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BIAC BUZZ

June 2022

Connecticut's partner in brain injury prevention and recovery for 40 years

How We Help

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Communication with Purpose!


Each day the BIAC Helpline fields calls from individuals alike, seeking information on brain injury services. One of the greatest and most beneficial skills of the BIAC team is our willingness to first, LISTEN to the caller! By offering the opportunity to have their voices heard, we make a resolute and personal connection to understanding the needs of the caller. We can then empathize with that person and strive to give the best results possible. Each caller is unique in their ability to communicate their thoughts; especially those who may have sustained a brain injury.


Whether it is a professional who is gathering information for a discharging client, an overwhelmed caregiver, or a survivor - we strive to first LISTEN. Meeting the needs of our members means being patient and communicating with respect and clarity. We ensure all the information we give, whether over the phone, via email, or post mail, meets the needs of the people we help. This step is crucial in our mission as Connecticut’s partner in brain injury prevention and education. For some people, the hardest part of getting help is getting the strength and nerve up to make that first call. We encourage those who may feel they have not been heard clearly, or simply feel they do not know how exactly to communicate their thoughts, to reach out to BIAC and let us listen and help!


If you or someone you know would like to learn more about BIAC and connect with a Helpline Specialist, please reach out now by clicking hereTo learn more about the impact of BIAC and support our mission to the public, feel free to contact us at 860-219-0291 or General@biact.org.

Bike for Thought Virtual Event!

June 3 - 12, 2022

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Bike for BIAC between June 3 – 12, whenever, wherever, and as far as you want! 


This event raises critical funds that support our mission. This support is needed now more than ever so we can continue to serve and advocate for the brain injury community in Connecticut, and to train and educate. We hope you will support our Virtual Bike For Thought this year! 

 

It takes just 4 easy steps to make a difference in the lives of brain injury survivors in CT:


1.    Register today by clicking here!

2.    Form a Team – a Virtual Team or an In-person Team!

3.    Raise Funds!

4.    Enjoy your ride!

 

Questions? Contact 860-219-0291 or General@biact.org

Support Groups Update

BIAC currently has 12 Active Support Groups that host monthly meetings via Zoom, or through a Hybrid format of In-Person/Zoom. It is as simple as viewing our current support groups listing here and selecting the one that works best for you! BIAC’s Support Groups provide a safe and intuitive way for survivors, caregivers, and professionals to connect with other individuals to share and learn about everything brain injury. Click here for details on BIAC Support Groups!

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Time to Connect and Have Fun - FREE!!

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It's back!! Project Genesis, Inc. and BIAC are excited to announce the return of the FUN IN THE SUN picnic and social!


Thursday, June 9, 11 AM - 3 PM

Camp Harkness in Waterford, CT


Food, entertainment, and fun - rain or shine! Please RSVP to Emily Tate ASAP – Deadline for RSVP extended to 6/5/22.   etate@projectgenesis.us.



See You There!

Spotlight on Brain Injury

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June is National Aphasia Awareness Month


Many people experience communication challenges after a brain injury. They may be diagnosed with aphasia. Aphasia is a condition that affects your ability to communicate. It can affect your speech, as well as the way you write and understand both spoken and written language.


Aphasia is most common following a severe brain injury that impacts the brain’s language centers. Depending on the nature of the injury and extent of the damage, aphasia can be short-term or long-term. Aphasia can result from any type of brain injury, including traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and even brain tumors. Want helpful tips and hints for how to support someone with aphasia - click here.

Golf for Thought - THANK YOU! 

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This year’s Golf For Thought tournament, presented by United Steel, was once again a sold-out event and the highest revenue-generating tournament to date! One hundred and thirty-six golfers enjoyed a spectacular day at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell on May 23rd.

 

THANK YOU to our 50 generous Sponsors, and the Silent Auction donors and bidders! The tournament raised over $180,000 in much needed funds at a critical time for BIAC. Additional fun involved contests on the course with prizes, including TPC’s famed 15th ½ hole, and refreshments provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, New England Brewing Company, and Brewery Legitimus.

 

An ENORMOUS THANK YOU goes out to our hardworking Golf for Thought Planning Committee members: Keith Corneau (Chair), Greg Bubnash, Niko Koutouvides, and Matthew Somberg who are simply the best!


Please take a moment to view the tournament’s premium sponsors, at the bottom of this email, in recognition of their extreme kindness and generosity.


We look forward to the 37th annual tournament and will post “save the date” and sponsorship information as it becomes available!

Research Study Opportunity

Interested in participating in an important research study about psychological and emotional well-being after TBI? 

And get paid for your time & effort!!


The purpose of this study is to compare two different programs aimed at improving psychological and emotional well-being in people with moderate to severe TBI, ages 18-70. Participation in this study lasts approximately 6 months. You will be assigned to one of two groups and attend the 10-week intervention once a week for 1-2 hours. There will be three testing sessions which could last up to 3 hours each (could be done over two meetings of 1.5 hours each). All the testing and intervention sessions are done remotely via Zoom. You will receive $240 for you time.


For additional information or to see if you are eligible to participate, please contact Diana Maloku at (973)324-8393 or dmaloku@kesslerfoundation.org.

Big Y Community Bag Program

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BIAC has been selected by local Big Y store leadership as the benefiting non-profit in the Community Bag Program!


For the month of June 2022, Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Big Y store located at 67 Prospect Hill Road, East Windsor CT.

Thank You to our Sponsors!

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