Disability law to be topic of discussion at September 1 Brain Injury Support Group Meeting

Elizabeth Horn, disability rights advocate, will attend the next meeting of the Williamsburg Brain Injury Survivors Support Group to present information about her organization and answer questions about disability law. Persons with brain injury and their family and friends are welcome to attend the presentation and ask questions. The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 1, at 3:00 pm, at Riverside Doctors' Hospital Williamsburg (RDHW) in the Community Room.

Horn has 38 years of experience in disability advocacy issues. She has worked with individuals with disabilities as a former director of the Brain Injury Association of Virginia and as a human rights advocate with the Department of Aging and Rehabilitation Services. She worked with Disability Benefits Assistance Inc. to assist over 400 individuals in receiving their social security disability benefits. In 2013 she joined the disAbility Law Center of Virginia, which is Virginia's designated protection and advocacy agency for persons with disabilities and for social security disability issues for persons with traumatic brain injury.

The Williamsburg Brain Injury Survivors Support Group meets monthly on first Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. at RDHW to provide information, friendship, and support to persons living with brain injury and their families. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem in the United States. Each year at least 1.7 million TBIs occur, contributing to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. Approximately 5.3 million Americans are living with a TBI-related disability that affects aspects of daily life including successful interpersonal relationships and the ability to be employed, do household tasks, drive, and participate in other activities of daily living. Brain injury survivors most often need help improving memory and problem solving skills, managing stress and emotional upsets, controlling temper, and improving job skills.

For more information about the support group, contact Sara E. Lewis, Support Group Coordinator, at 757-784-0344 or slewis@cox.net.

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