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Community Organization Spotlight:
An Interview with Mark Huslage

As part of our exclusive weekly membership content, we will be releasing the “Community Organization Spotlight” series highlighting professionals in the brain injury field who will discuss their work and the programs they are a part of.

This week, I am highlighting Mark Huslage LCSWC, CBIST, who has served as Coordinator of Brain Injury Programs at Lifebridge Health and a case manager for the Mild Brain Injury Program for nearly 20 years. He earned his master's degree in social work from the University of Chicago and since 1989, has worked at all levels of care in brain injury treatment. He was instrumental in the start-up of the Mild Brain Injury and RETURN! To Work programs at LifeBridge Health, which are designed to rehabilitate individuals who have sustained a recent brain injury or to work with those whose longstanding symptoms have not resolved.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of Mark's Interview.
A Hearty Congratulations to our Dear Friend,
Lisa Shoenbrodt and her team, for winning a
2019 Changemaker Grant!
STEER – Strategic Training for Empathic Emergency Response, presented by  Dr. Leah Katherine Saal and Dr. Lisa Schoenbrodt , won $10,000 to create, implement and evaluate a sustainable training program for Fire/EMS personnel in Howard County to better serve individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The program will use Self-Advocate Educators alongside disability service professionals to teach firefighters and EMS about the range of characteristics of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and how their behaviors and communication abilities may vary from the non-disabled population in crises or emergency situations. Trainees will learn evidence-based techniques for communication and safety and have the ability to practice these skills and concepts through role-play situations with the Self-Advocate Educators – providing meaningful employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Howard County.
Photo: Michael Ainsworth, AP)
On game day, Lambeau Field is a veritable MASH unit.

Injuries are everyone's least favorite part of professional football (and, no doubt, college, high school and peewee football), but they happen.

A lot.

On game day, Lambeau Field, and every place where an NFL game is played, includes at least 30 medical personnel dedicated to players, including a fully staffed ambulance.

That's in addition to EMTs on hand to treat fans during the game. On average this season, 16 fans are treated at the stadium and four taken to hospitals each Packers home game.

On the field, many resources are dedicated to diagnosing concussions, an injury of significant interest in recent years because of its connection to CTE and suicide, dementia and other post-football problems.

Some 600 sideline concussion evaluations were conducted during the 2018 season, an average of about 2.5 per game. 

CLICK HERE to what goes on inside that blue tent.
The military wants future super-soldiers to control
robots with their thoughts.
“Tonight I would like to share with you an idea that I am extremely passionate about,” the young man said. His long black hair was swept back like a rock star’s, or a gangster’s. “Think about this,” he continued. “Throughout all human history, the way that we have expressed our intent, the way we have expressed our goals, the way we have expressed our desires, has been limited by our bodies.” When he inhaled, his rib cage expanded and filled out the fabric of his shirt. Gesturing toward his body, he said, “We are born into this world with this. Whatever nature or luck has given us.”

His speech then took a turn: “Now, we’ve had a lot of interesting tools over the years, but fundamentally the way that we work with those tools is through our bodies.” Then a further turn: “Here’s a situation that I know all of you know very well—your frustration with your smartphones, right? This is another tool, right? And we are still communicating with these tools through our bodies.”

And then it made a leap: “I would claim to you that these tools are not so smart. And maybe one of the reasons why they’re not so smart is because they’re not connected to our brains. Maybe if we could hook those devices into our brains, they could have some idea of what our goals are, what our intent is, and what our frustration is.”

So began “ Beyond Bionics ,” a talk by Justin C. Sanchez, then an associate professor of biomedical engineering and neuroscience at the University of Miami, and a faculty member of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. He was speaking at a tedx conference in Florida in 2012. What lies beyond bionics? 

CLICK HERE  to how far the military think they can go with this.
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2) What We are Reading to We Think
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“True belonging doesn’t require us to  change  who we are. It requires us to  be  who we are.” Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In  Braving the Wilderness,  Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.

Brown argues that we’re experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other.

CLICK HERE to read more about this wonderful book.
1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

"Blessed is the season which engages the
whole world in a conspiracy of love."

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