Since 1982, the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut (BIAC) has been Connecticut’s resource for brain injury awareness, education, resources and support. BIAC’s primary objective is to support individuals with brain injuries, their families, caregivers and brain injury professionals while increasing awareness of brain injury and its prevention.
The Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut (BIAC) was founded in 1981 when Charlotte Kane, the mother of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor, gathered a group of caregivers around her well-worn kitchen table in Connecticut. The topic of discussion was the painful lack of resources for the brain injury survivors they knew and loved. Since its incorporation in 1982, BIAC has grown to become Connecticut’s only statewide, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing brain injury survivors, their families and caregivers with the resources, information, and emotional support necessary as they travel the often long and difficult road of recovery.
In 2012, BIAC became a founding member of a new, national organization, United States Brain Injury Alliance (USBIA), that is committed to improving lives through brain injury awareness, prevention, advocacy, support, research and community engagement
Our Mission: The Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut is Connecticut’s partner in brain injury prevention and recovery.
What We Do
The following are some of the many initiatives sponsored by BIAC in support of brain injury survivors, their families, caregivers, professionals and the community:
- Individual Consultation & Resources – Brain injury specialists provide support and resources for more than 4,000 inquiries from survivors, caregivers and professionals each year to ensure that the often complex and overwhelming challenges they face are negotiated more easily and effectively. Contacts are made through BIAC’s toll-free HelpLine, email, social media and individual in-person consultations.
- Outreach & Education – Through its Prevention & Education Programs, BIAC works to increase awareness and understanding of brain injury and its prevention through school, professional and community presentations. BIAC’s Annual Conference is Connecticut’s premiere brain injury education program, drawing more than 275 professionals each year to learn the latest developments in the field.
- Support Groups & Social Events – BIAC sponsors numerous support groups throughout Connecticut that provide information, support and encouragement to survivors, their loved ones and caregivers, while offering social events and opportunities such as picnics and our Spring Social.
- Legislative Advocacy – BIAC advocates for legislation to improve the quality of life for people living with brain injuries while supporting initiatives that help to prevent brain injuries from occurring.
- Brain Injury Navigator – This new fee-for-service launching in 2020 will provide customized, in-depth and personal direction from an expert in brain injuring, helping those whose needs go beyond the work of our free Helpline.