NYC Support Group Cancellations

There are two cancellations for BIANYS support groups this week. The BIANYS monthly support group scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at Brooklyn Center for Independence is cancelled for tomorrow. The group that meets at St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church on Christopher Street in Manhattan on Thursday evening is also cancelled. The groups will meet at their regularly scheduled time in May. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Thank you to all who advocated for brain injury services during Advocacy Day and the budget negotiation period

We are happy to share that the 2018-19 NYS Budget included a delay of the transition of the TBI and NHTD Medicaid Waiver programs into Managed Long Term Care until 2022. This means that individuals with brain injury currently on the Waiver programs will continue to receive services until at least 2022.

Additionally, the Executive’s proposal to increase the qualifying assessment level on the Uniform Assessment System (UAS) was rejected by the Legislature and has not been included as part of the Budget.

These were the main issues that advocates discussed at our recent Brain Injury Advocacy Day on March 20. Thank you to all who participated, contacted their Legislators, shared their personal stories, and made sure that the Budget negotiations addressed these important issues.

We want to thank our supporters in the NYS Senate and Assembly and Governor Cuomo for protecting services for New Yorker residents who are impacted by brain injury. We also thank every person who continues to fight alongside us. Together, we truly showed that brain injury is a significant health and social issue deserving support and recognition.

POPULAR PROFESSIONAL SYMPOSIUM RETURNS TO SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK THIS JUNE

Annual Symposium to return to Holiday Inn Tuesday, June 12 featuring new format and theme focused on childhood brain injury

Education Units (CEU’s) for Certified Brain Injury Specialists and other professionals as well as Contact Hours for Social Work will be provided to attendees

Live stream options available for those who are unable to attend the in-person presentations

SARATOGA, N.Y.: March 8, 2018 –  The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) announced today the return of the Professional Symposium to Saratoga Springs, New York on June 12. This year, the Professional Symposium will feature a new format and theme focusing on milestones in childhood brain injury.

“We are thrilled about the schedule for this year’s Professional Symposium,” said Eileen Reardon, Executive Director for the Brain Injury Association of New York State. “We have leading medical professionals from across the state addressing milestones in childhood brain injury with a focus on a map to recovery. Brain injury is complex, often impacting physical and cognitive abilities.   It is extremely important for professionals working in this field or with children in any capacity to understand the complexity of the issues.”

Professionals and specialists in the fields of brain injury medicine and rehabilitation will come together to learn about advances in treatment, network with other professionals and gain access to cutting-edge research and information.  The new format will also provide an opportunity for educators, athletic trainers ­­­­­­and other professionals working with youth to gain knowledge about childhood brain injury and how to navigate healthcare systems during different stages in the individual recovery process.

This live program will feature four modules focusing on the following presentation topics: Youth Rehabilitation; Transitioning to School; Success in School and Transitioning to Adult Services and Supports. Live stream options are available for those who are unable to attend the in-person presentations.

Conference and Training Details
Registration is now open for the Professional Symposium and the organization’s 36th Annual “One Voice for Brain Injury” Conference.  Both events will take place at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, New York beginning Tuesday, June 12 through Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Exhibitor booth and underwriter opportunities are still available by contacting Erica Rossin by phone at 518-459-7911 or via email at erossin@bianys.org.

BIANYS ANNOUNCES AWARD-WINNING REPORTER AND ANCHOR DIANA WILLIAMS AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR 36TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

ALBANY, N.Y.: March 6, 2018 –  Diana Williams, award-winning reporter and anchor for ABC7NY top-rated Eyewitness News, has been named the keynote speaker for the 36th Annual “One Voice for Brain Injury” Conference.  Williams will address the audience with her story “Halfway There” describing her son’s traumatic brain injury and her steep learning curve through the recovery process.

Williams’ son, an F-22 fighter pilot, sustained a severe brain injury in an accident that almost took his life. Williams will share how his injury impacted her entire family.

Registration is now open for the event, which will be hosted at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, New York on Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14. Professionals, brain injury service providers and consumers from across the state are invited to get a first look at industry trends and information to better support and serve individuals and their families affected by brain injury across New York State.

Williams joined the Eyewitness News Team in 1991. Before that she worked at WNEV-TV in Boston, after starting her career at WBTV-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina. Throughout her journalism career, Williams has covered important stories ranging from the troubles in Northern Ireland to undocumented immigrant crossings along the Mexican border. She reported from Haiti on the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that ravaged the island nation. Noted for her calm, professional manner during a crisis, she anchored coverage on September 11th during the critical early hours following the attack on the World Trade Center.

“We are thrilled to host Diana Williams at this year’s Conference,” said Eileen Reardon, Executive Director for the Brain Injury Association of New York State. “Her personal story told through the eyes of a caregiver will surely resonate with many that attend our conference.  Her family’s TBI journey to recovery is truly inspirational and really reminds us that this type of injury can happen anywhere, anytime to anyone.”

