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What We Do

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PROMOTE EQUAL ACCESS * INCLUSION * PEER SUPPORT

Our focus is to help mild brain injury survivors affirm their lived experience so they may step out of survival mode and back into more independent living. 

Mission

Offer free peer-to-peer support groups and connect brain injury survivors to community networks and resources serving the Northern Virginia Area and extend to Northwestern Virginia communities of Winchester and surrounding counties. Progress can be facilitated in identified areas of need for people with disabilities due to mild to moderate brain injury.

Promote positive outcomes through equal access, inclusion, self-advocacy, and individual and systems advocacy to empower individuals with mild brain injury (also caused by stroke) to navigate and cope with day-to-day issues that affect them and those who support them.

Provide free information sessions, an online resource and open channels of communication with local, state and national service organizations, patient and disability advocate groups as a means to close service gaps in the community for mild brain injury survivors. 

Peer Mentoring / Peer Support

  • Individuals new to navigating disability, trauma and chronic illness

  • Individuals diagnosed with acquired brain injury including stroke 

  • Caregivers supporting loved ones with a disability

B.I.G Empowerment and Advocacy Support Group

Peer mentors are dedicated to stepping up efforts to help others cope with day-to-day challenges and overcome obstacles. Support Groups like B.I.G assist in the healing process so it is still possible to continue the journey to wellness emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. We consider the whole person and strive to provide a nurturing environment that is positive, productive and free of judgement. We meet each other with respect and understanding as we learn from one another, develop new friendships and prepare for the next chapter of our lives.

Peer Mentors have strengths in these areas:

  • ADA Compliance 

  • Healthcare/Medicare, Medicaid, Private

  • Patients' rights (fair & equal treatment)

  • Individuals new to disability

  • Social Security

  • Guardianship

  • Medicaid Waivers

  • Access/Inclusion

  • Patient Advocacy

  • Education planning (IEP/ISP)

  • Support for Parents of Disabled Children

  • Support/Caregiver Support

  • Family Life/Parenting

  • Home Health Care

  • Care Facility Concerns/Abuse

  • Writing Correspondence / Grievance Filing

    • Local municipalities, state and federal legislators, government officials and organizations

 

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