About Texas Brain Injury Alliance
Texas Brain Injury Alliance (TexasBIA), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is a state-wide membership organization comprised of people with brain injuries, family members, friends, and other professionals. TexasBIA is part of a network of Brain Injury Alliances across the United States and is an affiliate of the national U.S. Brain Injury Alliance (USBIA).
Texas Brain Injury Alliance was organized in 1982 as the Texas Head Injury Association by a group of family members and healthcare professionals to meet the needs of survivors of brain injury. Prior to 1982, there was no public or private agency in Texas dedicated to providing emotional support, advice, guidance, or other help for those who were suddenly faced with both the immediate and long-term effects of brain injury.
To focus on brain injury specifically, the National Head Injury Foundation changed its name to the Brain Injury Association of America in 1995. The Texas Head Injury Association followed suit, changing its name to the Brain Injury Alliance of Texas. In July 2012 Brain Injury Association of Texas joined USBIA and officially became TexasBIA.
TexasBIA strives to provide family guidance, to support research and rehabilitation, and to develop programs for public awareness and education. Funds to accomplish these tasks come from individuals, businesses and industries, and public donations and grants.
To empower and support brain injury survivors, their families, and caregivers with a lifelong and enduring quality of life.
The lead association in Texas advocating support systems to enhance quality of life and community participation for individuals affected by brain injury.
To network entities and resources to promote rehabilitation, prevention research, and advocacy of brain injury.
TexasBIA is the leading association in Texas providing support, advocacy, and professional education regarding brain injury. Membership is made up of people with brain injuries, their family members, their friends, and other professionals.
Information and Referral Sources
TexasBIA has available a FREE Family Helpline (1-800-392-0040) for people struggling with recent injuries who are trying to connect to available services. Calls are returned within 24-48 hours.
Connecting With Local Support Groups
TexasBIA works to connect families with local support groups. It’s important for survivors and family members to get together and see that they are not alone in their struggle so that they can function independently in the community.
Education for Survivors and Families
Education for the public about the epidemic of brain injury and the myriad of needs for brain injury victims is a high priority. It’s critical that survivors and families know about services available to them.
There is no cure for traumatic brain injury. Our efforts serve to encourage prevention, whether through public awareness of shaken baby syndrome or in publicizing the risks associated with contact sports. We also strive to educate communities on ways to prevent serious brain injury following a concussion or as an early response to trauma. Brain injuries CAN be prevented.
Public Policy Issues
Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability among children and is one of the most significant causes of death and disability in adults. There are numerous public policy issues that must be addressed regarding brain injury. TexasBIA takes an active role in preserving services that already exist and in encouraging appropriations to end waiting lists for service programs. You can aid our grassroots movement by signing up for our legislative alerts.
For more than 20 years we have developed conferences that attract nationally-recognized speakers. We present new research in the field, changes and developments in services, provider information, and opportunities for people with brain injury to share their strength, stories, struggles, and successes.
This is one of the most challenging and important needs. Finding, developing, and nurturing natural alliances—such as with the Rehabilitation Council of Texas, the Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council, the Disability Policy Consortium, the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, and many others—is a constant focus.
Wherever possible, TexasBIA will publicize our events and initiatives through traditional media outlets. We can also provide experts to comment on current news stories relating to brain injury.