In April 2015, Brain Injury Voices celebrated five years as a group. The above video contains highlights from 2010-2015.



From April 2010 to December 2016, Brain Injury Voices members volunteered approximately 13,600 hours, completed 1269 individual peer mentoring sessions and organized and delivered 138 presentations, workshops and keynotes.

2016

 Brain Injury Voices’ eleven members volunteered approximately 2500 hours

 

2016 Education
Workshops/Presentations


  • Disability Studies students at the University of New England (2 classes)
  • Telephonic Caregiver Support Group
  • “Resilience:  Moving Forward after Adversity” Photography Exhibit and Talk for participants at NeuroRestorative in Standish, Maine
  • Social Work students at the University of Southern Maine
  • “You CAN Get There From Here” Workshop & Displays at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • “Reinventing Oneself” keynote for service at Sanford Unitarian Church
  • “Working after Brain Injury” panel for employees at United Healthcare as part of their “Disability Awareness Day”
  • “Recovery is More Than Just a Salvage Operation:  Redefining Success after Stroke” Closing Talk at the Maine Stroke Conference
  • “Resilience:  Moving Forward after Adversity” Photography Exhibit and Talk for participants at RiverRidge Brain Injury Center in Kennebunk, Maine
  • Reinventing Oneself:  An Artful Insight Book Talk at the Springvale Library
  • “Weasilience:  Handling Life’s Wild Moments” speech for Grand Rounds at RiverRidge Brain Injury Center in Kennebunk, Maine
  • “Coping with Grief & Loss” for the Ellsworth, Maine Brain Injury Support Group
  • “Art as a Therapeutic Activity for those with Acquired Brain Injuries” talk at the Artist’s Tea during Rehab Week at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • “You CAN Get There from Here” Workshop at the Maine Brain Injury Conference
  • “Returning to Work after Disability” panel discussion at UNUM
  • Occupational Therapy students at the University of New England
  • “Staying Positive after Brain Injury” for NeuroRestorative Brain Injury Support Group in Standish, Maine
  • “Creativity after Brain Injury” for Camden, Maine Brain Injury Support Group
  • Brain Injury Bingo at the Camden Public Library


 
2016 Advocacy

  • Facilitated New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s WINGS Brain Injury Support Groups (2 meetings per month)
  • Taught weekly outpatient art class at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland for participants with stroke and TBI
  • Purchased $196 of art supplies for classes at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Displayed art at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Participated in music jam sessions for inpatients at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Participated as members of the following committees

               Maine Brain Injury Conference Planning Committee

               Brain Injury Association-Maine Chapter Advisory Board

               Maine Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Council

               Brain Injury Association of America Survivor Advisory Council

               Maine Statewide Independent Living Council Advisory Board

  • Designed “Driving Card” for brain injury survivors printed by New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Attended Brain Injury Awareness Day in Washington, D.C.  Events included a movie premiere, resource fair and Congressional briefing
  • Met with staff members from Senator Susan Collins’ and Representative Chellie Pingree’s offices in Washington, D.C.
  • Interviewed by students from the University of New England
  • Interviewed by local television station during Brain Injury Awareness Month
  • Gave feedback on a new TBI & Memory handout developed by the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center
  • Participated in a focus group for the Statewide Independent Living Council
  • Staffed Voices tables during the Maine Stroke Conference, Kat-Karo Brain Aneurysm Walk & Rehab Week at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Featured in an article about art in the HealthSouth Connect Magazine
  • Organized screening and discussion of the film Beyond Laughter & Tears, A Journey of Hope
  • Solicited donations for and held a raffle during Beyond Laughter & Tears screening—earned $300
  • Redesigned the Brain Injury Voices website
  • Filmed videos for the Statewide Independent Living Council
  • Interviewed on “Recovery Now” Brain Injury Radio Show
  • Awarded 17 scholarships, at a cost of $690, for survivors & family members from the WINGS Brain Injury Support Group at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland to attend the 2016 Maine Brain Injury Conference
  • Raised money for and participated in the Brain Injury Association of America—Maine Chapter’s “Bowling for Brain Injury” event


