Brain Injury Services

Support

Many of the BIA-MO affiliated support groups are meeting online due to COVID. For current information and login details for a specific support group, contact Bessie Cox the BIA-MO Program Manager at Bcox@biamo.org or 1-800-444-6443.

Columbia – Online – Every Second Tuesday
Online: The Columbia Evening Support Group will be on the second Thursday from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.
Please RSVP to receive the login details for the Brain Injury Association of Missouri Support Groups by contacting Bcox@biamo.org or calling 1-800-444-6443.

Independence – Online – First Tuesday of the month
Online: The Independence Support Group meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.
Please RSVP to receive the login details for the Brain Injury Association of Missouri Support Groups by contacting Bcox@biamo.org or calling 1-800-444-6443.

Kansas City – Online -North Support Group – Second Tuesday and Fourth Thursday of the Month
Online: The Kansas City – North Support Group will hold two online sessions. The first will be held on the second Tuesday at 7:00 pm, and the second will be held on the fourth Thursday at 7:00 pm.
Please RSVP to receive the login details for the Brain Injury Association of Missouri Support Groups by contacting Bcox@biamo.org or calling 1-800-444-6443.

Kansas City – In-Person – Downtown Support Group – Second Tuesday of the Month
In-Person: The Kansas City Downtown Support Group will be held at the Whole Person at 1:00 pm on the second Thursday of each month.

The Whole Person, 3710 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111

Please RSVP to receive the login details for the Brain Injury Association of Missouri Support Groups by contacting Bcox@biamo.org or calling 1-800-444-6443.

Kirksville – Online – First Monday of the Month
Online: The Kirksville Support Group I held the first Monday of the month at 6:30 pm.
Please RSVP to receive the login details for the Brain Injury Association of Missouri Support Groups by contacting Bcox@biamo.org or calling 1-800-444-6443.

Springfield (Survivors and Family Group) – In Person – Every Third Tuesday
Online: The Springfield Survivor and Family Support Group will meet on the third Tuesday at 5:00 pm.
Please RSVP to receive the login details for the Brain Injury Association of Missouri Support Groups by contacting Bcox@biamo.org or calling 1-800-444-6443.

Springfield (Survivors Only Group) – In Person – Every Wednesday
Online: The Springfield Survivor Support Group meets every Wednesday from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm.
Please RSVP to receive the login details for the Brain Injury Association of Missouri Support Groups by contacting Bcox@biamo.org or calling 1-800-444-6443.

 St. Louis – Online – Northwest Support Group – Every Third Wednesday of the Month
Online: The St. Louis North Support Group splits meeting time with a group for survivors of brain injury followed by a group for family and friends. Both meetings are on the third Wednesday of the month.

Survivors will meet from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Family members will meet from 8:15 pm – 9:15 pm

Please RSVP to receive the login details for the Brain Injury Association of Missouri Support Groups by contacting Bcox@biamo.org or calling 1-800-444-6443.

St. Louis – Online – Southwest Support Group – Every Second and Fourth Tuesday of the MonthOnline: Second Sunday of the month at 6:00 pm
Online: The St. Louis Southwest Support Group will hold two Support Groups. The first meeting will be on the second Sunday each month at 6:00 pm.
The other meeting will be on the fourth Tuesday at 7:00 pm.
Please RSVP to receive the login details for the Brain Injury Association of Missouri Support Groups by contacting Bcox@biamo.org or calling 1-800-444-6443.

*Support Groups not meeting In-Person or Online yet: 

  • Cape Girardeau
  • Columbia (afternoon)
  • Independence: Male Survivor Group
  • Joplin
  • Rolla
  • St. Charles
  • St. Joseph
Arkansas :www.biausa.org
Illinois :www.biail.org
Iowa :www.biausa.org
Kansas :www.biaks.org
Kentucky :www.biausa.org
Nebraska :www.biausa.org
Oklahoma :www.biausa.org
Tennessee :www.braininjurytn.org

Find the Brain Injury Association in your State

The Brain Injury Association is a network of local affiliates and our national office. If you are outside of Missouri, visit the Brain Injury Association of America to find local services and support groups.

