Starting Point Magazine

Starting Point is a quarterly publication developed by BIANC staff in partnership with community agencies and individuals interested in giving back to the brain injury community.  This publication contains information about BIANC, stories from persons with lived experience, information from professionals, educational articles, etc.


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Archived Starting Points


May: Features Cognitive Fatigue & TBI, Wilmington Support Group Members, Finding Romance with a Brain injury, The King of Halloween and Miss Firecracker Queen, a letter by Jean Anderson, and spotlights on Thomas Henson & Martin & Jones.

March: Features Drinking Alcohol after Brain Injury, Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries, Rehab Strives for SAFEty First, Traumatic Brain Injury and Homelessness, The 10 B’s of Advocacy, and spotlights on Patricia Rogers Babin & LearningRx.

January: Features "I Am What I Am:  Growth after Injury", Patient Zero: Tonia’s Story, Sports Safety Clinics, Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act, and Advocacy for Brain Injury.


November: "Community Supports" features The Power of Community in Recovery, Services for Individuals with Brain Injuries North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation, Brain Injury Support Services (BISS) from Community Partnerships, Get Involved in Your Community, TBI Awareness & the Military, Charlotte Area Brain Injury Alliance Holds Sweet Smelling Meeting, Equine–Assisted Learning: Not Just Horsing Around, What a Brain Scan Doesn’t Show, and Best Exercise.

June: "Caring for the Carer" features Community Is A Strong Voice, I Wasn’t Prepared For All The Changes I Would See In Myself, There Is No Perfect Road to Recovery, Caring With Dignity, and Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers.


Masks Special Edition: "Unmasking Brain Injury" features mask stories, explanations, and information on how to get involved.

Volume II: "Military Edition" features Traumatic Brain Injury & the Military, TBI & PTSD: Navigating the Perfect Storm, A New Link Between Traumatic Brain Injury and Suicide, and Yes, the Brain Really is Damaged When Concussed.

Volume I: "Concussions" features Sports-Related Concussions, Frequently Asked Questions from Parents, Emotional Symptoms Can Linger After Kid’s Concussions, and Effect of PTSD/TBI on the Family.


Volume III: "Research" features Traumatic Brain Injury Among North Carolina’s Veterans, Falls and Traumatic Brain Injury Among Older Adults, Traumatic Brain Injury and Behavioral Health, and Unmasking Brain Injury.

Volume IV: "Education" features Return-to-School Protocols Following a Concussion, Letter to My Child’s Teachers and Administrators, Working with Schools After TBI, Teaching Strategies for Students with Brain Injuries, and Heads Up to Schools.

Volume II: "Voices" features Life with TBI by Jordan Mcgee, The Enemy of My Soul - Anxiety Attacks by D. Carson, Surviving and Living with Brain Injury, Insight Into Traumatic Brain Injury, A Letter About Brain Injury from Sylvia, Finding Strength from Struggle with Brain Injury by Monica Meyer, and A Family Perspective: What will happen if we are not here to care for our son by Carol Ornitz.

Volume I: "Mental Health & Substance Abuse" features A Letter to Local Police: A Mother’s Story, Talk with Local Police About Mental Illness and Brain Injury, North Carolina Conducts Focus Groups For Statewide Needs Assessment, The Division of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities/Substance Abuse Services, Lost In My Mind: Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injury, Managing Emotions and Using Effective Communication Skills in Intimate Relationships After TBI, Letting go of the Past and Embracing Each Day, and Finding Hope in a Negative Situation.