Advocacy by and for People with ABI (Acquired Brain Injury)
Public Policy of the Brain Injury Network Policy dated 9-12-09
Survivor Priorities and Survivor Community Priorities: Access to counseling, education, information, medical treatment and mental health services. Affordable clothing, food, health care, housing, rehabilitation services, and transportation. An accessible world. Assistive devices and medical equipment. Assisted housing. Caregiver help. Community reintegration programs. Crisis management. Dignity. Disability Insurance. Educational programs dealing with health, prevention, public awareness and safety. Help negotiating the system. Help transitioning from the hospital and rehabilitation setting to the community (community reintegration services). Honesty. Independent living skills training. Information and referral services. Insurance covering rehabilitation, for example, cognitive, occupational, physical, and speech therapy rehabilitation. Insurance in spite of our having brain injuries. Job training, follow-along and accommodations. Medical insurance. Peer support. Programs to teach people with brain injuries strategies that help them overcome cognitive, physical and behavioral issues. Programs to apprise us of our strengths and to help us utilize our strengths. Ombudsmen. Research. Respect. Safe programs. Special interventions for survivors who are isolated, disabled or homeless. Universal health care.