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Last updated on 03-07-2017
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The Brain Injury Peer Visitor Association does not endorse any of the following resources. This list is provided for your use and assistance. There are other valuable resources that we may have missed. Please also do research on your own, according to your exact needs, situation, and location.

General Services, Aid, and Assistance

  • Brain Injury Peer Visitor Association®
    355 Guildhall Grove
    Alpharetta, GA 30022
    (770) 330-8416
    Fax: (770) 754-9097

    A Peer Visitor Program that is led and staffed by volunteers. We offer Hope, Support, Empathy, Education, and Information for hospitalized and rehabilitating brain injury survivors and their families, from someone who has BEEN THERE and DONE THAT. ©
    Would you like to:

    • Speak with a brain-injury survivor?
    • Talk to the caregiver of a brain-injured loved one?
    • Receive a free helpful packet of information?

    We visit survivors of all types of brain injury, including stroke.

  • Atlanta Legal Aid
    Senior Citizens Hotline: (404) 657-9915
    Toll Free: (888) 257-9519

    Provides free or low cost legal assistance for persons unable to afford an attorney. Many limitations apply.

    Atlanta: 151 Spring Street NW
    Atlanta, GA 30303
    (404) 524-5811
    Cobb: 30 South Park Square
    Marietta, GA 30090
    (770) 528-2565
    Dekalb: 246 Sycamore St.
    Decatur, GA 30030
    (404) 377-0701
    South Fulton: 1514 E. Cleveland Avenue
    Suite 100
    East Point, GA 30344
    (404) 669-0233
    Gwinnett: 180 Camden Hill Rd.
    Suite A
    Lawrenceville, GA 30045
    (678) 376-4545
  • 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.

  • Brain Injury Association of Georgia (BIAG)
    1441 Clifton Road NE
    Atlanta, GA 30322
    (404) 712-5504
    (800) 444-6443
    Fax: (404) 712-0463

    The Brain Injury Association of Georgia is a non-profit organization serving individuals with brain injuries and their families, friends, and service providers.

  • Brain Trauma Foundation (BTF)
    523 East 72nd St.
    New York, NY 10020
    (212) 772-0608
    Fax: (212) 772-0357

    The Brain Trauma Foundation's mission is to translate neuroscience into effective solutions. Their efforts also focus on public education aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of the symptoms of a concussion.

  • disABILITY LINK
    755 Commerce Dr.
    Suite 45
    Decatur, GA 30030
    (404) 687-8890
    email:

    disABILITY LINK is a grassroots organization with goals, decisions and control of services led by people with disabilities. It is designed to increase independence, access and equal rights for everyone through the empowerment of people with disabilities. disABILITY LINK is committed to promoting the rights of all people with disabilities.

  • Friends of Disabled Adults and Children
    4900 Lewis Road
    Stone Mountain, GA 30083
    (770) 491-9014

    With a strong network of volunteers and partners, FODAC provides refurbished equipment and services for disabled adults and children to improve their overall quality of life.

  • Georgia Advocacy Office (GAO)
    150 East Ponce De Leon Ave.
    Decatur, GA 30030
    (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 Brain & 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 Community Health
    (877) GA-PEACH

    The Georgia Department of Community Health provides healthcare benefits, develops health policies and administers healthcare programs for Georgia citizens. Peach Care provides affordable healthcare for children under 19.

  • Georgia Department Of Human Resources
    2 Peachtree Street NW
    Suite 29-250
    Atlanta, GA 30303
    (404) 651-6314

    State of Georgia agency responsible for Community Mental Health, Department of Family and Children's Services, TBI Waiver Program, and Food Stamps.

  • Georgia's Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC)
    (800) 676-2433

    Atlanta Regional Commission
    (404) 463-4545

    A coordinated system of partnering organizations that are dedicated to:

    • Providing accurate information about publicly and privately financed long-term support and services
    • Offering a consumer-oriented approach to learning about the availability of services in the home and community
    • Supporting individuals and family members who are aging or living with a disability
  • Georgia's Assistive Technology Act Program (Tools for Life)
    (800) 497-8665
    Email: info@gatfl.org

    This is a program funded by a grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (part of the Department of Education). Helps Georgians of all ages and disabilities have access to assistive technology services in order to live, learn, work, and play independently in communities of their choice.

