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41st Annual Seminar for Professionals

Independent Study Available: May 22 - June 25, 2023 Register NowEvent Brochure Uncovering the Invisible: Delving into the Silent Epidemic of Brain Injury The Annual Seminar offers an educational and networking opportunity for professionals to gain knowledge of the latest research, best practices and effective strategies for working with individuals affected by brain injury. The knowledge level of the audience varies, including both new and experienced professionals. The Seminar is a full day conference consisting of a keynote presentation followed by three workshop blocks with three presentations in each block. Lunch will be served and organization exhibitors and student poster presentations will also be included. Workshops include: Clinical Research and Practice of Cognitive Rehabilitation High Intensity Gait Training Addressing Cognitive Dysfunction Yoga as a Skilled Intervention Leisure Recovery from Sports Concussion Neuropsychological Test Findings and Avoiding Jargon Hidden Epidemic of Intimate Partner Violence Research Panel Keynote Address Understanding Concussion+: The Overlooked Epidemic of Brain Injuries Sustained by Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence Eve Valera, PhD Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School Research Scientist, Massachusetts General Hospital Award Nominations Each year the Alliance recognizes outstanding individuals for their dedication to our mission through their professional contributions, personal achievements, strength of character, and relentless work to support our constituency. Submit a NominationMimi Goldman Positive Achievement Award Mimi Goldman, who was pivotal in the development of the Council for the Head-Injured Community (CHIC, now known as VOICES), passed away in 1997. She was the first person with a brain injury to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey. Mimi served as a role model for the brain injury community, sharing her talents and experiences on numerous committees and events, and always with a characteristic smile. The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey established the Miriam (Mimi) Goldman Positive Achievement Award in the spring of 1997 to commemorate Mimi Goldman. This award is presented each year to an individual with a brain injury to honor his or her accomplishments. 2022 Recipient: Christopher Mueller Click here to nominate someone for this award.  Trooper Scales Memorial Award Trooper Christopher S. Scales was a front-line partner in the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey’s brain injury prevention efforts. Trooper Scales was struck and killed on December 3, 2002 while conducting a seatbelt enforcement detail on the New Jersey Turnpike. The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey honored State Trooper Christopher Scales posthumously in May 2003 by introducing the Trooper Christopher Scales Memorial Award. This award is presented each year to a member of the law enforcement community who has demonstrated exemplary efforts in promoting public safety and brain injury prevention. 2022 Recipient: Sgt. Jefferey Delbuono Click here to nominate someone for this award.  Jill Schulman Community Pillar Award The Jill Schulman Community Pillar Award recognizes individuals, employed in the brain injury field, who significantly contribute to the quality of life for people with brain injury and their caregivers and promote brain health through their volunteer service and support of the mission of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey. The Award was renamed to honor Jill Schulman who passed away in May [...]
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2022 Annual Seminar Self-Study

Building Community and Enhancing Quality of Life Following Brain Injury Independent Study is available through June 22, 2022. REGISTER NOW Independent Study Workshop Links and Evaluation Forms: If you are applying for CEUs, you must watch one workshop per session in its entirety and submit the corresponding Evaluation Form. Opening RemarksKeynoteBlock ABlock BBlock COverall EvaluationOpening Remarks Opening Remarks Keynote Keynote: The Power and Potency of Social Capital Complete the Evaluation Block A Implementation of Structured Physical Exercise to Promote Mental Health/Wellness in Individuals After Brain Injury Complete the Evaluation Performance Feedback: From Research to Utilization in Practice Complete the Evaluation Executive Functioning, Mental Health and Brain Injury: Connecting the Dots in School Complete the Evaluation Block B Stress Reduction Program for Caregivers of Those With Brain Injuries Complete the Evaluation Executive Functioning, Mental Health and Work: Challenges for Those Returning to Work Complete the Evaluation Block C Research Panel Complete the Evaluation Concussion: Not Just an "Athlete" Thing Complete the Evaluation Dysphagia and Aspiration Following Brain Injury: Factors, Limitations and Management Complete the Evaluation Overall Evaluation Overall Evaluation 2022 Independent Study Brochure DOWNLOAD NOW! Posttests If you are applying for NASW, you must complete a posttest. NASW Posttest » Student Poster Presentations Training with Agency-Inspired Feedback from a Sensor Glove in Virtual Reality to Improve Grasp Performance Is yoga beneficial for the physical and mental health for individuals with chronic stroke? Self reported balance confidence following traumatic vs. non traumatic brain injury Do adolescents with ADHD demonstrate longer recovery duration/after concussion? Web-based geospatial brain injury service provider catalog For ambulatory adults with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, does dual-task training improve balance and fall risk? This event is funded in part by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Disability Services, and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. 2021 CEU Sponsor: We're here to help. Call 1-800-669-4323.
