December 2014
Vol. 2, Issue 3
In Mind
Message from the Director
Dear Friend,

BINA is proud to launch our new logo and tagline, lead elements in a rebranding campaign as we enter an exciting period of growth and expansion.

The logo's maze-shaped brain reflects BINA's commitment to guide brain injury survivors along the complex and overwhelming road to rehabilitation. The accompanying tagline, "Look Ahead", conveys our message of hope, empowerment and awareness as we strive to make a difference in the lives of brain injury survivors and their families.

This edition of our e-newsletter contains a wealth of information about BINA's ongoing efforts to reach out both to our families and to the broader community with support, guidance and education. 

Please call our office at 718-645-6400 or visit our website with any questions or for more information. Watch for the debut of our new website in the near future at

Warmest regards,
Chavie Glustein
In This Issue
In Memory: Yankel Batalion
TBI Seminar with Rusk Rehabilitation
BINA Exhibits at Community Health Fairs
Educational Group for Parents
West Hempstead Event
In the News: Concussions
Quick Links

In Memory: Yankel Batalion 

BINA mourns the loss of our dear friend, Yankel Batalion, who passed away suddenly at the age of 61 on September 20, 2014. He is survived by his mother, Eta Batalion; his sons, David, Aryeh and Rafi; and grandchildren, Sammy, Jonah and Ezra.


Yankel, a long-time resident of Long Beach, New York, grew up in Massachusetts, first in Winthrop where he attended the Lubavitch Yeshiva and acquired his lifelong love of the ocean, and then in Brookline where he raised his three sons. An accountant by profession, Yankel was an avid sports fan who enjoyed playing ball with his boys.

Yankel Batalion ob"m


The following is a tribute by David Batalion:


When our father was hospitalized for ten weeks, and in a coma for well over a month, the doctors said he would either die or never regain consciousness. Our family was at his side for every second of his ordeal and we never lost our bitachon, faith, in G-d. Our prayers were answered and we were granted the great miracle of my father waking up, but there were still many medical challenges to overcome.  

Our family worked with BINA on a daily basis for guidance on how to proceed at every stage, and slowly he got to the point of first leaving the hospital, and then going back to work full time and living on his own. The years my father was granted after his heart attack was time truly lived. From the moment he left the hospital until the day he passed away, he was fully healthy and always happy, and was blessed with tremendous nachas from his family.

Nothing meant more to my father than his family. And we loved him in return and miss him every moment of every day.    

Rusk Rehabilitation Co-Sponsors TBI Seminar with BINA
Dr. Steven Flanagan


BINA Stroke and Brain Injury Assistance hosted a fascinating and informative seminar, "Managing the Challenges of TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)", in conjunction with the world renowned Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation. Key topics on the program included diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of brain injury, as well as legal issues, affording a unique opportunity for both individuals who have suffered a brain injury and their loved ones to learn about the latest advances from leaders in the field.

The program was opened by Elchanan Schwarz, LMHC, BINA's Director of Crisis Intervention and Caregiver Support who noted that it was a great honor to welcome Rusk to Brooklyn for the evening and spoke warmly of the organization's longstanding relationship with Rusk and its expert medical and therapeutic team.  

The first speaker, Andrew Siegel, Esq. is a personal injury attorney with an expertise in TBI litigation. His informative presentation focused on the important role of a life care planner in ensuring that a TBI survivor receives all the necessary care for the best possible quality of life.  

The audience was then introduced to the keynote speaker, Dr. Steven Flanagan, a nationally and internationally recognized physiatrist (rehabilitation doctor) and expert on TBI and brain injury rehabilitation, and member of BINA's medical advisory board. A professor at NYU School of Medicine and Chairman of Rehabilitation Medicine and medical director of Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation, Dr. Flanagan is uniquely qualified to educate the public about issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of acquired brain injury.

In a detailed and comprehensive overview of the latest advances in the field, Dr. Flanagan first discussed imaging, which allows a view of microscopic aspects of the brain and gives critical information about its health and level of function, and the role and effectiveness of medications in the treatment of and recovery from brain injury.

Dr. Flanagan then spoke about cutting-edge devices, including of the robotic variety, that facilitate the recovery of function, such as weight supported treadmills for walking. However, he pointed out, nothing is more important than a good therapist; the most important equipment in the rehab gym, he said, is "good brains and good hands." Questions were then taken from the audience on a wide-ranging variety of topics.

Participants were intrigued by the clear yet exhaustive review of the complex subject matter and left with a newfound appreciation for the vast amount of research and resources available to survivors of brain injury and their families. 

BINA Presents on Brain Injury at Community Health Fairs
Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder and Councilman Donovan Richards at YIWB health fair 

Young Israel of Wavecrest Bayswater
The YIWB Senior League hosted a Community Health and Wellness Fair for the Far Rockaway community on Sunday, September 7th. Held on the beautiful grounds of the Young Israel, the fair was a wonderful opportunity for local families to learn about health, nutrition and fitness from a variety of businesses and organizations. BINA's exhibit included a range of educational information on brain injury including concussion and stroke.  

