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Brain Injury Association of Michigan
8619 W. Grand River, Suite 1 / Brighton, MI 48116-2334
(810) 229-5880
The Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI) is a nonprofit organization that brings together persons with brain injury, their families and friends, concerned professionals, and their communities. Founded in 1981, the group focuses on education, advocacy, support, prevention and research. In addition to supporting more than 20 local Michigan chapters, BIAMI also sponsors 2 summer golf outings, a Labor Day Bridgewalk, a summer camp for kids, and a top-notch annual statewide fall conference which is the largest of its kind in the United States.

Brain Injury Association of America
8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 611 / McLean, VA 22102
(800) 444-6443
Based in Alexandria, Virginia just outside of Washington D.C., the Brain Injury Association of America focuses on brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy. BIAA is the liaison for all of the statewide organizations (such as the BIA of Michigan), which encompasses a national network of more than 40 chartered state affiliates across the country, as well as hundreds of local chapters and support groups. The organization was founded in 1980 by a group of individuals who wanted to improve the quality of life for their family members who had sustained brain injuries. Special Tree is involved with the BIAA, with Learning Systems & Human Resources Leader Ken Handwerger involved in the national CBIS program, and President & CEO Joe Richert currently serving as Chair Elect of the BIAA Board of Directors.

Creative Mobility Group- Detroit West
33073 Michigan Ave. / Wayne, MI 48184
(734) 595-4400
The Creative Mobility Group provides new and used wheelchair accessible vans including rear-entry & side-entry lowered floor minivans, full-size conversion vans, SUVs and para-transit vehicles. We also offer vehicle modifications such as hand controls, left-foot accelerators, wheelchair securement systems, and scooter & power wheelchair lifts. The Creative Mobility Group is a family-owned, Michigan-based company. We have highly trained sales and service staff with unmatched industry experience.

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit
3111 Grand River Avenue / Detroit, MI 48208-2962
(313) 964-3900
Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit provides people who have disabilities and other barriers to employment with opportunities to become independent, self-supporting citizens through training, work experience and employment in the community. Special Tree has formed a powerful partnership with Goodwill which helps us provide clients with a wide array of vocational services. Goodwill is a Tier One supplier to the auto industry, and is a QS-9000 and ISO-9002 certified supplier.

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living (AACIL)
3941 Research Park Dr. / Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 971-0277
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living (AACIL) assists people with disabilities and their families in living full and productive lives. Their mission is to assure the equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living and economic self-sufficiency of people with disabilities in our community. Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are very different from traditional agencies, because they are staffed and operated mainly by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities. AACIL was established in 1976, the fourth CIL created in the United States, and recently celebrated their 25th anniversary.

Medtronic is the world leader in medical technology providing lifelong solutions for people with chronic disease. They offer products, therapies and services that enhance or extend the lives of millions of people. Each year, 2.5 million people benefit from Medtronic's technology, used to treat conditions such as heart disease, neurological disorders, and vascular illnesses.

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Accrediting Agencies

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
CARF is an independent, not-for-profit accrediting organization which establishes customer-focused standards to help providers measure and improve the quality, value, and outcomes of their services.

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Brain Injury Education & Resources

What is Brain Injury?

Educational information about traumatic brain injury, resources, statistics, and information about medical breakthroughs and advancements from the Brain Injury Association of America.

What is Brain Injury?

Similar information from the Michigan Chapter of the BIAA.

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) provides valuable resources for medical specialists worldwide who are committed to improving the care of patients with neurological diseases. The AAN and the AAN Foundation also provide information to help patients and families find answers to the many questions surrounding brain diseases.

TBI Information on the CDC Website

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States. The CDC includes information and facts about Traumatic Brain Injury on their website.

The Whole Brain Atlas
View pictures of the human brain which show various conditions including the normal brain, stroke, brain injury, brain tumor and more. Maintained by Keith A. Johnson of Harvard and J. Alex Becker of MIT, the Whole Brain Atlas is intended as an introduction to basic neuroanatomy, with emphasis on the pathoanatomy of several leading central nervous system diseases.

