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with the struggle of dealing with traumatic brain injury.

Alex Joncas, Summer 2019 Public Relations Intern

By BIAV Administrator | Jun 14, 2019

About Me My name is Alex and I am the new intern at BIAV! I am so excited to be able to intern with BIAV and learn a variety of new skills. I am from Charlottesville, Virginia and I am currently studying Communication and Sociology at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg – go Hokies! I get Read More »

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Our Final Shout-Out for Member Appreciation Month

By BIAV Administrator | May 14, 2019

Our final shout-out for Member Appreciation Month goes to Brain Injury Connections of the Shenandoah Valley (BICSV) for their outstanding work in the community and specifically for their Crisis Intervention Trainings (CIT)! In case you are unfamiliar with BICSV, they are a state-funded program that provides community-based case management services to those affected by brain Read More »

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Meet Lauren Daugherty!

By BIAV Administrator | Apr 29, 2019

  Lauren and her husband Michael live in Chesapeake, Virginia with their two children, Logan and Emma. When she’s not spending time with her kids at the beach, you can find Lauren doing some interior decorating and crafting! Lauren joined BIAV this past winter because of her personal connection to brain injury. “My sweet, big-hearted, Read More »

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“The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be”

By BIAV Administrator | Jul 13, 2018

When I first heard this quote from Yogi Berra , I thought it was a malapropism, which is an unintentional and often humorous distortion of a word or phrase.  But as the Brain Injury Association of Virginia  board and staff members have been focusing on succession planning, I’ve been thinking about this quote a lot. Read More »

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Camp Reflection

By BIAV Administrator | Jun 26, 2018

My name is Kailee Boedeker, and I’ve been working as a volunteer for the Brain Injury Association of Virginia (BIAV) for the last several months. My involvement with BIAV began when I accepted a life-guarding opportunity offered to me for Camp Bruce McCoy in 2014.  In 2015, I was given the responsibility of being lead female Read More »

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A Port in the Storm – Support Group Leaders Gather in Richmond

By BIAV Administrator | Jun 4, 2018

~Christine Baggini, Senior Resource Coordinator, Brain Injury Association of Virginia Port comes from the Latin word portus, meaning “haven” or “harbor.” A port is seen as a place of safe arrival as in the proverb “any port in a storm.” Port is also a verb, meaning “to carry.” Support group leaders are a tremendously important Read More »

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Lawyer Turned Social Worker Intern

By BIAV Administrator | Apr 16, 2018

Three years ago, I made a life-altering decision to stop being a lawyer and start being a social worker.   For many years, I felt stuck. I had invested a lot of time, money, and energy into pursuing a career I believed would be fulfilling. As a lawyer, I hoped to help people navigate confusing Read More »

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Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn!

By BIAV Administrator | Mar 30, 2018

As part of Brain Injury Awareness Month in March, BIAV hosted its first Brain Injury Awareness Poster Contest.  The contest was open to students in grades K-8 across the state.  The goal of the contest was for youth to become involved in brain injury awareness.  We were pleased to receive 48 entries from students from across Virginia; Read More »

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Three Reasons We Love Advocacy (and you should too)

By BIAV Administrator | Mar 23, 2018

      Earlier this week, BIAV attended Brain Injury Awareness Day in Washington DC. As part of Brain Injury Awareness Month, advocates gather on Capitol Hill to talk to their elected officials about the need for more services and supports for persons with brain injury.  It’s an exciting day, filled with people who are Read More »

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