 
2016 Support

  • Held 265 one-on-one peer mentoring sessions with brain injury and stroke survivors and family members
  • Held 193 one-on-one brain injury awareness building conversations with medical professionals and members of the community
  • Delivered approximately 350 hours of peer mentoring within WINGS Brain Injury Support Group meetings at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Ran inpatient weekend bingo games at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Organized social activities for New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s WINGS Brain Injury Support Group
  • Arranged guest speakers for New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s WINGS Brain Injury Support Group 
  • Created and gave a “welcome packet” to new members of New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s WINGS Brain Injury Support GroupCreated WINGS Brain Injury Support Group Manual for Leaders



2015

Brain Injury Voices’ twelve members volunteered approximately 2500 hours



2015 Education
Workshops/Presentations


  • Physical Therapy Students at the University of New England
  • Inpatient Staff at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland (2 Sessions)
  • Social Work Students at the University of Southern Maine
  • Student Nurses at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland (5 Sessions)
  • “Crafting a Life after Brain Injury” Project at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland (7 “make & take” craft classes for brain injury survivors)
  • Health Students at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut
  • “Building Resilience:  The Art of Bouncing Forward” Workshop at the New Hampshire Brain Injury Association Annual Conference
  • Presentation for brain injury/stroke support group at Northeast Rehab Hospital in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • “Never Give up on Happiness” keynote speech at survivor/family conference organized by Community Bridges in Concord, New Hampshire
  • “Reinventing Oneself:  An Artful Insight” keynote for service at Sanford Unitarian Church
  • “Never Give up on Happiness” keynote for Maine Recreation Therapy Association Conference
  • “On the Road Again” & “Filling One’s Toolbox” Workshops at the Maine Brain Injury Conference
  • “Weasilience:  Handling Life’s Wild Moments” keynote at the Maine Brain Injury Conference
  • Volunteer Training at Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation
  • Therapeutic Recreation Students at the University of Southern Maine
  • Staff at Shalom House in Portland, Maine



2015 Advocacy


  • Facilitated New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s WINGS Brain Injury Support Groups
  • Taught weekly outpatient art class at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland for participants with stroke, brain injury & multiple sclerosis
  • Purchased $188 of art supplies for classes at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Displayed art at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Participated in music jam sessions for inpatients at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Member of the Maine Brain Injury Conference Planning Committee
  • Member of the Brain Injury Association-Maine Chapter Advisory Board
  • Member of the Maine Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Council
  • Visited the Portland offices of Senator Susan Collins, Senator Angus King and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree to increase brain injury awareness and to advocate for repealing the Medicare Therapy Cap
  • Interviewed on WMPG Radio about Simplifying Life after Brain Injury
  • “After the Crash”  article published in TBI Hope & Inspiration Magazine
  • Dinner with Concussion Awareness & Support Organization at Trinity College
  • Received publicity about the “Crafting a Life after Brain Injury Project” in Diane Atwood’s blog “Catching Health” and Cheryl Green’s blog “Who am I to Stop it?”
  • Artwork & writing published in TBI Hope & Inspiration Magazine
  • Dinner with concussion awareness advocate Ray Ciancaglini
  • Featured in the Brain Injury Association-Maine Chapter June Newsletter
  • Created a video of highlights of Voices activities from 2010-2015
  • Bev Bryant “Pearls of Wisdom” published in TBI Hope & Inspiration Magazine
  • Staffed a Voices table at the Maine Stroke Conference
  • Staffed Brain Injury Voices table as part of the “National Rehab Week” Community Fair at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Taught patients, staff & community members how to make earrings at the Artist Tea during “National Rehab Week” at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Created a marketing brochure for Brain Injury Voices
  • Awarded 18 scholarships, at a cost of $740, for survivors & family members from the WINGS Brain Injury Support Group at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland to attend the 2015 Maine Brain Injury Conference
  • Participated in a focus group discussing needs of brain injury survivors in Maine
  • Raised money for and participated in the Brain Injury Association of America—Maine Chapter’s “Bowling for Brain Injury” event



