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Brain Injury Awareness Month

In March of each year an awareness campaign is conducted in observance of Brain Injury Awareness Month. The theme for the 2015-2017 national public awareness campaign is Not Alone. Our goal is to let people know that research, treatment and support is available for the more than 2.5 million children and adults who sustain traumatic brain injuries in the United States each year. Help, hope and healing can be found and people with brain injuries are not alone on their journey.

Please help raise awareness about brain injury by spreading the word in your community. Here are a few facts to share:
•   28,000 Virginians are injured each year, not including veterans (who are counted through other surveillance mechanisms).
•   Over 167,660 Virginians living in the community are disabled as a result of a TBI.
•   Over 217,958 Virginians are living in the community disabled as a result of a stroke.
•    In 2010, 2.5 million TBIs occurred either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries.
•    No matter where you live in Virginia, the system of care for those working hard to overcome the effects of their injuries is woefully inadequate.  

We encourage you to take action and spread the word about brain injury. Here are a few things you can do:

Get involved
•    Sign up to receive BIAV’s e-newsletter.
•    Become a member of BIAV.
•    Join our legislative listserve.
•    Check the news & announcements on our website.
•    Contact BIAV at 800-444-6443 to volunteer or donate.  (You can also donate online.)

Speak out
Since many people with disabilities rely on publicly funded services to fully participate in their communities, policy makers need to know you are concerned about continuing those services in the face of budget cuts during tough economic times. Contact your legislator today and let them know you expect them to enact public policy to assist people with brain injury.

Spread the word
•    Educate yourself about issues important to the brain injury community then tell the world what you found out.
•    Use Brain Injury Awareness Month as a great reason to post your positive thoughts about the brain injury movement on your Facebook page or Twitter account.
•    Follow BIAV on Facebook and express yourself.
•    Or send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper explaining to your community why they should care about brain injuries.

Join us during March and let people with brain injury know they are not alone - #notaloneinbraininjury.

The links below will also provide you with more information about brain injuries and what you can do to help.

Statistics from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/get_the_facts.html) and Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service (http://www.coopercenter.org/demographics/virginia-population-estimates).

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