    Tools for Life provides:

    • Lending libraries — Provides hands-on experience with equipment
    • Assistive technology demonstrations & trainings — Allows you to see how equipment works and to receive in depth training so you can make the right equipment choice
    • Helps you find a way to purchase equipement
      • Assists in locating funding sources for Assistive Technology devices and services
      • Has an Online Equipment Exchange Program
      • Credit-Able provides low-interest loans
  • Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Agency (MARTA)
    2424 Piedmont Road NE
    Atlanta, GA 30324-3311
    (404) 848-4711

    MARTA provides transportation services for the disabled through the Para transit program. Must be able to ride a handicapped accessible van, charge is $3.50 one way, must apply in advance. If you can ride the public train or bus, then call (404) 848-5112 for half cards for the disabled (currently $.85). Trains are 100% handicapped-accessible.

  • My Shepherd Connection

    An educational website for patients, caregivers, and professionals that covers many aspects of brain injury and spinal cord injury. Areas of the website include: Affect and Emotion, Behavior Issues, Cognitive Issues, Family Issues, Bowel Care, Bladder Care, Support and Resources, and much more.

  • National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA)
    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.

  • National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
    Mailstop K65
    4770 Buford Highway NE
    Atlanta, GA 30341-3724
    (800) 232-4636
    email:

    The 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.

  • Social Security Administration
    Federal agency that provides financial services for Social Security retirement, disability, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Call (800) 772-1213 for your local office.

    CALL THEM IMMEDIATELY AND INQUIRE ABOUT DISABILITY, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, AND SSI FUNDING. This is often a lengthy process. Assistance from a lawyer (specializing in Social Security) may be necessary.

  • Social Security Disability Resource Center (SSDRC)

    An informational website that provides answers to questions about how to apply for social security disability, appeal a claim in the event of a denial, navigate the federal system, and how to avoid common mistakes made by applicants. SSDRC covers a lot of ground on a wide range of issues. The site's author is a former disability examiner for the Social Security Administration.

  • The Commonwealth Fund
    (212) 606-3800

    The mission of The Commonwealth Fund is to promote a high-performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.

Employment

  • disABILITY LINK
    Jessica Long, Employment Specialist
    755 Commerce Drive
    #415
    Decatur, GA 30030
    (404) 687-8890 (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; having a disability and working; their disability rights as an employee, etc.

  • Georgia Association of Training, Employment and Supports (GATES)
    Tripp Cook, Director
    44 Broad St. NW
    Suite 503
    Atlanta, GA 30303
    (404) 523-6674
    Fax: (404) 521-1714
    email:

    Georgia Association of Training, Employment and Supports (GATES) is a statewide association representing community rehabilitation providers (CRPs) that serve people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.

  • Georgia Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
    Lee Miller, Pres./CEO
    P.O. Box 1090
    Fortson, GA 31808
    (706) 324-2150
    Fax: (706) 324-4549
  • Georgia Department of Labor Rehabilitation Services
    148 Andrew Young Intl. Blvd. NE
    Suite 510
    Atlanta, GA 30303-1751
    (404) 232-3910
    TTY: (404) 232-3911

    Provides assistance for employment, vocational counseling, training, funding, and services to assist persons with disabilities to return to work.

  • Protection & Advocacy for Beneficiaries Social Security (PABSS)
    Service Areas — all Georgia Counties
    (404) 885-1234
    (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.

  • Shepherd Center's Benefits Navigator (Social Security Disability Planning)
    2020 Peachtree Road NW
    Atlanta, GA 30309
    (866) 772-2726
    Sally Atwell (404) 350-7589 email:
    Curtis Rodgers (404) 350-7598 email:

    Provides information to assist people between the ages of 14 and 65 who are eligible for Social Security benefits based on a disability. They provide information to help the disabled in making informed decisions when they work and have Social Security benefits at the same time. (They cannot help anyone apply for Social Security nor help with appeals.)

  • Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse
    1001 Main St.
    Stone Mountain, GA 30083
    (770) 469-9355

    Provides people with a brain injury disability a place to belong and participate, develop meaningful relationships, find rewarding work, return for ongoing support.

Financial Assistance

  • Credit-Able/Getting Ahead Association
    Georgia Department of Labor / VR Tools for Life Program
    1700 Century Circle
    B-4
    Atlanta, GA 30345
    (800) 497-8665

    Provides guaranteed loans for assistive technology, home and vehicle modifications to Georgians with disabilities, their families, caregivers, and/or employers.

  • Georgia Brain & Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission
    2 Peachtree St. NW
    Suite 26-426
    Atlanta, GA 30303
    (888) 233-5760

    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.)

