BIA of Maine, educating and rehabilitating consumers with brain injuries
The Brain Injury Association of Maine is No Longer Functioning!
The Brain Injury Association does not currently have an affiliate in Maine.
For information on brain injury dial 1-800-444-6443.
The nearest Brain Injury Support group in in New Hampshire
BIA of New Hampshire
109 North State Street, Suite 2
Concord, NH 03301
B.I.A (Brain Injury Association) was created to give a brighter future of knowledge for the people of maine in order to supply them with the information need with brain injury awareness, prevention and education.
B.I.A was founded back in 1982 , with individual members which had brain injury, have a family member, loved one with brain injury or knew someone with brain injury. All this lead to professionals providing help, assistance and services to those who needed it.
In 1995 they changed their name to the Brain Injury Association of Maine in keeping with our national affiliate, the Brain Injury Association of America. They educate the public and those who work with individuals with brain injury to understand the serious nature of the disability and it's consequences by distribution of relevant materials, conferences
they exist to assist and advocate for persons with acquired brain injury and their families. They advocate for and with individuals with brain injury and family members by responding to their challenges and representing their concerns through legislative efforts and active support of programs that address their needs. They serve the brain injury community by working to secure community based services, providing information and understanding.
The goals of the BIA include increasing awareness of brain injury, to provide education, information, resources , to advocate on behalf of and with individuals who have sustained brain injuries and their families and to promote prevention of brain injuries in our communities.
Resources & Referral Services
When an individual with brain injury, family member, caregiver, friend, or professional contacts the BIAME for help, that help is provided by our Information and Resource Specialist. Their role is to offer individualized support and guidance to ensure that the often complex and overwhelming challenges they are facing are negotiated more easily and effectively.
D. Jeigh was just 26 years old when her life drastically changed due to a traumatic brain injury . On her daily evening stroll, D. Jeigh was crossing the street in the crosswalk when she was struck down by a drunk driver. Her dreams for the future were forever altered.
Months of rehab followed for D. Jeigh. Her determination to regain her independence and her ability to walk became her guiding star. There were times when her emotional and physical pain was so overwhelming that she didn't think she had the strength to go on.
That's when she called the BIAME. D. Jeigh just needed someone to talk with. Someone that would listen to her, to cry with her, reassure her that all her hard work was not in vain. What a privilege for the BIAME to be part of D. Jeigh's life! She has been and continues to be an inspiration to the BIA staff as well as the brain injury community. Her love for living reminds us all that no matter what happens in your life, if you have a sense of humor and a determined spirit, you will succeed!
D. Jeigh now lives independently with her dog Dillion and her three cats. She is an avid horse rider and was currently asked to join an additional horse riding club.