BROKEN WINGS, INC. offers online and personal support or brain injury survivors and their families. We have online support group that highlights aspects of living with a brain injury as well as education concerning the challenges that accompany brain injury.
INFORMATION & RESOURCES
Hope, Help and Support
Mobile Resource and Benefits Counselor
Designated as the Brain Injury (TBI) specialist by the Aging and Disability Resource Connection
o Funded by the Georgia Dept of Human Services BIP grant
o Assisting with on-line GA Compass program (Medicaid, Food Stamps, etc)
o Community Resources when transitioning from hospital to home
o Visits to metro Atlanta hospitals, Rehabilitation Centers or to your home – by appointment
through individual or case manager/physician
o Offers Peer Mentoring… Education on brain injury… Short and long term challenges and strategies…
Packet of information… Determines your needs… Provides resources.
Jane Jackson, Certified Brain Injury Specialist CBIS
Director, Information and Resource Program
404-712-5504 or 800-444-6443
INFORMATIONAL VIDEOS AND BOOKS ABOUT BRAIN INJURY
#1 BEST SELLER
"JUST BECAUSE I HAVE A BRAIN INJURY DOESN'T MEAN...Things A Brain Injury Survivor Wants You To Know" - Written by Mylon Flournoy & Twylia G. Reid
There are several common misconceptions regarding brain injuries and survivors that people have developed based on the way they may act following their injury. These misconceptions have grown out of a lack of education and understanding. It isn’t necessarily your fault if you don’t understand the needs of the survivor, but you can gain a better understanding by simply being aware of their situation and asking questions when you aren’t sure what to do. This book will help you do just that! You will walk away with a better understanding of what it’s truly like to walk in the shoes of a brain injury survivor. www.twyliareid.com / www.twyliareid.com/apps/webstore
BROKEN WINGS SUDOKU PUZZLE BOOK - Written by Twylia G. Reid
BROKEN WINGS SUDOKU! This book is filled with puzzles designed to exercise your brain, boost your memory, reasoning, creative thinking, and more while having a good time! With this book, you can indulge in hours of fun and unwind after a long day. Research shows that exercising your brain daily can make it function better. Working on the puzzles in this book will keep your mind young and fit by exposing you to an exciting range of puzzles. The SUDOKU puzzles engage your spatial reasoning and test your logic. They are a mixture of easy to difficult, so you can increase the intensity of your mental workout as you go along. Challenge your brain every day with BROKEN WINGS brain games and boost your mental flexibility!
BROKEN WINGS WORD SEARCH PUZZLE BOOK - Written by Twylia G. Reid
Welcome to BROKEN WINGS WORD SEARCH! Enjoy hours of word pumping word search within the pages of this book! These puzzles are in the classic word search format. In each puzzle words are hidden in the grids in straight, unbroken lines: forward, backward, up, down, or diagonal. Words can overlap and cross each other. When you find a word, circle it, and mark it off the list of words to find.Research shows that exercising your brain daily can make it function better. Working on the puzzles in this book will keep your mind young and fit by exposing you to an exciting range of puzzles. The WORD SEARCH puzzles boost your memory, help with spelling, extend your vocabulary, and even encourage problem-solving! They are a mixture of easy to difficult, so you can increase the intensity of your mental workout as you go along. Challenge your brain every day with BROKEN WINGS brain games and boost your mental flexibility!
