Current estimates state that at least 3.2 million Americans have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of a TBI1. These individuals and their families are often faced with challenges, such as improper diagnosis, inability to access support or rehabilitation services, institutional segregation, unemployment, and being forced to navigate complicated and cumbersome service and support systems.
The goals of the Federal Traumatic Brain Injury Program focus on helping State and local agencies develop resources so that all individuals with TBI and their families will have accessible, available, acceptable, and appropriate services and supports.
For more information on traumatic brain injuries, individuals can visit the Brain Injury Association of America's website at www.biausa.org.
1 Selassie AW, Zaloshnja E, Langlois JA, Miller T, Jones P, Steiner C, “Incidence of Long-Term Disability Following Traumatic Brain Injury Hospitalization in the United States, 2003,” Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 23:2 (2008): 123-131.
To address an immediate personal or family crisis, contact the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) for confidential resource support at 1-800-444-6443.