In April 2015 I had the privilege and honor of being invited to attend the 12th Annual NABIS Conference on Brain Injury to be held in San Antonio, Texas by David Seaton of LiveOak Living Community. Chas Haynes of NABIS was kind enough to waive the conference fee so that I could attend the conference. Thank you David Seaton for bringing me to the conference and thank you Chas Haynes for waiving the fee to attend the conference. 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? 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 during future brain injury industry conferences..
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.”
Some Thing to Consider
Why not bring brain injury survivors to the table of the brain injury industry to provide positive synergy, rounded recovery service provision and win-win outcomes for individuals living with brain injuries? Why not have individuals living with brain injuries be among the presenters during future North American Brain Injury Society conferences and during other conferences on brain injury recovery and rehabilitation?
I am available to be of service to the North American Brain Injury Society and at other National Conferences on Brain Injury
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