#1 BEST SELLER
"FROM TRAGEDY TO WORKING STRATEGIES" - Written by Twylia G. Reid
As a survivor of a traumatic event, the remainder of your life is depended upon how you navigate the untimely events that occur. Your ability to persevere after being thrust into bleak circumstances and uncertain outcomes is the most valuable trait you must absorb. Your capacity to live through the unforeseen hardships and challenges that accompany tragedies will test you daily. In this book readers will be empowered and learn how to turn their tragedy into working strategies to create the life they desire, in spite of health or wealth challenges. They will walk away understanding how a positive mindset can literally change the trajectory of their purpose in life, as they embark upon their new journey of becoming the strategist of their own destiny! www.twyliareid.com / www.twyliareid.com/apps/webstore
#1 BEST SELLER
"BROKEN WINGS" - Written by Twylia G. Reid
Self-help Serves Up a Dose of Inspiration for Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors and Supporters. An Exhilarating Personal Testimony of Hope and Healing From a Mother, Caregiver, Wife, and Retired Army Veteran of Her Journey From Tragedy to Triumph Through Her Son’s Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
#1 BEST SELLER
"WHEN CAREGIVERS NEED CARE GIVEN" - Written by Twylia G. Reid
Being a caregiver can be a difficult role. It requires patience, tenderness, selflessness, and hard work. Providing care for someone, whether it’s a parent, a loved one, or as a professional requires a high level of self-love and self-care. But while it may be a rewarding experience to care for a loved one, the emotional and physical stress of caregiving can lead to burnout and exhaustion—causing caregivers to put themselves and their own well-being in the background. How can you fulfill your role as a caregiver without losing yourself? "WHEN CAREGIVERS NEED CARE GIVEN", teaches you how to navigate caring for your loved one. With information on how to talk to your loved ones about situatiuations, handling the emotional stress, and taking the time to care for yourself, this guide can help you care for your loved one and yourself at the same time! www.twyliareid.com / www.twyliareid.com/apps/webstore
#1 BEST SELLER
"CONFESSIONS OF A CAREGIVER" - Compiled by Twylia G. Reid
As a caregiver, living in a world of worry, stress and self-doubt, we often wonder where we will find the strength to go on. "Confessions of a Caregiver" is a powerful anthology that shares intimate accounts of 6 caregivers’ journeys into the unknown realm of caregiving. You will experience their initial reaction to life’s experiences and how these affected later approaches to the medical maze that is now their new normal. Hear how their loved one’s frustrations have caused their lives to become filled with challenges that can sometimes be too much to bear. Brutally honest and written from the heart, they share intimate chronicles of caring for their loved ones while attempting to care for themselves. You will hear stories of strength, perseverance, compassion, and humor that will linger with you for a life time. www.twyliareid.com / www.twyliareid.com/apps/webstore
AMAZON BEST SELLING BOOK
"WHEN CAREGIVERS NEED CARE GIVEN DAILY JOURNAL" - Written by Twylia G. Reid
This Amazon's best selling journal is for family and friends of people suffering from long term, chronic illnesses. Caregivers often experience their own illnesses as a result of giving all of themselves to their loved ones. This easy-to-use resource can help reduce the caregiver’s stress and encourage dependence on God in difficult times. This guided journal provides a variety of tools to help caregivers increase well-being and enjoy creative expression. It contains areas designed to help caregivers connect with and express their deeper feelings through writing. According to studies, writing about life challenges and how we feel about them improves mental and physical health. The back of this journal also contains a 12 month journal with daily affirmations! Great for individuals and caregiver support groups. Makes an ideal gift. www.twyliareid.com / www.twyliareid.com/apps/webstore
AMAZON BEST SELLING BOOK
"SOARING BY THE POWER OF GOD - 31 DAY DEVOTIONAL" -
Written by Twylia G. Reid
SOARING By The Power Of God is a life changing 31 day devotional journey that will enable you to SOAR as the events of your life are transformed into empowering moments. Through daily readings and guided prayer, the intention is for you to: Increase your self-control, discover happiness and hope, and refocus your life on what really matters. Revamp your entire being from the inside out. View and react to life with a new healthy and happy perspective. This powerful devotional will make you increasingly aware of God’s presence in your life and allow you to enjoy His peace as you step out on faith and begin soaring by His power. This book has been written to help men and women worldwide. www.twyliareid.com / www.twyliareid.com/apps/webstore
"Affirmations for the Mind, Body & Soul" A Guide For Survivors of Traumatic Events - Written by Twylia G. Reid
Many times after a traumatic event one feels alone and abandoned. They feel as if life is over and there is no hope for the future. The pain endured often leaves survivors in a state of helplessness and hopelessness. This book will show you the importance of speaking positive affirmations into your life daily. By doing so you will be empowered to create the life you desire, in spite of health and wealth challenge….by the power of your words. If you are ready to live and not merely exist after surviving a traumatic event, this book is for you!
"A Survivor's Goal Planning Journal" - Written by Twylia G. Reid
A Brain Injury Survivor's Guide to Goal Setting
Are your daily activities bringing you closer to your goals? If not, do not expect the things in your life you need and want to be different and changed, to be different or change. Outlining your goals, and putting them in writing serves as a constant reminder of what you want to achieve. Goals are set one step at a time, and there is really only one true secret to achieving them which is to SIMPLY START.
