B.R.A.I.N.

B.R.A.I.N. is an acronym for Brain Rehabilitation And Injury Network.  We are a non profit organization in Southern California that advocates for and administers help to brain injured individuals and their families.  B.R.A.I.N.’s mission is to advance research, recovery and residual care for brain injured adults 18 years and older.

The specific goal for B.R.A.I.N. is to create a community in Southern California for brain injured individuals needing recovery and/or long term residency. The community will provide a place where families can gain insight and information about brain injury.

B.R.A.I.N. exists to give those with brain injuries hope for the future.

We don’t want to lock them up…we want to lift them up!  When your brain doesn’t work right, nothing works right….right? Brain Injury is not always detectable by how someone looks. They may smile, offer a kind comment, or even respond accurately to a conversation but be struggling inside to maintain a persona that is in sync with society at large. Brain Injury is a name for a wide variety of brain issues. Each injury is unique in its scope of severity and its impact on the individual and the family. A brain injury is like trying to corral a tornado with a rope. Just when you may think you even understand what has happened to you, there can be a loss of hope to deal with it.

B.R.A.I.N. wants to assist you as you travel the long and winding road of brain injury. Finding the proper channels for help is a challenge in itself. How do you find help when you quite possibly cannot express yourself clearly down to the detail of saying your own name and phone number? How do you navigate the social services waters to get the help that you deserve if you cannot remember to make the various calls repeatedly or hang on to the endless phone trees when you are put on hold? How do you get to the medical offices on time if you are unable to drive or get confused about a bus schedule? You may feel like Alice in Wonderland who fell down the rabbit hole of brain injury. Everyone seems to make sense of things except you. The world to you is harsh and awkward, keeping you from fitting in.

Whether you had an incident that you knew hurt your head or you have been experiencing issues that could point to an unknown injury, B.R.A.I.N. advocates for you and wants you to know that you are NOT alone! Whether you are working to get out of a wheel chair or working at a job and hanging on for dear life…we are here for you. There is hope and help for you. We have a goal to create a community with a clinic, a meeting space for education and a residence for both transitional and long term living. This campus idea is born out of need for the brain injured to be cared for in one specific area so that transportation challenges are removed. We think a brain injured person should be able to walk from their therapy session, chat with friends in a cafe atmosphere and then take a class for occupational therapy across the street. We believe this continuous “learning-for-living” skill building is essential in gaining back a life of normalcy.

Until that community is built, we continue our advocacy for you now! Look through our website to learn about our social networking program called Brain Cells. We have social events to help you connect and meet others who are challenged by brain injury. We offer legal assistance to help you achieve what you deserve. We have real, live people who will give you time and a listening ear. A brain injury does NOT have to defeat you. We at B.R.A.I.N. will give you the tools to fight this battle and come out on top.

Love,

Sue