Over 9,000 Vermonters live with the daily challenges of surviving a brain injury. Brain injury ranks as the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults. Brain injury ranks as the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults. For those who survive and their families, brain injury can be life-altering, with serious impairments a frequent result.
- More than 3,000 Vermonters will visit the emergency room because of a head injury.
- 450 Vermonters sustain a moderate to severe brain injury each year. The leading cause of brain injury are falls, motor vehicle accidents & sports injuries.
- 70% of individuals are discharged to home with little or no support.
The Brain Injury Association of Vermont (BIAVT) works to create a better future for Vermonters with brain injury and their families through brain injury prevention, education, advocacy, and family support. We are the only organization in Vermont dedicated to serving people and advocating for those who have suffered severe neurological trauma. BIAVT was founded 12 - 15 years ago by Vermont parents and concerned professionals to work together and help survivors of TBI.
Today, we serve over 1,000 Vermont families and survivors. BIAVT's programs and services include:
- Peer support and self-help support groups: 8 groups meet monthly across the state. Groups share info, give and get mutual support, and build community for families and survivors.
- Information and referral: our toll-free Helpline answers over 1,500 calls a year from survivors, family members, and providers seeking info about the challenges of brain injury.
- Neuro Resource Facilitation: individualized goal-setting, service planning and navigation for brain injury survivors and their family members, with a focus on work readiness and employment supports.
- Brain Injury prevention and education: offer on-site in-service training for providers & youth sports coaches on recognizing and responding to the symptoms of concussion & TBI.
- Veteran's Outreach: collaborative work on behalf of our military veterans impacted by TBI
- Lending Library and Website: free access to books, online resources about brain injury.
- Legislative Advocacy: to require medical evaluation of youth sports concussions, and expand resources available to brain injury survivors for community care and treatment.
- Annual Vermont Brain Injury Conference: Over 400 stakeholders participated in 2016.
For more information about brain injury, or to contact BIAVT, please visit our main webpage at www.biavt.org or call our Helpline at 1-877-856-1772.