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History of BIAV

The Brain Injury Association of Virginia (BIAV) was founded as the Virginia Head Injury Foundation in 1983 by families who were struggling to face the aftermath of brain injury. Today BIAV is the primary source of information and personal support for thousands of individuals, families, and professionals living in Virginia whose lives have been touched by a life‐altering, often devastating brain injury. We are a non‐profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of Virginians with brain injury and their families; we serve approximately 20,000 Virginians annually and as a state affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America, we are part of a national network that serves over 100,000 people each year.

BIAV has been the primary catalyst for improving brain injury services and supports in Virginia for more than 30 years.

  • Virginia was among the first states in the country to have a specialized brain injury registry. BIAV provided outreach and information to those individuals reported to the brain injury registry as well as the statewide trauma registry.
  • In 1983, we established Camp Bruce McCoy, our nationally recognized annual camp for adult survivors of brain injury. It is the oldest and most widely recognized summer camp program of its kind in the U.S.
  • We negotiated the inclusion of brain injury in legislation creating the Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative (CNI) Trust Fund which provides grant money to address the needs of people with brain injury and spinal cord injury.
  • BIAV’s publication on pediatric brain injury, Brain Injury and the Schools: A Guide for Educators, provided guidelines on how to serve children with brain injury in the public schools and was distributed to all special education directors and school nurses in every school district in Virginia.
  • We were involved in helping establish Virginia’s Wounded Warrior Program (now known as Virginia Veteran and Family Support) and continue to be a key collaborator in serving our military, to honor their service to us.
  • We were an important force in the passage of the Student Athlete Protection Act and have worked with state agencies to increase the public's understanding of the risks and management of concussions. 

Since its inception, BIAV has positively impacted programs and services for people with brain injury and their families, and has assisted over 250,000 Virginians seeking help after brain injury We have been, we are, and we continue to be very focused on addressing the components of our mission ‐ The Voice of Brain Injury: Help, Hope & Healing.

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