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Throughout Brain Injury Awareness Month, we have many opportunities for the brain injury community to advocate for brain injury causes. Read on to see our lineup of activities.

Brain Injury Awareness Day

The Brain Injury Association of America, NASHIA, USBIA and other members of the brain injury community will be in Washington D.C. March 5-6 for Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill to help us win reauthorization for the Traumatic Brain Injury Act. Due to the overwhelming response to this event, registration is closed. If you were unable to register and would still like to advocate for the TBI Act, we welcome you to send a message of support to your members of congress and join our letter writing campaign.

Write Your Members of Congress

Thank you so much for your desire to make your voice heard by participating in this year’s letter writing campaign! Here’s some important and helpful information to consider while writing your letter.

There is a sample letter below, which explains why you are writing, the importance of getting the TBI Act reauthorized, and what you are asking your legislator to do. There’s some information about brain injury and the bill in a section before you insert your story; another section with more information and the ask closes the letter. The “your story” section is highlighted in the letter template below. This is the most important part of the letter, and we want you to let your legislator know how the TBI Act is helping or has helped your recovery journey, or how it could help others if the programs were expanded. Here are some tips to help you complete this section.

  • Start working on this section now.
  • Listen to BIAA’s webinars, read through the Policy Briefs and take some time and think about why this bill is important to you.
  • More information on some of the specific items in the bill can be found in the Policy Briefs on BIAA’s Legislative Action Center which can help you fill out the letter.
  • Be as concise as possible when you tell your story but be impactful. Remember staff members read many letters every day; don’t make yours so long they give up.
  • When you have your story completed, combine it with the sample letter below into one document.

Once you’re ready to send your letter, fill in out the form below. All you have to do is:

  • Enter your address, and the addresses for your Congressional member and both Senators will be located.
  • Copy and paste your letter in the space provided. Remember to update the opening with the names of your elected officials once you get them.
  • Hit send!

If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to Anne McDonnell at amcdonnell@biausa.org, BIAA’s Advocacy and Affiliate Specialist, and she’ll see what she can do to help.

Download the letter template here.

 

Informational Videos

BIAA has put together several videos explaining how to get involved in brain injury advocacy. Included below are two videos from members of BIAA’s Brain Injury Survivor Council which explain the various ways you can be an advocate for brain injury causes, and a video explaining the details of Brain Injury Awareness Day.

Brain Injury Advocacy: A Survivor’s Perspective Part 1

Brain Injury Advocacy: A Survivor’s Perspective Part 2

Brain Injury Awareness Day: The Why, How, When, and Where

Brain Injury Awareness Day: Telling Our Story

 

Stay connected with the brain injury community!

The Brain Injury Association of America has many educational opportunities, events, and resources that are shared throughout the year. Be sure to stay in the know by joining our mailing list.

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