Traumatic brain injury survivors want more resources

Published: Mar. 23, 2017 at 7:21 PM CDT
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They're not always visible but they can have a life-changing impact on survivors and their families.

Brain injuries are traumatic and can can happen to anyone at any age. According to some who live with these injuries day in and day out, there's a real lack of resources here in Nebraska.

"There's not a lot of work out there for people with brain injuries. No specialties or plans to make modifications for people who are a little bit slower," said traumatic brain injury survivor Patrick Lange.

Brain injury professionals agree. One woman believes Nebraska has not tapped into it's full potential and has limited resources for people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury.

"There's not enough awareness. There's not enough professionals within diverse occupations trained to treat brain injury," said Information and Referral Specialist Gina Simanek of the Brain Injury Alliance.

Gina said she knows people who have to drive an hour just to go to therapy. There aren't many options for brain rehabilitation centers here, especially in smaller cities.

One woman said it's not just the lack of resources that bother her. It's the lack of knowledge and empathy. She wants that to change.

"For people to be more understanding. To have more information out there," said traumatic brain injury survivor Paige Luebbert.

According to the Brain Injury Alliance, an estimated 36,000 Nebraskans live with a disability caused by a traumatic brain injury.