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Don't Miss These Upcoming BIAA Online Webinars

01-Apr-2014 April 17, 2014 (Thursday), 3:00 p.m ET. Butch Alterman Memorial Webinar: Outsmarting Your Brain Injury and Getting Back to Work. Work is an important part of life, and returning to work or school after a brain injury can feel overwhelming. You or your loved one may have tried more than once, only to hit barriers that seemed insurmountable. This webinar, for people with brain injury and family, will focus on effective strategies that successful workers with brain injury have used to get back to long-term, satisfying employment that meets their needs and goals over a lifetime. The presenter will be Kathy Moeller, who experienced a brain injury in 1990 and is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist with more than 20 years’ experience. To register, visit

April 30, 2014 (Wednesday), 3:00 p.m. ET BIAA Caregiver Webinar: Aphasia and Brain Injury: Tools to Improve Communication
Tom Thompson, SLP/CCC, of Loyola University Maryland
will offer some basic information about aphasia and communication issues post brain injury, and suggest some tools, strategies and resources used to help a person increase their ability to communicate more effectively. Resources to improve therapies and compensatory strategies in the community will also be discussed.

May 8, 2014 (Thursday), 3:00 p.m. ET. David Strauss Clinical Memorial Lecture Series: Comprehensive Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Kevin Crutchfield, M.D., Vascular Neurologist  Director, Comprehensive Sports Concussion Program at LifeBridge Health and Jessica McWhorter, Ph.D., ABPP/RP  Rehabilitation Neuropsychologist at The Sandra and Malcolm Berman Brain & Spine Institute will review the current science and perspectives regarding mild traumatic brain injury and describe the necessary elements of a comprehensive approach to concussion management. They will discuss current controversies in the treatment of concussion and diagnostic dilemmas in working with patients who experience persistent symptoms. A comprehensive model of care will also be presented.

May 22, 2014 (Thursday), 3:00 p.m. ET BIAA Caregiver Webinar: Managing Memory Deficits in the Community
Memory issues are very common after a brain injury and have a significant impact on day to day functioning. Dr. Allison Clark, Brain Injury Research Center at TIRR will discuss common memory deficits, and several strategies that can be used in the community to help compensate for memory deficits.

July 31, 2014 (Thursday), 3:00 p.m. ET BIAA Caregiver Webinar: Smart Apps for Everyday Use
Michelle Wild, Co-Chair Coastline Community College ABI Program. Do you ever wish you had a list of words you have seen in books with definitions for future reference? Have you ever wished your calendar and your task lists were in the same app? Have you ever wished you had various sounds that you could use to help relax you or that you could use while meditating? Well, there are apps for all these things and more. Join us for a live demo of apps that can make your life just a bit easier.

September 24, 2014 (Wednesday), 3:00 p.m. ET BIAA Caregiver Webinar: Accommodations for Brain Injury in the Workplace
Melanie Whetzel, M.A. Senior Consultant, Job Accommodation Network. A "reasonable accommodation" is required under the ADA for a person with a disability trying to return to the workforce.  Accommodations for brain injuries can be challenging. There are so many different issues that one accommodation will not work for everyone. This webinar will offer information about how a brain injury can impact job performance, and what accommodations might be used to compensate for issues like stamina, staying organized, and meeting deadlines. Additional resources and information about how to develop an accommodation will be shared, as well as real life situations and solutions.

November 5, 2014 (Wednesday), 3:00 p.m. ET BIAA Caregiver Webinar: Practical Strategies for Managing Awareness Issues in the Community
Dr. Jennifer Schwartz-Mitchell, Director of Clinical Services, Cognitive Assessment and Solution, Humanim. Often people are discharged from rehabilitation before they have fully grasped how their injury affects them day to day. A lack of understanding of the changes that have happened from a brain injury can lead the person to believe they can do things they are not yet capable to do, such as drive or cook. This webinar will offer an overview of what “deficit awareness” is, and offer some strategies and tools to help the family and the person with a brain injury better manage their deficits as they continue to recover.

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