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Programs that Address Fundamental Needs for Survivors


Our Connections Circle (Connections Immersed in Real Community Life Experiences) program has been started to fill the need of connecting individuals with brain and/or spinal cord injuries to support around the state. While there are some support groups individually run throughout the state, there are many individuals living with brain and/or spinal cord injuries that are not connected with any type of support. By communicating with people around the state, our hope is to locate these individuals needing support, and bring them together for enrichment and social opportunities with established support systems. Connections Circle events will be offered numerous times throughout the year statewide.

To learn more about this program, please email

Ready, Relax, Eat

A loved one’s brain or spinal cord injury has a ripple effect on the entire family. While the role of caregiving can be rewarding, it can also be challenging, and sometimes the caregiver simply needs someone to lean on.

Ready, Relax, Eat was created for family caregivers to give them a break from one of their many daily tasks: meal preparation. Ready, Relax, Eat gives families a time to relax in each other’s company at dinner. Periodically, from month to month, our partner, Swegs Kitchen, will deliver nutritious meals right to your home for up to one month at a time.

To sign up or learn more about this program, please send email to:

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Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana Competition

Brochure for 2020 Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana Competition

The mission of the Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana Program is to provide an opportunity for women of achievement, who utilize wheelchairs to successfully educate and advocate for individuals with disabilities. For more information, click on the links below.

To learn more about this program, please email

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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

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Sports/Recreation Partnership

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

Peer Mentoring

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.