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March 16 is Brain Injury Awareness Day

All across the country today, advocates are celebrating Brain Injury Awareness Day. Find out what you need to know, and how you can join in the events.

Traumatic brain injuries affect more than 3.5 million people each year. All together, more than 12 million Americans live with an acquired brain injury (including TBI). And yet, many people across the country don’t know what it takes to recover from that kind of injury.

That’s why the Brain Injury Association of America and the U.S. Congress have declared today, March 16, 2016, as Brain Injury Awareness Day. They are inviting lawmakers in Washington and lay people all across the country to get involved and learn what TBI means to them.

Brain Injury Awareness Day at the Capitol

In Washington, the BIAA is paring with the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators and the National Disability Rights Network to bring brain injury awareness day to members of congress. They will host a Brain Injury Awareness Fair, a Congressional Briefing on concussions, and a reception, all designed to introduce legislators to TBI survivors and their families.

This year’s Brain Injury Awareness Day comes as Congress considers several TBI-related pieces of legislation:

  • Concussion Treatment and Care Tools Act of 2015 (HR 582 and S 307 ) directs DHHS to create guidelines for diagnosis, treatment, and management of mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBIs) in school-aged children and student athletes.
  • National Traumatic Brain Injury Research and Treatment Improvement Act of 2015 (HR 1420) requires the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to create databases to collect information regarding TBI for use in future research.
  • The Adult Day Center Enhancement Act (HR 263) requires the Administration on Aging to survey adult day programs caring for individuals living with chronic conditions, including TBI.
  • Wounded Warrior Employment Improvement Act (HR 356) directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve training and rehabilitation services for veterans with TBI and other disabilities.
  • Ensuring Access to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at Military Medical Facilities (HR 146) directs the Secretary of Defense to make hyperbaric oxygen therapy available at military medical facilities for active duty soldiers suffering PTSD or TBI.

Get Involved With Brain Injury Awareness Day

The BIAA is encouraging survivors, family members, and advocates all across the country to get involved with Brain Injury Awareness Day. You can get more information and listen to six public service announcements on their webpage. This year’s theme is Not Alone. The agency is encouraging citizens to connect with them on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #NotAloneinBrainInjury.

David Christensen is a brain injury expert at Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan. He represents the victims of TBI following auto accidents to make sure their recovery is paid for. If you or someone you know has suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact Christensen Law today for a free consultation.