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About Brain Injury

Brain Injury Basics The brain controls everything we say, do, think, and feel. It keeps us alive through breathing, circulation, digestion, hormones, and the immune system. Through the brain, we experience emotion and express ourselves. A brain injury may produce an altered or diminished state of consciousness and result in an impairment of cognitive abilities or physical functioning. It can also result in the disturbance of behavioral or emotional functioning. These impairments may be temporary or permanent and cause partial or total functional disability. NJ Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Fund The NJ TBI Fund, a Division of Disability Services program, provides New Jersey residents of any age who have survived a traumatic brain injury the opportunity to access the brain injury related services and supports they need to live in the community. Click here for more information. EMAIL US FOR INFO Types of Brain Injury A brain injury is an injury to the brain that occurs after birth and is not congenital, degenerative or hereditary. The injury results in a change of the brain’s neuronal activity. There are two types of brain injury: Traumatic Brain Injury and Acquired Brain Injury. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) A TBI is caused by an external factor such as a bump, blow or jolt to the head, that disrupts the normal function of the brain. TBI can be defined as closed (non-penetrating) or open (penetrating). The severity of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may range from “mild” (i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness) to “severe” (i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury). Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) ABI is an injury to the brain that is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma. This type of injury is one that has occurred after birth. ABI can result in cognitive, physical, emotional or behavioral impairments that may lead to permanent or temporary changes in functioning. RUTGERS BRAIN INJURY PRIMER COURSE This course is for regular and special education teachers, school psychologists, social workers, guidance counselors, principals, speech and language pathologists and other professionals who work with students with brain injuries. Learn more and register today. Causes of Brain Injury Causes of Traumatic Brain InjuryCauses of Acquired Brain InjuryCauses of Traumatic Brain Injury Falls Assaults Motor Vehicle Crashes Sports/Recreation Injuries Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome) Gunshot Wounds Workplace Injuries Child Abuse Domestic Violence Military Actions (Blast Injury) Causes of Acquired Brain Injury Stroke (Hemorrhage, Blood Clot) Infectious Disease Meningitis Encephalitis Seizure Electric Shock Tumors Metabolic Disorders Neurotoxic Poisoning (Carbon Monoxide, Lead Exposure) Lack of Oxygen (Drowning, Choking, Hypoxic/Anoxic Injury) Drug Overdose LOOKING FOR A SUPPORT GROUP? We have both virtual and in-person support groups for you and your family members. REGISTER TODAY Possible Effects of Brain Injury A brain injury can cause a wide range of  short or long-term changes: Thinking (i.e., memory and reasoning) Sensation (i.e., touch, taste, and smell) Language (i.e., communication, expression, and understanding); and Emotion (i.e., depression, anxiety, personality changes, aggression, acting out, and social inappropriateness) Physical (i.e, seizures, muscle spasticity, fatigue, headaches, balance problems, and more) Some people with brain injury experience mild [...]
