Registration is open! Join us for our annual in-person conference October 24-26, 2021 at the Lancaster Marriott & Convention Center in Lancaster, PA.
-Designed for Professionals, Survivors, Family Members, Caregivers & Volunteers -15 CEU in-person conference opportunities -7 Bonus On-Demand CEU's available after the conference -Experts will present sessions on ethics, headaches, sleep, opioids, supports, and more -Exhibits & poster presentations -Networking and social opportunities -Silent Auction -Scholarships available; Download Application (August 1, 2021 - Deadline) -Safety protocols per CDC guidelines
Sponsorship, exhibitor and advertising opportunities are available: learn more here.
To view the annual conference information and to register please visit our website, by clicking here.
There is still time to be a part of the Highmark Walk for a Healthy community!
Register and join a team based in the Lehigh Valley and Pittsburgh - or start one of your own. Any time until July 15, you choose how and when to walk (treadmill, park, trail, or around the neighborhood). you can also pick the time of when you start and stop and the distance.
BIAPA is adding to the fun with a BIAPA Highmark competition for individuals and teams who document their walks on Facebook. The categories are:
Walking the most miles Walking in a location the farthest distance from Harrisburg Walking in the most unusual location
Three individual winners in each category will receive a restaurant or grocery store gift card. Team winners - including the team that raises the most money for BIAPA - will be recognized at the BIAPA Annual Conference in Lancaster in October.
FOLLOW THIS LINK for details on how to participate in the 2021 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community while building awareness about brain injury and supporting BIAPA.
The Brain Injury Resource Line (BIRL) Volunteer Spotlight
BIAPA is very proud and appreciative of our Brain Injury Resource Line (BIRL) team! We will shed a spotlight on each of the volunteers over upcoming months, starting with Amanda Allemang. A brain injury survivor since 2007, Amanda first found BIAPA in 2011 when she contacted BIRL and was connected with Joel Tumberello, a fellow volunteer whom she considers a mentor to this day. When she first spoke with Joel in 2011, she did not quite understand the impact BIAPA would have on her life 10 years later. She attended her first BIAPA conference in 2011 where she learned a lot brain injury community. Amanda said, "Conference is a weekend packed with knowledge, laughs, tears, inspiration, and memories", and anyone who knows her knows how passionate she is about attending annually. Three years later, she became a member of the BIRL team. At the time she wasn't aware of how impactful it would become in her life. Through the years she has been assigned a number of calls from survivors, professionals, and families that have allowed her to share her knowledge of the resources to the brain injury community in Western Pennsylvania.
Amanda said that BIAPA and BIRL have given her the strength and resilience every day to spread awareness and light on a community that feels so dark and lonely at times. She feels she has been blessed with the opportunity to start her own support group in the Pittsburgh area, they meet once a month at West Penn Hospital in the T3 community room. While COVID-19 protocols have been modified, the meetings are currently virtual. Please reach out to her personally at firstname.lastname@example.org for the up-to-date scheduling and to be added to their email list. She is also the co-chair of the BIAPA fundraising committee, an Ambassador for the Pennsylvania Brain Injury Ambassador Program, and she is studying for the CBIS exam. Amanda reminds us that we at BIAPA/BIRL are always just a phone call away! If you or someone you know is surviving a brain injury, please call 1-800-444-6443 to be connected to a volunteer survivor in your area!
Enhancing the Employability of Persons with Traumatic Brain Injuries
This article was contributed by Community Skills Program, a BIAPA Corporate Partner.
On January 6, 2021, as part of the BIAPA 2020-2021 Educational Series, and on April 14, 2021, as part of the Professional Development Institute sponsored by the Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Association, Stefani Eichelberger, M.S.W., LCSW, CBIS, CESP and Sally Kneipp, Ph.D., CRC (representing Community Skills Program® and the Pennsylvania Department of Health's NeuroResource Facilitation Program) gave a virtual presentation on barriers to competitive employment following brain injury, and strategies to improve vocational outcomes.
During the presentations, the importance of "soft skills" (e.g. enthusiasm and attitude; adaptability/flexibility; professionalism/work ethic; problem-solving and critical thinking; interpersonal skills; initiative; teamwork; networking) was addressed and ways for caregivers and family members, as well as professionals, to enhance pre-employment skills and vocational progress were suggested. Current trends in employment services and resources for assistance were identified as well. If you were unable to attend these presentations and would like information on PowerPoint, you may contact, or leave a message for, Dr. Salley Kneipp at (610) 376-3380 or email@example.com.
Support Group Corner
The July BIAPA Support Group meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 15th at 5:00 PM via Zoom. A link to the meeting is sent each month to those on our distribution list. If you would like to be included in the distribution list, please send a message to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome!
Other Virtual Support Group Meetings It is encouraging that so many support groups continue to meet virtually. A list of the groups meeting virtually can be accessed by clicking here. If you are interested in attending a virtual meeting, please reach out to the person listed as the contact for the group so you can learn how to join the meeting.
A full list of all support groups with contact information for each can also be found on the BIAPA website's Support Group Listing Page. If you are aware of groups that are meeting through videoconferencing, please contact Candace Gantt, BIAPA Vice-President, at email@example.com, so we can let others know.
Thank you to our Corporate Partners
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