What is the Maryland Department of Rehabilitative Services (DORS) and what does it do? What can DORS do for me? These are great questions posted on BIAMD’s 5 Thoughts for Friday. For our support group, an answer to these questions and more is important.
Check this link to find out more information on DORS: https://dors.maryland.gov/
The California Brain Injury Association (BICAL) has some good resources on the following link: https://www.biacal.org/resources-education/. Resources include Financial Topics and how to fight insurance denials and other topics of interest. Take a look.
At the January meeting, we reviewed some potential changes to our Charter. At the February meeting, these changes will be discussed and a vote to approve the changes will be taken.
We all love crabs, so come to our June Support Group Meeting and help us plan an event to see a Blue Crabs baseball game. Currently, we are thinking that June 22 would be a good date because after the game there will be fireworks. Last year the fireworks were really great and well done. So if the Blue Crabs win or lose you will win either way.
At the last meeting, we said goodbye to Andy. Andy is a long time member and he is going to Florida. We miss you already Andy. Don’t forget us and always remember you are not alone.
The Tri-Fold Support Group Flyers have been printed thanks to Springdell Center. At the April meeting, we will discuss how and where we will use these Flyers to target survivors and caregivers who need a place to laugh, a shoulder to cry on, and time to heal along with people who understand what they are going through. Come with some ideas for programs for future meetings ie things that would interest you.
I know everyone knows but March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. There is lots of “stuff” to look at and learn from. Let’s talk about it at the next Support Group Meeting on March 14 and remember elections.
According to our Charter, March is time for Elections. Just to remind everyone, the group organization consists of the following elected officers/Current office holders:
- President/ Marty Pride
- Vice President/ Jerry Roh
- Secretary/ Jerry Cushman
- Treasurer/ Debbie Roh
- IT/Communication Coordinator/ David Cadenhead & Keri Williams
At the last two meetings, we listened to some great presentations with very helpful information for people living with challenging disabilities and their caregivers.
The first presentation was given by a lawyer and presented the benefits available with a Able Now Account and the advantages of a Special Needs Trust.
The second presentation was given by a local company called Haven. Haven presented information about new technology and medication that is helping people with disability to lead a better life. Haven described how to gain access to medical cannabis in a professional and safe manner. Haven shared real-life stories that resulted in a better life and hope for some who had lost hope of ever getting better.
We all have something to be thankful for. Planning for the Christmas Party is complete. Yea! Meetings are finished for the year. The first meeting for the new year will be 6pm on January 10, 2019. If I knew I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself.