3 New Programs that Address Fundamental Needs for Survivors
BIALA has formalized a partnership with the New Orleans based BISCIS League (Brain Injury Spinal Cord Injury Sports), and with the Baton Rouge based Cajun Crushers. BISCIS is led by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist who volunteers her time generously to individuals with either brain or spinal cord injuries who wish to play baseball and to bowl. Cajun Crushers, is led by a volunteer Support Group leader and volunteer coaches, who help train spinal cord injury survivors throughout the year who train for the annual Endeavor Games in Oklahoma.
To learn more about participating in these sports programs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BIALA is collaborating with hospitals and rehabilitation facilities around the state offering to pair individually chosen peer mentors, who are given professional training, to mentor patients and/or their caregivers. This program impacts many lives in different ways, but its most important influence is the unparalleled first-hand knowledge and guidance that newly injured individuals or caregivers are able to receive from their peer mentors. Since its inception in February 2017, BIALA now has 13 peer mentors, and is looking to expand as the need arises.
*Be sure to choose LA - New Orleans chapter.
*Be sure to choose LA - New Orleans chapter and select Mentor as the role.
To apply as a Peer Mentor, contact Kimberly Hill at Kim@biala.org
Unmasking Brain Injury Initiative
This art-based public awareness campaign helps spread awareness and education about brain injuries around the country and worldwide. BIALA is the project partner for this initiative for the state of Louisiana. The project’s objective is to offer brain injury survivors the opportunity to express their emotions dealing with their brain injury through the creation of their own paper mache mask. BIALA will create opportunities for this display of masks to travel across the state and raise awareness about brain injuries.
To get involved in this initiative, contact Kimberly Hill at Kim@biala.org.