Every 21 seconds, someone in the U.S. experiences a brain injury. The annual incidence of brain injury is eight times that of breast cancer and 20 times that of HIV/AIDS. Brain injury affects individuals of all ages and is the leading cause of long-term disability.
There is no cure for brain injury, but many brain injuries are preventable. To reduce the incidence of TBI, BIA-MA has developed a number of programs that address the leading causes of brain injuries and contributing factors such as:
- Seat belt and helmet usage
- Distracted, drunken, and drugged driving
- Pedestrian and home safety practices
- Sports concussion
In addition, BIA-MA has programs, such as PALS, that provide support to survivors. For additional resources, please visit our support and resources section.
Our programs include:
Ambassador Program, a “speakers bureau” of survivors of brain injury and family members who address civic groups and organizations, sharing their personal experiences and providing important facts about brain injury.
Brains At Risk, an court-referral program that links the choices made behind the wheel to the devastating effects of TBI. Brains
Falls Prevention, an educational program that provides “Reducing the Risk” trainings to professionals, and informational materials, such as tip sheets and fact cards, to those at greatest risk.
Gateway, a two-part diversion series designed to promote brain injury awareness and prevention among adolescents whose behavior puts them at risk for injury
PAID, Protecting Against Impaired Driving, is a coalition made up of many individuals whose mission is to change behavior, attitudes and perceptions around impaired driving through proactive community outreach, advocacy and education.
Play Smart, an educational video series produced for parents, coaches and student athletes. Includes the essential knowledge on sports concussions, personal testimonies of student and professional athletes, and expert advice from national leaders in sports concussion.
Think A-Head, a dynamic school-based program that promotes brain injury awareness and prevention among students grades 3 through 12.