July 28, 12:00 p.m. – Coping Strategies for the Music Lover (virtual event)

No matter your music preferences, incorporating music to cope with tricky emotions, thoughts or sensations can be a great way to bring wellbeing into your life in a fun manner. In this session, music therapist Anna McChesney will explore ways music can be used to improve your mental health. Reserve your spot now – space…

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Gov. Signs Bill Expanding Brain Injury Services to Students & Families

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Governor Signs Momentous Legislation Expanding Services to Students with Brain Injuries Today, Governor Northam signed House Bill 2182, sponsored by Delegate Tony Wilt, into law. This momentous legislation will expand the Virginia Department of Education’s (DOE’s) definition of traumatic brain injury to include an acquired injury to the brain caused by a medical condition. DOE’s…

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For Families & Individuals: High Needs Support Waiver Overview

The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) has developed an overview of the new high needs support waiver, which focuses on housing and employment. This overview is geared towards families and individuals. Access the presentation here. For further information, go to the DMAS website. Questions? Reach out: info@biav.net.

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Family Caregivers Sought for Research Study – Earn $100 or More!

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ISA Associates, a behavioral health and research organization is testing a new web-based wellness program made specifically for working caregivers. The program, called THRIVE!, was developed using a grant from the National Institutes of Health.  The goals of THRIVE! are to: Improve the wellbeing of family caregivers and help manage the stresses of working and…

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BIAV Honors Executive Director’s 20th Year

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The Brain Injury Association of Virginia (BIAV) is honoring Executive Director Anne McDonnell’s 20th anniversary with the organization this month. The only statewide association dedicated exclusively to improving the lives of people impacted by brain injury in Virginia, BIAV has seen tremendous growth under Ms. McDonnell’s direction. “She is the epitome of leadership and excellence…

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CDC Releases New Report on Emergency Department Visits for Bicycle-Related TBIs/Concussions

In Monday, May 17th’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlighted a new report that indicates that the rate of emergency departments (ED) visits for bicycle-related traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and concussions decreased by almost half (49%) among children, but only by 6% among adults between 2009 and…

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Researchers Seeking Women Caregivers to Participate in Virtual Interviews

Are you a woman serving as a full-time caregiver to a survivor of brain injury? If so, your voice, ideas, and perspectives are sought for a study that will help inform practice and supports. Most caregiving is provided by mothers, partners, sisters, and daughters, but few studies have looked specifically at the experiences of these…

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BIAV Wins National Innovation Award from the Alliance for Information and Referral Systems

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The Brain Injury Association of Virginia (BIAV) has been selected as the 2021 Alliance for Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) winner for Innovation in Operational Effectiveness. AIRS is the driving force behind the delivery of quality information and referral (I&R) services and the sole source for standards, program accreditation and practitioner certification for the I&R…

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Brain Injury Association of Virginia Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors

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The Brain Injury Association of Virginia (BIAV), the only statewide association dedicated exclusively to improving the lives of people impacted by brain injury in Virginia, is pleased to announce three new additions to the Board of Directors: Natalie Drawdy, Gary DuPriest, and Kathleen Hardesty. The Board of Directors volunteer their time and talents to govern…

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Participants Needed for Virtual Berg Balance Scale Study

Want to help researchers develop objective balance measures using Virtual Reality? The Virtual Berg Balance Scale is a research study using an interactive game to assess the players balance. The purpose of the study is to learn a new way to objectively measure balance. You are being asked to consider this study because you are…

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