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…

Read More

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

Press release

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…

Read More

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.

Read More

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

Siblings

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…

Read More

BIAV Honors Executive Director’s 20th Year

Press release

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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

Press release

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…

Read More

Love Your Brain 6-Week Wellness Program: Enrollment Now Open!

Join Love Your Brain for a FREE 6-week online program designed to build resilience and community through yoga, mindfulness, and education for people with traumatic brain injury (including concussion) and their family caregivers. You can choose between: A weekly Group Discussion over Zoom to cultivate mental flexibility, positive thinking, and more! A weekly gentle Yoga…

Read More

FREE Positive Parenting Workshop

Person Centered Practicies

If you or someone you know is a parent with a traumatic brain injury, we invite you to attend the next FREE virtual session focusing on positive parenting. Details: April 28, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (EST) All participants will be given a $100 gift card for participating. Please view the event flyer…

Read More