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AUGUST 2020
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NEWS & NOTES
As an organization passionate about helping others, it gives us great pleasure to share some exciting news about our board member, Karen Roy and our executive director, Kimberly Hill.

Karen Roy was recently appointed to the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council by Governor John Bel Edwards. The Louisiana Rehabilitation Council works with Louisiana Rehabilitation Services to ensure the involvement of individuals with disabilities in the development and delivery of vocational rehabilitation services to Louisianans with disabilities.

Kimberly Hill, who serves as the Louisiana Chapter Leader, South Central Regional Coordinator and Chapter Leader Liaison for United Spinal Association, was elected to the National Board of Directors for United Spinal Association. As a board member, Kimberly's role will be to represent the voices of 50 plus United Spinal chapters across the United States and Puerto Rico.

There is no doubt that Karen and Kimberly will serve well in their new roles and continue to make an impactful difference in the lives of many.

With many businesses announcing that travel is on hold and employees will be working virtually til summer of 2021, our conference will take place later in 2021.

AUGUST 13-14, 2021... SAVE THE DATE

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*** EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1ST, ***
OUR NEW ADDRESS WILL BE:
3433 HWY. 190, SUITE 270 MANDEVILLE, LA 70471
In great appreciation of our sponsors who share in our mission and play a vital role in our ability to bring help and hope to others, we plan to highlight some each month. Please take a minute to learn about these amazing companies.
Touro Rehabilitation Center, located in New Orleans, is a leader in rehabilitative medicine and offers specialized inpatient and outpatient programs for patients experiencing catastrophic injuries, neurological disorders and diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury and post-cancer treatment complications. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
TASS Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center is a post-acute, community re-entry program providing comprehensive, rehabilitative services to individuals following an acquired brain injury, dually diagnosed spinal cord injury, and their families. TASS's dynamic rehabilitative programs are designed to meet each client's individual needs and provide quality care across the post-acute spectrum.







Superior Van and Mobility is an industry leader providing state-of-the-art mobility solutions for the consumer and commercial transportation industry. We are a proud member of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) and a participant in NMEDAs Quality Assurance Program (QAP); recognition reserved only for the highest quality mobility dealers in the Nation.

Action Rehab & Supply’s mission is to meet the functional needs of our clients/patients in the area of by providing the highest quality medical equipment, supplies, and services.
Ochsner Rehabilitation Hospital, in partnership with Select Medical, serves as a regional destination for patients recovering from stroke, neurological disorders, brain and spinal cord injuries, amputation and specific diagnosis associated with transplant, cardiac, cancer and orthopedic conditions.

Future Spotlights Will Include:

NeuroRestorative
West Jefferson Rehabilitation Center
Neurocovery of Louisiana
Numotion
Acadiana Brain Injury Center
Nexus Healthcare System
Think 1st
Baton Rouge Rehabilitation Hospital
Bioness,
Children's Hospital
Hollister
Permobil
Are you someone who cares about people with disabilities? If so, we NEED your help! Please get involved!

United Spinal Assn., along with our state chapter, is looking for someone in every congressional district across the country to sign up for this grassroots initiative to ensure that everyone's voices are heard.

Would you like to sign up and turn Louisiana ORANGE showing that we have representatives around the state willing to advocate for individuals with disabilities? If so, SIGN UP HERE
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS SUPPORTED OUR READY, RELAX, EAT PROGRAM!

Hear how YOU have helped make a difference in the lives of others...

“I cannot express the blessing this program is to caregivers. I have everything to do for my husband, our home and keeping up the car and daily living. It’s hard on one person, so any break from a big job like cooking and kitchen clean up is a huge gift. I cannot repay the sponsors, except to let them know they are definitely touching hearts because I literally cry when I receive these readymade meals.”           Catherine, Kenner
“The meals were so greatly appreciated, and they were delicious! They came during a time when I was especially stressed and depressed, so I as a disabled caregiver was so thrilled to have a nutritious and tasty meal, rather than having another boring sandwich or fast food. Thanks so very much!”       Kerry, Galliano
INTERESTED IN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE READY, RELAX, EAT PROGRAM?
WAYS WE CAN HELP
As Louisiana's chapter for United Spinal Association, we are pleased to share this COVID ADA guidance document created by Kay Pearson from United Spinal Association's Accessibility Services Program. CLICK HERE


THANK YOU TO UNITED SPINAL FOR SHARING
THIS COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION GUIDE
Are you an individual or know an individual who sustained a traumatic brain and/or spinal cord injury? The Louisiana Department of Health through the Office of Aging and Adult Services offers assistance through the Traumatic Head and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund Program. For criteria and application, CLICK HERE.
Join us for our monthly
Virtual Support Groups via Zoom.

Connect with others from around the state for support and fellowship.


Click on the links for all details.
Questions? Send email to: kim@biala.org

SOMETHING WORTH SHARING
How Stress Can Shrink Your Brain and 6 Ways to Keep It from Happening

Prolonged exposure to stress can take a toll on your body and brain. Help maintain brain size and function as you age with these tips. READ TIPS HERE

SCI SEGMENT
SEPTEMBER IS SPINAL CORD INJURY
AWARENESS MONTH

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System (UAB-SCIMS) maintains this Information Network as a resource to promote knowledge in the areas of research, health and quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries, their families, and SCI-related professionals. Here, you will find our educational materials and information on research activities of the UAB-SCIMS along with links to outside (Internet) information.
TBI TALK
Sharpen Your Mind with 15 Helpful Cognitive Exercises for Individuals with Brain Injuries That Can Be Done at Home

Cognitive exercises are a great way to improve and preserve cognitive function after TBI.

In this article, you will learn some of the best cognitive exercises for TBI you can do at home to sharpen your mental skills. READ ARTICLE

Motivational Moment
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“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
-Helen Keller