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Welcome to BIAC’s directory of Connecticut-based community resources, state and national organizations, and publications with important information related to brain injury education, prevention, and recovery. If you need further assistance, please give our helpline a call at 860-219-0291 to connect with a Brain Injury Specialist, or email general@biact.org.

    Other Brain Injury Resources

    Information from the following resources may assist individuals with brain injuries and their families. A link to each organization’s website is included where available.

    Brain Injury Basics

    It is important to recognize that several definitions of brain injuries exist in current literature. The acquired brain injury definition is broader in scope and is often termed the “umbrella” definition as it includes traumatic brain injury.

    Acquired brain injuries are typically brain injuries occurring after birth but not related to degenerative diseases, or congenital or hereditary factors. They may cause temporary or permanent impairment(s). Impairments can include physical functions, cognition, and psychosocial behaviors. Causes of acquired brain injury can include, but are not limited to the following:

    • strokes
    • traumatic brain injury (TBI)
    • substance abuse
    • hypoxia (oxygen deprivation to the brain)
    • toxic exposures
    • infections
    • seizures
    • tumors

    In basic terms, traumatic brain injuries are typically defined as blow or jolt to the head or body, or a penetrating head injury that disrupts brain function. It should be noted that not all blows and jolts to the head result in a TBI. It should also be noted that you don’t necessarily have to hit your head to sustain a brain injury. Impairments from this type of injury can be temporary or permanent.

    The severity of a TBI may range from ‘mild’—a brief change of mental status or consciousness, to ‘severe’—an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss after injury. Most TBI’s that occur each year are ‘mild’, commonly called concussions.

    • falls
    • motor vehicle crashes
    • struck by/against events
    • assaults
    • gunshot wounds
    • sports injuries
    • blasts
    • other injuries caused by trauma

    TBI can cause a wide range of functional short- or long-term changes affecting thinking, sensation, language, or emotions.

    • Thinking (i.e., memory and reasoning)
    • Sensation (i.e., touch, taste, and smell)
    • Language (i.e., communication, expression, and understanding); and
    • Emotion (i.e., depression, anxiety, personality changes, aggression, acting out, and social inappropriateness).

    TBI can also cause epilepsy and increase the risk for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain disorders that become more prevalent with age.

    About 75% of TBIs that occur each year are concussions.

    Repeated concussions occurring over an extended period of time (i.e., months, years) can result in cumulative neurological and cognitive deficits. Repeated concussions occurring within a short period of time (i.e., hours, days, or weeks) can be catastrophic or fatal.

    General Tips to Help Aid in Recovery:

    • Get lots of rest. Don’t rush back to daily activities such as work or school.
    • Avoid doing anything that could cause another blow or jolt to the head.
    • Ask your health care professional when it’s safe to drive a car, ride a bike, or use heavy equipment, because your ability to react may be slower after a brain injury.
    • Take only the drugs your health care professional has approved, and don’t drink alcohol until your health care professional says it’s OK.
    • Write things down if you have a hard time remembering.
    • You may need help to re-learn skills that were lost. Your health care professional can help arrange for these services.

    If you or someone you know has a brain injury or needs helps navigating brain injury-related resources or information, BIAC can help. Visit Get Help Now for more information.

    The above was adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. For original source information, please visit cdc.gov.

    Traumatic Brain Injury National Resource Center—Fact Sheets

    Fact Sheets were developed by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)-funded Model System Knowledge Translation Center and the Model System programs. Topics of interest are covered by experts in the field.

    Traumatic Brain Injury National Resource Center—Fact Sheets

    Neurology Now

    Magazine that covers topics on brain health and neurologic diseases.  Subscriptions are free.

    Neurology Now

    BrainLine

    BrainLine is a website that offers information and resources about preventing, treating and living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). It serves anyone whose life has been affected by TBI including people with brain injury, their families, friends, professionals etc. BrainLine offers webcasts, an electronic newsletter, articles, and videos on a wide range of issues. BrainLine has a team of subject matter experts who review the site to make sure it is up to date on the latest resources.

    BrainLine

    The Dana Alliance for Brain Injury

    Provides general information about the brain and current brain research.

    The Dana Alliance for Brain Injury

    The National Resource Center for Traumatic Brain Injury

    Affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University, provides relevant, practical information for professionals, persons with brain injury, and family members.

    The National Resource Center for Traumatic Brain Injury

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    The federal agency in charge of protecting the public’s health and safety, both at home and abroad, by providing the credible information required to enhance health decisions and by promoting health through strong partnerships.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    The Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation

    An affiliate of Ohio State University, provides general information about brain injury, as well as specific information about substance abuse and agitation.

    The Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation

    The Research and Training Center on Community Integration of Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury

    An affiliate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, works to expand our knowledge of ‘what works’ when it comes to helping people with traumatic brain injuries live their lives

    The Research and Training Center on Community Integration of Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury