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Announcing: the Formation of the United Spinal Association - Mississippi Chapter

The Brain Injury Association of Mississippi Announces the Formation of the United Spinal Association, Mississippi Chapter, by Erin Pittman - The Tell Agency.

The Brain Injury Association of Mississippi (BIAMS) is thrilled to announce that as of April 16, 2021, we are now also the United Spinal Association, Mississippi Chapter. The BIAMS has always provided information, resources and assistance to both brain and spinal cord injury survivors, their families and caregivers. Now through the affiliation with the United Spinal Association (USA), the spinal cord injury/disorder community will have even more resources available to them.

Nick LiBassi, Vice-President of Partnership Expansion with USA, stated, “USA is honored to have the BIAMS as the USA, Mississippi Chapter. Their long-standing reputation of putting their survivors, caregivers and families of brain and spinal cord injuries first is what we look for in our chapters.”

In its 75 year, USA is dedicated to empowering people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including veterans, to live successful and fulfilling lives. Directed by people with disabilities, United Spinal Association works to overcome the stigma of disability and remove physical barriers to inclusion for wheelchair users. They are united in

their belief that businesses, people with disabilities, and society all benefit from providing equal opportunity to pursue passions, employment, and recreational opportunities. Their goal is to actively support people with SCI/D through valuable programs and services that maximize independence and create opportunities to become leaders, advocates, and innovators.

As the United Spinal Association, Mississippi Chapter, we look forward to being an active part of USA and are so grateful that we will be able to provide more resources, programs and advocacy specifically for our Mississippi SCI/D community,” according to Lee Moss, Executive Director.

The Brain Injury Association of Mississippi’s mission is, and always has been to enhance the quality of life for survivors of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries and their families and to develop support programs designed to prevent such injuries. This mission is implemented through the goals of Support, Prevention, Advocacy, Education & Resource Information.

The Brain Injury Association of Mississippi (BIAMS) was founded in 1987 by a group of brain injury survivors, families and professionals who realized that support, information and resource needs were not being met by the existing system. The Association became a state affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America in 1989. The Association,

with a statewide office in Jackson, sponsors support groups and has built an outreach program with Mississippi hospitals and rehabilitation centers for support of TBI/SCI survivors and their families. The Association also provides educational conferences for professionals and speaks to civic groups to increase public awareness of the

specific needs and concerns of survivors, hosts a website with brain and spinal cord injury resources and helpful links, provides recreational opportunities for survivors of TBI/SCI and develops educational programs that focus on prevention of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.

The BIAMS has been involved in legislative advocacy including the 2006 MS Seatbelt Law, the 2010 Graduated Driver’s License Law, the first legislation in MS to require ATV helmets and education, spearheaded the passage of the MS Youth Sports Concussion Law in 2014 and is pushing for more brain and spinal cord facilities in our state.

The Association has always provided safety programs throughout the state and distributed over 100,000 multi-sport helmets to children at no cost to them or to their parents for many years through a valuable program called the “Ride and Roll Injury Prevention Program.” Fall prevention is a major focus for the BIAMS now, with falls being the #1

cause of brain injuries. The BIAMS staff has worked with Mississippi’s active-duty military personnel and works with veterans who have sustained brain and spinal cord injuries and suffer with PTSD.

BIAMS | USA - Mississippi Chapter | 1640 Lelia Drive, Suite 100 | Jackson, MS 39296

Contact us: lmoss@msbraininjury.org or on our website: msbraininjury.org

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