National Resource Center for Traumatic Brain Injury

The mission of the National Resource Center for Traumatic Brain Injury is to provide relevant, practical information for professionals, persons with brain injury, and family members. Many of our products were developed by nationally recognized experts. We have more than 20 years of experience developing intervention programs, assessment tools, and investigating the special needs and problems of people with brain injury and their families.

National Database of Educational Resources on Traumatic Brain Injury

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, United States Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, and Maternal and Child Health Bureau have collaborated to make this resource available which includes materials relevant to TBI or a related area which are informational and/or educational in nature and follow current “general accepted” practices.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model Systems
The Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (TBIMS) program was created and funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in 1987 to demonstrate the benefits of a coordinated system of neurotrauma and rehabilitation care and conduct innovative research on all aspects of care for those who sustain traumatic brain injuries. Each Center systematically collects important data about each individual who meets criteria for inclusion in the TBI National Database and sends this information to the TBI National Data Center at KMRREC. The Centers are currently located at 16 sites throughout the United States that provide comprehensive systems of brain injury care to individuals who sustain a traumatic brain injury, from acute care through community re-entry. The mission of the TBIMS is to improve the lives of persons who experience traumatic brain injury, their families and communities by creating and disseminating new knowledge about the course, treatment and outcomes relating to their condition.

Center for Outcome Measurement in Brain Injury (COMBI)
COMBI is an online resource for those needing detailed information and support in regards to outcome measures for brain injuries.

TBI Research & Training Center, Mount Sinai NYC
The Research and Training Center's (RTC) purpose is to expand the knowledge of 'what works' to help people with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in living their lives after injury. Current research includes projects on getting back to work, aging with TBI, emotional adjustment post-TBI, screening for TBI in children, substance abuse prevention and peer mentoring. The primary purpose of their website is to disseminate to people with TBI, their family members and to professionals the results of the Center's research and training activities. The RTC is based at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

Coma Recovery Association
CRA is a non-profit support organization for coma and brain injury survivors, family members, friends and professionals. Their purpose is to help persons who have experienced coma or brain injury and their families by providing information and referrals, enabling them to make informed choices regarding treatment, rehabilitation and socialization alternatives as well as support from others who struggle with similar concerns. They also coordinate support meetings near their home base in Westbury, New York.

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
Brain Injury Articles
JAMA, published continuously since in 1883, is an international peer-reviewed general medical journal published 48 times per year. JAMA is the most widely circulated medical journal in the world. The key objective of the group is to promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of the public health. A search on "brain injury" or "spinal cord injury" on the JAMA website may lead you to valuable information on these topics, including some of the medical association's most up-to-date research.

National Stroke Association
7272 Greenville Ave. / Dallas, TX 75231
The National Stroke Association (NSA), founded in 1984, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating stroke survivors, families, health care professionals, and the general public about stroke. It seeks to reduce the incidence and effects of stroke through activities related to prevention, medical care, research, rehabilitation, and resocialization. NSA develops and distributes educational materials and a newsletter; publishes a stroke journal and professional newsletter; operates a national clearinghouse for information and referral; promotes research and disseminates research findings; advocates; develops workshops; and provides guidance in developing stroke clubs and stroke support groups.

Shaken Baby Syndrome Alliance
The mission of the Shaken Baby Alliance is to provide support for families who have experienced SBS (including adoptive and foster parents), provide education regarding prevention, and advocate for justice for SBS victims and increase SBS awareness.

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Spinal Cord Injury Education & Resources

United Spinal Association
120-34 Queens Blvd Suite 320
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
United Spinal Association is a national 501(c) (3) nonprofit membership organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including veterans, and provide support and information to loved ones, care providers and professionals.
We believe no person should be excluded from opportunity based on their disability. Our goal is to provide people living with SCI/D programs and services that maximize their independence and enable them to remain active in their communities.

