After the meeting, I had an opportunity to have lunch with Susan Connors, CEO of the Brain Injury Association of America. We talked a bit about state head injury administrators and their roles in advocacy, and we talked about the BIAA’s hopes for greater funding and the new goals it has for the following years (which includes unifying the state chapters in a way that will create more consistency in information and advocacy work). It was the kind of talk that acknowledged the reality of economic hardships that America faces while still remaining focused on the greater goal–a better life for brain injury survivors.
It may be the combination of Pascrell’s comments, Susan’s commitment, and the lovely weather in DC today, but I think that brain injury advocacy is in good hands. All we need now are more hands.