Call 1-800-444-6443 for information and referral to resources within your community.  Within the St. Louis area, please call 314-426-4024.

The Brain Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) will provide information regarding resources within your community.  These services range from basic needs resources to brain injury specialized services.

The 1-800-444-6443 is a national toll-free number and will connect you to the Brain Injury Association within your community. A recorder voice will ask for the state you are seeking resources. For example, you will say “Missouri” to reach the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO). You may also stay on the line to leave a voice message, which will be forwarded to BIA-MO for follow-up with you.

If you are seeking resources for a different state, say the state’s name at the voice prompt.

Contact BIA-MO via email.

Professionals: To make a referral for services for a client, customer or consumer, click here.

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) Survivor and Family Regional Seminars provide helpful information, practical suggestions, and support for life with brain injury. Each year, regional Seminars are held in March, and in October.

Survivor and Family Education 2022

This year, the BIA-MO Survivor and Family Education Seminar is online.
Register Online Now or Download the registration form

You are encouraged to participate in both days

  SATURDAY  
MARCH 26, 2022 
9:45 am – 12: 00 pm

and

SATURDAY  
MARCH 26, 2022
9:45 am – 12: 00 pm

Congratulations to the BIA-MO Annual Award Honorees who were recognized for their courage, service, and contributions to individuals with brain injury and their families. You are all truly an inspiration to others.

Each year the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) recognizes a few individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements.

2021 Award Honorees: 

Courage Award – Honors the success of an individual with brain injury.
Beau Kearbey
Donna Cline

Bill Buell Memorial Award – Honors a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor or Case Manager who has provided outstanding service to the brain injury community within or outside of his or her employment responsibilities.
Tobie Albrecht
Vicky Gunn

Point of Light Award – Honors an individual who has provided outstanding service to persons with brain injury. Nominations must be made by an  individual with brain injury.
David Dyck, DO
Mary Kierath
Renee Stucky, PhD

Volunteer of the Year – Honors an individual who has furthered the Mission of the Brain Injury Association of Missouri through his or her volunteer service with the organization.
Sarah Ludeman

Legislator of the Year – Honors an elected official representing citizens of  Missouri who has supported the prevention of brain injuries, services for survivors of brain injury or their families, or supported issues important to the brain injury community.

Service Excellence Award – Community Service – Honors an individual or organization for exceptional service within the brain injury community.Michelle Pickens and Alicia McKnight

Service Excellence Award – Fundraising – Honors an individual or organization for efforts to generate financial support for services of the Brain Injury Association of Missouri
Ray Boehm

Service Excellence Award  – Prevention – Honors an individual or organization for lasting contributions in brain injury prevention.

Service Excellence Award  – Public Relations – Honors an individual or organization for outreach and educational efforts that have increased awareness of brain injury, needs within the brain injury community, and the Brain Injury Association of Missouri.
Tevin Uthlaut

Lifetime Achievement Award –  Honors an individual or organization for significant  contributions and long-term impact to the brain injury community.
Clayton Fenter

The BIA-MO Annual Awards will be presented on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 11:30 am as part of the Awards Luncheon and Annual Meeting. Reservations are required to attend this recognition of survivors, family members, volunteers and supporters. The BIA-MO Awards Luncheon and Annual Meeting will be held at the Marriott St. Louis West Hotel.

Make a Nomination online now for a BIA-MO 2021 Annual Award.

Download a BIA-MO Nomination Form.

For more information, Contact the Brain Injury Association of Missouri at info@biamo.org or 314-426-4024

Education

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) Survivor and Family Regional Seminars provide helpful information, practical suggestions, and support for life with brain injury. Each year, regional Seminars are held in March, and in October.

