The Brain Injury Association of America works to de-stigmatize brain injury through outreach within the brain injury community. The BIAA empowers those who have survived brain injury and their caregivers, providing many types of support to people living with brain injury. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and March 20th is Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill for Tuesday.

Perhaps the most well-recognized brain injury is the concussion, but an acquired brain injury is any brain injury that has occurred after birth. The injury results in a change to the brain’s neuronal activity, which affects the physical integrity, metabolic activity, or functional ability of nerve cells in the brain.

There are two types of acquired brain injury: traumatic and non-traumatic. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as an alteration in brain function, or other evidence of brain pathology, caused by an external force. Traumatic impact injuries can be defined as closed (or non-penetrating) or open (penetrating). A non-traumatic brain injury is an alteration in brain function or pathology caused by an internal force, such as a tumor.

Fortunately, in Colorado we have a strong member of the association in the Brain Injury Alliance Colorado. BIAC is the go-to resource for help and services for survivors of an injury to the brain, their families and providers. BIAC offers services tailored for adults and those for children. BIAC also provides information and support to professionals who treat and care for brain injured individuals.