Thanks for the reminder. here are some ideas:
Planning for Brain Injury Awareness Month (BIAM) 2011
Growing the Grassroots in the BIA- State Affiliates
Brain Injury Awareness Month (BIAM) presents all of us with an opportunity to educate others about TBI. Effective education efforts can even be free. BIA members and support group members can be actively engaged in educating others about TBI by participating in BIAM activities and initiatives. This strengths the local groups and “puts a face on TBI” for the community.
Some of the following suggestions have been implemented in Northeast Wisconsin without any cost to BIA-Wisconsin and others are possibilities with minimal expense:
1. Use the tracking document developed by BIA-Michigan to identify
goals and to measure results.
2. Discuss BIAM at your state conference:
a. Ask members for ideas and suggestions.
b. Offer opportunities for involvement to individuals, support
groups, professionals, etc.
3. Select the theme for BIAM as soon as possible:
a. Develop a plan that utilizes the same theme.
b. “TBI is a Chronic Condition” --- a possible future theme
4. Involve local Brain Injury Support groups:
a. Distribute posters to The stores where you shop; your place of worship; your local libraries
The schools in your area --- K-12, colleges, technical schools, other post-secondary schools, public and private schools Your own doctor’s office and those of your family members Social groups that you belong to
Ask your local library to create a TBI display for BIAM and/or a community discussion on TBI.
c. issue or sign the BIAM proclamation
c. Promote in March the annual “Walk for Thought" in October.
5. Ask to be invited to speak at various groups next March:
a. Local civic groups; b. Local libraries; c. Aging and Disability Resource Centers;
d. Continuing education programs for physicians, teachers, nurses, psychologists, athletic coaches or trainers, etc.;
e. College or high school classes (e.g., special education, health).
6. Ask to be invited to appear on/in local media:
a. Radio or TV (both public and private stations) for interviews or to provide resources or background information;
b. Local newspapers (appropriate section of the paper; specific prepared content; names of local, state or national experts).
7. Build alliances with groups that are interested in TBI or that serve
persons who are at “high risk” for TBI:
a. Providers of care who work with the persons who are
Have local elected officials (Mayor, County Board Chairman, etc)
homeless, incarcerated, have been abused, have substance
abuse or mental health problems; or have a “dual diagnosis”;
b. Veterans groups, including the National Guard and the various
auxiliary groups for spouses;
c. Government officials and other groups that are looking for
alternatives to incarceration.
8. Plan/write articles to be published in state journals or newsletters for:
a. Family physicians and other physicians;
b. Other professional groups;
c. Groups represented by members of the state Brain Injury
Advisory Council (e.g., Department of Public Instruction to send to counselors and social workers in every public school in the state).
9. Contact the large groups of medical providers (e.g., clinics, HMOs, hospital organizations, etc.) and ask them to:
a. Print and distribute the BIAA posters for BIAM.
b. Make TBI part of the public service or public education campaigns.
c. Include TBI articles in their in-house newsletters. (They often have funds designated for such educational efforts.)
You will come up with many more good ideas and suggestions. Please send them to the TBI Challenge.
Now is the time to plan for BIAM 2011.
Ceptember Joy said:
were coming upon brain injury awareness month lets share our ideas of how to get the word out this year
Thank you, Donna. That is a good idea.
Where did you order them and how much do they cost?
Donna McNeil said:
we have awareness bracelets with this site on them
I agree. We are "the hidden ones" who have to teach the others. People are always saying, "You look so good" ---- "You sound so good" --- "I get tired too."--- "Yes, I know what you mean, I have trouble with memory." Why does that still bother you? Your TBI was "mild" and it has been 11 years!"--- etc.
Those comments really get to me and they get me to want to get real information to other people.
I don't have the energy or the skills to fully explain TBI to others but I can try to get them to read about TBI, or at least to be exposed to information on TBI.
Next year BIAA will selecting a new theme for Brain Injury Awareness Month, i hope that they pick
TBI is a Chronic Condition.
Good luck in your efforts to inform and teach others.
yes we are fast approaching brain injury awareness month, we have so much work to do most people still do not know about brain injury we are the hidden ones, we must change this
That is a Great idea!!! Brain Walk, fund raising and personal stories so that people can connect with the reality of TBI.
How are you going to use your stories? Are you handing them out?
Putting them on a poster board? Some other way?
Fred Siller said:
We are having a Brain Walk and raising money for a school program. Its a short walk 1.6 miles but we will have a both with all of our stories about how we aquired our injury, how it changed our life etc.