Survivor and Family Education 2022

This year, the BIA-MO Survivor and Family Education Seminar is online.
Register Online Now or Download the registration form

You are encouraged to participate in both days

SATURDAY
MARCH 26, 2022
9:45 am – 12: 00 pm

and

SATURDAY  
MARCH 26, 2022
9:45 am – 12: 00 pm

Brain Injury Association of Missouri
18th Annual Statewide Conference
Recordings of Professional Conference Sessions on October 20 – 21, 2022
Available with an Archives On-Demand Registration

Register Now

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) Annual Statewide Professional Conference is the only conference in Missouri developed to specifically address issues relating to brain injury.

It is the premier educational opportunity for professionals who provide care for individuals with brain injury.

National and local experts shared current research, innovative therapeutic strategies and best practice treatments to further develop knowledge and skills to improve the quality of life for survivors of brain injury.

2022 Session Topics Included:
  • Mental Health and Co-Morbidities
  • Survivors and Caregivers Panel
  • Mild TBI Treatment and Support for Vocational Success
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Assistive Technology for Emotional Self-Regulation for Survivors of Brain Injury
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation for Patients with Brain Injury
  • Diagnosing Traumatic Brain Injury – Current Research
  • Psychotherapy Essentials for Brain Injury
  • Community Resources Panel: State and Emergency Services
  • Choosing Appropriate Interventi Approaches to Improve Daily Living Outcomes for Survivors of Brain Injury
  • COVID and Brain Injuy
  • Demystifying Public Benefits
  • Person Centered Road to Independence
  • Murphys Don’t Quit: 5 Keys to Unlocking Hope When Life Seems Hopeless

Conference Overview

Conference Schedule – Professional Days (Oct 20 and 21, 2022)

Conference CEUs

CEU Information

Conference Overview and Features

Conference Features

Conference Keynote Speakers

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

Become A Sponsor

Thank you to our Sponsors

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90TBSG0061-01-00, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.

These materials are based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), United States Department of Agriculture, Under sponsored project number 2018-41590-22323 and 2018-70017-28578.

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers Education for 2021 will be online. Educators, healthcare and sports professionals may participate in online Educational Sessions, Concussion Conversations and Get Schooled on Concussions. There will also be ongoing resources of individualized academic Tip strategies and Sheets to support the concussed youth.

Participation in components of the BIA-MO Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers Education 2021 will enhance outcomes for concussed youth and the prevention of concussions.

Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers Educational Sessions
Recorded educational sessions to watch in January 2021. Sessions will range from 30 to 60 minutes.

Sports Concussions: Fact and Fallacies
Discussion to include concussion definition, signs and symptoms, short- and long-term effects, and more.

Greg Canty, MD
Associate Professor, UMKC School of Medicine
Medical Director, Sports Medicine Center
Children’s Mercy Kansas City

New Frontiers: Research Update

Review of current research and media headlines related to concussions.

Mark Halstead, MD
Pediatric Sports Medicine Specialist
Co-Director, Young Athlete Center
St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University Physicians

Sideline Dos and Don’ts
Practical suggestions for coaches, team managers and other authorized sideline personnel to properly manage a possible concussion to reduce the risks of short- and long-term effects for the youth.

Brent Holtgrewe, MS, ATC,
Director of Athletic Healthcare Services
AthletiCare

Get Schooled on Concussions
Discussion of how a concussion may affect learning for the concussed youth and introduction to the Get Schooled on Concussions website resources.

Karen McAvoy, PsyD
Co-Creator and Founder
Get Schooled on Concussions

Concussion Conversations
Online question and answer sessions with panel of experts including medical, school and youth sports personnel. Questions are to be submitted prior to the live discussions after watching the Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers educational sessions. The link to participate in the Concussion Conversation of choice will be provided within your registration confirmation. Participation in one of the Concussion Conversations is recommended.

Wednesday, February 3 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, February 4 at 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wednesday, February 10 at 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

Get Schooled on Concussions for Missouri
Online resources to complement the sessions and conversations of the Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers education 2021.

