Category Archives: Disabilitiies

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2nd Annual Backpack Giveaway

The Arc Lancaster Lebanon Friends and Family

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Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania

Save These Dates!
Highmark Walk – Lehigh Valley
Saturday, June 4, 2022
DeSales University – Center Valley, PA
  Grey Matters…Jamming for BIAPA
Sunday, June 5, 2022
Moss Mill Brewing Company
Huntingdon Valley, PA

BIAPA Annual Conference
June 26 – 28, 2022
Lancaster Marriott – Lancaster, PA

Brain Injury Challenge: Race for Recovery
Saturday, October 22, 2022
Tyler State Park – Richboro, PA
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The 2022 BIAPA Annual Conference is approaching fast. This year it will be held in person at the Lancaster Marriott & Convention Center located in the heart of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This exciting event kicks off on Sunday, June 26th and wraps up on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. The conference offers: 16 CEU In-Person Conference Opportunities 7 Bonus On-Demand CEUs Available Post Conference Experts present on Ethics, Headaches, Sleep, Opioids, Supports and More! In addition to the many educational opportunities available at the conference, there are also many fun, social events such as The Sunday Night Movie featuring the “Best Summer Ever” Musical. Monday evening features a Dinner Reception and Silent Auction as well as Coffee House with Cristabelle Braden.

We’d love to see you at the conference! There will be no walk-in registrations accepted at this conference. Register Today
Certified Brain Injury Specialist Review Course BIAPA will be holding a virtual 4-Part review course for those preparing to become Certified Brain Injury Specialists on June 29, July 6, July 13, and July 20, 2022 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm each day. The CBIS Preparation Course will cover topics contained in the Essentials of Brain Injury Guide, Edition 5.0. It was pre-recorded by CBIS Trainers, and will include live Q&A sessions with the CBISTs at the end of each session. 

For additional information and details on how to register for this course, please CLICK HERE
Employment Opportunities NeuroResource Facilitator
BIAPA, in collaboration with the PA Department of Health, is working to connect individuals with brain injuries to care across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This project aims to connect individuals with treatment, resources, and benefits, as well as to build natural supports in the community. BIAPA is currently seeking to hire two part-time NeuroResource Facilitators in western Pennsylvania to take on this important work.

Clinical Research Data Collector:
Re-Entry Assistance from Community to Home (REACH)
BIAPA is currently seeking a part-time Clinical Research Data Collector for our REACH Project. The Data Collector will conduct follow-up outcomes data collection with research participants at predetermined intervals according to a research protocol. The Data Collector will contact participants by phone, conduct interviews to collect information needed, record data into the study’s database, and communicate with study team members as needed.  

For additional details on these employment opportunities, please CLICK HERE
pampered%20chef.jpeg Pampered Chef Online Fundraiser for BIAPA BIAPA volunteer Joan Steinberg is hosting an online Pampered Chef fundraiser for the BIAPA team participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in the Lehigh Valley.  During the month of May, Pampered Chef will donate to BIAPA 30% of all sales made through Joan’s online store.  Follow this link to explore Pampered Chef’s irresistible kitchen and food items. Today is the last day to place your order.
Support Group Corner The topic for the BIAPA online support group in May was the Brightway app that features more than 100 live virtual group classes across the country each month free of charge! Special guest Yannick from Brightway Health demonstrated the app.  Members of the group were enthusiastic about the potential to find fun activities and made a plan to test out specific sections and report back to the group next month.  The app can be downloaded free of charge from google play or the apps store and used on smart phones and tablets. In addition to reviewing the experiences of members using the Brightway Events app, the June meeting will feature special guest Jennifer Lynn Robinson, a person with brain injury who delivered the TEDx talk “From Fighting for Breath to Fighting for Life”  in March 2020. She will share her inspiring story and lessons learned with the group. The BIAPA online support group will meet on Thursday, June 16th at 5:00 PM. Please email survivorsupport@biapa.org if you would like to be included on the distribution list to receive an invitation and link to the Zoom meeting.  A full list of all of Pennsylvania’s support groups, with contact information for each, is on the  BIAPA website’s Support Group Listing Page. If you are aware of groups that are meeting through videoconferencing, please contact Candace Gantt, BIAPA Board member, at candace.gantt@verizon.net, so we can let others know about them.
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Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania
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Chambersburg, PA 17201
Phone/Fax: 833-242-7248 

Abilities in Motion Event – June 17

Abilities in Motion Upcoming Events!

Abilities in Motion Art Show at Goggleworks

Open Barn Event – Take Heart Counseling & Equine Assisted Therapy

You are invited to attend our annual Open Barn event! Bring your friends, families, coworkers, etc. with you to learn more about who we are and what we do!

Take Heart Counseling & Equine Assisted Therapy

699 Wooltown Road, Wernersville, PA 19565
(717) 917-7137

Empowering individuals and families to find hope, healing and wholeness through therapeutic work with horses.

