I went to the Bay Area Brain Injury Task Force (BABIT) "Putting our Heads Together Resource Fair" at San Jose State University (SJSU) on Saturday, May 16th. It was hosted by the SJSU Department of Communicative Disorders.
The Bay Area Brain Injury Task Force (BABIT) is a collaboration of government, healthcare, law enforcement, higher education, for-profit and non-profit organizations that want to increase awareness about resources available to people affected by brain injury. BABIT includes the following organizations:
- Services for Brain Injury
- San Jose Police Department
- San Jose State University
- Santa Clara County Sherriff's Department
- Veteran's Administration Palo Alto Healthcare System
- California State Department of Rehabilitation
- Via Services
- Santa Clara County Crisis Intervention Program
- Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, and
- Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Rehabilitation Center
I enjoyed connecting with all the nonprofits and providers that participated in the Fair. This is the first time I’ve seen resources for veterans anywhere except at the Palo Alto VA Hospital’s first resource fair during National Brain Injury Awareness Month last year.
I participated in 3 of the 5 workshops. Unfortunately, I was too tired to participate in all of them. I couldn't keep my eyes open in the last one.
The event's feature speaker was John Wordin, a professional cyclist and Founder and Executive Director of the Fitness Challenge Foundation and Ride 2 Recovery. Ride 2 Recovery's goal is to make a difference in the lives of injured combat veterans by being an integral part of their mental and physical rehabilitation.
In his presentation, he (John Wordin) invited nonveterans affected by brain injury to join the Ride 2 Recovery rides because he understands and has seen the therapeutic effects of bike riding on veterans. I'm actually looking in to it.
To learn more about the Ride 2 Recovery program, read the following articles:
- Riding for Recovery, "Bicycling" magazine
- Walter Reed cyclists hit the road for Coca-Cola 600, "Stars and Stripes" E-paper
- America Supports You: Wounded Warriors Hit ‘Road 2 Recovery', DefenseLink web site
Until next time,