More Than My Brain Injury
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month!
Learn how you can be an active part of this year’s campaign!
For more than three decades, the Brain Injury Association of Vermont (BIAVT) has proudly been observing Brain Injury Awareness Month by conducting an engaging public awareness campaign in March of each year.
The theme for the 2021 campaign is More than my brain injury!
More than 5.3 million Americans are living with brain injury-related disabilities at a cost exceeding $76.5 billion (in 2010 dollars) each year.
Since many people with brain injuries rely on publicly funded services to fully participate in their communities, policymakers need to know your concerns about continuing those services in the ever-present face of budget cuts. Contact your legislators today and let them know you expect them to enact public policy to assist people with brain injuries.
How to Get Involved During Brain Injury Awareness Month
- Talk with someone with a brain injury and listen to their story;
- Share your brain injury story on your social media accounts using the hashtag #MoreThanMyBrainInjury
- Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper explaining to your community why they should care about brain injuries (See downloadable template, below!);
- Talk to your employer and businesses you patronize about their practices for recruiting and hiring people with brain injury; and
- Contact your legislatures, today, and let them know you expect them to enact public policy to assist people with brain injuries.
Join the Brain Injury Association of Vermont & America, during the month of March, to help raise awareness. Find out more about brain injuries and what you can do at biausa.org/raiseawareness today.
You can also help the Brain Injury Association of Vermont achieve the goal of raising $10,000 in support of those affected by brain injury!
The Brain Injury Association of Vermont cannot serve those affected by brain injuries without YOUR contributions!
Download the following template to send a letter to your local newspaper editor!
Use the following flyers, photos, and posts to spread the word about Go Blue for Brain Injury Awareness Month! PDFs are available for each of the flyers (contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a copy of the PDF!)
Where does the money go?
All money raised directly supports the Brain Injury Association of Vermont. The following are just a few examples of where these funds are distributed:
- Our BIAVT helpline continues to receive more calls each year and is staffed Monday-Friday 9-4 for Vermont referrals and resources –be it state agencies, brain injury service providers, or locating housing or food.
- Support groups remain vital to the mission of BIAVT, providing a place for survivors, family and friends, as well as providers to gather in the community for mutual support.
- We are expanding education and training statewide, devoting more staff year-round to this cause and raising awareness of brain injury.
- We also collaborate daily advocating for brain injury survivors with government agencies, non-profit organizations, other Brain Injury Associations, and community service providers.