BIAC BUZZ

July 2023

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Connecticut's partner in brain injury prevention and recovery since 1982.

How We Help

BIAC Navigator Service


Melinda is a business owner who sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car crash while she was in high school. She then went on to college and received a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture, despite difficulties with her college courses. Years after college, she eventually created a landscaping business and was able to successfully manage it but found too many obstacles to overcome during COVID. Worried about her finances in the management of her company, she sought help and found BIAC'S Navigator Service.


With help from the Brain Injury Navigator, Melinda has been working on a series of goals so that she can keep her business thriving. Through personal coaching, education and guidance Melinda has been focused on the following skills:

·      time management and organization

·      self-advocacy

·      personal boundaries

·      finance management

·      safety and medical issues

·      managing patience and anxiety


Melinda stated that getting older made her TBI symptoms more pronounced and was ready to reach out for help. “I finally felt like I wasn’t alone and felt relieved that there was someone I could reach out to. I believe this may have saved my life”


For more information on the BIAC Navigator Program, contact BIAC Senior Brain Injury Specialist, Victor Darr at vdarr@biact.org or 860-219-0291 ext. 302. 

Staff Spotlight

Welcome Susan Werboff!

Our new Brain Injury Specialist!


We are delighted and thrilled to have Susan join the BIAC team! Susan comes to us with a long and diversified career in the human services field. Susan began her career as an advocate, and later became a Program Director at the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities. She was the Program Director for PATBI – Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Brain Injuries, amongst several other federal advocacy grants. She is an LMSW with years of experience supporting and advocating for persons with brain injuries, mental illness and/or substance use disorder and those experiencing homelessness.


Susan has a clear passion for speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves and advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities. She has evolved to be a conservator for these individuals using her authority to advocate for her clients to live in the least restrictive environments.

 

When not advocating, Susan loves to run, hike, snowshoe and spend her free time outdoors. She enjoys all genres of music, comedic personalities, and keeping abreast of current issues. Next time you call the BIAC Helpline, you may be speaking to Susan!

Providers Council

BIAC Providers Council

Assistive Technology Expo

was held on June 7th.


Back in person & a great success, with our first in-person meeting since 2020!


Thank you to MidState Arc, Connecticut Tech Act Project, Assisted Living Technologies, Inc., and CT Department of Social Services for educating us, and for the excellent demonstrations of some incredible technologies!


To learn more about the BIAC Providers Council, visit https://biact.org/get-involved/become-a-member.

Support Groups

Thank You, Sarah Raskin!


We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our former BIAC Board President, Sarah Raskin for the many contributions she has made to BIAC support groups and social events. Sarah launched BIAC's Bilingual Support Group in Hartford in 1995 which she facilitated for over 25 years! She also facilitated BIAC's first-ever virtual Women’s Support Group, that met from 2021 through early 2023. In addition, her work in spearheading the Valentine’s Dance/Spring Social and the Healthy Living Retreat has provided personal enrichment and social activities for survivors.


Sarah, thank you for your years of service as a support group facilitator, the lives you have changed, and the role you will continue to play.


If you are interested in participating in, or facilitating a Women’s Support Group, please contact BIAC Senior Brain Injury Specialist, Victor Darr at vdarr@biact.org or 860-219-0291 ext. 302. 

support group

The BIAC Family Caregiver Support Group... Is Still HERE! 


You spoke and we are listening…

Our BIAC Family Caregiver Support Group continues to evolve to better meet your needs! We are in the process of developing a second “split-off” group specifically for spouses/partners of those who have sustained brain injury. Details will be posted on the Support Group Calendar when they have been finalized.


Our Family Caregiver group will continue to meet as usual – and is open to anyone who identifies as a caregiver/family member – but now we will also have the additional group for spouses & partners. 


We are always looking for feedback & suggestions. 

We are always listening – and always evolving to meet your needs!    We welcome all feedback, suggestions, or creative ideas, and we encourage your input. Please contact Victor Darr at vdarr@biact.org.


 View the Support Group calendar here!


Fun In The Sun Picnic

Thank you to Project Genesis, Inc. for another wonderful Annual FUN IN THE SUN Picnic, and for organizing such a fantastic day for all on June 22nd at scenic Camp Harkness!


Thank you to all the ABI survivors, families, friends, staff, and providers who attended – you truly make this event amazing. We look forward to doing this again with all of you next year!


Check out the event slideshow here.

Become a BIAC Member

We need YOU!

 

Become a BIAC Member TODAY and join a group of survivors, thrivers, family members, professionals, and caregivers in CT’s brain injury community. By becoming a Member, you join an amazing group who is helping to raise awareness about brain injury, and who makes an impact in the lives of those affected by brain injury and their families. Your Membership also helps us continue to provide FREE resources and support in Connecticut to all who need them.

 

To learn more and JOIN or RENEW, visit https://biact.org/get-involved/become-a-member/.



United Steel Foundation Golf Tournament

Thank you, United Steel Foundation!  


BIAC would not be the organization it is today without the support of United Steel. Since 2005, they have been our consistent partner, have donated nearly $250,000 to BIAC, and have raised over $1.4 million for us over the last 19 years. This year, we were the recipient of $71,500 from the Inaugural United Steel Foundation Golf Tournament. We cannot thank them enough, along with all their tournament sponsors, for this incredible gift, and for their compassion for all individuals with brain injury. Because of United Steel, their Foundation, and all their partners, BIAC is able to remain a lifeline to anyone who is struggling with brain injury and needs connection to critical resources and supports. THANK YOU to our dear friends at United Steel, specifically the Corneau family – we remain humbled by your generosity and are deeply grateful for your friendship.

19th Annual Walk for Thought

Save the Date for our 19th Annual Walk for Thought!

 

BIAC’s 19th Annual Walk For Thought!

Sunday, October 1, 2023

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Northwest Park

Manchester, CT


The inspiration and camaraderie of walking and rolling together is like none other! We look forward to reuniting, sharing stories, raising awareness about brain injury, and generating critical funds for BIAC.


Thank You to our Partners!

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200 Day Hill Road, Suite 250, Windsor, CT 06095 | 860-219-0291 | www.biact.org

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