Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live my friend. I am happy to have you around my table. Last month, April 2015 I was invited by David Seaton of Live Oak Living Community in Martindale , Texas to attend the North American Brain Injury Society 2015 Conference on Brain Injury in San Antonio, Texas. David paid for my flight, stay at the Hotel and paid for my food while I was attending the conference. Thank you David. Chas Haynes of the North American Brain Injury Society was kind enough to waive the conference fee so that I could attend and be a part of the conference. Thank you Chas for your kindness and for waiving the fee so that I could attend the conference. I was and am honored by both you Chas and David’s time and kindness.
Several days ago I wrote the article, Second Chance to Live and the North American Brain Injury Society 2015 Conference on Brain Injury and would like to share the information in the article in video format at this time. I create video presentations of my articles to share the information with individuals who learn more effectively through watching and listening.
Below is a brief excerpt from the article:
“I had a great time and am thankful to have been able to meet and interact with many distinguished individuals working with in the brain injury industry. Thank you for being so gracious to me and for affording me your time. I gained much through our interactions. I look forward to being of service. Much was learned at the conference, which gave me insight into recovery system delivery. Thank you for giving and affording me the privilege of gaining these insights. While at the conference I was given the suggestion that writing articles from more of an academic perceptive may open more doors for me. In my interest to be of service — to provide the information in an academic format — I have been considering the suggestion.
Yesterday, I wrote and published such an article: Traumatic Brain Injury — A Guide to Reaching Your Dreams. I would invite you to read the article and share your reflections with me. As an individual living with the impact of a traumatic brain injury and an invisible disability I noticed some thing as I listened to speakers and interacted with individuals. There we not many brain injury survivors in attendance at the conference. Actually, I only met one, Patty Foster; who attended the conference with Deana Adams PH.D, LPC-S. The absence of other brain injury survivors puzzled me. Why not have more brain injury survivors attend the conference and have those individuals be included in the host of presenters at brain injury industry conferences?
In my estimation, having brain injury survivors attend and be among the speakers / presenters would greatly enhance the learning experience and ability of Providers, Ph.D’s, MD.’s and JD.’s to provide recovery system delivery by listening to what has worked for individuals living with brain injuries and invisible disabilities. Individuals, like me; who have learned how to live independently and thrive in ways that work for us. Individuals like me; who could provide practical insights, from their experience, strength and hope of living and thriving with brain injuries and invisible disabilities. Individuals, like me; who could enhance the recovery service delivery of Providers, Ph.D’s, MD’s and JD’s with in the brain injury industry for brain injury survivors.
Individuals, like me; who could enhance future North American Brain Injury Society Conferences by providing actual – boots on the ground — experience, strength and hope navigating life with brain injuries and invisible disabilities. Individuals, like me; who could provide practical hope to individuals living with brain injuries and invisible disabilities. As I shared during my keynote presentation at the 2013 Southwest Conference on Disability in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I believe brain injury survivors need to be brought to the table of the brain injury industry.
Brain injury survivors provide the substance that precedes research. Brain injury survivors provide the substance that follows research, hope.
The brain injury industry would enhance their ability to serve the brain injury community, beyond research, studies and programs; by incorporating the experience, strength and hope of individuals — who are and have been living with the impact of brain injuries — into the discussion.”
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