By On September 16th, 2008

Hope on the Hill

This morning, I had the honor of giving a talk to the Congressional Task Force on Brain Injury in Washington DC. Congressman Bill Pascrell (NJ) gave me a wonderful introduction, and made some remarks about brain injury that surprised me with their sincerity and candor–not the kind of politically correct comments we’re accustomed to hearing from politicians, but the kind of comments from someone who is genuinely concerned about survivors and their welfare. I applaud all the good work that Pascrell, Congressman Platts, and the Task Force are doing to raise awareness about brain injury America.

After the meeting, I had an opportunity to have lunch with Susan Connors, CEO of the Brain Injury Association of America. We talked a bit about state head injury administrators and their roles in advocacy, and we talked about the BIAA’s hopes for greater funding and the new goals it has for the following years (which includes unifying the state chapters in a way that will create more consistency in information and advocacy work). It was the kind of talk that acknowledged the reality of economic hardships that America faces while still remaining focused on the greater goal–a better life for brain injury survivors.

It may be the combination of Pascrell’s comments, Susan’s commitment, and the lovely weather in DC today, but I think that brain injury advocacy is in good hands. All we need now are more hands.

Click here to learn about the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force

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