This two-day conference, which is open to professionals, brain injury service providers and consumers will contain a variety of workshops including: professional presentations; panel discussions; and personal testimonials from brain injury survivors and their family members.  New this year, the conference will feature optional evening leisure activities for attendees.

Pricing is $300 for BIANYS members and $350 for non-members.  Scholarships opportunities are available for current members.  Deadline for submission is April 20, 2018.

Exhibitor booth and underwriter opportunities are available by contacting Erica Rossin by phone at 518-459-7911 or via email at erossin@bianys.org.

For more information on Diana Williams story, visit www.facebook.com/dianawilliams.abc7ny.

BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK STATE NAMED AN OFFICIAL CHARITY PARTNER OF THE 2018 TCS NEW YORK CITY MARATHON SET FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2018

ALBANY, NY: February 20, 2018 —The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS, a statewide non-profit membership organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with brain injuries and their families, announced today that they have been selected as an Official Charity Partner of the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon. The race will take place on Sunday, November 4, 2018.

“The Brain Injury Association of New York State is thrilled to be named as an official charity partner of the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon for the third consecutive year,” said Eileen Reardon, executive director for Brain Injury Association of New York State. “The TCS New York City Marathon provides a unique platform for our dedicated runners to pursue their goals while raising awareness for causes that are close to their hearts. We are proud to support them on their journey to the iconic finish line as they raise awareness and important funds that support the mission of our organization.

More than 350 official charity partners will be part of the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon, providing thousands the opportunity to run in the world’s most popular marathon.

Every year, serious falls, assaults, car accidents and other incidents such as stroke result in brain injury for thousands of New Yorkers. Brain injury profoundly effects individuals’ physical and cognitive abilities and makes it extremely difficult or impossible for individuals to live full productive lives.  With generous contributions from donors and support from important partners like the TCS New York City Marathon, BIANYS continues to provide education, advocacy and community support services that lead to the improved outcome for children and adults with brain injuries.

“We are proud to welcome The Brain Injury Association of New York State to our official charity partner program for the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon,” said Christine Burke, vice president of runner products and services for New York Road Runners. “Participants in our official charity partner program are able to reach their goal of running 26.2 miles across New York City while directly impacting causes that are important to them through their fundraising efforts. We are inspired by their commitment and wish them the best of luck as they begin their amazing journey to the TCS New York City Marathon.”

For more information on the official charity partner program, please visit: https://www.tcsnycmarathon.org/plan-your-race/run-for-charity

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About the TCS New York City Marathon
The TCS New York City Marathon is the preeminent event of New York Road Runners (NYRR), the world’s premier community running organization.  Held annually on the first Sunday of November, it’s the largest marathon in the world featuring over 50,000 runners, from the world’s top professional athletes to runners of all ages and abilities, including approximately 9,000 charity runners. Participants from approximately 140 countries tour the diverse neighborhoods of the city’s five boroughs – Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan. Race morning also features the Rising New York Road Runners Youth Invitational at the TCS New York City Marathon in Central Park, with participants finishing at the same finish line that will be crossed hours later by the marathon field. More than one million spectators and 10,000 volunteers line the city’s streets in support of the runners, while millions more watch the television broadcast. The race is a founding member of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, which features the world’s top marathons—Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York—and crowns the top professional male and female marathoners each year. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, is the premier partner of NYRR and the title sponsor of the TCS New York City Marathon. The 48th running of the TCS New York City Marathon is set for November 4, 2018. To learn more, visit www.tcsnycmarathon.org.

 

BIANYS OPENS ARTWORK SUBMISSION FOR 25TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW

ALBANY, N.Y.: February 12, 2018 –  The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) announced today the call for artwork submissions for their annual art show in Albany, N.Y.  For the 25th consecutive year, BIANYS will showcase the artistic talents of brain injury survivors from Monday, April 16 through Friday, April 20, in the South Concourse of the Empire State Plaza.

An estimated 2.8 million Americans currently live with disabilities resulting from brain injury.  Brain Injury profoundly impacts individuals’ physical and cognitive abilities and makes it extremely difficult for individuals to live full productive lives. For many, artistic expression is a way to communicate the impact of a brain injury and its often-hidden effects.

“The Brain Injury Association of New York State is honored to once again provide a creative outlet where dozens of individuals have the opportunity to showcase their work,” said Eileen Reardon, Executive Director for BIANYS.  “Annually, the art show illustrates the strength, perseverance and talent of individuals impacted by brain injury.  Now in our 25th year, we’d love to see more submissions across the state to highlight the talent, creativity and most importantly their individual story to recovery.”

For the last 24 years, the organization’s Annual Art Show has displayed more than 1200 pieces of artwork. The organization invites any brain injury survivor to submit their work to the show.  Deadline for submission is April 6, 2018.  For more information and guidelines, please call 518-459-7911 or visit bianys.org

BIANYS TO HOST CERTIFIED BRAIN INJURY SPECIALIST TRAINING FOR INDIVIDUALS WORKING IN THE FIELD OF BRAIN INJURY

Training offers nationally recognized credential

ALBANY, N.Y.: February 5, 2018 –  The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) announced their upcoming Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) training to be held at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on June 12, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This class is offered in accordance with the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) to strengthen the network of dedicated, competent brain injury specialists across New York State.

