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March 2020
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NEWS & NOTES
Our 13th Annual Conference has been postponed until
July 31-August 1, 2020. All current registrations will carry over to the new date. Thank you for your understanding. We hope to see everyone in a few months! REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN!
During this challenging and unprecedented time, we want you to know that we genuinely care about you, and all of those we serve, and will continue to work hard to provide support in all the ways we can. We can be contacted through our website,   via email, our helpline, and social media. We are also in contact with our national associations and will all work together to provide needed support. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Please remain safe through these extraordinary times and know that we are here for you.

WWW.BIALA.ORG

INFO@BIALA.ORG

Our Helpline number is 504-982-0685.
(Should you receive the answering machine and need assistance, please leave a detailed message)




WEBSITES FOR USEFUL INFORMATION/RESOURCES
REGARDING COVID-19



For Caregivers:

Our  Ready, Relax, Eat  program for family caregivers is underway and the response has been tremendous! BIALA wants to extend this complimentary nutritious meal delivery program to as many family caregivers and their loved one as possible. We will have our partner Swegs Kitchen call you and set up a convenient time for delivery. As funding permits, we try to accommodate each qualified family for meals for three to four weeks to give caregivers a break from meal preparation. To learn more and sign up,  CLICK HERE
WHAT'S UP NEXT?
13th Annual Conference: July 31 - August 1, 2020
REGISTRATION STILL OPEN!

INTERESTED IN SPONSORING OUR MS. WHEELCHAIR LOUISIANA COMPETITION?
email: info@biala.org


INTERESTED IN BEING A PART OF THE COMPETITION?
September 19 - 20th
The Holiday Inn Downtown
Baton Rouge, LA
If you are a wheelchair user and passionate about advocacy and educating people about life with a disability, consider participating in the competition.
If interested, CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
SOMETHING WORTH SHARING

"Skull Breaker Challenge" going viral on TiKTok is dangerous, doctors warn!

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.


SCI SEGMENT

LIFE POSSIBLE
with
Karen Roy

Karen Roy, Brand Ambassador for Numotion, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years of experience. Most of that time was spent as a Case Manager for an in-patient rehabilitation hospital. She was the victim of an armed robbery in 1987 and has been a wheelchair user for the last 31 years. After her injury, Karen had three children, has become a successful disability advocate, has traveled the country educating and mentoring others, and serves on the board of directors for BIALA/LA Chapter of United Spinal Association. In 2019, as a result of her advocacy and education efforts, Karen was crowned Ms. Wheelchair America. Since then, Karen has been writing blogs for Numotion where she shares personal, practical, and relevant information in hopes to help others. To read Karen's blogs, which includes topics such as finding the right service dog, how to lose weight with a disability, and the stages of grief and acceptance, visit her Instagram page: CLICK HERE. You can also suggest topics you would like her to write about.

Check out her recent blog "Why is Assisted Standing Important for People with Disabilities"... Read Blog Here
TBI TALK
UAB-TBIMS Home-Based
Cognitive Stimulation Activities

The UAB-TBIMS Home Stimulation Program provides activities for use with individuals following their brain injury. These activities are designed to assist the individual in the recovery of their thinking skill. Each activity provides a group of tasks listed by their level of difficulty.

The tasks range from the least challenging, Level 1 to higher levels that are progressively more challenging. Select activities that you feel might be appropriate and follow the directions, increasing the level of difficulty as the progress warrants. Work on several tasks each day and shift tasks after a few days to provide variety. These tasks are not meant to substitute for professional therapy and use of the tasks does not guarantee recovery. The tasks are offered to provide some guidance and structure to people with brain disorders and their families. CLICK HERE FOR FREE PDF OF THE PROGRAM
Motivational Moment
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“Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.” 
Maya Angelou