Paralyzed Veterans of America
Healthcare Helpline: 1-800-232-1782
Donor Hotline: 1-800-555-9140
Benefits Helpline: 1-866-734-0857
The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) was founded in l946 as a national service organization to meet the needs of veterans who were paralyzed as a result of disease or injury to the spinal cord. PVA is supported by donations from the general public. It works to ensure quality health care, rehabilitation, and full civil rights for veterans with spinal cord injuries or diseases, and all persons with a disability. PVA supports legislation and advances in medicine and technology through various programs, activities, and such departments as: the Spinal Cord Research Foundation; Education and Training Foundation; National Research Program; National Advocacy Program; National Legislation Program; National Veterans Benefits Program; and a National Sports and Recreation Program.

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living (AACIL)
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living (AACIL) assists people with disabilities and their families in living full and productive lives. Their mission is to assure the equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living and economic self-sufficiency of people with disabilities in our community. Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are very different from traditional agencies, because they are staffed and operated mainly by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities. AACIL was established in 1976, the fourth CIL created in the United States, and recently celebrated their 25th anniversary.

American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA)
During the decade of the 1960s, physicians and other medical professionals engaged in the treatment of spinal cord injury sought to align themselves as a group, in an effort to exchange ideas and work together toward the establishment of a model for care delivery to this patient population. The early 1970s brought support for the concept of a model of care from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (under the then Department of Health, Education and Welfare) which created the “model spinal cord injury systems” program. The program is now supported by the Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. It was out of this group the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) was created in 1973.

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Disability Rights & Connections

ican is quickly becoming the web ‘home’ for people with disabilities. This on-line community is a one-stop resource for information, guidance, conversation and companionship. The vast collection of resources and information is helpful not only for those who face the daily challenges of living with a disability, but also for people who have a personal connection to the disability community. Friends, family, support groups— everyone is welcome at ican.

Michigan Disability Rights Coalition
Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC) is a statewide network of individuals and organizations that advance the issues of Michigan’s disability community through grassroots activism, public education and advocacy.

Work Support
Provides information, resources, and research about work and disability issues.

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Wellness, Prevention & Support

Think First
Each year an estimated 500,000 persons sustain brain and spinal cord injuries in the United States. The most frequent causes of these injuries are motor vehicle crashes, falls, sports and recreation, especially diving, and violence. Children and teens are at high-risk for these devastating injuries, many of which are preventable. ThinkFirst, the National Injury Prevention Programs award-winning public education efforts target this high-risk age group. Their upbeat programs educate young people about personal vulnerability and risk taking. The message is that you can have a fun-filled, exciting life, without hurting yourself if you "ThinkFirst" and use your mind to protect your body. More than 8 million young people have heard the ThinkFirst message.

Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
BHSI is the helmet advocacy program of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. They are a small, active, non-profit consumer-funded program acting as a clearinghouse and a technical resource for bicycle helmet information. BHSI explains the technology of helmets to consumers, and promotes better helmets through improved standards. The site offers resources such as Helmet Buying Guides, information about how to properly fit a helmet, and recent safety data and statistics.

Kid's Health
KidsHealth provides doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. The site is divided into sections for parents, kids, and teens.

Family Caregiver Alliance
Provides information, education, resources, and support for families caring for loved ones with chronic health problems and long term disabilities.

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Assistive Devices & Technology

Dyna-Vox Augmentative Communication Devices
DynaVox Systems provides augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) products and advanced AAC solutions. Their goal is to improve and empower the lives of individuals with speech disabilities.

Maxi Aids
Maxi-Aids is a leading provider of adaptive products, products for independent living, and other tools designed to help make it easier to perform daily tasks.

