BIALA is a non-profit organization that was established in 2004 through the work of the Advocacy Center and many talented survivors and family members. We serve the needs of people with brain and/or spinal cord injuries, their families, care providers, and the community. The Resource Center includes a toll-free helpline, resource directory, and library funded through the Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Aging and Adult Services, Traumatic Head and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund. We provide referrals, organize social interaction, promote and foster empowerment of survivors of brain and spinal cord injuries and increase their access to critical information and resources.
BIALA promotes awareness and the rights of persons with brain and/or spinal cord injuries in Louisiana by:
· Increasing public awareness of the incidence and consequences of brain/spinal cord injuries;
· Educating the public on the abilities and capabilities of persons with brain/spinal cord injuries;
· Supporting public education that addresses the challenges of persons with brain/spinal cord injuries, their families, and care providers;
· Advocating for public policies that can prevent injuries or provide services to persons with brain/spinal cord injuries.