Director of Operations
P.O. Box 84601
San Diego, California
Then and now … always looking ahead.
Professional Advisory Council
Dana Dean, O.D.
Dan Gardner, M.D.
David Goldin, Esq.
Ralph J. Greenspan, Ph.D.
Associate Director Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind, UCSD
Amy Magnusson, M.D.
Mark McDonough, Ph.D.
Barbara Schrock, Ph.D.
Jerome Stenehjem, M.D.
Walter Strauser, M.D.
John Velasquez, Esq.
Barbara Welsh-Osga, Ph.D.
To improve the quality of life for brain injury survivors and their families living in San Diego County.
To be the center of information, resources, education and community awareness.
To be a strong advocate for people with brain injuries and their families.
To provide selected programs that meet community needs.
To be financially sound, having the resources to maintain quality services.
Every year, more than 11,000 people in San Diego County are affected by brain injury. In the entire US, every 23 seconds someone suffers a brain injury, ultimately affecting over two million individuals annually. Brain injury is emerging as the most common trauma suffered in the current war in Iraq, even while improved body armor and equipment boost survival.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) costs the country more than $56 billion a year, and more than 5 million Americans alive today have had a TBI resulting in a permanent need for help in performing daily activities. Survivors of TBI are often left with significant cognitive, behavioral, and communicative disabilities, and some patients develop long-term medical complications, such as epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and other motor problems, Alzheimer's disease, dementia pugilistica, and post-traumatic dementia. [Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (www.ninds.nih.gov).
The San Diego Brain Injury Foundation (SDBIF) was founded in 1983 as the preeminent resource for brain injury survivors in San Diego County, as well as their caregivers and their families, to provide information, support, education, and community awareness. It is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
SDBIF is concerned with help that goes beyond the immediate onset of the injury into life-care issues, as well as types and amounts of needed service. SDBIF provides:
- Free educational monthly meetings in central (Hillcrest) and north county (Encinitas)featuring speakers of special interest to the brain-injury community
- Hospital Outreach Program that distributes information to case workers, Discharge Planners and physicians at trauma centers and major institutions about our resources
- Howard House - a 24-hour, long-term residential-care facility for brain-injured survivors, located in Escondido
- A telephone helpline with information and referral to other agencies, programs, services and support groups. 619. 294.6541
- A Quarterly Newsletter with a circulation of 3,500+
- Comprehensive Video Series on brain injury available free to survivors and their families. New series will be available early in 2007 (funded by WowWee).
- Publication: A Brain Injury Guide for Families in English and Spanish available to download for free at www.sdbif.org
The SDBIF provides support, education and resources to brain-injury survivors and their family members and caregivers. We promote public awareness and social advocacy regarding brain injury. We believe that is it important for survivors of brain injury to be provided with opportunities to recover to their greatest potential and be welcomed back into the community.