Dr. Thomas A. Martin
1965 – 2015
The Brain Injury Association of Missouri and the community lost an exceptional clinician, strong advocate and sincere friend with the passing of Dr. Thomas A. Martin on May 7, 2015.
The following words of tribute for Dr. Tom Martin are shared by many:
I join you in total shock and sadness at the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Tom Martin. Tom and I worked together on the Brain Injury Association of Missouri Board of Directors for many years. I cherish the times we spent at the conference. I can’t think of anyone who enjoyed giving away the door prizes as much as he did! He took such pride in the strength of the conference over the years and he had quite a bit to do with that. Through his connections, we were able to entice amazing speakers for the conference. Tom was an outstanding neuropsychologist with a heart for the individual survivor and their family. What a legacy he leaves us. I can hardly bear to think of not talking with him again. My prayers go out to his children and mother as they cope with this loss. And to all of us who also knew him and thought so much of him, we are a community joined in shared sadness.
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Welcome to the Brain Injury Association of Missouri
News and Announcements
Registration Now Open
Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO)
11th Annual Statewide Professional Conference
October 15 – 17, 2015
St. Charles Convention Center
St. Charles, Missouri
The Brain Injury Association of Missouri 11th Annual Statewide Conference is the only conference in Missouri dedicated to current trends in innovative therapeutic strategies, cutting-edge and best practices treatment options, and research specifically relating to brain injury.
This Conference features national and local experts addressing issues of interest to professionals, survivors of brain injury and family members.
Sessions held Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16 will focus on topics of interest to healthcare professionals, rehabilitation specialists, social workers, vocational counselors, physicians, psychologists, mental health professionals, case managers, service coordinators, and others providing care for persons with brain injury. Sessions and presenters are listed in the Conference Brochure.
On Saturday, October 17, a special seminar will be held for survivors of brain injury and their families.
Learn more about the BIA-MO Annual Statewide Professional Conference.
Download Conference Registration Brochure.
Hotel Accommodation Special Rate at the Embassy Suites – St. Charles Deadline is October 1, 2015. Make your hotel reservation directly with the Embassy Suites online now or at 636-946-5544.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. View and print a Sponsorship brochure.
BIA-MO Survivor and Family Regional Seminar
The Brain Injury Association of Missouri Survivor and Family Regional Seminars provide helpful information, practical suggestions and support for life with brain injury.
2015 Program Agenda:
Brain Injury 101
Loving the New Me
Making and Keeping Relationships
Building Therapy Into Your Day
Ask the Specialists Panel
Guardianship Codes - Proposed Changes
*For session details and seminar locations, click here.
There is no charge but registration is required. Registration is easy!
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Sports Concussions Seminar
Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers
Videos of the seminar held in Columbia, MO is available
Every year, the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) hosts the Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers
in cooperation with the Department of Health and Senior Services/TBI Grant and several statewide organizations. This educational program provides sports and school personnel with current information on concussion care and his or her role in this care for youth.
Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers regional seminars were held in January and February 2015 at five locations: Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Kansas City, Springfield and St. Louis. The seminars were a success; attendance increased from 2014 by 25 percent to nearly 1,000 participants across Missouri.
A Concussion Overview for Parents and Athletes and the Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers seminar held in Columbia, MO is available to view here.
BIA-MO Social Recreation Event Coming Up Next:
Saturday, September 12
2265 Schuetz Road
Saint Louis, Missouri 63146
Join us at the BIA-MO office for a fun afternoon. Bring snacks to share if you would like.
RSVP to 314-426-4024 or email@example.com.
To download the 2015 Social Recreation Calendar, Click Here.
Beat the Heat – and Remember the Mission
For 28 years we have endured the St. Louis infamous hot temperatures on the day of the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) Annual Charity Golf Tournament. This year we will Beat the Heat and continue to focus on the Mission of BIA-MO.
Join us to Beat the Heat while still providing support, education, recreation and advocacy for survivors of brain injury and their families.
Please make your Beat the Heat virtual golf tournament donation online now. (link the online form to the “online now” words)
Bowling for Brain Injury – A Perfect Score!