"The WORD The Truth & The Light"- BIBLE STUDY Notebook - Written by Twylia G. Reid
The scriptures were inspired by God. They were created to teach us the truth regarding all things. They were written to keep us on the straight and narrow path. Whether you have no Bible experience or have studied the Bible for years, this handy Bible Study Notebook provides an excellent introduction to personal Bible study. www.twyliareid.com /www.twyliareid.com/apps/webstore
2022 Planner - Written by Twylia G. Reid
Our new 2022 Planner is finally here! This amazing planner is printed on high-quality interior stock with a stunning cover. Each monthly spread (January 2022 through December 2022) contains an overview of the month, a notes section, and our inspirational 2022 theme quote! Our convenient and useful planner features spacious daily planner sections, monthly projected goals and plans, and monthly reflections. This planner is designed to help boost productivity and keep you on task to make sure your day is stress-free. This planner also makes wonderful gifts for coaches, mentors, authors, teachers, students, and more!
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Non-Dated 6 Month Planner - Written by Twylia G. Reid
The BUT FIRST…COFFEE Weekly/Monthly Planner is based on past leading Productivity Principles and Supported Goals Research that are proven to increase efficiency. This planner will help you keep track of important deadlines, special events and more with clear and simple organization. Free date, no year limit, for use whenever you need it. Plan your schedule without fear of ever having to miss an appointment or important meeting. There is also a place to jot down your To Do's for the day on each scheduling page. Plus, extra non-dated pages for your scheduling pages.
GET IT DONE To Do List Planner - Written by Twylia G. Reid
This TO DO LIST PLANNER will help you keep track of important deadlines, special events and more with clear and simple organization. The GET IT DONE TO DO LIST PLANNER covers 52 weeks. Plan your day without the anxiety of ever having to miss an appointment or an important meeting. Features include ruled and daily blocks for open scheduling. Pages measure 8" x 10". Maintain your schedule with classic style. The planner has a beautiful glossy finished cover and bound design to help keep pages secure for prolonged use. Expand your planning with a specialized page to celebrating your wins for the week by jotting down your memorable moments of the week, and other things to include important lessons learned. REDUCE YOUR STRESS AND INCREASE EFFICIENCY - Undated version, you can be more flexible according to your needs to write dates and records. This helps you in utilizing the planner to your own personal needs and avoids masses of blank and wasted space. www.twyliareid.com / www.twyliareid.com/apps/webstore
Financial Budget Planner - Written by Twylia G. Reid
WHEN HEAVEN SPEAKS FINANCIAL BUDGET PLANNER offers budget planning at its best by helping you achieve your financial goals with ease. Our budget tracker is designed to help you set new financial standards in your life as you monitor your monthly income, savings, debts, and daily expenses. Our budget planner allows you to track monetary flow and to review each area for improvements as you develop monthly habits, monetary strategies, and action plans. When Heaven Speaks Budget planner includes pages for setting your yearly financial goals, identifying your motivation, and creating an action plan. There is a monthly budget page to break down your monthly income, To Do section for each month, 4 pages for weekly expense tracking, a savings tracker page, 4 pages for debt tracking, followed by several note taking pages. Each month gives you space to categorize and keep track of all your expenses. It also includes a monthly review so you can keep track of your progress each month! www.twyliareid.com / www.twyliareid.com/apps/webstore
"Pray Believe Receive" Prayer Journal (His/Hers)
Written by Twylia G. Reid
Prayer is our communication channel with God. We are mandated to use it without ceasing. God tell us to not be dismayed, no matter what comes our way, because we can go to Him and make our requests be known. Therefore, I find great joy in knowing that whatever I ask for in prayer, believing that I have received it that it will be mine. The more you use the journal, the more you will notice that your conversations with God will improve. This prayer journal was created as a guide to help you put down on paper, the prayers that you pray to God for you and your family. This useful tool will help you build faith as you seek God in your day to day living. The ability to see your past prayers is both encouraging and faith building. By starting a journal, you are able to go back in time and see your heart, thoughts and prayer life and remember the moment God said yes, no, or wait. This prayer journal is not just designed to record your prayer request; it can be used to help you as you develop your prayer life during your intimate times with God by helping you nurture and cultivate a better prayer life www.twyliareid.com / www.twyliareid.com/apps/webstore
A Concussion is a Brain Injury:
The Brain Injury Association of Virginias (BIAV) public awareness campaign for Brain Injury Awareness Month focused on sports concussion They emphasize early identification and proper management of sports concussion.