The Get Schooled on Concussions website and resources will be available FREE of charge to EVERY SCHOOL in Missouri for calendar year 2021. The Get Schooled on Concussions program was developed by education and concussion specialists to help teachers support any student in “return to learn” after sustaining a concussion. A short questionnaire on educational content, teaching style, environment and student factors provides strategies tailored to support a specific student. Various educator-oriented Tip Sheets and videos are also available. This resource and website access is available through the Brain Injury Association of Missouri, in partnership with the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services TBI Grant.

Registration for the BIA-MO Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers Education 2021 is required.

Online: Registration Form

Email: Concussions@biamo.org

Phone: 314-426-4024 or 1-800-444-6443

Fax: Download Registration Form and fax to 314-426-3290

Your registration confirmation will include the link and log-in information for each portion of the BIA-MO Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers Education 2021.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Sponsorship reflects your commitment to protect youth through educational programming for coaches, athletic team administrators, school personnel and recreational league staff. Promotional material and event recognition increases awareness of your services and support for the Brain Injury Association of Missouri.

Download Sponsorship Brochure

Online Sponsorship Form

Thank You to our Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor


Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

 

Concussion Conversation Sponsors

                                                                         
            Sports Medicine Center at Children’s Mercy                  Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Young Athlete Center

Get Schooled on Concussions Sponsor


Missouri Athletic Trainer’s Association

Education Sponsors

                                           
Missouri Institute of Mental Health                        Missouri United School Insurance Council

   
SSM Cardinal Glennon SportsCare

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90TBSG0040-02-00, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri offers education programs for youth, parents, school personnel, coaches and the community regarding concussions and brain injury. All of the programs below are offered free of charge to team and school personnel.

Concussion Overview for Parents and Athletes
A 15-minute standardized educational program that is incorporated into parent and/or athlete meetings. It is also relevant for parent-teacher organizations or athletic association meetings.

Content includes the signs and symptoms of a concussion, why it is important to recognize a possible concussion, what should the parent or teammate do if they suspect someone has a concussion, what helps with healing of a concussion and when is medical attention needed following a possible concussion.

Print a Request for Presentation Form or complete the Request for Presentation online.

Concussion Training for Coaches and School Personnel
Training for youth sports coaches (paid or volunteer), school nurses, administrators, and licensed athletic trainers.

This half-day training is free of charge for sports team and school personnel. Content includes an in-depth review of the signs and symptoms of concussion, risk factors regarding short and long-term effects of concussion, concussion care and management at the time of potential injury through recovery, return to play protocols and Missouri’s youth sports concussion law.

Sign up to receive information about the Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers Seminars.

Save Your Brain
Age-appropriate education is offered for elementary, middle and high school students regarding brain injury as part of a specific class or Ability Awareness Day programs.

Content includes causes of brain injury, affects of brain injury, impact on the person and his/her family, concussions and how to be accepting of individuals who may have sustained a brain injury. We also mention services of the Brain Injury Association of Missouri for further information.

Print a Request for Presentation Form or complete the Request for Presentation online form.

Contact BIA-MO for information at concussions@biamo.org or 1-800-444-6443.

Brain Injury Association of Missouri staff and volunteers are available for educational presentations. Audience groups include professionals of various disciplines, community or civic organizations, youth sports associations, schools, corporations and more.

To request a brain injury related presentation, please complete the downloadable Request for Presentation Form or contact the Brain Injury Association of Missouri at SpeakersBureau@biamo.org or 1-800-444-6443.

Locating resources for consumers and clients is often a challenge and the purpose of the Networking Coffee is for professionals to increase or refresh their awareness of resources for survivors of brain injury.

The BIA-MO Networking Coffees are for professionals in the field of direct services, on a full-time, or periodic basis, in the areas of:

  •         Rehabilitation
  •         Employment
  •         Community Support
  •         Residential
  •         Mental Health
  •         Assistive Technology
  •         Adaptive Equipment
  •         Trauma Services
  •         Discharge Planning
  •         Agriculture

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Thursday, February 18, 2021
When: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Where: Online or videoconferencing
RSVP requested by Friday, February 12, 2021

ST. LOUIS, MO – Tuesday, March 2, 2021
When: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Where: Online or videoconferencing
RSVP requested by Friday, February 26, 2020

Email William Matus, BIA-MO Program Associate, (will@biamo.org), to RSVP for log in information or to be added to the mailing list for future BIA-MO Networking Coffees and events.