Mayer-Johnson Augmentative Communication Products
Offers products for special needs and education relating to brain injury, aphasia, autism and related issues. Augmentative Communication refers to the use of aids or techniques that supplement existing verbal communication skills. For example, the general population uses the techniques of gestures and facial expressions to augment their speaking capabilities. But for those persons whose speech is unintelligible or nonexistent more is needed to enable them to communicate with others. This can involve sign language, the written word, picture symbols, and other aids and techniques. Devices are available that are dedicated to augmentative communication. Many of these devices include voice and scanning capabilities.

Gloabal Assistive Devices
Global Assistive Devices, Inc. was incorporated in 1989 to manufacture and distribute top quality Assistive Devices for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Tools for Wellness
Tools For Wellness offers specialized products for cognitive enhancement, physical or mental performance, anti-aging, consciousness exploration and expansion, optimal wellness, defense against harmful environmental influences, self-improvement, and other tools which may be incorporated into a rehabilitation program.

Assistive Tech
A resource for assistive technology (AT) and a link to a wide variety of AT and disability-related information.

Interactive facial animation with convincing emotive expressiveness and Paul Ekman Research
The interactive facial animation applet was developed through research by New York University Professor Ken Perlin. The program is used to help children with autism and other disabilities build skills to help in dealing with an often incomprehensible world. The eventual goal of the research is to give computer/human interfaces the ability to represent the subtleties we take for granted in face to face communication, so that they can function as agents for an emotional point of view. Much of the work is based upon Paul Ekman’s Facial Action Coding System. Ekman was a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco who developed research that has been widely used in cross-cultural studies, and more recently in neuropsychological research.

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Professional Associations

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) is the national organization that represents physician assistants (PAs) in all specialties and all employment settings. Its membership also includes physician assistant students and supporters of the profession.

American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)
With more than 35,000 members nationwide, the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) is the only professional society for respiratory therapists in skilled nursing centers, hospitals and with home care companies, managers of respiratory and cardiopulmonary services, and educators who provide respiratory care training.

American Dietetic Association (ADA)
With nearly 70,000 members, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) is the nation’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health and well-being.

American Nurses Association (ANA)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the full-service professional organization which represents the nation's 2.7 million registered nurses (RNs) through its 54 constituent member associations. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is the nationally recognized professional association of approximately 35,000 occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students of occupational therapy.

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is a national professional organization representing more than 63,000 members. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 115,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.

American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)
The American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) is the largest, national membership organization representing the interests and need of recreational therapists. Recreational therapists are health care providers using recreational therapy interventions for improved functioning of individuals with illness or disabling conditions.

Case Management Society of America (CMSA)
The Case Management Society of America (CMSA) is an international, non-profit organization founded in 1990 dedicated to the support and development of the profession of case management through educational forums, networking opportunities and legislative involvement. Its mission is to promote the growth & value of case management and to support the evolving needs of the case management professional.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 153,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB)
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) is an independent, private, nonprofit organization formed to set high standards of ethical and professional practice through a recognized, credible credentialing program. NCBTMB also promotes the worth of National Certification to the public and the profession, maintains the quality of the National Certification Program, and requires continuing education to keep practitioners current with advances in the field. NCBTMB certifies massage therapists and bodyworkers on behalf of the profession for the benefit of consumers, employers and practitioners.

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Area Hospitals

Bon Secours Cottage Health Services, Grosse Pointe

Botsford General Hospital, Farmington Hills

Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit

Covenant Medical Center, Saginaw

Detroit Medical Center, Detroit

Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center, Detroit

Garden City Osteopathic Hospital, Garden City

Harper Hospital, Detroit

Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit

Huron Valley Sinai Hospital, Commerce

Mount Clemens General Hospital, Mount Clemens

Oakwood Healthcare System, Dearborn

Providence Hospital, Southfield

Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Detroit

St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Ann Arbor

St. Joseph’s Mercy of Macomb, Clinton Township

St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit

Sinai Grace Hospital, Detroit

University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor

William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak

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