world by retiring after one year in the NFL due to concerns about CTE. Chris is now forming a foundation to work with high school athletes who serve their communities. Dr. Ann McKee, a professor of Neurology & Pathology at Boston University, who is a renowned brain researcher and one of the leading authorities on TBI and CTE in the nation, will also be presenting information.

September 9, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)