Learn more about Bowling for Brain Injury
Saturday, June 20, 2015
St. Louis: Chesterfield Brunswick Zone
Springfield: Enterprise Park Lanes
Bowling for Brain Injury raised more than $23,000 to provide help, hope and healing for survivors of brain injury and their families. Thank you to the nearly 200 Fundraising-Bowlers and even more donors who made this event a huge success!
Your donation still counts! Your donation will make a difference through programs of support, education, recreation and advocacy through the Brain Injury Association.
Please make your Bowling for Brain Injury – Missouri gift online now.
Bowlers participated in two locations: in St. Louis at the Brunswick Zone – Chesterfield, and in Springfield at Enterprise Park Lanes. In addition, some were absentee or virtual bowlers, or they may have chosen to sponsor a bowler or team with a donation. Or perhaps were a corporate sponsor of the event. Any way you frame it, it was a perfect score for individuals living with the challenges of life with brain injury.
Become a Sponsor
BIA-MO Wilderness Camp
The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp is a week-long organized outdoor experience, held at Sunnyhill Adventures
in Dittmer, Missouri for persons with a brain injury.
The need for such a camp was determined several years ago through discussions with many families coping with the changes in their lives following a brain injury of a loved one. For survivors, there is a need to rebuild their self-confidence, to begin to learn how to overcome new obstacles and create a new life for themselves. For the caregiver, respite from daily responsibilities and care for their loved one is occasionally needed.
The BIA-MO Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp is dedicated to assisting survivors. Activities such as swimming, boating, fishing, arts & crafts, sports, games, zip lining, rocking climbing and paddle boating are adapted to the abilities. Participation in camp offers individuals with brain injuries opportunities for fun, time with others with brain injury and relaxation.
More information and details of the 2015 Wilderness camp, held May 31 – June 5, 2015, are available here.
YOU CAN Make a Difference
Your back-to-school, everyday and work shopping can benefit the Brain Injury Association of Missouri at no extra cost to you.
School and office supplies, clothes, dorm room essentials and more are all available through retailers such as Walmart, Amazon, Kohl’s, Best Buy, Verizon, Famous Footwear, Finish Line, Office Max and more.
When you make on-line purchases using the Shop Thru the Heart mall, a donation will be made to the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO). There is no additional cost to you or BIA-MO.
It is easy to Shop Thru the Heart
Go to www.shopthrutheheart.com
from the top of the screen
from the top of the screen (you can use the BIA-MO general account)
Enter the following information in the I’m a Returning Customer
box (case sensitive):
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Make your online purchases with up to 10 percent of your total being donated to the Brain Injury Association of Missouri, at no additional cost to you.
How does Shop Thru the Heart work, this sounds to good to be true?
mall receives a commission based on your purchases. They then make a donation to BIA-MO based on your purchase - when BIA-MO is your selected charity or you sign-in using the BIA-MO general account. There is no additional cost to you, your company, employees, colleagues and friends.
Please Shop Thru the Heart for your on-line purchases for home, school and work.
Membership – Voice of Brain Injury in Missouri
YOU can provide help and hope for individuals and families adjusting to life with brain injury.
You probably know a survivor of brain injury. You might be a survivor or have a loved one with brain injury. Perhaps you have a friend or colleague who is impacted by brain injury. You know the emotional roller-coaster survivors and families experience in these days, weeks, months and year that follow the injury.
Please be help and hope for survivors and their families, colleagues and friends or anyone you know that has been impacted by brain injury. A donation helps all of those listed above and more, to receive information and answers.
Your Membership in the Brain Injury Association of Missouri matters. It ensures that survivors of brain injury and their families have access to services, receive support and education to face new challenges, and celebrate accomplishments in their lives. Click here for more information about Membership.
Brain Injury Association of Missouri Board Meetings
Members of the Brain Injury Association of the Missouri are welcome to attend Board Meetings as a guest. The meeting dates for 2015 are:
All meetings are held at University Hospital, One Hospital Drive, Columbia, MO 65212 in the Main Street Conference Room on the 1st Floor. The Executive Committee meets at 9:15 am followed by the Board of Directors meeting at 10:30 am.