How we can help
- Every 23 seconds a brain injury
occurs in the United States.
- Around 5.3 million Americans (2%
of US population) live with disabilities from brain injuries,
250,000 of these people live in Illinois.
- Each year ONE MILLION people are
treated and released from emergency rooms and 50,000 people die.
- The cost of traumatic brain
injury, in the United States, exceeds $48 BILLION annually.
- Brain injuries are the #1 killer
of persons under the age of 44. They kill more Americans under the
age of 34 than all diseases combined.
The Brain Injury Association of
Illinois (BIA of IL) is a not-for-profit, statewide membership
organization comprised of people with brain injuries, family
members, friends and professionals. BIA of IL is part of a network
of brain injury associations across the United States, and is a
subsidiary of the national Brain Injury Association, Inc. (BIA)
which was founded in 1980. The BIA of IL is the only organization in
Illinois serving individuals with TBI, their families and
professionals who treat them and is dedicated to providing
information, advocacy, and support.
The mission of the
Brain Injury Association of Illinois is to create a better future
through brain injury awareness, prevention, education and advocacy.
Acting as an
information and resource clearinghouse
statewide support groups
Hosting adult and
pediatric recreational camps
participating in legislative advocacy
Our intention is to assist in
developing communication channels between families and professionals
in a way that; improves relationships and cooperation, enhances team
work and helps reduce the possibility for future resentments through
In this new era of managed care and
organizational changes, agencies search for viable options for their
patients due to decreased resources, lengths of stay, and changing
family structures. BIA of IL feels collaboration is critical for
effective service delivery. Therefore, BIA of IL coalesces with
local, state and national organizations to consistently lead
Illinois into providing quality, affordable and accessible services
to people with brain injuries and their families.
Thank you for your interest and
support of the Brain Injury Association of Illinois!