BENEFITING: BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK STATE INC
Every year, 1.4 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury. In New York State, more than 12,000 people are hospitalized annually with a traumatic brain injury. An estimated 5.3 million Americans – a little more than 2 percent of the US population – currently live with disabilities resulting from traumatic brain injury.
A brain injury may result in impairments in one or more areas, including cognition; speech-language communication; memory; attention and concentration; reasoning; abstract thinking; physical functions; psychosocial behavior; and information processing.
The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) is a statewide non-profit membership organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with brain injury and their families, and promotes prevention. Established in 1982, BIANYS provides education, advocacy, and community support services that lead to improved outcomes for children and adults with brain injuries and their families. The Association also offers a toll free Family Help Line, chapters and support groups throughout the state, prevention programs, mentoring programs, speakers bureau, a video library and a publications library. BIANYS plays a central role in the development of public policy on the federal, state and local level.