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Annual Conference

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June 26 - 28, 2016

Embracing Life: Finding the Way Forward in Medicine, Rehabilitation & Advocacy


Mark your calendar now to attend the Conference Training Event of the Year!  BIAPA will host its 2016 Conference on Sunday, June 26 through Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at the Lancaster Marriott in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Increase your professional and personal knowledge, network with colleagues and friends, meet new people, talk with vendors, and enjoy the evening social activities.  Join us for this cutting edge educational event.

Embracing Life:  Finding the Way Forward in Medicine, Rehabilitation and Advocacy will be the theme for the 2016 event.  Presentations and Posters will be selected from four main focus areas: Practical Approaches & Creative Solutions; Research & Outcomes Measurement: Supports, Services & Policy Updates; and Panel Presentations.

The 350 attendees include professionals, educators, persons with brain injury, family members, students and volunteers.  Attendees have varying levels of experience in working with or living with brain injuries.  The Conference is designed to ensure attendees leave with a greater knowledge of effective strategies, best practices, and the latest information.

The Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania Annual Conference offers your company the opportunity to exhibit, advertise and sponsor during this year’s annual conference. 
Market your company while supporting the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania. Make contact with over 350 professionals, persons with brain injuries and families. Make your company a part of Brain Injury advocacy, education and support through one of the excellent opportunities available. Partner with us at this important event focusing on knowledge, services and support in brain injury!

New opportunities available this year.
Don't miss this great event. Interested in maximizing your investment? Contact Kara at admin@biapa.org for details on corporate packages to increase your ROI.

Conference Registration Brochure

The 2016 Conference Keynote Sessions will feature:


Sunday, June 26, 2016 - Opening Keynote Session
Overcoming Obstacles - A Life Changed
Acadia Acquisition Inc.'s Theater Group
Back by popular demand, Acadia's Theater Group will open the 2016 Conference with a performance  to inspire, motivate, and encourage those with a brain injury, and their friends and family members to continue living life to the fullest and to know that life does not end just because circumstances may have altered for one reason or another. It means taking the challenge of thinking and doing things in a different way than originally intended.

Monday, June 27, 2016 - Monday Keynote Session
The Central Park Jogger: A TBI Survivor's Perspective on Healing to Wholeness

Trisha Meili
For years Trisha Meili was known to the world as The Central Park Jogger. Her amazing story of survival and recovery is not one of attack, but rather one of healing. It is a story of hope and possibility. It didn't begin that way. On April 19, 1989, during a run in New York City's Central Park, she was viciously beaten, bound, gagged, raped, and left for dead. Trisha, an Ivy League educated, Wall Street banker, will share lessons of healing from her journey of recovery that allowed her to move beyond being a victim, reclaim her life and become whole. Learn how the support she received from family, friends, healthcare professionals, colleagues, and even strangers helped her overcome obstacles and rebuild her body and mind. She will discuss the possibility of attaining a full life despite the restrictive parameters of a traumatic brain injury.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - Tuesday Breakfast Plenary
Mind Over Matter: The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation and its Role in Brain Injury Recovery
Maryellen Romero, Ph.D.
Dr. Romero will discuss neural structure and functioning pertaining to cognition and emotional functioning, how they are often affected by brain injury, and the literature that demonstrates how mindfulness meditation can have a positive impact on these structures and functions.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - Tuesday Plenary Luncheon
Rolling Onward Through the Mud - and Muddle - of Brain Injury

Doug Markgraf, BS
Brain injury isn't a walk in the park... or a bicycle ride across the United States, either. But, it presents each survivor with unique and life-determining challenges that are worthy of Emmy award winning movies. During this presentation, a fearless survivor will share why his recent mention in Sports Illustrated magazine is a pedal stroke in the right direction for the brain injury community, his story of survival, and provide a few helpful tips to keep yours and your loved ones' wheels moving forward despite whatever compels them to slow down.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - Closing Session
Embracing Life: Final Thoughts and Next Steps
Madeline DiPaquale, Ph.D.
Three days, four keynote sessions, 19 workshops, three social events, and five meals ... unlimited opportunities to learn new information, make new friends, refresh with colleagues, and revitalize your spirit! Join Dr. DiPasquale as she recaps everything the conference had to offer and to show a vision on implementing what you learned and where it may take you!


CBIS Training & Exam Site
A pre-conference training for those wishing to become a Certified Brain Injury Specialist will be held on Sunday, June 26 from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm at the Lancaster Marriott. The CBIS exam will be held on Monday, June 27, 2016 from 8:00 am - 10:00 am. Attendees taking the exam must provide their own laptop which can access the internet. BIAPA will provide the internet connections. Attendees at the training are able to apply for the examination using the BIAPA group application rate. Anyone wishing to attend the training and sit for the exam with our group MUST download the CBIS INFORMATION here. Read completely and follow the instructions provided.

ARTISAN SHOWCASE
The Artisan Showcase will be held on Monday evening during the reception and silent auction at the Conference. The Showcase is an opportunity for anyone who has had a brain injury to display their art, photography, jewelry, craft, poetry, books,etc. There is no cost to participate. If you would like to offer your items for sale, you are welcome to do so.

To register for the Artisan Showcase, download the form here. For more information on the Showcase, contact Kara at admin@biapa.org. 


For more information or questions, contact Kara Latshaw at admin@biapa.org or 717-692-5569.




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