Champlain Valley Law August 2019


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The Brain Injury Association of New York State Helping New York’s Brain Injury Community

The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) is a statewide, nonprofit membership organization that supports, educates, and advocates on behalf of people and families affected by brain injury. Established in 1982, BIANYS offers a variety of services, including a toll-free Family Helpline, support groups throughout the state, prevention programs, and professional development programs. BIANYS also plays a central role in the development of public policy on the federal, state, and local levels. BIANYS offers support services that connect brain injury survivors and their families to resources in their communities. The Family Advocacy, Counseling, and Training Services (FACTS) program assists people who sustained a brain injury before the age of 22 —but can be any age at the time of inquiry —by advocating for them and assisting with their different needs. Support

supports or programs that they may qualify for. While there are certain qualifying guidelines for this program, we are able to assist brain injury survivors who don’t necessarily qualify. We also staff a Family Helpline (800-444-6443) that connects callers with resources in their communities. BIANYS provides trainings and information about brain injury to schools, brain injury professionals, and families, as well as organizations that want to learn more about brain injury. We host webinars for brain injury professionals and have a library of prerecorded webinars on our website. If available, participants can also earn continuing education credits. We host a quarterly Professional Development Series and provide information on symptom detection and prevention. further educate the brain injury community. This community includes medical and legal professionals, brain injury survivors, and caregivers. BIANYS also convenes a biannual Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) cohort in Saratoga Springs. If you’re interested in attending one of these conferences, the next exam is on Nov. 19. For more information, contact Karen Thomas at 518-459-7911 or Every year, BIANYS hosts a Professional Symposium and Annual Conference to Educate

injury community. We host an Advocacy Day at the NewYork State Capital to raise awareness and show all of NewYork the strength of our community every year! We advocate for brain injury survivors and their families right in their own communities, where we often work with educators and schools to teach them about brain injury. This gives us a chance to help students access proper supports and accommodations so they can reach their full potential. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a member or learning more about BIANYS programs and services, feel free to contact us. If you’re interested in learning more about the FACTS program and support services in your area, please contact Megan Humiston, North Country FACTS Coordinator, with any questions. Megan Humiston, CBIS North Country FACTS Coordinator covering Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, and St. Lawrence counties 518-757-1022

The main purpose of the FACTS program is to connect people to local resources and state

Brain Injury Association of New York State 518-459-7911 Family Helpline: 800-444-6443


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