Brain Injury Awareness Day Activities Planned for March 19

by News Bureau on Monday, Mar. 05, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 5, 2012 – The Brain Injury/Stroke Resource Group, facilitated by the Department of Communication Disorders at Southeast Missouri State University, is hosting activities for Brain Injury Awareness Day during its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 19 in the University Center Ballroom.

Local media have been invited to the meeting to interview individuals who have had brain injuries about how their injuries have affected their lives. The interviews will be broadcast on March 20, Missouri’s official Brain Injury Awareness Day.

Also during the meeting, Dr. Thomas Linares, chair of the Department of Communication Disorders and advisor of the Brain Injury/Stroke Awareness Group, will show a professional DVD about brain injuries.

“The mission of the group is to provide information to deal with the challenges of a head injury as well as to provide emotional and social support to the families,” said Linares. “Individuals who have suffered a stroke, traumatic brain injury or other neurological involvement are especially invited to our meetings. Each month, a different topic is addressed to help individuals work through the challenges of a head injury. The group also schedules social events, such as bowling, karaoke, fishing trips, etc.”

The Brain Injury/Stroke Resource Group is an affiliate of The Brain Injury Association of Missouri, a nonprofit organization, which provides support, education, recreational activities, referral services and advocacy for persons with brain injuries and their families, professionals, and the community.

For more information, contact Linares at (573) 651-2488 or tlinares@semo.edu.