Brain Injury and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation: International Perspectives

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10. "Virtual Reality," the new enhanced interactive computer program, may make all tasks possible for people with brain injury.
11. Traumatic brain injury becomes the largest disability group due to increased automotive accidents, violence, and assaults.

Why is an international support organization needed?

To achieve this impressive list of goals on a global basis, we must come together, unite, and raise the level of public awareness about TBI. This can best be done by creating an international support association that provides the leadership required to get the job done. Is an international support organization needed? In response to this question, I offer the following.

First, the most important reason is the increasing number of persons sustaining a traumatic head injury in the United States as well as around the world. For example, in the United States, a head injury occurs every 15 seconds, resulting in 2 million a year. In the Bronx, New York area, the incident rate is 407 per 100,000. The annual costs exceed $25 billion. Second, the proliferation of motor vehicle use around the world is leading to increased numbers of accidents, resulting in higher incidence rates of head injury. Third, with violence against persons on the increase, there is a concomitant increase in head injury. Fourth, there are no international public policies or support services. Fifth, there is the need for multicultural public education programs. Sixth, there is a need for multicultural prevention programs. Seventh, through collaboration and by banding together, there is strength.

In conclusion, let me say that I applaud the effort started in Copenhagen.1


REFERENCES

Dybwad R. F. ( 1990). Perspectives on a parent movement. Brookline, MA: Brookline Books.

Kreutzer J. S., & Wehman P. ( 1990). Integration following traumatic brain injury. Baltimore: Paul H. Brooks.

West J. ( 1991). Americans with Disability Act -- From policy to practice. New York: Milbank Memorial Fund.

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The International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) was established in 1993.

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