  • Medicaid
    (800) 282-4536 (Call to find your local office)

    Provides medical assistance (hospitals, doctors, and pharmacists) to people who can't afford to pay for some or all of their medical bills.

  • Medicare
    (800) 669-8387 (Call to find your local office)

    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).

  • Social Security Administration
    (800) 772-1213 (Call to find your local office)

    Provides cash benefits to people who have worked and have become disabled. This entitlement program ensures that citizens with disabilities receive benefits from this program.

  • Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS)
    (877) 275-8271

    The Taxpayer Advocate Service is Your Voice at the IRS. The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is an independent organization within the IRS. They help taxpayers who are experiencing economic harm, such as not being able to provide necessities like housing, transportation, or food; taxpayers who are seeking help in resolving problems with the IRS.

  • The Partnership for Prescription Assistance
    (888) 4PPA-NOW

    Helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need through the program that is right for them. Many will get their medications free or nearly free.

Help with Food

  • One Harvest Food Ministries

    A non-profit, non-denominational, faith-based organization that is committed to helping American families. They offer an affordable family meal solution that provides high quality food choices. Their program teaches families the principles of saving money and stewardship without being forced to compromise their quality of life.

Driving Education and Recertification

  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
    A comprehensive, pediatric Driver Rehabilitation Program for ages 15-21. Consists of both a clinical and a behind-the-wheel evaluation performed by a trained certified driver rehab specialist.
    1001 Johnson Ferry Road NE
    Atlanta, Georgia 30342-1605
    (404) 785-3300 (Day Rehabilitation)
  • Dekalb Medical Center
    (404) 501-5140 Beth Anderson
  • Emory Rehab
    1441 Clifton Road, NE
    Atlanta, GA 30322
    (404) 712-7593

    Has a driving program geared toward the brain-injured person, and involves verbal instructions, paper testing, as well as on the road (expressway and residential) experience.

  • North Fulton Regional Hospital
    (770) 751-2500 or (770) 751-2650 Beth Gibson
  • Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute
    (706) 655-5256

    A comprehensive rehabilitation center dedicated to service, technological advancement, program diversity, research opportunities, continuing education and future development on behalf of persons with disabilities.

  • Shepherd Center
    2020 Peachtree Road, NW
    Atlanta, GA 30309
    (404) 352-2020

    Click on PATIENT CARE, then click on ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY to read about Adaptive Driving School, Dependent Passenger Evaluations, Van Driving Evaluations, Car Driving Evaluations, etc.

Medical Equipment

Note: Look under Medical Equipment in your telephone directory. There are many medical supply stores. Ask your local pharmacist.

Home Care

Google "Georgia Home Care" or look in your Yellow Pages for Home Care.

Housing & Home Modifications

Nursing and Convalescent Homes

  • A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab
    350 Boulevard SE
    Atlanta, GA 30312
    (404) 688-6731

    Nursing and convalescent homes. Provides sub-acute care.

  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home
    760 Pollard Blvd., SW
    Atlanta, GA. 30315
    (404) 688-9515

    Nursing and convalescent homes, hospice services.

  • Sadie G Mays Health and Rehabilitation Center
    1821 West Anderson Ave. NW
    Atlanta, GA 30314
    (404) 794-2477

    Nursing and convalescent homes, retirement apartments and hotels, rehabilitation services.

  • Shaw Executive Services, Inc.
    130 Twelve Oaks Cir NW
    Atlanta, GA 30327
    (404) 355-1171

    Nursing home management.

  • Shepherd Center
    Atlanta, GA 30318
    (404) 350-7301

    Nursing and convalescent homes.

Brain Injury Rehabilitation Hospitals

  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite
    1001 Johnson Ferry Road NE
    Atlanta, GA 30342-1605
    (404) 785-5252
  • Craig Hospital
    Colorado
    (303) 789-8344

    Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado is a long term acute care and rehabilitation hospital that exclusively specializes in the neurorehabilitation and research of patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

  • Florida Institute for Neurological Rehabilitation
    Wauchula, FL
    (800) 697-5390

    The Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation, Inc. (FINR) has developed a comprehensive brain injury rehabilitation continuum of care offering specialized inpatient evaluation and treatment for both children and adults.

  • Memorial Hermann
    Houston, TX
    (713) 797-5942

    Memorial Hermann is the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas and serves the greater Houston community through 12 hospitals, a vast network of affiliated physicians and numerous specialty programs and services. Memorial Hermann performs more brain and neurosurgeries than anyone else in Houston and some 50,000 heart procedures each year.