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We're here to help. Whether you have a brain injury or concussion, are a caregiver or a professional, we have many resources available for you. If you're in need of further assistance, please give our helpline a call at 1-800-669-4323. Brain InjuryCaregiversProfessionalsConcussion/Sports ConcussionResearch BlogBrain Injury HELPFUL ARTICLES Domestic Violence: What Survivors Need to Know Alcohol Use Social Skills Emotional Problems Relationships Balance Problems Headaches Seizures Vision Problems Spasticity Sleep Loss of Taste and Smell Returning to School FACT SHEETS Free and Low Cost Legal Services in NJ Housing Info Guide Fatigue Transportation for People with Brain Injury No IEPs in College Healing Your Marriage After Brain Injury VIDEOS The ABLE Act Falls and Prevention Introduction to Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income Neurofatigue: The Tired Brain and How to Manage It Mental Wellness in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond The Role of Medical Nutrition Therapy Following Traumatic Brain Injury Learning Travel Skills to Lead to Independent Mobility in the Community Persuasion: A Cornerstone of Effective Advocacy Brain Aneurysms – A Comprehensive Guide for Patients Sex and Intimacy After TBI Nutrition and the Brain Made Simple Protecting Yourself and Your Family with NJ Auto Insurance Relationships Assistive Technology for People with Brain Injuries Caregivers HELPFUL ARTICLES Returning to School FACT SHEETS Caregiving and Ambiguous Loss Healing Your Marriage After Brain Injury Making Life Work After Brain Injury – English Making Life Work After Brain Injury – Spanish Paying the Bills Take Care of Yourself Acute Brain Injury Guide First Few Days Selecting a Rehabilitation Facility Questions to Consider Before Discharge Free and Low Cost Legal Services in NJ Power of Attorney and Guardianship Helping Your Family Member Live Independently No IEPs in College A Parent’s Guide to Concussion A Parent’s Guide to Concussion – Spanish VIDEOS Loss and Grief Following Brain Injury Caring for Caregivers Persuasion: A Cornerstone of Effective Advocacy Discharged from Rehab, Now What? IEP Strategies for the Student that has Sustained a Brain Injury Pediatric Brain Injury Relationships Protecting Yourself and Your Family with NJ Auto Insurance Professionals FACT SHEETS Coach’s Pocket Card Domestic Violence: What Professionals Need to Know Concussion in the Classroom Introduction to Brain Injury & Mental Health Executive Dysfunction in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Craniosacral Therapy and Brain Injury: A Pathway to Healing Impact of End Stage Renal Disease on Outcomes of Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury at Acute Rehabilitation Discharge The NIDILRR-sponsored TBI Model System Program Epilepsy After Brain Injury Prism Adaptation Treatment for Improving Function Vision and Functional Movements in Patients with Spatial Neglect VIDEOS August 2022 Webinar: Back-to-School Update - Athlete Brain Health and Concussion New Approaches to Diagnosing and Treating Cognitive and Neurobehavioral Problems in Patients with TBI Neurosurgical Management of Brain Aneurysms Applying an Integrated Approach to Managing the Behavioral Consequences of Emergencies Neurofatigue: The Tired Brain and How to Manage It Exploring Executive Dysfunction in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Domestic Violence and the Role of the Healthcare Provider: Assessment and Intervention Strategies IEP Strategies for the Student that has Sustained a Brain Injury Pediatric Brain Injury Traumatic Brain Injury as a Chronic Health Condition Non-Pharmacological Management [...]
