It is estimated that well over 300,000 Nebraskans have received brain injuries of some type. The Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska is the only statewide non-profit exclusively dedicated to brain injury in our state. As such, we strive to enhance the quality of life for the over 36,000 individuals living with disabilities caused by brain injury, as well as their families through support, education and advocacy and by preventing future brain injuries.
The BIA-NE is committed to creating a better future for all Nebraskans with brain injuries. Serving the brain injury population means working to secure and develop community-based services, providing support groups and access to pertinent information and medical resources and service referrals. It also means educating professionals who work with children and adults with brain injury.
Brain injury is a lasting challenge. It doesn't become less complicated with time, but more complicated. The BIA-NE provides the resources to help give people with brain injuries a chance to rebuild their lives, to restore purposeful living, and to rebuild hope and optimism.
BIA-NE Mission & Vision
We are the center for brain injury information and advocacy in Nebraska.
The BIA-NE is creating a better future for all Nebraskans through brain injury prevention, education, support, and advocacy.
To accomplish our mission and vision, we provide:
Education through extensive information about brain injury at conferences and training opportunities in Nebraska for persons with brain injuries, family caregivers, and the professionals who work with them.
Outreach and Family Support by providing resources for educators, employers, and service providers. We also provide an 800 number that individuals with brain injury and their families can call for brain injury information and referrals.
Our support groups offer emotional healing, encouragement, education, socialization and confidence building. Ten support groups are active in the state.
Through the monthly UPDATE e-newsletter, we present current information and webinars. Your information is never shared and used only to notify you of Brain Injury Association of Nebraska news and events.
Public Awareness through educating the public and increasing statewide awareness of brain injury as a serious disability with lifelong consequences is achieved through the development and distribution of prevention education and public awareness materials. To reduce the occurrence of the brain injuries, we educate children, coaches, trainers and parents through the news media, social networking, and our website.
Advocacy promotes and advances the rights of people with brain injury. The BIA-NE works with people with brain injury and family members to represent their concerns through legislative efforts. We work with elected and appointed policymakers to improve funding, services, legislation, and public policy regarding the welfare, rights and dignity of individuals who have experienced a brain injury. Empowerment means encouraging individuals with brain injuries to tell their stories and family members to advocate for their needs.
The History of the BIA-NE
In 2009, the Brain Injury Association of Nebraska became a 501(c)3 nonprofit incorporated with the State of Nebraska. In 2016, the organization became the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska an affiliate of the United States Brain Injury Alliance.