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Concussions can sideline students from more than just sports and recreational activities. Symptoms such as sensitivity to light and sound, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and vision impairment can have a drastic impact on students' performance in the classroom.

According to a recent article in the Journal of School Health, only 22.3 percent of educators feel confident in their ability to recognize a concussion and only 34 percent feel confident enough to help manage symptoms/recovery plans. Therefore, it is important for parents, coaches, and educators to be able to recognize and help manage concussions and concussion symptoms to help their students succeed in and out of the classroom.

Medicare Open Enrollment runs from October 15 - December 7 each year and is the only way for Medicare recipients to update their coverage. Unfortunately, this process can often be confusing and filled with pitfalls that can cause penalties or even loss of coverage for the unaware.

Due to the success of the Medicare basics webinar in July, Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska contractor, Sheila Kennedy will be presenting another webinar on September 20, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. covering Medicare Open Enrollment.

Applying for Medicare can be especially challenging to individuals recovering from a brain injury as the complicated nature of the process can tax their limited energy and concentration reserves. 

To help simplify the process, the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska is partnering with Nebraska SHIP to present a webinar on July 12, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

On March 17 and 18, over 100 people gathered virtually to attend the 2022 Nebraska Brain Injury Conference hosted by the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska. The day-and-a-half conference brought together brain injury professionals, caregivers, and individuals with brain injuries to learn about current topics in the field of brain injury and connect with one another.

Learning is difficult when a person’s brain isn’t feeling right, making teaching, an already challenging job for teachers, all the more difficult. Without accommodations, it can be difficult for students affected by COVID-19 or concussion symptoms to return to their normal learning activities. Thankfully, there is a tool available to aid teachers in implementing a plan to help students return to the classroom after COVID-19 or a concussion.

The 2022 Nebraska Brain Injury Conference is a unique opportunity for brain injury professionals and members of the brain injury community to connect with one another, and learn about relevant topics in the field of brain injury, and be inspired by stories from the brain injury community. 

Learn about the benefits of Resource Facilitation and our resource facilitators' goals for serving the brain injury community in Western Nebraska.

In a 2018 survey, 50 percent of Nebraska teachers responded that they did not know how to manage concussions in the classroom and the same percentage noticed an academic decline from students after sustaining a concussion or head injury. To help with this challenge, the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska (BIA–NE) along with the Nebraska Concussion Coalition, a multi-agency body that implements action-oriented steps to improve concussion awareness and outcomes, is providing a free statewide subscription for Nebraska educators to ‘Get Schooled on Concussions’ and ‘TACT’ (Teacher Acute Concussion Tool). 

After receiving the first year of funding from the Brain Injury Trust Fund, the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska has grown its statewide Resource Facilitation program from one full-time and one part-time resource facilitator to five full-time resource facilitators.

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