2015 Support


  • Held 400 one-on-one peer mentoring sessions with brain injury and stroke survivors and family members
  • Held 115 one-on-one brain injury awareness building conversations with medical professionals and members of the community
  • Delivered approximately 350 hours of peer mentoring within WINGS Brain Injury Support Group meetings at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Ran inpatient weekend bingo games at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Organized social activities for New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s WINGS Brain Injury Support Group
  • Arranged guest speakers for New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s WINGS Brain Injury Support Group  
  • Created and gave a “welcome packet” to new members of New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s WINGS Brain Injury Support Group
  • Mentored a high school student doing her senior project on brain injury
  • Began the “Sharing the Load” project to distribute Voices workload
  • Created Voices “Magic Space”—a Google Site to enhance group communication



2014

Brain Injury Voices’ twelve members volunteered approximately 2700 hours


Brain Injury Voices won the prestigious 2014 HAVE Award (Hospital Award for Volunteer Excellence) from the American Hospital Association.  This honor is given to just four volunteer programs across the country annually.  In May, nine members of Voices and three support people traveled to Washington, DC to accept the award and further our mission to educate, advocate and support.



2014 Education Workshops/Presentations


  • Physical Therapy Students at the University of New England
  • Therapeutic Recreation Students at the University of Southern Maine
  • Inpatient Staff at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland (2 Presentations)
  • Occupational Therapy Students at the University of New England (2 Presentations)
  • Social Work Students at the University of New England
  • Social Work Students at the University of Southern Maine (2 Presentations)
  • Student Nurses at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland (4 Presentations)
  • Discussion of “The Crash Reel” movie with students at the University of New England
  • Hospital Award for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE Award) Acceptance Speech in Washington, DC at the American Hospital Association national conference
  • Alumnae at Mount Holyoke College—Presentation during reunion on the theme of transformation
  • Conference for Health Professionals on “Person-Centeredness and Shared-Decision Making”
  • “Laughing & Learning:  The Wisdom of Bev Bryant”, a free evening workshop for survivors and families at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland to honor Bev Bryant.  Activities included the humorous tribute speech “Weasilience” and a bingo game using “pearls of wisdom” from Bev’s books & speeches.
  • Participation in panel discussion “Traveling with a Disability” as part of “National Rehab Week” at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • “Reinventing Oneself”—Keynote Speech at the Maine Brain Injury Conference
  • “Finding One’s Voice: Moving from Standing up to Standing out” and “Laughing while Learning:  The Wisdom of Bev Bryant”—workshops at the Maine Brain Injury Conference
  • Participation in the “Dog Days of Rehab” workshop at the Maine Brain Injury Conference
  • Volunteer training for Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation
  • High School Students at the Merriconeag Waldorf School—panel as part of a student’s senior project on brain injury



2014 Advocacy


  • Facilitated New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s WINGS Brain Injury Support Groups
  • Taught weekly outpatient art class at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland for participants with stroke, brain injury & multiple sclerosis
  • Purchased $234 of art supplies for classes at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Displayed art at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Participated in music jam sessions for inpatients at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Member of the Maine Brain Injury Conference Planning Committee
  • Visited inpatients at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland with therapy dog
  • Wrote a tribute to Bev Bryant that appeared in the national brain injury magazine “Brain Injury Journey”
  • Received publicity about the HAVE Award from a story in Diane Atwood’s Blog, “Catching Health”, an article in the South Portland Sentry, a television news story on WMTW Channel 8 and a blurb in the Portland Press Herald newspaper
  • Raised $6700 to pay travel expenses for Voices members to go to Washington, DC from May 4th-7th for the HAVE Award.  Monies raised paid for flight and hotel costs, two group meals and a $125 per person stipend for other meals. Fundraising activities included a benefit show by Sparks Ark, bake sale, two raffles and a silent auction.  Donations were also received through a link on the Voices website and a GoFundMe page. (Total Voices cost of the trip was $8200. Balance was paid from funds raised in 2013.)
  • Met with the CEO and the Director of Government Affairs from the Brain Injury Association of America while in Washington, DC for the HAVE Award
  • Met with Maine Senator Angus King and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree while in Washington, DC for the HAVE Award.
  • Toured Walter Reed National Military Hospital while in Washington, DC for the HAVE Award
  • Created a video of the HAVE Award Ceremony
  • Staffed a Brain Injury Voices table at the Maine Stroke Conference
  • Interviewed on the Brain Injury Radio Network
  • Sponsored a veteran with a brain injury to attend the Veterans No Boundaries Program ($500) and greeted that veteran at the airport when he arrived
  • Staffed Brain Injury Voices tables as part of the “National Rehab Week” Community Fair and Open House at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Awarded 20 scholarships, at a cost of $1000, for survivors & family members from the WINGS Brain Injury Support Group at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland to attend the 2014 Maine Brain Injury Conference



