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Advocacy at the Federal Level

The Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania participates in advocacy activities at the Federal level.

Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill

Every year, the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force hosts Brain Injury Awareness Day in Washington, DC to celebrate March Brain Injury Awareness Month. This day is dedicated to educating elected officials about the full range of effects of brain injury, the challenges and recoveries of persons living with brain injury, and the services and supports available to them.

Events include:

  • A brain injury awareness fair
  • A briefing on a topic of interest to the brain injury community
  • A reception celebrating Brain Injury Awareness Month

BIAPA organizes a group of individuals with brain injury, family members, and advocates to attend this important event.  While we are there, we visit our legislators to educate them on issues affecting those with brain injury.

The Congressional Brain Injury Task Force is co-chaired by Congressman Bill Pascrell (NJ) and Congressman Thomas J Rooney (FL). It’s mission is to further education and awareness of brain injury including its incidence, prevalence, prevention and treatment.  If your representative is included on the membership list, contact him or her to offer thanks.  If not, contact him or her to suggest that he or she joins the task force.

You can find your representative at

http://www.house.gov/

 

Legislative Issues

BIAPA follows the legislative process in Washington, DC to maintain awareness of issues that might affect individuals with brain injury and their families.  Watch for Action Alerts which we send by email when there is potential legislation that requires advocacy and suggests contacting your representative to let him or her know your position.