Collaborating Partners:

       

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) is pleased to offer educational scholarships for survivors of brain injury to pursue post-secondary education. Qualified educational institutions include two-year colleges, four-year colleges or universities, and vocational and trade school programs.

Scholarship funding may be used for expenses directly related to post-secondary education. Allowable expenses include tuition, room and board, books, required class material such as workbooks, specialized tools, etc.

21-14 Concussion Awareness Foundation Educational Scholarship
Memorial scholarship of the 21-14 Concussion Awareness Foundation to honor the giving of time and talent by John Stefan Gaal, Jr. The 21-14 Concussion Awareness Foundation Scholarship will provide one (1) $750 post-secondary educational scholarship for a survivor of brain injury to pursue post-secondary education.

Griggs Injury Law Educational Scholarship 
Corporate scholarship of Griggs Injury Law, LLC to assist survivors of brain injury in Western Missouri and Kansas counties of Johnson and Wyandotte. The Griggs Injury Law Educational Scholarship provides two $750 scholarships to support post-secondary education.

Linda Hobbs Arts Education Scholarship
Honoring Linda’s devotion and dedication to being selfless as well as promoting Arts in the educational system. The Linda Hobbs Arts Education Scholarship will provide one (1) post-secondary educational scholarship for a survivor or brain injury to pursue an arts-related career. Applicant-created work may be submitted as application supporting material.

SSM Health Rehabilitation Network Educational Scholarship
Corporate scholarship of SSM Health Rehabilitation Network – Select Medical Partnership to assist survivors of brain injury on their road of recovery through encouragement and support for post-secondary education.  The SSM Health Rehabilitation Network Scholarship program offers two $750 post-secondary education scholarships for survivors of brain injury who are residents of Missouri.

Jim and Lori Winter Educational Scholarship
Honors the long-time volunteer leadership of Jim and Lori Winter for strengthening the Brain Injury Association of Missouri. Lori continues her volunteer service as a Support Group Facilitator for two groups. Donations to BIA-MO support the Jim and Lori Winter Scholarship Fund to provide two $750 scholarships for survivors of brain injury to continue post-secondary education. Scholarship recipients must be residents of Missouri.

Applications for the BIA-MO Educational Scholarships will be ACCEPTED THROUGH October 1, 2022. The same application is considered for each Scholarship. Applicants should complete only one application.

Required Material for Scholarship Application

  • Application Cover Sheet
  • Application Essay: Up to 500 words by the survivor of brain injury sharing how and when his or her brain injury occurred, challenges that have resulted, and education status, successes and goals. This essay should include the applicant’s educational plans and how the BIA-MO Scholarship program will assist in reaching the goals.
  • Two letters of reference: From individuals familiar with applicant’s abilities and educational/training goals such as a teacher, rehabilitation therapist, counselor, or employer.
  • Acceptance Verification: Documentation showing acceptance to participate in educational/training program on Scholarship Application.

Submit application to:
Mail: Brain Injury Association of Missouri, Inc.
2265 Schuetz Road
Saint Louis, MO 63146-3409

Fax: 314.426.3290    Email: info@biamo.org

Apply Online

Download Scholarship Application

Selection Process
The same application is used for consideration for each scholarship. There is no need to submit separate applications.

The Scholarship Committee reviews all applications. From these applications the Committee selects recipients. Decisions by the Scholarship Committee are final. All applicants are notified of the decision regarding their scholarship following the Selection Committee Meeting.

The scholarship payment is sent directly to the educational institution.

The Application Deadline is October 1, 2022.

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Recreation

Due to COVID, the BIA-MO Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp was cancelled in 2020. In 2021 Camp will be held in a modified format of One-Day Outdoor Regional Camps.

Camp activities will still include arts and crafts, games, music and food. We will also enjoy nature and conversation with others.