2014 Support


  • Held 214 one-on-one peer mentoring sessions with brain injury and stroke survivors and family members
  • Held 149 one-on-one brain injury awareness building conversations with medical professionals and members of the community
  • Delivered approximately 400 hours of peer mentoring within WINGS Brain Injury Support Group meetings at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Ran an every other month inpatient bingo game at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland impacting 46 patients and 19 family members
  • Organized social activities for New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s WINGS Brain Injury Support Group
  • Arranged guest speakers for New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s WINGS Brain Injury Support Group  
  • Created and gave a “welcome packet” to new members of New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s WINGS Brain Injury Support Group
  • Mentored a high school student doing her senior project on brain injury
  • Offered “technical support” to the new teen/young adult brain injury support group at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Opened the WINGS Lending Library at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland with 100+ books on brain injury & stroke



2013

Brain Injury Voices’ eleven members volunteered approximately 2000 hours



2013 Education
Workshops/Presentations


  • Physical Therapy, Social Work & Nursing Students at the University of New England
  • Inpatient Staff at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Occupational Therapy Students at the University of New England
  • Epilepsy Foundation Conference Workshop
  • Social Work Students at the University of Southern Maine
  • Entire student body at Fort Kent Community High School
  • Clients & staff at Aroostook Mental Health Services Center for Integrated Rehab
  • Student Nurses at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Outpatient Staff at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • “From Surviving to Thriving”, a day-long conference organized by Brain Injury Voices at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland for brain injury & stroke survivors and families with keynote “Reinventing Oneself” and two tracks of workshops.  Workshops included “Survivor Strategies”, “A Family Affair”, “Resilience for Survivors” and “Resilience for Families”.
  • Maine Music Teachers Association Conference panel discussion on “The Brain and Music”
  • Maine Housing Authority Staff—“Communicating with People with Brain Injuries”
  • “Reinventing Oneself”, “Resilience—The Art of Bouncing Forward” and “The Road to Self-Advocacy—Training your own Service Dog” workshops at the Maine Brain Injury Conference
  • Case study for nursing & medical students at the University of New England
  • New Volunteer Training at Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation



2013 Advocacy


  • Facilitated New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s Brain Injury Support Groups
  • Taught weekly outpatient art class at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland for participants with stroke, brain injury & multiple sclerosis
  • Participated in music jam sessions for inpatients at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Visited inpatients at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland with therapy dog
  • Featured in Diane Atwood’s Blog, “Catching Health”
  • Featured in blog “Who am I to Stop it?”
  • Solicited donations for a raffle which included a Red Sox package and a Kennebunkport package (combined value $1000) to raise funds to purchase books on brain injury/stroke for lending library for support group, to offer scholarships for survivors to attend Maine Brain Injury Conference, to purchase supplies for survivor art classes and instruments for music at New England Rehab and to sponsor a soldier with a brain injury to attend Veterans No Boundaries, a program of Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation.  Raised $4800.
  • Presented an $800 check to Veterans No Boundaries to sponsor two soldiers
  • Member of the Maine Brain Injury Conference Planning Committee
  • Staffed a Brain Injury Voices table as part of “National Rehab Week” at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Purchased $100 of art supplies for classes at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Displayed art at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Awarded 24 scholarships, at a cost of $1000, for survivors & family members from the New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland Brain Injury Support Group to attend the 2013 Maine Brain Injury Conference
  • Staffed a Brain Injury Voices table at the Maine Brain Injury Conference
  • Interviewed by Maine Public Radio for a two-part series on the challenges of living with a brain injury
  • Ran a 50/50 “Cash for the Holidays” raffle to raise money for survivor scholarships to the 2014 Maine Brain Injury Conference. Raised $3200, enough for 3+ years of scholarships.
  • Received the Lewis & Clara Lamont Brain Injury Advocacy Award
  • Nominated for national volunteer award, the HAVE (Hospital Award for Volunteer Excellence)



