An overflow crowd of hundreds took part in the second annual Stroke and Brain Injury Expo, the only event of its kind in Brooklyn, on Wednesday evening, June 11 at the Canal Jean Building in Flatbush. Sponsored by BINA Stroke & Brain Injury Assistance, the informative event was an invaluable opportunity for both brain injury survivors and caregivers to learn about a wide range of services and rehabilitation options.
Exhibits included vendors from across the pediatric and adult rehabilitation and disability service spectrum, including acute and sub-acute facilities with certified stroke, brain injury, and vent units, attorneys specializing in elder law and brain injury litigation, Medicaid enrollment specialists, home care and developmental disabilities agencies, home accessibility and modification specialists, and expert physical and occupational therapists.
Of particular interest were representatives of an adaptive driving school and mobility company whose vehicles were on display outside the hall, a prestigious music therapy program, an aphasia organization, an outdoors program for the disabled, and a pediatric brain injury school and foundation.
As audience members streamed into the hall and moved from exhibit to exhibit, they gathered an abundance of valuable information and material. Several facilities were represented by their medical directors, thereby offering participants the opportunity to network directly with top professionals in the field.
This year’s expo featured an exciting new research and clinical trial section, allowing attendees a unique chance to meet and speak with researchers and investigators from leading research facilities including Blythedale, Burke, Colombia, Cornell, Kessler, Mt. Sinai, and Rusk. The research section proved to be a popular feature of the expo as family members visited each booth and eagerly learned about the latest cutting-edge research and clinical trials currently being offered at these top facilities.
A highlight of the evening was the engaging presentation by distinguished attorney Harry Rothenberg on the topic of “The Challenge of Brain Injury: A journey for the entire family.” Mr. Rothenberg discussed the importance of “destigmatizing” brain injury and offered valuable tips to families coping with this often difficult journey.
BINA is the only nonprofit organization in the Jewish community dedicated to the needs of individuals of all ages who have been affected by stroke and acquired brain injury. BINA guides hundreds of brain injury survivors a year of all ages as well as their families through the complex and overwhelming world of brain injury rehabilitation, with an array of services including rehabilitation referrals, case management, crisis intervention and caregiver support, educational events, and more. BINA can be reached at 718-645-6400 or firstname.lastname@example.org. v