Brain Injury Association of Louisiana and United Spinal Association / LA Chapter
The Voice of Help, Hope & Healing
The Brain Injury Association of Louisiana (BIALA) was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2005. We are the voice of help, hope and healing – the organization that professionals, survivors and families turn to for awareness, advocacy and resources – and the only organization of our kind statewide. In 2011, BIALA became affiliated with the Brain Injury Association of America, which is the country’s oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organization. BIALA is also the state’s exclusive affiliate/ chapter of the United Spinal Association, as of June 2015. These affiliations are meaningful because they reaffirm our commitment to our constituents that we advocate for them on a national level as well as statewide and locally.
We are supported in part by the Traumatic Head and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund Program, which was created by the Louisiana Legislature in 1993 with Act 654. This program was created to provide services in a flexible, individualized manner to Louisiana citizens who survive traumatic head or spinal cord injuries. Act 654 also authorizes the establishment of a resource center for persons with these disabilities. BIALA was selected as the state’s resource center.
Today, our joint traumatic brain injury/spinal cord injury organization serves nearly 200 individuals in nine support groups throughout Louisiana, assists 30-50 people monthly on our Hotline, 30+ survivors at our Annual Conference which is held every March; and our website succeeds in getting an average of 550 hits per month. Our Resource Center provides a wealth of knowledge and guidance to survivors, families, caregivers and medical/health professionals.