Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Shepherd Center Hosts Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission's 10th Anniversary and Annual Awards Reception

PRNewswire -- People with disabilities, families, state officials and health-care providers, will gather in Atlanta on July 24 to join in the festivities as the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission, the state's Lead Agency on Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord injuries, celebrates 10 years of service to the state of Georgia. The Commission joins with millions across the country in observing and celebrating the 18th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The 10th Anniversary and Annual meeting is being held at Shepherd Center, a center of Excellence in the treatment of brain and spinal cord injuries in the U.S. Shepherd Center co-founder Alana Shepherd will provide the keynote address to the invited guests. The Reception begins at 4:00 PM and the program concludes at 5:30 PM. The Commission annual meeting begins 2:00 PM and is open for public comment.

The Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission has provided grants totaling over ten million dollars to over 2,000 Georgians with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. The Commission and its many collaborative committees have also created and released a new comprehensive Ten-Year State Action Plan that will guide the Commission and collaborating organizations to promote the most productive and independent lifestyles possible for Georgians with disabilities.

This year the Commission honors with its Pathfinder Award four individuals and one family whose dedicated efforts have helped advance the lives of Georgians with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.

Senator Don Thomas has provided his expertise and leadership to secure a Senate study committee to explore brain injury related neurobehavioral issues for people with traumatic brain injury. Senator Thomas has dedicated many years in the Senate to providing for the best health care possible for Georgians.

Senator Ronnie Chance sponsored legislation in the Senate to add additional revenue through new surcharges from traffic violations for the Trust Fund as did Representative Steve Tumlin in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Rusty Kidd is honored for his contributions as an advocate, donor, and leadership as the Commission's Chairman.

Ben, Charles and Kay Fuller are honored for their dedication and perseverance in a long and often difficult journey as Ben navigated the fractured landscape of services for care after his severe traumatic brain injury.

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1 comment:

BrainandSpinalCord.org said...

It's great to hear about such a supportive community. We will be celebrating the 18th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act as well at our blog on TBI and SCI as well but wish we could be in Atlanta in person!