Allsup Awards Disability Literacy Grant to Brain Injury Alliance of Washington

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$2,500 will go toward Seattle-based organization's work to increase public awareness, support and hope for those affected by brain injury―a leading cause of disability

Brain Injury Alliance of Washington

The disabilities resulting from traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be lifelong and life-changing, involving physical, emotional, behavioral and cognitive impairments.

Allsup, a nationwide Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation company, awarded Seattle-based Brain Injury Alliance of Washington (BIAWA), a $2,500 grant for being the top Allsup Post for a PurposeSM blogger in 2014. The Allsup Post for a Purpose initiative increases disability literacy by promoting health observances, encouraging community participation and raising awareness and support of nonprofit organizations and their missions.

BIAWA's guest blog, Awareness, Support and Hope for Those with Brain Injury, garnered the most shares from Allsup's Facebook page in 2014, reflecting public interest in TBI and support of the nonprofit organization's programs.

"The disabilities resulting from traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be lifelong and life-changing, involving physical, emotional, behavioral and cognitive impairments," said Deborah Crawley, CBIS, BIAWA Executive Director.

Approximately 5.3 million Americans live with a TBI-related disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center reports that nearly 300,000 military service members sustained a TBI from 2000 through 2013.

According to the CDC, TBI can cause epilepsy and increase the risk for conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and other brain disorders that become more prevalent with age.

Individuals with TBI may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits if they are not able to continue working. For answers to specific questions about applying for SSDI, visit Expert.Allsup.com or call (888) 841-2126.

For more information on the Allsup Post for a Purpose program, contact Tai Venuti at t.venuti@allsupinc.com.

ABOUT BRAIN INJURY ALLIANCE OF WASHINGTON

The Brain Injury Alliance of Washington is a private nonprofit providing free support services to individuals throughout Washington whose lives are affected by brain injury. Our mission is to increase public awareness, support, and hope for those affected by brain injury through education, assistance, and advocacy. Our services include a toll-free resource line for information and referrals, in-person resource management, peer mentoring, social engagement opportunities, support groups, trainings and outreach and much more! Our vision is a world where brain injury is prevented, and every person already affected by its impact benefits from resources that maximize his/her quality of life. For more about BIAWA, please visit our website http://www.biawa.org and Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/braininjurywa

ABOUT ALLSUP

Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal and Medicare services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Allsup professionals deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. Founded in 1984, the company is based in Belleville, Illinois, near St. Louis. For more information, go to http://www.Allsup.com or visit Allsup on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Allsupinc.

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