Next week, I’ll be attending the National Association of State Head Injury Administrator’s (NASHIA) State of the States Conference in Denver, Colorado. In case you ‘re unfamiliar with NASHIA, it’s goal is “to assist state government in promoting partnerships and building systems to meet the needs of individuals with brain injury and their families.” So what does that mean to survivors?
Well, for one thing, it’s a great resource for finding an advocate in your state. The individuals who attend this conference are state or federal employees who can really make a difference–and they come to NASHIA’s conference to learn about effective ways to advocate for TBI survivors. If you’re a survivor or a family member, and you’re having big funding problems, one of the best ways you can support your state’s “head injury administrator” is to get involved with your local Brain Injury Association (BIA). And if your local BIA isn’t active, then it’s up to you to turn things around. Time and time again, the BIA relies on individuals like you to make the difference.