Survivors of brain injury, family members, professionals and community supports are encouraged to join in the fun.  There is no cost, but registration is required.

Choose from the following BIA-MO One-Day Outdoor Camps:

St. Louis on Tuesday, June 22 from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Vago Park, Shelter A, 2700 Fee Fee Road, Maryland Heights, MO 63043.

Springfield on Thursday, June 24 from 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm at Dan Kinney Park Pavilion, 2701 S. Blackman Road, Springfield, MO 65802.

Kansas City on Saturday, June 26 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm at Stocksdale Park, Shelter #2, 901 S. Lafrenz Road, Liberty, MO 64068.

Columbia on Sunday, June 27 from 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm at Stephens Lake Park, 2001 East Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201.

Register Now for a BIA-MO One-Day Outdoor Camps!

For more information, contact the Brain Injury Association of Missouri at Camp@biamo.org, 1-800-444-6443 or 314-426-4024.

BIA-MO Recreational Planning for 2022:

A week of recreation, socialization and adventure for persons with brain injury is one of the initial programs of the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) and continues its positive impact today.

The 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.

During Camp, survivors of brain injury of all abilities have the opportunity to try – and overcome – challenges such as zip-lining, performing in the Talent Show and more. They form friendships with fellow survivors while playing games, listening to music, creating art and enjoying the outdoors.  Activities like swimming, fishing, target shooting and paddle boating are also fun for Campers!

Just the Facts 

  • What: BIA-MO Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp
  • Who: Survivors of brain injury, ages 18 and older
  • Where: Sunnyhill Adventure Camp, 6555 Sunlit Way, Dittmer, MO 63023
  • When: Summer 2022
  • Why: Survivors enjoy a week of fun, relaxation and independence, while family members and caregivers stay home for a week of respite.
  • How: The cost for the camp is $390 for Missouri residents and $475 for out-of-state residents. Scholarships are available if needed. A contracted Camp fee of $550 per person is charged to BIA-MO. If you are able to pay closer to this amount, please do so to help scholarships be available for other Campers. 

Camp Frequently Asked Questions…

  • Transportation: In most cases, Campers provide their own personal transportation to and from Camp. Van transportation is available from St. Louis, Kansas City, St. Joseph, and Columbia for $25 per rider. This service is provided by Sunnyhill and must be requested as part of the Camp registration.
  • Day Activities – Swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, target shooting, sports and games, zip lining, paddle boating, Alpine Tower and more!
  • Evening Activities – Bonfire, Dinner Dance, Talent Show, Pool Party and Bingo
  • Personal Care Assistance – Sunnyhill Adventures has staff to provide personal care assistance, as needed, for survivors’ enjoyment of Camp. However, it is not a “Special Medical Needs” Camp as defined by the American Camp Association (ACA) and some Campers with complex medical needs may need to provide their own PCA.
  • Sunnyhill Adventure Camp – They are accredited by the American Camping Association and have served individuals with special needs for more than 40 years. Learn more about Sunnyhill Adventures.
  • Assistance with Camp Fee – If assistance is needed to cover a Camper’s Fee, check with local resources who may be able to help cover some or all of the Camp Fee.
  • Walk-Float-Swim – This At-Camp fundraiser gives Campers the opportunity to log laps around the pool or designated Campground areas, and win prizes while doing so! Family, friends and neighbors may donate a fixed amount for each lap a Camper walks, floats or swims while at Camp. Donations support the Brain Injury Association of Missouri and Camp Scholarships.

Sponsor-A-Camper

Approximately 40 percent of Campers attending the BIA-MO Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp need scholarship assistance for their Camp Fee.

Your donation of $390 or more provides Full Scholarship assistance for a Camper. Your generosity of any amount will support partial scholarships and program support to ensure Campers who want to attend Camp have the opportunity for this week of fun, relaxation and independence.

Make Your Sponsor-A-Camper Donation now!

