Month: October 2019

Community Services after Brain Injury

By Lauren Costello / October 21, 2019 /

Individuals living with brain injury may feel isolated or confused about what services might help them live their fullest life. Each have different eligibility or criteria for acceptance. Be sure to ask what finances they accept for services, transportation, and what the daily/weekly schedule looks like. Where to Start? Not sure where to start?  Some…

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Frequently Asked Questions

By Lauren Costello / October 21, 2019 /

How does a brain injury affect the individual? The family? A brain injury is something that is often unexpected and its effect on a person work the same way. Due to the changes in the way the brain communicates with the rest of the body, a variety of changes may occur. These effects may be…

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Crisis Intervention after Brain Injury

By Lauren Costello / October 21, 2019 /

Differences after a brain injury may mean that a person may be more likely to experience a “crisis” situation. A crisis is really a subjective experience, varying from person to person, and often relating back to feeling unsafe or not in control. When the individual or others around them are not feeling safe or are…

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What is a Brain Injury? Overview

By Lauren Costello / October 21, 2019 /

An acquired brain injury, or ABI, is an injury after birth that is not hereditary, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma. When the head is hit or the brain is damaged, how the brain functions and communicates with the rest of the body may become changed. ABI is used as the umbrella definition for brain…

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Tips when Visiting your Legislators

By Lauren Costello / October 21, 2019 /

1. Dress professionally Think about if you were meeting someone for the first time and their clothes had holes, stains, or were unkempt. It may be more difficult to pay attention to the message that is being said because you were looking at their messy hair. Dressing up a little more professionally in a blazer…

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When Writing or Calling your Legislators

By Lauren Costello / October 21, 2019 /

Keep it brief Strive to keep your letter close to a single page addressing one issue or bill. If you are referring to bills, do so by number, title, and sponsor. Avoid putting in additional information that may distract the reader. Follow your introduction with a brief statement of your issue and explanation of why…

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Contacting Your Legislator

By Lauren Costello / October 21, 2019 /

What is Advocacy? The act of speaking up and taking action is called advocacy. Services for individuals living with brain injury are often determined by decisions made at the legislative level of government. Every citizen in North Carolina has a right to share their voice and be heard by public officials. Even though it may feel…

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