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The Top Things State Affiliates Need To Know For the Week of April 26, 2010

Health Care Reform Laws Memo Reminder - Last week a key memo from Susan H. Connors, President/CEO, regarding health care reform laws was circulated to all Chartered State Affiliates. This memorandum describes the most important reforms for individuals with brain injury and explains the critical role played by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) in the legislative process. A detailed analysis of H.R. 3590, as amended, is available from BIAA's Web site at As a reminder, BIAA asks all Chartered State Affiliates to please circulate the full memo to your Board of Directors and to disseminate the information, in whole, or in part, to your members and advocates. A brief, one-page, bullet-point synopsis of the reform package is also available. The full memo and one-page brief can be located on and downloaded from the STARsite at

Strategy and Long-term Planning Committee Releases Brain Injury Awareness Tracking Form - The Brain Injury Association of America and the State Assembly's Strategy and Long Term Planning Committee e-mailed each Chartered State Affiliate a Brain Injury Awareness Month tracking form last week. The committee respectfully asks each State Affiliate to please take 15 minutes to share the activities and successes your Association had during Brain Injury Awareness Month and to share your feedback on materials and themes you would like to see in the future. Please submit your Brain Injury Awareness tracking form to Wendy Leedy at [email protected], or by fax at 703-761-0755 by close of business on Friday, May 14. A special thank you to Affiliates who have already submitted their activities for the month!

Grasshopr Webinar Trainings Successful; Download the Grasshopr Webinar Today! - On April 14 and 22, Grasshopr Co-founder, Andrew Wright, provided participants with an overview of the benefits of Grasshopr, a communications and grassroots advocacy platform for the 21st century, including a live Grasshopr demonstration. Download this Webinar today by visiting the STARSite at BIAA would like to personally recognize and thank the following State Affiliates that participated: BIA of Utah, Missouri, Tennessee, Vermont, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Montana, New York State, Ohio, Michigan, Arizona, Kansas and Greater Kansas City, Nebraska, the California BIA and the Brain Injury Alliance of South Carolina. To learn more about Grasshopr visit, or contact Wendy Leedy at 703-584-8622, or [email protected].

BIAA Announces Upcoming Webinars - BIAA's Caregivers Education Series announce "Aphasia & Brain Injury," on May 11, 2010, 3 - 4 p.m. EST with Ellayne Ganzfried, M.S., CCC-SLP, and Executive Director of the National Aphasia Association. BIAA's Business of Brain Injury, a new Webinar series introduced earlier this year, announce "Update on Health Care Reform," on May 18, 2010, 3 - 4 p.m. EST with Peter Thomas and Bobby Silverstein, Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville, PC. To learn more about these and other upcoming Webinars, or to register, please visit the BIAA Bookstore today at Continuing education credits available through these Webinars.

BIAA Announces and Supports Research Study Requests - Parents and Guardians Invited to Participate in School-related Research Study: Special Tree Rehabilitation System encourages participation in a study to examine the attitudes and perceptions experienced by families of students with traumatic brain injuries when navigating through the educational system. Researchers are interested in input from parents and guardians of school age survivors of traumatic brain injuries that are currently enrolled in an educational program. Participants are required to fill out a survey questionnaire, but no further contact is necessary. The survey, available through July 19, 2010, can be completed online, or you may contact Rachel Richert, research coordinator, at 734-968-2315 to request a questionnaire be mailed to your home. Both survey methods allow researchers to keep the process completely anonymous. Researchers intend to publish and present the data at conferences focusing on supporting individuals with traumatic brain injuries and their families.

BIAA Endorses San Diego State University (SDSU) Study of State Affiliates Support of Family Caregivers: Charles Edmund Degeneffe, PhD, CRC, ACSW, Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling at San Diego State University (SDSU) is co-investigator of a study on how State Affiliates of the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) support family caregivers of persons with brain injuries. BIAA has partnered with Dr. Degeneffe over the past year and endorses this study and encourages all State Affiliates to please take the time to respond to this survey. BIAA is aware of and supports Dr. Degeneffe and collaborator Mark Tucker, CRC, adjunct faculty member in the SDSU Rehabilitation Counseling Program and researcher at SDSU Interwork Institute, to directly reach out to each State Affiliate to educate, provide a link to and encourage Affiliate participation in this study. Outreach will begin next week and will continue for the next several weeks. If you have any questions, or concerns, please contact Wendy Leedy at 703-584-8622 or [email protected].