2013 Support


  • Held 153 one-on-one peer mentoring sessions with brain injury survivors and family members
  • Delivered approximately 300 hours of peer mentoring within brain injury support group meetings
  • Ran a monthly inpatient bingo game at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland impacting 73 patients and 24 family members
  • Organized social activities for the New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland Brain Injury Support Groups
  • Arranged guest speakers for the New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland Brain Injury Support Groups  
  • Organized a systematic “mentor of the month” to welcome new members to New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s Brain Injury Support Group
  • Created and gave a “welcome packet” to new members of New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s Brain Injury Support Group
  • Stocked the “go-cart”—a tool used to help inpatients relearn basic skills
  • Mentored a high school student doing her senior project on brain injury
  • Used donations received in memory of a support group member to create a gift packet for family caregivers at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland.  Packet included a notebook, brochures on caregiving, inspirational quotes and a local café gift certificate
  • Received donations of and purchased ($560) nearly 100 books on brain injury & stroke for a lending library for the New England Rehab Brain Injury Support Group



2012

Brain Injury Voices’ eleven members volunteered approximately 1700 hours



2012 Education
Workshops/Presentations


  • Social Work Students at the University of Southern Maine
  • Student Nurses at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland (5 presentations)
  • Certified Nursing Assistants at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Physical Therapy, Social Work & Nursing Students at the University of New England
  • Organized “Finding Happiness after Brain Injury”, a free evening workshop at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland for brain injury survivors & family members, which included a panel discussion and closing keynote.
  • Designed and delivered “Healing from Within—Using Survivor-Run Support Groups to Enhance Brain Injury Recovery” workshop at the Maine Brain Injury Conference
  • Participated in “Community Re-entry” workshop at the Maine Brain Injury Conference
  • Panel discussion for clients & family members at Bayside NeuroRehab Services
  • New Volunteer Training at Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation



2012 Advocacy


  • Facilitated New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s brain injury support groups
  • Taught weekly outpatient art class at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland for participants with stroke, brain injury & multiple sclerosis
  • Wrote letters to Congressional Representatives regarding the Medicare Therapy Cap
  • Met with a representative from Senator Susan Collins’ office regarding the Medicare Therapy Cap
  • Created signs and organized a group to welcome and thank a Maine soldier coming home from her service treating soldiers with brain injuries in Afghanistan
  • Subject of a poster presentation at the National CRRN Conference in Tennessee
  • Interviewed by Maine Public Broadcasting Network regarding brain injury needs in Maine
  • Presented at the Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Council open forum on brain injury needs in Maine
  • Member of the Maine Brain Injury Conference Planning Committee
  • Participated in National Rehab Week Activities at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland—table with Voices materials, speech at “Artist Tea”
  • Solicited donations and organized a silent auction/raffle with 50 items to raise funds to offer survivors scholarships to attend the Maine Brain Injury Conference.  
  • Created a website for Brain Injury Voices
  • Created two bulletin boards at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland to inform patients & staff about Brain Injury Voices
  • Designed a logo for Brain Injury Voices
  • Article about Voices in Diane Atwood’s Blog, Catching Health
  • Participated in several music jam sessions for inpatients at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Therapy dog visits at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Attended Brain Injury Information Network (BIIN) Partner Meeting, offered feedback on their newsletter


2012 Support


  • Held 115 peer mentoring sessions with brain injury survivors and family members
  • Delivered approximately 300 hours of peer mentoring in New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland Brain Injury Support Group meetings
  • Ran a monthly Inpatient Bingo Game at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland impacting 75 patients and 35 family members
  • Organized social activities for New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s Brain Injury Support Groups
  • Arranged guest speakers for New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s Brain Injury Support Groups  
  • Created a rotating “mentor of the month” to welcome new members to New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s Brain Injury Support Groups
  • Developed a welcome packet for new members of New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s Brain Injury Support Groups
  • Stocked the “go-cart”—a tool used to help inpatients relearn basic skills
  • Solicited donations of books on brain injury & stroke to begin a lending library for the New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland Brain Injury Support Groups
  • Awarded 15 $50 scholarships for survivors to attend the Maine Brain Injury Conference
  • Offered advice & shared resources with PACT—Portland Amputees Coming Together, a new volunteer education/advocacy group



