Lauren Costello

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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Fighting for a Diagnosis

By Lauren Costello / July 16, 2019 /

Many individuals with a brain injury are faced with the daunting and exhausting task of navigating the services system, sometimes in the presence of challenges with organization, motivation, planning, and memory. Brain injury symptoms are often not seen by the naked eye or masked by other conditions such as mental health. Physical Changes Fatigue Weakness/Paralysis…

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Domestic Violence and Brain Injury

By Lauren Costello / October 24, 2018 /

What is Brain Injury? An acquired brain injury (ABI) is the result from damage to the brain, which occurs after birth and is not related to a congenital or a degenerative disease. Changes may be short- or long-term potentially leading to disability or challenges participating in the community. A brain injury may be acquired non-traumatically or…

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Voting Information

By Lauren Costello / October 10, 2018 /

Voting Resources For information and question about voting in NC, visit  http://www.accessthevotenc.org/vote/ For self-advocacy tools, information of the Americans with Disabilities act and more, visit https://www.disabilityrightsnc.org/getting-help/self-advocacy-tools/?_resource_topic=voting. For voter aid and accessibility information, visit https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting-accessibility For absentee voting options,  visit https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voting-Options/Absentee-Voting.  For more tools and guidance visit http://www.ncvoterguide.org/. How To Register Registering to vote can be easy! There are…

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Falls Prevention!

By Lauren Costello / October 2, 2018 /

Falls are the leading cause of brain injury in the United States. On top of that, the risk of injury significantly increases after 1, 2, and 3 brain injuries. Balance, strength, impulsivity, and environment all contribute to safety after brain injury. Here are some falls prevention tips you can utilize at home and in the…

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