A concussion is a brain injury.mov
BRAIN INJURY AND DISABILITY
Brain Injury Association of Georgia
1441 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322
Provides comprehensive services for persons and family members, with brain injuries. Web site, information and referral services, statewide support group listings, helpline referral and support services.
Georgia Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission
2 Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 26-426, Atlanta, GA 30303; 404-651-5112;
Provides funding for persons with Traumatic Brain Injury (brain injury due to external trauma only, illness not eligible) and spinal cord injury. Funding available for treatment, equipment, modifications, services not covered by insurance. Funding is a last resort option. Contact immediately, application processing may take several months.
Georgia Department of Labor, Rehabilitation Services
148 Andrew Young Intl. Blvd. NE, Suite 510, Atlanta, GA 30303-1751
Provides assistance for employment, vocational counseling, training, funding and services to assist persons with disabilities to return to work.
Brain Injury Association (BIA) National Office
8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 611, McLean, VA, 22102,
(703) 761-0750 Family Helpline: 800-444-6443
The mission of the national Brain Injury Association is to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy.
National Association of State Head Injury Administrators
4330 East West Highway, Suite 301, Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 656-3500; FAX (301) 656-3530
NASHIA assists the state government in promoting partnerships and building systems to meet the needs of individuals with brain injury and their families.
Georgia Department Of Human Resources
2 Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 29-250, Atlanta, GA;
State of Georgia agency responsible for Community Mental Health, Department Of Family And Children’s Services, TBI Waiver Program and Food Stamps
Social Security Administration
Call the toll free number for your local office. 800-772-1213
Federal agency that provides financial services for social security retirement, disability and supplemental security income (SSI).
CALL THEM IMMEDIATELY AND INQUIRE ABOUT DISABILTITY, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, AND SSI FUNDING.
Georgia Advocacy Office
150 East Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA; 404-373-0018 800-537-2329
Advocates and attorneys working with and for oppressed and vulnerable individuals in Georgia, who are labeled as disabled or mentally ill to secure their protection and advocacy.
Georgia Department of Community Health
he Georgia Department of Community Health provides healthcare benefits, develops health policies and administers healthcare programs for Georgia citizens; and Peach Care provides affordable healthcare for children under 19.
755 Commerce Dr. Suite 45, Decatur, GA 30030; 404-687-8890
Disability rights, advocacy training and support services. Focus is self-determination in employment and community living.
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
CDC website provides good information on traumatic brain injury. Assists the US government, protects the health and safety of all Americans and provides human services, especially for people who are least able to help themselves.
Friends of Disabled Adults and Children
4900 Lewis Road, Stone Mountain, GA 30083; 770-491-9014
Provides durable medical equipment (donated) for the disabled, vehicle modification and building home ramps.
Handicapped Driver Services
1310 Kennestone Circle, Marietta, GA 30066; 770-422-9674
ells durable medical equipment (new), vehicle modifications, rental and sales of vans for the disabled.
Ticket to Work Program
Are you Receiving Benefits and Interested in Working? SSA has a Ticket to Work Program, training, job referrals land other ongoing support and services. Ask a lot of questions and be sure you understand and are aware of any restrictions or limitations such as work hours, money earned, how to monitor, what would cause you to your lose your benefits, etc.
For a copy of the brochure click here. Click here to be directed to the Social Security website
Protection & Advocacy for Beneficiaries Social Security (PABSS)
Service Areas – all Georgia Counties
404-885-1234 Toll Free 800-537-2329
Assists individuals with disabilities who receive Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits in obtaining information and advice about receiving vocational rehabilitation and employment services.
Disability Link (for Employment)
Jessica Long, Employment Specialist
755 Commerce Drive #415 Decatur, GA 30030 400-687-8298 (Ask for Jessica)
Provides a training workshop on “Getting A Job and Being Disabled”. The participants learn such things as: how to determine what types of jobs they can do; how to write resumes; how to interview for a job; learn about having a disability and working; learn their disability rights as an employee, etc.
Brain & Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission
2 Peachtree St., NW, Suite 26-426, Atlanta, GA 30303
Provides funding for services and items that will improve the quality of life, increase independence, and allow inclusion in the community for individuals with traumatic brain (must be TRAUMATIC, not tumors, brain bleeds, etc.) and spinal cord injuries. (Priority given to those in at-risk situations).
