- Each year, more than 200,000 Americans suffer post brain-injury effects that interfere with daily living skills.
- Independent living is impossible for 50,000 Americans each year because of a new brain injury.
- In San Diego County, more than 3,000 people suffer brain trauma every year. That’s an average of 8 people every day!
- Although extensive rehabilitation is crucial to a survivor’s recovery and re-entry into the community, most health insurance does not pay for post-hospitalization rehabilitation or work re-entry rehabilitation.
- Vehicle crashes account for more than 50% of traumatic brain injuries.
- Brain injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults in this country.
- Brain injuries can be caused by hitting the head one or more times, high temperatures, lack of oxygen to the brain and cerebral hemorrhage.
- Physical disabilities, impaired learning ability and personality changes are common among survivors. They may also have difficulty getting and holding a job and relating to society. They will have diminished living skills for the rest of their lives.
- SRF provides scholarships to survivors to enter Sharp work re-entry programs so that they can learn skills for living with their disabilities.
Visit these links for more information about brain injuries
Brain Injury Association USA
The mission of the Brain Injury Association is to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy.
Brain Injury Center
The Brain Injury Center has helpful information including a technical description of the brain, how it can be injured and the different levels of impairment. Good site for family members and caregivers to visit.
Traumatic Brain Injury Chatroom
Central location for several different chat rooms for brain injury survivors and caregivers. Links to support groups for survivors and caregivers.
Brain Injury Resource Center
The resource center includes a library of “difficult to find information” for caregivers and survivors, including an extensive glossary of terms associated with brain injuries.
Use the search feature for information about brain injuries. The site includes information describing the different types of acquired brain injuries and the variety of treatment programs. The site also has a list of San Diego support groups and clubs.