Elchanan Schwarz LMHC at Mt. Sinai Rehab Fair

Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Fair

The 15th Annual Mount Sinai Rehab Fair took place on Wednesday, September 25th in the Guggenheim Atrium of Mt. Sinai Hospital. Hundreds of visitors, patients and employees passed through and visited dozens of exhibits which included demonstrations of the latest rehabilitation equipment, safety and injury prevention, and community agencies. BINA's table was a popular stop for participants who browsed through the educational material and learned about the organization's services.

Ezra Medical Center Health Fair 

BINA is proud to have partnered with Ezra Medical Center at their enormously successful health expo in August, which educated community members about health and prevention, insurance, fitness and nutrition, and more. Held at Ezra's state-of-the-art facility, the event proved to be of tremendous value to the multitude of participants who filled the beautifully arranged rooms to capacity.

BINA's team added to the wealth of critical information with a comprehensive display on the warning signs of stroke, stroke prevention, and concussion symptoms and recovery.   

BINA Educates Parents of Children with Brain Injury
Dr. David Salsberg speaks to parents at Like-Minded group
BINA hosted a session of the popular and informative "Like-Minded" support and education series for caregivers of brain injury survivors on Tuesday, November 18th. The seminar, "Educational Strategies for Children with Acquired Brain Injury" was open to parents of children with acquired brain injury and presented by Dr. David Salsberg.

A licensed clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Salsberg is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at the NYU School of Medicine and formerly with the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation. Dr. Salsberg is the Director of Pediatric Assessment, Learning, and Support (P.A.L.S.), a multidisciplinary group practice in Manhattan.

A wealth of material was shared with the parents, who eagerly absorbed the practical take home advice on the many issues that arise on a daily basis. Dr. Salsberg specifically emphasized the importance of a holistic approach to the evaluation and treatment process, and stressed how critical it is to identify and emphasize the child's strengths, rather than deficits.

Dr. Salsberg included a great deal of information regarding the services to which their children are legally entitled and how the parents can best advocate so as to ensure that these benefits are accessed.

The educational session was followed by a lengthy question and answer period, allowing each parent to present their own inquiries and areas of concern to Dr. Salsberg, to which he responded patiently and in great detail. Fulfilling the ultimate purpose of the gatherings, the participants lingered long after the session's end, networking and sharing information.

According to Elchanan Schwarz, BINA's Director of Crisis Intervention, the "Like-Minded" series has become a lifeline for parents of children who have suffered a brain injury and offer them a rare opportunity to meet both professionals and other parents who truly understand the challenges they are facing.


Providing support and Education



Cognitive Rehabilitation, Psychotherapy and Life

For Wives of Brain Injury Survivors 


Sunday, December 7, 2014

8:00 p.m.



Donna M. Langenbahn, PhD


Associate Director of Psychology

NYU Langone/Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation  


To register or for more information contact

Elchanan Schwarz, LMHC

at 718-645-6400 ext. 25 or


Flatbush location. Pre-registration required. Suggested donation: $20.00.


West Hempstead Breakfast Benefits Brain Injury Survivors   

Rabbi Yehuda Kelemer
The West Hempstead community gathered for a lavish breakfast at the home of Chani and Arie Nadboy to benefit the critical work of BINA Stroke and Brain Injury Assistance on Sunday, November 23.
The program opened with remarks by Chavie Glustein, founder and director of BINA, who spoke about the organization's early days and its current role providing groundbreaking services to brain injury survivors.
Rabbi Yehuda Kelemer, Rav of Young Israel of Hempstead, then addressed the crowd with sincere and inspiring words about BINA's unique work in the community.
The highlight of the morning was the compelling account by Mr. Chaim David of his personal journey as a brain injury survivor and how BINA has always stood at his side.
Thank you to the hosts and the West Hempstead community for their generous support.
For information on hosting an event please call Daniel Simon at 718-645-6400.

In the News...Concussions

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Concussions in High School Athletes  

The legal fight over head injuries in football has shifted focus to the high school arena. A former Illinois high school football player has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Illinois High School Association over concussions protocols and management.

Joseph Siprut, attorney for 29-year-old Daniel Bukal, also previously filed the class action against the NCAA regarding concussions. According to Siprut, the Illinois class action is the first ever against a state high school association.  

The goal of prior lawsuits seeking damages from the NCAA and NFL is to change how concussions are handled in college and professional football. But according to neurosurgeons, adolescent head injuries can be the most damaging, since they happen during a crucial developmental period. The ultimate goal, according to Siprut, is to make the game safer nationwide by suing every state high school athletic association in the country.   

The Illinois lawsuit claims that Bukal, who attended school in Illinois from 1999 to 2003, had many concussions during his high school career, but was never educated on the risks or effects. A decade later, he still suffers from migraines and memory loss, his lawsuit says.

The suit further alleges that the IHSA has failed young athletes because it "does not mandate specific guidelines or rules on managing student-athlete concussions and head injuries." There is also no baseline testing or medical staff with concussion training present at games.  


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