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► 2nd Annual Living with Brain Injury Summit 2020


Logos for Nebraska BR, Brain Injury Advisory Council, and the Nebraska Injured Brain Network


The purpose of this Summit is to bring together the people of the Injured Brain Community—those living with an Injured Brain (Peers), family members, and caregivers, as well as providers, agency representatives and other community champions. Our goals in coming together are to foster discussion regarding important topics, to hear directly from Peers and family members, and to establish connectivity among people who are on the Recovery Journey together.


This year’s Summit was conducted virtually on November 9, 10, 11 and 13 by Nebraska VR, in collaboration with the Brain Injury Advisory Council and the Nebraska Injured Brain Network


  2nd Annual Living Injured Brain 2020 Schedule.pdf

Recordings and powerpoints of the four sessions listed on the schedule are linked below for each session. Feel free to share all of this information with other individuals/families, brain injury support groups, and with professionals for staff training, awareness, etc.


1. Monday November 9, 2020

An Overview of the Statewide Vision for Brain Injury Policies and Services, and the Organizations Helping to Accomplish the Vision

Learn about Nebraska VR, the Brain Injury Advisory Council (BIAC), the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska (BIA-NE) and the Nebraska Injured Brain Network (NIBN), and how they are collaborating to create more resources and supports for Peers across the state.



Emaly Ball, Nebraska Injured Brain Network

Keri Bennett, Nebraska VR

Judy Nichelson, Brain Injury Advisory Council

Peggy Reisher and Chris Stewart, Brain Injury Alliance-NE 



  Monday Statewide Vision:Partnership Powerpoint.pdf 

  Brain Injury Alliance-NE Powerpoint.pdf 


Watch the video recording for Day 1


2. Tuesday November 10, 2020

Living with an Injured Brain...You are Not Alone on Your Recovery Journey

As Peers we are unique, but we are not alone. Listen to the Recovery Journeys of three Peers. Listen for what feels familiar, and recognize that people all over the state are experiencing a similar journey as yours. Come away finally feeling connected to a community that understands you and that you can contribute to.



Sara Kadyrova

Roy Stutz

Shawna Thompson


Watch the video recording for Day 2


3. Thurday November 12, 2020

Coping, Managing, and Living with an Injured Brain

Tune in to hear how some Peers have managed to cope with their injured brains and the many challenges that they encounter. Learn some new techniques that may help you. Feel validated that your hardships are shared by others. Help build the tools and resources that can be useful to others.



Emaly Bal, Nebraska Injured Brain Networkl

Pam Cody, Assistive Technology Partnerhsip

Roy Stutz


Watch the video recording for Day 3


4. Friday November 13, 2020

So, Your Loved One has an Injured Brain…The Family Member and Caregiver’s Journey

As family members and caregivers, we experience a unique type of stress. We are not alone. Listen to others in the same role, and come to know that you are part of a community that needs to find and help each other.



Susie Bonde

June Collison

Dennis Thompson


Watch the video recording for Day 4


2nd Annual Living with an Injured Brain Summit Questions and Answers.pdf

Nebraska VR Logo

The Brain Injury Advisory Council is sponsored by Nebraska VR.

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90TBSG0036-01-00, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.