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Iowa Brain Injury Resource Network
Tote Bag and Concussion Packet
Support Groups
Brain Injury Support Network
Neuro-Resource Facilitation
Professional Training and Conferences
Brain Injury Specialist Training and Certification
On-Line Training And Webinars 

The Iowa Brain Injury Resource Network

The Mission of the Brain Injury Support Network (BISN) is to provide information, education, support and guidance to families and/or individuals affected by a brain injury.

Iowa Brain Injury Resource Network Flyer

The Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa is making efforts to expand virtual supports for people with brain injuries and their caregivers, by offering informational webinars targeted to that audience, at convenient times. They are always archived online for future education. Lastly we offer periodic 1 day conferences in geographically different locations around the state, targeted at families and caregivers affected by brain injury.

Click here for the IBIRN Directory

Additionally, IBIRN supports Iowa’s service providers and community organizations. They can receive training and technical assistance on supporting individuals and families experiencing brain injury. Providers can request case specific assistance, a variety of brain injury educational forums and trainings, and public awareness presentations.

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BIA-Iowa "Virtual" Tote Bag and Concussion PacketTote

The Brain Injury Tote Bag program was initiated in 1998. The concept developed as a result of an extensive statewide needs assessment in which people with brain injuries and their families voiced that they often lacked, or failed to retain, information from a medial setting upon discharge from care. As a result they described the experience as a feeling of "walking off a plank" into a sea of unknowns and confusion around changes and disability following brain injury. The tote bag was developed with a an array of information on common physical, emotional, social, cognitive and family changes after brain injury.

BROCHURES AND FLYERS

Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa
Accessing Health Care in Iowa  
Veterans
Neuro Resource Facilitation
Home and Community Based Brain Injury Waiver Program Overview

BOOKLETS

Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa Rack Card
The Brain Injury Handbook: Resource Guide for Employers
Practical Guide to Universal Home Design
NeuroPsychological Evaluations Information
Solutions: Assistive Technology for People with Brain Injury
Acute Brain Injury: A Guide for Family and Friends
Understanding Brain Injury: A Guide for the Family
Understanding Brain Injury: A Guide for Employer

CONCUSSION

EPILEPSY FOUNDATION RESOURCES
Epilepsy Foundation of Iowa and Nebraska

Epilepsy Foundation Educational Rack Card (pdf)
Seizure First Aid Bookmark - Purple Side (pdf)
Seizure First Aid Bookmark - Red Side (pdf)

VIDEO

Tote Bag Review Webinar
Pieces of the Puzzle

OTHER IOWA RESOURCES

Iowa COMPASS: Disability Information and Referral 
Disability Rights Iowa
The Disability Resource Library 
Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services

PEDIATRIC SPECIFIC RESOURCES


AEA Brain Injury Resource Roster
ASK Resource Center
Brain Injury Quick Guide: Information and Resources For Teachers & School Staff
Child Health Specialty Clinics
Children and TBI
Cognitive Problems and TBI

Frequently Asked Questions: Pediatric Brain Injury  
Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (Student Transition Services) 
Understanding Pediatric Brain Injury - A Guide for Parents and Teachers

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Support Group Chapters

On a local level, members meet together monthly to share experiences and information on an informal basis. Most groups function as support-giving entities to individuals with brain injury and to their families. We have support groups active in several communities throughout Iowa .

Many of these area support groups have more than one support group; for instance, one for survivors, one for families, and one for recreational activities. Benefits of participating in a local support group meeting include presentations by specialty speakers, referrals to local resources, and emotional support from others in similar circumstances.

CLICK HERE to view a listing of brain injury support groups

East Central Iowa Chapter - Newsletter 

NorthEast Iowa Chapter - Facebook Page

 

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Brain Injury Support Network

The Mission of the Brain Injury Support Network (BISN) is to provide information, education, support and guidance to families and/or individuals affected by a brain injury.

The BISN is a program that has provided individuals with one-one emotional support.  We are currently in the process of re-designing BISN program, to include a variety of supports for survivors, family members, and caregivers affected by brain injury. Please stay tuned for more information.

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Neuro-Resource Facilitation

Neuro-Resource Facilitation is a service provided to individuals experiencing brain injury and their families. The program was created through a contract with the Iowa Department of Public Health in accordance with an Iowa law which became effective July 1, 2006. The program began supporting families in December of 2006.

This program offers individuals and families support in coping with the issues of living with brain injury and transition back to work and the community. Support is provided in a variety of forms, including:

  • Providing brain injury specific information and resources;
  • Enhancing natural supports and providing linkage to appropriate supports, services, and community resources;
  • Providing training to service providers to increase Iowa’s system capacity to provide appropriate services;
  • Accessing, securing and maximizing funding, both private and public.
  • One of the primary resources distributed by the Neuro-Resource Facilitators is the Iowa Brain Injury Resource Network Tote Bag, which contains important brain injury information and information on various services and supports for individuals and families experiencing brain injury.

To learn more about any of these supports or to find out how you can participate, please contact us at 1-855-444-6443 or via e-mail at info@biaia.org

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Professional Training and Conferences

The Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa can deliver a range of training for your organization. This includes:

  • Ambiguous Loss - the impact of event based disability on the family
  • Assistive Technology for Cognitive Disabilities
  • Brain Injury Awareness and Funding
  • Brain Injury and Positive Behavioral Change
  • Understanding Brain Injury for Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals
  • What your community group should know about TBI
  • Brain Injury 101
  • Brain Injury for the Case Manager
  • Returning to Work After Brain Injury
  • When worlds collide – the Worlds of BI and MR/DD
  • How Brain Injury Affects Families
  • Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Educators
  • Methamphetamine and Brain Injury
  • And more!

Brain Injury Specialist Training and Certification

The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) offers a voluntary national certification program for both entry-level staff and experienced professionals working in brain injury services.

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On-Line Training:

Archived BIA-Iowa Webinars

*We value your feedback!  Please complete an online survey when available on our YouTube Channel for the corresponding webinar you are viewing. Thank you. Certificates of attendance are not sent out after watching an archived webinar.

Other Upcoming Conferences & Training:

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