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Legislative Advocacy

Voices Advancing the Brain Injury Community BIANJ strives to fulfill the vision of a world where all individuals with brain injury and their caregivers maximize their quality of life, the consequences of all unavoidable brain injuries are minimized, and all preventable brain injuries are prevented. The Voices Advancing the Brain Injury Community (formerly known as the Council for the Head Injury Community) champions and publicizes the advocacy, rights, and needs of people who have sustained a brain injury, and their families. Do you want your voice heard? Join today! Fill out our contact form or contact us directly at 732-745-0200 or By joining the Voices Advancing the Brain Injury Community  you can: Make your voice heard Define your elected officials and their contact information Discuss your views on brain injury public policies Stay updated on brain injury bills and legislature Learn more about the legislative process Become a stronger brain injury advocate Need an ID Card? Download BIANJ’s Brain Injury ID Card to keep on hand in emergencies. DOWNLOAD YOUR ID CARD How can I get my voice heard? Attend a MeetingLegislative AgendaSign up for our email newsletterSign Our PetitionAttend a Meeting Our Brain Injury Advocates Group meets monthly. Join Us! All meetings are virtual at 10:00 AM unless otherwise noted. For more information, please contact Tom Grady at 732-745-0200 or email REGISTER NOWLegislative Agenda Bill:                     A276 Sponsors:           Umba (R8); Calabrese (D36); McKnight (D31) +1 Summary:          Facilitates identification of municipal liens on residential property of certain seniors and disabled persons. Subjects:            Human Services-Disabled; Property; Senior Citizens   Bill:                     A351 Sponsors:           Dunn (R25) +7 Summary:          Requires Division of Developmental Disabilities, during public health emergency, to develop guidance for in‑person visitation at community‑based residential settings for individuals with developmental disabilities and require providers to allow such visit Subjects:            Human Services; Human Services-Developmental Disabilities   Bill:                     A357 Sponsors:           Dunn (R25) +3 Summary:          Requires Adjutant General of DMVA create program for veterans to receive evaluation and treatment for PTSD and total brain injury. Subjects:            Health; Human Services-Mental Health; Veterans And Military   Bill:                     A468 Sponsors:           Murphy (D7); McKnight (D31) +9 Summary:          Requires State agencies to make their websites accessible to people with disabilities and on mobile devices. Subjects:            Communications-Internet; Human Services-Disabled; State Government-Departments And Agencies   Bill:                     A479 Sponsors:           Murphy (D7); Moen (D5); Umba (R8) +3 Summary:          Allows corporation business tax and gross income tax credits to businesses employing certain persons with developmental disabilities. Subjects:            Corporations; Human Services-Developmental Disabilities; Taxation-Business Taxes; Taxation-Personal Income Tax   Bill:                     A517 Sponsors:           Freiman (D16); Lopez (D19); Murphy (D7) +1 Summary:          Authorizes use of disability benefits for transportation provided by transportation network companies. Subjects:            Labor-Temporary Disability; Transportation-Public Transit   Bill:                     A518 Aca (1R) Sponsors:           Freiman (D16); Conaway (D7); Benson (D14) +2 Summary:          Expands purpose of Traumatic Brain Injury Fund to support transportation costs incurred by eligible individuals in accessing support group meetings. Subjects:            Human Services-Disabled; Transportation   Bill:                     A962 Sponsors:           DiMaio (R23); Tucker (D28) +15 Summary:          Exempts disabled veterans from certain fees at State parks and forests. Subjects:            Environment-Parks, Forests And Open Space; Human Services-Disabled; Veterans And Military   Bill:                     A1032 Sponsors:           Webber (R26) +9 Summary:          Allows gross income [...]
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David Gealt, DO

David B. Gealt, DO, a South Jersey native, is the Assistant Director of Sports Medicine and Director of the Sports Concussion Program at Cooper Bone and Joint Institute, Cooper University Health System. He is an Assistant Professor of Cooper Medical School at Rowan University and and Assistant Professor of Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. He received his fellowship training in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the University Hospital Health Systems in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Gealt completed his residency in family medicine from UMDNJ-SOM newly named Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and is board-certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. Dr. Gealt specializes in medical orthopaedics, sports medicine and concussion medicine. He lectures nationally and regionally on various sports medicine topics. He has both authored publications in peer reviewed journals and has contributed to sports medicine textbooks. He serves as team physician for Rowan University, Haverford College, Rutgers Camden and various high schools throughout Southern New Jersey. He served as the team physician for the Philadelphia Wings Professional Indoor Lacrosse team. He recently had the opportunity to be a team physician for USA Olympics at the Olympic training facility in Colorado Springs. Dr. Gealt is an active member of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and American Osteopathic Association, as well as various state and local medical societies. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees and the Sports Concussion Committee for the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey. He has been named Top Doc and Top Doc for Kids in Sports Medicine in SJ Magazine. He is an avid runner who participates in several road races each year. Dr. Gealt resides in Voorhees, NJ with his wife, son and daughter.

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