  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    Chicago
    (800) 354-REHAB

    The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is dedicated to providing the highest-quality patient care through integrated research, scientific discovery, and education for the purpose of maximizing the recovery of the individuals in our care.

  • Shepherd Center
    Atlanta, GA
    (404) 352-2020

    Shepherd Center is one of the top rehabilitation hospitals in the nation, specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury or brain injury.

  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
    Boston
    (617) 573-7000

    Founded in 1971 as the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital is one of the largest rehabilitation facilities in the U.S., providing comprehensive rehabilitation treatment.

Vehicle Modifications

  • Friends of Disabled Adults and Children
    4900 Lewis Road
    Stone Mountain, GA 30083
    (770) 491-9014

    FODAC is a statewide and national provider of home health care equipment — mobility aids and daily living devices for people with disabilities and the newly injured.

Transportation for the Disabled

  • A King's Touch Transportation Incorporated
    (770) 969-0201
    P.O. Box 491478
    Atlanta, GA
  • A to Z Transport
    (770) 399-6750 Office
    (404) 271-6848
    Contact: Ivan Bloch
  • Act Express Transportation
    (404) 875-8444
    2753 Waters Rd. SW
    Atlanta, GA

    ACT Express provides quality care PARATRANSIT Medical and Non-medical Transportation using wheelchair and stretcher transport vehicles. They also accommodate ambulatory individuals with and without disabilities.

  • Air Serv Corporation
    (404) 233-0097
    3399 Peachtree Rd. NE, #1800
    Atlanta, GA

    Air Serv provides innovative and dependable solutions to the aviation industry. Their 8,000 team members support the world's leading airlines and freight companies at airports throughout the United States and United Kingdom.

  • Atlanta Transportation Systems
    (404) 525-6226
    230 Peachtree St. NW #530
    Atlanta, GA
  • Family Care Transport
    (770) 936-0204
    2597 Valley Stream Dr.
    Atlanta, GA

    Family Care Transport, Inc. is a family-owned non-emergency transportation and translation company dedicated to providing superior service throughout Georgia.

  • Friends of Disabled Adults and Children
    900 Lewis Road
    Stone Mountain, GA 30083
    (770) 491-9014

    FODAC is a statewide and national provider of home health care equipment — mobility aids and daily living devices for people with disabilities and the newly injured.

  • Global Trans Service
    (770) 465-8065
    4470 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. #310
    Atlanta, GA

    Global Trans Services is the nation's premier provider of pre-arranged, non-emergency medical transportation for the Workers Compensation, Liability, and Med-Mal industries, as well as public/private entities. In addition to standard ambulatory transportation, they handle wheelchair lift and stretcher transportation in designated areas nationwide.

  • H & H Transportation Inc.
    (404) 314-9837
    Atlanta, GA
  • MARTA
    MARTA provides ADA Complementary Paratransit Service to eligible persons with disabilities who are unable to board, ride, or disembark from an accessible vehicle in MARTA's regular bus or rail services.
  • Med Trans Atlanta
    (404) 963-4915
    1119 Holly St. NW
    Atlanta, GA

    Med Trans Atlanta is a non-emergency and ambulance transportation company serving metro Atlanta and surrounding counties. They use state-of-the-art transportation vehicles and highly trained staff to make the trip comfortable and convenient for their clients, including those who are gurney- or wheelchair-bound.

Aphasia

In-home Life Skills Therapy

  • Mike Abercrombie
    (678) 491-5913
    email:

    A certified Occupational Therapy Aide and a certified Brain Injury Specialist, Mike teaches "compensatory strategies" — methods to help you learn to cope with your brain injury and strive to accomplish and do what you did before your injury. Mike, a brain injury survivor, is LIVING PROOF that rehabilitation does work, and that what he practices and teaches works.

    • Do you need help with doing your daily activities?
    • Do you need help living each day?
    • Do you want to learn how to regain your independence and to take care of yourself?

    Call or email Mike today!

Attorneys

  • Law Office of Kathleen Flynn
    (404) 479-4431
    An experienced social security disability law firm that cares. There are no fees unless you win! We will file a new application for you. We handle application and appeals through U.S. District Court of SSI claims for adults and children, SSDI for adults; Child's insurance benefits; and Widows or Widowers benefits. We have won thousands of cases for both adults and children.
  • E. Marcus Davis, Attorney at Law
    918 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE
    Atlanta, GA 30306
    (404) 688-2000

    Fighting with dedication, integrity and enthusiasm for the rights of brain-injured clients since 1976.