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We've applied for CEUs for the following:

  • American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)
  • Certification for Case Manager Certification
  • Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification
  • Certified Peer Recovery Specialist
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  • Registered Nurse
  • Social Work
  • Speech and Language Pathologist
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Here are the 5 things we thought were
worth sharing with you this week:
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BIAMD testified against this bill in the state Senate committee because this bill had profound implications for Maryland motorists. On a per mile basis, motorcyclists are approximately 16 times more likely than the occupants of a passenger car to suffer fatal injuries in an accident, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Motorcyclists also have a four times higher risk of suffering injuries. Head injury is also the leading cause of disability or fatality in motorcycle accidents, highlighting the importance of wearing a helmet while riding

The bill's lead sponsor, Sen. Michael Hough, R-Frederick and Carroll counties, argues that it should be the rider's choice to wear a helmet, and that helmets do not prevent motorcycle crashes. Bob Spanburgh, executive director at ABATE of Maryland — the state's largest motorcycle advocacy group — said his organization isn't taking a position on wearing a helmet but that motorcyclists should get to choose for themselves. Spanburgh and his group have also advocated for other motorcycle-related legislation that pose dangerous conditions for riders, including bills allowing “lane splitting”, the act of riding between lanes or rows of slow moving or stopped traffic moving in the same direction, for motorcyclists.

Helmet Repeal Bill SB237 is opposed by AAA Mid-Atlantic, the Maryland Trauma Center Network, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems and the Maryland Association of County Health Officers, among others. "Because serious head injury is common among fatally injured motorcyclists, helmet use is essential," wrote Ragina C. Ali, public and government affairs manager at AAA Mid-Atlantic, in a statement Monday. "We oppose repealing the helmet law, as it weakens existing traffic safety laws and puts motorcyclists at a greater risk of injury or a traffic fatality."

19 states and Washington, D.C., require all motorcyclists to wear helmets, while 28 states require only certain riders to wear helmets. Maryland's current motorcycle helmet requirement became law on Oct. 1, 1992. According to data released in April, 2019, by Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration Highway Safety Office, the state has averaged 1,466 motorcycle-involved crashes a year over the last five years with an average of 69 fatal crashes per year. 

A variation of Senate Bill 237 has been introduced in each session of the General Assembly since 2016 but has failed to advance out of committee each session. The Bill was voted down on February 18th, 2020, by the closest margin in the bill’s history. 
CLICK HERE to download and read more of Arin's article on this important piece of legislation.

After passing the Senate last week – the House version of the HOME Act (HB 231) just PASSED the House Environment & Transportation (E&T) Committee in a bipartisan vote!!!
The Bill passed the House E&T subcommittee last night – HUGE THANKS to Matt Hill for waiting hours for the subcommittee meeting and defending the bill against bad amendments. The bill that came out of subcommittee matched the Senate bill language and at today’s Committee vote, no new efforts we undertaken to amend the bill further. 

According to the Maryland General Assembly website, E&T is reporting the Committee vote out to the Senate floor on  March 2nd , so we can expect the second reading to start on  March 3rd.  


Through collaboration with the NYU School of Medicine (NYUSoM), the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is conducting a survey to learn about how families of individuals with brain injury experience positive outcomes as a result of being caregivers. The objective of this study is to develop a scale to measure post-traumatic growth in caregiving family members of persons with acquired brain injury (ABI). We invite you to participate in this research survey. 

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes, and your participation is entirely voluntary and anonymous. Your decision to participate will not affect your employment or reputation. Record of participation cannot be linked to you or to your family member with ABI. No personal identifiable information, including IP address, will be used or collected. Completing the survey implies consent. You can withdraw from completing the survey at any time. 

If you have any questions about the survey, please call or email Principal Investigator  Sonya Kim, Ph.D. , Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, NYU School of Medicine, at (212) 263-4849 or at .

CLICK HERE to start the online survey.
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A new viral online trend called the “Skull Breaker Challenge” is so dangerous that medical experts are warning teens to resist the urge.

The challenge originated in Spain after two students recorded themselves on TikTok performing the stunt.

It involves three participants standing next to each in a row before jumping straight up. While the middle person is in the air, however, the other two individuals on each end kick inward to knock the middle person off balance and subsequently hit their heads.

Since the original video went viral, other daring teens have replicated the risky act.

CLICK HERE and warn everyone you know about this viral craze.

CLICK HERE to see BIAA's press release urging parent's to intervene on this latest dangerous fad.

The Nomination Categories are:

  • Individual with a Brain Injury
  • Family Member / Partner / Friend
  • Healthcare Professional - Working in the Brain Injury Community
  • Supporter / Advocate - Making Contributions in an Official Capacity

Awards will be presented at the BIAMD Annual Conference General Session on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland. 

Nominations should be received by no later than March 1, 2020 to allow us adequate time to select the award recipient and make arrangements for them to attend the awards ceremony.  

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Early morning blue light exposure therapy can aid the healing process of people impact by mild traumatic brain injury, according to new research from the University of Arizona.

Mild traumatic brain injuries, or concussions, are often the result of falls, fights, car accidents and sports participation. Among other threats, military personnel can also experience mTBI from exposure to explosive blasts: Shockwaves strike the soft tissue of the gut and push a burst of pressure into the brain, causing microscopic damage to blood vessels and brain tissue.

"Your brain is about the consistency of thick Jell-O," he said. "Imagine a bowl of Jell-O getting hit from a punch or slamming against the steering wheel in a car accident. What's it doing? It's absorbing that shock and bouncing around. During that impact, microscopic brain cells thinner than a strand of hair can easily stretch and tear and rip from the force."

Those with a concussion or mTBI might can momentarily seen stars, become disoriented, or even briefly lost consciousness following the injury; however, loss of consciousness doesn't always happen and many people who sustain a concussion are able to walk it off without realizing they have a mild brain injury, according to Killgore. Headaches, attention problems and mental fogginess are commonly reported after head injuries and can persist for weeks or months for some people.

Recent research has shown that the brain repairs itself during sleep, so Killgore and his co-authors - John Vanuk, Bradley Shane, Mareen Weber and Sahil Bajaj, all from the Department of Psychiatry - sought to determine if improved sleep led to a faster recovery

CLICK HERE find out more about Killgore's findings.

CLICK HERE to read the research study itself.
2) What We are Reading We Think
You Might Find Interesting
Cherokee Neurosurgeon is the first ever authorized biography of famed neurosurgeon, Dr. Charlie Wilson; one of America’s great neurosurgical pioneers. Of Cherokee heritage, Dr. Wilson was a founder of the field of neuro-oncology and one of the world’s leading practitioners of microneurosurgery for the treatment of brain tumors and intracranial aneurysms. Cherokee Neurosurgeon gives fascinating insight into Dr. Wilson's inspirations, achievements, and failures—revealing how Wilson achieved international success, and how his family and colleagues suffered from his fanatical work ethic, blunt perfectionism, and driving energy.

CLICK HERE for more on this very unique and inspiring story.
1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

“Be a bush if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be a sun, be a star. For it isn't by size that you win or fail.
Be the best of whatever you are.”

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