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Working With Clients with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) A Panel Discussion May 19 2022

Working With Clients with Severe Mental Illness (SMI)A Panel Discussion
Thursday, May 19, 2022
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Edinboro University Frank G. Pogue Student Center Room 303 B
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AgrAbility PA: News & Resources for Farmers with a Disability

Field Notes E-Newsletter | Spring 2022  News & Resources for Farmers with a Disability or Long-Term Health Condition   AgrAbility PA assists farmers and agricultural workers with a disability or long-term health condition by providing direct services and support they need to live independently and to continue working in or return to production agricultural.AgrAbilityPA.org   Lights, Camera, Action!AgrAbility PA farmers share their stories AgrAbility PA is capturing farmer success stories this spring — sharing the trials and tribulations in overcoming a disability or health condition to continue working in agriculture. Thanks to ProArts Media for working with us! AgrAbility PA caught up with Dennis and Lori Hunsberger at their farm in Middleburg. Dennis underwent a double amputation due to complications from bacterial meningitis in 2016 and Lori has battled a chronic illness for many years. Together, they have continued to farm 500+ acres and raise over a 100,000 chickens. The key to their success: Dennis says, “It is all about D-E-T-E-R-M-I-N-A-T-I-O-N!” Listen to Dennis and Lori’s story as captured by NPR’s WHYY radio station broadcasted in Philadelphia & Wilmington. Stay tuned for the AgrAbility PA farmer videos — COMING SUMMER 2022! Listen: Staying Mobile to Keep Farming   2022 PA Farmer Veteran Network Conference Toolkit

AgrAbility PA exhibited at the PA Farmer Veteran Network’s annual conference in April. It was a great opportunity to connect with Veterans and Veteran-centric organizations involved in agriculture. The conference toolkit is a great resource!

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http://www.troopstotractors.org AgrAbility Regional Workshop in Columbus, OH: June 28-30

Ohio AgrAbility is hosting a 3-day workshop focusing on urban agriculture, working with vocational rehabilitation, prescription medication safety, assistive technology in agriculture, farming with a developmental disability, & more. Register now!

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goodwillofthefingerlakes.re...    Assistive Technology Spotlight:Agricultural Mobility Equipment & Modifications Take Your Life Back with LifeLyfts by Life Essentials

Life Essentials is often an ESSENTIAL part of assisting a farmer with a disability or health condition. They offer a variety of mobility aids to help at work, home, or recreationally: pilot & platform lifts, hand controls, ramps, scooters, & more.

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http://lifelyfts.com    May is Mental Health Awareness Month Farming can be a life full of accomplishment and challenges. Many aspects of the job are beyond a farmer’s control — market prices, regulations, drought, and disease outbreak, and more. Combined with long hours and financial pressures, farmers can experience high levels of stress.  Thanks to AgrAbility Project Manager Linda Fetzer who recently co-presented several sessions of the workshop, “Communicating with Farmers Under Stress, to agricultural service providers in Pennsylvania. The workshops were funded by the PA Department of Agriculture’s USDA-NIFA state-FRSAN grant and were a partnership with the Center for Dairy Excellence.Additional Resources:  ·     Help Lines in Pennsylvania (by county) ·     National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 ·     1-800-FARM-AID or online ·     Center for Dairy Excellence ·     National AgrAbility Project   AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians Project814-867-5288agrability@psu.edu‌ ‌ ‌ ‌   AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians Project is supported under USDA/NIFA Special Projects 2021-41590-34811 in collaboration with Penn State Extension. Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences research and extension programs are funded in part by Pennsylvania counties, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and USDA. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. UCP Central PA assures equal opportunities for all individuals regardless of age, sex, race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, disability, handicap, sexual preference, life style, political belief, union membership, limited English proficiency, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law. AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians is a statewide partnership between Penn State Extension and UCP Central PA. AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians is a statewide partnership between Penn State Extension and UCP Central PA. This content is available in alternative media on request.  

Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania


Save the Date Run, Walk, Roll for Brain Injury
Saturday, April 30, 2022
Tyler State Park – Richboro, PA Highmark Walk – Pittsburgh
Saturday, May 7, 2022
Heinz Field – Pittsburgh

Tribute Trek
Saturday, May 21, 2022
East Goshen Township Park – West Chester, PA

Highmark Walk – Lehigh Valley
Saturday, June 2, 2022
DeSales University – Center Valley, PA

BIAPA Annual Conference
June 26 – 28, 2022
Lancaster Marriott – Lancaster, PA
Registration is open! Grey Matters…Jamming for BIAPAJune 5, 2022
Moss Mill Brewing Company
Huntingdon Valley, PA Brain Injury Challenge: Race for Recovery Saturday, October 22, 2022
Tyler State Park – Richboro, PA
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BIAPA’s 2022 Annual Conference
Registration is Open!

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Join us for our annual in-person conference: Celebrating Connections and Collaboration in Brain Injury Rehabilitation, June 26-28, 2022 at Lancaster Marriott & Convention Center in Lancaster, PA.

The 2022 conference features 8 dynamic keynote and plenary speakers.

On Sunday, June 26th at 2:00 PM, Cristabelle Braden will present “Hope in Song: Music in Recovery Following Brain Injury.”Also on Sunday at 6:30 PM, Padraig Tangney and Dr. Drew Nagele will present “Value-Based Payments and How to Prepare Your Organization.”