Contact the Brain Injury Association of Missouri at 1-800-444-6443 or Contact Us with questions about Camp or additional suggestions on financial resources and assistance with Camp Fees

BIA-MO Recreational Planning for 2022:

A week of recreation, socialization and adventure for persons with brain injury is one of the initial programs of the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) and continues its positive impact today.

The 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.

During Camp, survivors of brain injury of all abilities have the opportunity to try – and overcome – challenges such as zip-lining, performing in the Talent Show and more. They form friendships with fellow survivors while playing games, listening to music, creating art and enjoying the outdoors.  Activities like swimming, fishing, target shooting and paddle boating are also fun for Campers!

Just the Facts 

  • What: BIA-MO Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp
  • Who: Survivors of brain injury, ages 18 and older
  • Where: Sunnyhill Adventure Camp, 6555 Sunlit Way, Dittmer, MO 63023
  • When: Summer 2022
  • Why: Survivors enjoy a week of fun, relaxation and independence, while family members and caregivers stay home for a week of respite.
  • How: The cost for the camp is $390 for Missouri residents and $475 for out-of-state residents. Scholarships are available if needed. A contracted Camp fee of $550 per person is charged to BIA-MO. If you are able to pay closer to this amount, please do so to help scholarships be available for other Campers. 

Camp Frequently Asked Questions…

  • Transportation: In most cases, Campers provide their own personal transportation to and from Camp. Van transportation is available from St. Louis, Kansas City, St. Joseph, and Columbia for $25 per rider. This service is provided by Sunnyhill and must be requested as part of the Camp registration.
  • Day Activities – Swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, target shooting, sports and games, zip lining, paddle boating, Alpine Tower and more!
  • Evening Activities – Bonfire, Dinner Dance, Talent Show, Pool Party and Bingo
  • Personal Care Assistance – Sunnyhill Adventures has staff to provide personal care assistance, as needed, for survivors’ enjoyment of Camp. However, it is not a “Special Medical Needs” Camp as defined by the American Camp Association (ACA) and some Campers with complex medical needs may need to provide their own PCA.
  • Sunnyhill Adventure Camp – They are accredited by the American Camping Association and have served individuals with special needs for more than 40 years. Learn more about Sunnyhill Adventures.
  • Assistance with Camp Fee – If assistance is needed to cover a Camper’s Fee, check with local resources who may be able to help cover some or all of the Camp Fee.
  • Walk-Float-Swim – This At-Camp fundraiser gives Campers the opportunity to log laps around the pool or designated Campground areas, and win prizes while doing so! Family, friends and neighbors may donate a fixed amount for each lap a Camper walks, floats or swims while at Camp. Donations support the Brain Injury Association of Missouri and Camp Scholarships.

Sponsor-A-Camper

Approximately 40 percent of Campers attending the BIA-MO Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp need scholarship assistance for their Camp Fee.

Your donation of $390 or more provides Full Scholarship assistance for a Camper. Your generosity of any amount will support partial scholarships and program support to ensure Campers who want to attend Camp have the opportunity for this week of fun, relaxation and independence.

Make Your Sponsor-A-Camper Donation now!

Contact the Brain Injury Association of Missouri at 1-800-444-6443 or Contact Us with questions about Camp or additional suggestions on financial resources and assistance with Camp Fees

BIA-MO Social Recreation!

All BIA-MO Social Recreation events at this time have been suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions.

 For Questions: Call 314-426-4024 or email Will Matus, BIA-MO Program Associate, at will@biamo.org.
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  • 7,000 persons with brain injury, family members and professionals served

  • 2,500 survivors of brain injury and family members receive support, gain knowledge, and know they are not alone.

  • 118,000 Missourians are living with a long-term disability due to brain injury

  • 300,000 student athletes have their concussion-risk lowered by sports and school personnel attending training

  • 14,000 people admitted to hospital for stroke in Missouri

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BIA-MO UPCOMING EVENTS

Mon 03

Kirksville Support Group

October 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Kirksville, MO
Tue 04

Independence Support Group

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Independence MO
Tue 11

Joplin Support Group

October 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Joplin MO
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