Professionals working in the field of brain injury that have 500 hours of currently verifiable direct contact experience with an individual or individuals with brain injury are invited to apply. The class is designed to help review material for the nationally recognized certification examination. Starting six weeks prior to the class, enrollees will have access to weekly webinars and receive study tips and detailed home study information that corresponds with the chapters in the Essential Brain Injury Study Guide.

“Brain injuries can happen in an instant but can bring a lifetime of physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral changes,” said Eileen Reardon, Executive Director for BIANYS.  “It is extremely important that we have a network of professionals committed to maintaining knowledge about brain injury rehabilitation throughout New York State.”

To register or learn more about upcoming CBIS training with BIANYS, please call 518-459-7911. Deadline to apply is April 13, 2018.

BIANYS NAMES NEW CO-CHAIR FOR STATEWIDE CONCUSSION INITIATIVE

 

ALBANY, N.Y.: January 30, 2018 –  The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS), a statewide non-profit membership organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with brain injuries and their families, announced today that Brian Rieger, PhD has been appointed Co-Chair of the agency’s statewide Concussion Initiative.

Dr. Rieger is Chief Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at SUNY Upstate Medical University.  A specialist in brain injury, Rieger serves as the director of the Upstate Concussion Center.  He will support the committee in his new role alongside longstanding BIANYS Board Member and Co-Chair Andrew Hess, PhD.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Rieger to the leadership team of the Concussion Initiative,” said Eileen Reardon, Executive Director of BIANYS. “Dr. Rieger brings both comprehensive leadership skills and knowledge in the arena of concussion.  Additionally, his extensive experience serving patients makes him an ideal choice as co-chair for the committee as we continue to work toward addressing concussion statewide.”

Dr. Rieger earned his Bachelor’s degree at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and obtained his PhD in Counseling Psychology at Fordham University in New York City. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of concussion and sports-concussion at medical, sports, academic and community forums.  His research interests include academic problems due to concussion as well as novel assessment techniques in concussion management.

“I am honored that BIANYS has asked me to serve as co-chair of this incredibly important initiative,” Rieger said. “I look forward to working alongside a talented committee of professionals and specialists as we continue to work towards preventing and responding to concussion across New York State.”

The BIANYS Concussion Initiative was developed by the organization as an interdisciplinary approach to issues related to concussion. The goals of the Initiative are to identify and implement protocols that achieve a successfully Return-to-Life for all New Yorkers who sustain concussions; advocate for corresponding public policy addressing concussion; and to implement a statewide educational standard that addresses concussion for those impacted by concussion, loved ones, and professionals in the field.

 

BIANYS ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS MONTH IN MARCH WITH CONTINUATION OF BLUE JEANS FOR BRAIN INJURY CAMPAIGN AND ANNUAL ADVOCACY DAY

Organizations across the state are invited to participate to raise awareness and funds to support the BIANYS during the Month of March

Hundreds of individuals, caregivers and family members affected by brain injury to attend BIANYS Annual Brain Injury Advocacy Day on March 20

ALBANY, NY: January 18, 2018 – The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS), a statewide non-profit membership organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with brain injuries and their families announced today plans for Brain Injury Awareness Month in March with the continuation of their annual Blue Jeans for Brain Injury fundraising campaign, Brain Injury Advocacy Day and other statewide activities.

Every year, serious falls, assaults, car accidents and other incidents such as stroke result in brain injury for thousands of New Yorkers. Brain injury profoundly impacts individuals’ physical and cognitive abilities and makes it extremely difficult or impossible for individuals to live full productive lives. Brain injury can influence family dynamics, community activities, employment and social life. Behavioral changes that may occur as a result of brain injury can also have a significant impact on the ability to interact with others and conform to the rules and structure of society.

“The Brain Injury Association is proud to be on the forefront of organizing awareness activities throughout New York State during Brain Injury Awareness Month in March,” said Eileen Reardon, executive director for BIANYS. “We have been successful working alongside dozens of organizations to host individual events statewide and we are proud to continue to raise awareness and funds to support our mission based work.”

In March, BIANYS will commence their statewide Brain Injury Awareness activities with their first Meet and Greet of the year on Wednesday, March 7 at Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, N.Y. The scheduled session will include a live in-person program and an interactive question-and-answer period hosted by staff and leadership from BIANYS.

As part of Brain Injury Awareness Month,  the organization is also organizing their annual Brain Injury Advocacy Day on March 20 in Albany, N.Y.  Hundreds of individuals, caregivers and family members affected by brain injury will have the opportunity to share their personal experience, meet with legislators, address current issues and show their support for the cause.

Organizations and companies that are looking to do something impactful and are interested in participating in any of the upcoming activities scheduled, are invited to participate in one of the following free informational webinars:

  • Wednesday, January 31 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 1 at 10:00 a.m.

Registration is available online at www.bianys.org