Brain Injury Awareness Day On Capitol Hill - March 12, 2008

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To celebrate March as Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force is hosting a “2008 Brain Injury Awareness Day,” on Wednesday, March 12, 2008, on Capitol Hill. Multiple events are planned, which are designed to educate Members of Congress and their staff about brain injury.

These events include an Awareness Day Fair, which will feature exhibits and informational materials from individuals and organizations working in the field of brain injury. The day will also include a Congressional Briefing focused on the topic of “Traumatic Brain Injury and Community Needs.” The end of the day will feature an early-evening Congressional Reception sponsored by various national advocacy organizations, including the National Brain Injury Treatment and Training Foundation (NBIRTT), the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) and the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA).

In addition, an informal advocacy training session will be held in the morning, where information on this year's federal legislative agenda priorities related to TBI will be distributed. Advocates attending the day's events are encouraged to make appointments ahead of time to visit their representatives in Congress and to use these legislative agenda materials during meetings with lawmakers.

BIAA invites all advocates to attend “2008 Brain Injury Awareness Day” events, and to help educate Members of Congress and their staff. The Day also represents an important opportunity to network with others interested in helping increase brain injury awareness.

2008 Brain Injury Awareness Day Schedule of Events

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Brain Injury Awareness Fair
First Floor Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Advocacy Training Session
1116 Longworth House Office Building

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. – Congressional Briefing on "Traumatic Brain Injury and Community Needs"
1116 Longworth House Office Building

Early Evening – Congressional Reception Celebrating Brain Injury Awareness Day

Please RSVP by Monday, March 3, 2008, to Hope Mandel in Congressman Bill Pascrell’s office if you wish to attend and/or exhibit materials during the Awareness Fair. You may also contact Hope at (202) 225-5751 or Becky Wolfkiel in Congressman Platts’ office at (202) 225-5836 with questions or for more information.

In addition, as always, you may contact Laura Schiebelhut, BIAA’s Director of Government Affairs, at [email protected], or 703-761-0750 ext. 637, for further clarification.