Dr. Lydia Navarro-Walker will present “Understanding the Effect of Bias in Equitable and Client-Centered Care in 21st Century Healthcare” on Monday, June 27th at 9:00 AM.

8:30 AM on Tuesday, June 28th, Dr. Miriam Segal, Dr. Thomas Watanabe and Dr. Max Schmidheiser present “Optimizing Sleep after Brain Injury: Problems, Implications and Treatment Options.”

Dr. Randel Swanson will present at 1:45 PM on Tuesday, June 28th, “Modifiable Risk Factors after TBI for the Long-Term Prevention of Cognitive Decline.”Screen%20Shot%202022-04-27%20at%209_28_15%20AM.pngThis is just a small sampling of the great topics covered at our 2022 conference. You don’t want to miss this conference! For additional information on all presenters and topics and to register, please CLICK HERE.
Calling All Artists
BIAPA%20Art%20Cards.png The Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania is searching for artwork created by brain injury survivors to feature on greeting cards that will be sold to benefit BIAPA initiatives.

If you’d like to submit your work to be considered for this project, please email a good quality picture of it – horizontal images only – to survivorsupport@biapa.org.

Deadline is 9:00 AM on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

Five images will be selected for the cards, and all submissions will be featured on BIAPA’s website and social media.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Tracy Onyekanne at survivorsupport@biapa.org. Please use subject line “Art Cards”.
Brain Injury Awareness Day in Harrisburg
On Wednesday March 29, the Second Annual Brain Injury Awareness Day was held at the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building in Harrisburg.  The day started with a Rally in the Rotunda, a truly inspiring space!  Senators Aument and Kearney spoke about their commitment to keeping the issues affecting individuals with brain injury and their family members in mind as they do their day to day work in the legislature.  They serve as co-chairs of the Brain Injury Caucus, along with Representatives Pickett and Briggs, who spoke at a reception in the afternoon. Stefanie Bauman provided educational information about brain injury in her address to the group.  Kevin McDonald and Melissa Carmen told their stories, which inspired the group and brought to life the issues experienced by individuals with brain injury. Many attendees made visits to their legislators over the course of the day to inform them about issues affecting individuals in Pennsylvania with brain injury. Dr. Drew Nagele facilitated a panel discussion on brain injury in the afternoon, and the day closed with a reception and opportunity to network with others in attendance. 4F02084D-68FC-4A99-B9C2-09FDFC29D360.jpeg A special feature of the day was a podcast hosted by Candace Gantt of the Mind Your Brain Foundation and recorded live in Senator Kearney’s office. The podcast includes comments from Senator Kearney, PA Brain Injury Caucus co-chair; Melissa Carmen and Kevin McDonald, brain injury survivors and organizers of the event; Ann Marie McLaughlin, BIAPA President; and Drew Nagele, co-chair of the PA Brain Injury Coalition, pictured above.  Season 2, Episode 7 of Mind Your Brain Foundation’s podcast was recorded live in Harrisburg, Pa. in Senator Timothy Kearney’s office. If you’d like to listen to this informative podcast, please click here.Thank you to Melissa Carmen and Kevin McDonald, who organized this successful event, and to the Pennsylvania Brain Injury Coalition for their support. Stay tuned for pictures from this productive day!
Tribute Trek 2022
Tribute Trek is returning on May 21st at East Goshen State Park in West Chester. This event was started in 2010 by Todd Clark in memory of Dr. David L. Strauss who lost his battle with brain cancer at 48 years of age. Dr. Strauss was one of the founders of ReMed. Click here for additional information or to register for the event.For over a decade, Todd and the local brain injury community of survivors, families, caregivers, colleagues, and friends gather to “trek” and raise funds for the David Strauss Scholarship Fund, which provides brain injury survivors and their families an opportunity to attend the BIAPA  Annual Conference.David%20Strauss.png 
Pampered Chef Online Fundraiser for BIAPABIAPA volunteer Joan Steinberg is hosting an online Pampered Chef fundraiser for the BIAPA team participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in the Lehigh Valley.  During the month of May, Pampered Chef will donate to BIAPA 30% of all sales made through Joan’s online store.  Follow this link to explore Pampered Chef’s irresistible kitchen and food items and begin shopping on May 1.
Support Group Corner BIAPA%20May%20SupportGroup.png The topic for the BIAPA online support group in May will be special guest Yannick from Brightway Health to discuss the new Brightway Events app.The Brightway app lets you join more than 100 live virtual group classes from top rehabilitation organizations each month for FREE! The support group will meet on Thursday, May 19th at 5:00 PM.Please email survivorsupport@biapa.org if you would like to be included on the distribution list to receive an invitation and link to the Zoom meeting. A full list of all of Pennsylvania’s support groups, with contact information for each, is on the  BIAPA website’s Support Group Listing Page. If you are aware of groups that are meeting through videoconferencing, please contact Candace Gantt, BIAPA Board member, at candace.gantt@verizon.net, so we can let others know about them.
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