Georgia Partnership for Caring
PO Box 450987, Atlanta, GA 31145-0987
Credit-Able/Getting Ahead Association
Georgia Department of Labor/VR Tools for Life Program
1700 Century Circle, B-4, Atlanta, GA 30345
Provides guaranteed loans for assistive technology, home and vehicle modifications to Georgians with disabilities, their families, caregivers, and/or employers.
Contact 800-869-1150 or your local Dept of Family and Children Services Office
Medicaid Website Click Here
As the largest division in Community Health, Medicaid Division administers the Medicaid program, which provides health care for children, pregnant women, and people who are aging, blind and disabled.
800-MEDICARE - (800-633-2273)
Official US Government Site for Medicare or to locate resources click here
Provides health insurance (hospital and doctor’s services) to people ages 65 years and older, and some disabled people under 65 years of age (eligibility begins 2 years after date of injury).
Part A: (Hospital Insurance) Helps cover inpatient care in hospitals and cover skilled nursing facility, hospital and home health care.
Part B: (Medical Insurance) Helps cover doctors’ services, hospital outpatient care and home health care. covers some preventive services to maintain your health and keep certain illnesses from getting worse.
Part D: (Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage) – Offers a prescription drug option run by Medicare approved private insurance companies, helps cover cost of prescription drugs, may help lower your drug costs and help protect against higher costs in the future.
Georgia Free Clinic Network
A Free Clinic is an organization who primary mission is to provide health care services free or with a minimal administrative fee to individuals with limited resources. Volunteer health professionals provide a significant portion of health care services. Call or visit their website for a clinic nearby, and to see if you qualify.
DRIVING EDUCATION AND RECERTIFICATION
They have a driver’s education program for the disabled.
2020 Peachtree Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
www.shepherd.org (Click on PATIENT CARE/ then click on ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY/ then read about Adaptive Driving School, Dependent Passenger Evaluations, Van driving evaluations, Car driving evaluations, etc.
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Healthwell Foundation - http://www.healthwellfoundation.org/ - 1-800-675-8416
Pharmaceutical Assistance Program -https://www.medicare.gov/pharmaceutical-assistance-program/index.aspx – 800-486-2048
Patient Assistance Foundation helps the uninsured access medicines – 888-222-6885
National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification
Includes an information-rich “Frequently Asked Questions” page and a state-by-state
www.allternativegym.com - email@example.com - 678-945-4662
Allternative Gym is the pioneer in strength training while utilizing the
Adeli Suit. Allternative Gym customizes each exercise routine to fit the
individual's specific needs and goals. They offer fitness classes to
children and adults with developmental disabilities and related conditions
(brain injury). We offer Hyperbaric Oxygen therapies. Work with Pediatrics,
Teens and Adults. Dallas, GA
HOPE AND DREAMS RIDING FACILITY
http://www.hopesanddreamsridingfacility.com/ - 229-263-4773
Hopes and Dreams Riding Facility - A dedicated and Loving
Facility for Wounded Warriors, Veterans and Active Duty Personnel and others with a brain injury. Visit our website to learn about our facility and what we do to help. FREE!!! Quitman, GA
SHEPHERD CENTER - Therapeutic Recreation Services
http://www.shepherd.org/resources/therapeutic-recreation - 404-350-7375
KEY LOCAL AND NATIONAL LINKS:
Brain Injury Association of America www.biausa.org
Georgia’s Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission www.bsitf.state.ga.us
Georgia Advocacy Office www.thegao.org
Centers for Disease Control www.cdc.gov
Defense & Veterans’ Brain Injury Center www.dvbic.org
Social Security Administration www.ssa.gov
National Association of State Head Injury Administrators www.nashia.org
Brainline.org – preventing, treating and living with TBI http://www.brainline.org/
CDC Injury Prevention & Control – Concussion & Mild TBI, Concussion & Sports http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/index.html
Mayo Clinic Stroke Information http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stroke/DS00150
American Stroke Association http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/
National Stroke Association Careliving an online social network designed for caregivers and family members of stroke survivors: http://careliving.stroke.org/
Click here http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/WarningSigns/Warning-Signs_UCM_308528_SubHomePage.jsp for warning signs of a stroke.
SUPPORT GROUP LINKS
Broken Wings Brain Injury Empowerment Group
Georgia Brain Injury Support Groups