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WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities takes steps to educate the public during National Brain Injury Awareness Month

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The West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities is joining forces with

the Brain Injury Association of America and the National Association of State Head

Injury Administrators to educate the public about the incidence of brain injury and the

needs of people with brain injuries and their families during the month of March as

National Brain Injury Awareness Month with the following events:

•The CED’s Traumatic Brain Injury program is coordinating a conference today through

Friday (March 6-8) in Daniels, for survivors, caregivers and professionals.

• Gov. Jim Justice has issued a proclamation encouraging all West Virginians to

observe the month as National TBI Awareness Month in the Mountain State.

• The TBI program will also take its interactive brain exhibit to the WVU Day of Play in

Morgantown Saturday (March 9). At the event, families who donate a new bicycle or

motorcycle helmet will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift card. Helmets will be

distributed across the state in various school districts to families in need.

Quotes and Comments:

“Traumatic brain injuries are a significant health concern for West Virginians. Many

people do not realize the high number of brain injuries sustained in our state. This

month gives us a chance to put this in the spotlight. Not only are we working to provide

education to the public and professionals, we also want to increase the numbers of

people who reach out to us for services. Through our community social work and patient

navigation services, there is help for survivors and their family members.”Teresa 

McCourt, CED assistant director who oversees the TBI program.

Target Audiences:

• Individuals who have sustained brain injuries (survivors)

• Teachers

• Professionals who may encounter clients and families


TBI Conference website

CONTACT: Melina Danko, Communications Manager

Center for Excellence in Disabilities


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