2011

Brain Injury Voices nine members volunteered approximately 1200 hours



2011 Education
Workshops/Presentations


  • Social Work Students at the University of Southern Maine (2 Presentations)
  • Student Nurses at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland (2 Presentations)
  • Certified Nursing Assistants at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Inpatient Therapists at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland (2 Presentations)
  • Physical Therapy, Social Work & Nursing Students at the University of New England
  • “Grief & Loss” and “Work & Travel” workshops at the Maine Brain Injury Conference
  • “Brain Injury Perspectives”, a free evening workshop at New England Rehabilitation Hospital for brain injury survivors & family members. 
  • Occupational Therapy Students at the University of New England
  • Pulmonary Support Group at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Volunteer Training at Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation



 2011 Advocacy


  • Facilitated New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s WINGS brain injury support groups
  • Taught weekly outpatient art class at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland for participants with stroke, brain injury & multiple sclerosis
  • Purchased supplies for art classes at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Displayed art work at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Participated in music jam sessions for inpatients at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Visited inpatients at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland with therapy dog
  • Member of Maine Professional Brain Injury Conference Planning Committee
  • Created Voices Poster for the New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland Safety Fair
  • Wrote letters to U.S. Senators/Representatives in support of brain injury rehabilitation services
  • Arranged for Girl Scouts to visit New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Nominated for national volunteer award, the HAVE Award (Hospital Award for Volunteer Excellence & a local volunteer award, Healthcare Heroes
  • Attended “Brain Injury Advocacy” training at Central Maine Community College
  • Interviewed by WCSH Channel 6 Television for Brain Injury Awareness Month
  • Partnered with the Brain Injury Information Network of Maine
  • Participated in New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s 25th anniversary celebration



2011 Support


  • Held 106 one-on-one peer mentoring sessions with brain injury and stroke survivors and family members
  • Delivered approximately 300 hours of peer mentoring in the brain injury support group at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Ran monthly inpatient Bingo Game at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland impacting 91 patients and 61 family members
  • Organized social activities for the New England Rehab Brain Injury Support Groups
  • Arranged guest speakers for the New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland brain injury support groups 
  • Created welcome packet for new members of the New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s brain injury support group
  • Created lap quilts for New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland inpatients
  • Received award as New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland Volunteers of the Year
  • Participated in a “Jazzy Jonny” Fashion Show at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Sent a package of art, crafts & writing to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords
  • Solicited musical instrument donations for a music therapy program at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland



2010

Brain Injury Voices nine members volunteered approximately 1000 hours



2010 Education
Workshops/Presentations


  • Student Nurses at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Inpatient Therapists at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • An entire track of 4 workshops and the closing keynote at the Maine Brain Injury Conference.  Workshops titled “From Recreation to Re-Creation—Crafting a Life after Brain Injury”, “Making it Together—Spousal Issues after Brain Injury”, Resetting the Tone—Using Music to Express Oneself & Enhance Recovery”, “Managing the Flood—Life after Stroke”.  Closing keynote titled “We are Voices”.
  • Portland Symphony Orchestra’s Music & Wellness Symposium
  • Keynote address for the Maine Occupational Therapy Conference—“Never Give up on Happiness”
  • Maine Stroke Conference
  • Volunteer Training at Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation



2010 Advocacy


  • Facilitated New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland’s brain injury support group
  • Taught weekly outpatient art class at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland for participants with stroke, brain injury & multiple sclerosis
  • Displayed art work at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Participated in music jam sessions for inpatients at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
  • Visited inpatients at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland with therapy dog
  • Member of Maine Professional Brain Injury Conference Planning Committee
  • Created a Brain Injury Voices mission statement
  • Presented to the Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Council about needs for brain injury survivors in Maine
  • Designed biographical forms for use by inpatient & outpatient staff at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland



2010 Support


  • Held 16 one-on-one peer mentoring sessions with survivors & family members
  • Delivered approximately 100 hours of peer mentoring in brain injury support group meetings
  • Ran a monthly inpatient Bingo Game at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland impacting 38 patients and 26 family members Organized social activities for the New England Rehab Brain Injury Support Groups
  • Arranged guest speakers for the New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland brain injury support groups 

  Our Accomplishments

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