In Missouri, an estimated 118,000 individuals are living with a long-term disability due to brain injury. This can include physical, visual, mental or comprehension disabilities. Employment, transportation, rehabilitation, and recreational services provide survivors an opportunity to live a quality life with brain injury.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability in the United States. From 2006 to 2014, the number of TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths increased by 53 percent. In 2014, an average of 155 people in the United States died each day from injuries that include a TBI. Learn more.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services asked survivors of brain injury and family members about health conditions prior to and post-brain injury. The Needs Assessment 2017 survey showed a two- to three-fold increase in health conditions that impact life following brain injury. For example, 24 percent of individuals reported health issues related to depression before sustaining a brain injury. This number jumped to 66 percent of survivor’s post-injury. Chronic pain jumped from 12 percent of individuals to 54 percent. Learn more.
Understanding brain injury is an important aspect of adjusting to new abilities as a “new you” with brain injury. Support, education, recreation, and advocacy are available through the Brain Injury Association of Missouri. Organization services include Support Groups, Information & Referral Services, Survivor and Family Seminars, Annual Professional Conference and the Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp. Learn more.
The Missouri AgrAbility Project explores opportunities with individuals with disabilities who want to return to or begin a farming based on an individual’s abilities. Learn more.
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