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About The Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin

Our Mission: “The prevention of brain injury and the full participation in life for individuals with brain injury”

The Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin (BIAW) is here to help. We provide education, advocacy, prevention, information & resources, and support services to brain injury survivors, their families, and the people who serve them throughout the State.

BIAW is a non-profit organization that brings together people with brain injuries, their families, friends, and concerned professionals. Our mission is the prevention of brain injury and the full participation in life for individuals with brain injury

BIAW was formed in 1980 by a group of individuals with brain injury, their family members, friends and professionals in response to the lack of available services specific to the unique needs of individuals with brain injury.

BIAW provides services in these 5 core areas:

  • Advocacy
  • Education
  • Information and Resources
  • Prevention
  • Support Services


The Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin addresses the challenge of brain injury one individual or one family at a time. The aftermath of brain injury is often a journey marked with peaks, valleys and detours. We are available to listen, support and assist individuals with an injury and families in their efforts to achieve personalized goals. The alliance also collaborates with other organizations to support the development of public policies and systems that meet the need of individuals with brain injuries and their families in Wisconsin.

Advocacy is a type of problem solving designed to protect personal rights and to ensure a dignified existence. There are many types of advocacy:

  • Systems Advocacy – is useful for changing “the system” and used to promote causes
  • Legal Advocacy – is what lawyers are paid to do–
  • Legislative Advocacy – is designed to change laws and policies. There are important legislative initiatives that affect individuals with brain injury and their families. If you would like to be added to the action alert email listing concerning federal legislation from the Brain Injury Association of America, go to their website, www.biausa.org and click on Policy & Legislation, Legislative Action Center, and then the Action E-list (near page bottom).–
  • Individual Advocacy – involves advocating for another–
  • Self-Advocacy – involves advocating for oneself

Membership Information

Becoming a member is easy… see membership options.

Member Benefits

  • BIAW News, the BIAW newsletter
  • Educational programs
  • Specialized mailings
  • Discounts on BIAW conferences
  • Inclusion on email listserve
  • Dues billed annually

Your membership fees support services and activities that benefit individuals with brain injury and their families.

Your participation helps raise awareness about brain injury and its prevention.

Membership will not be denied to individuals with limited resources. Please contact the BIAW office to discuss a $10.00 courtesy membership.


The Staff and Board of Directors of the alliance are dedicated to serving over 50,000 individuals with brain injury and their families living in Wisconsin.

Karl Curtis,
Executive Director

Board of Directors

  • Kevin Pasqua – President
  • Valentine Oluchi – Vice President
  • Jan Heinitz – Secretary
  • Robert Babel
  • Chastity Krings
  • Dr. Sarah Porter
  • Audrey Nelson
  • Dr. Ben Siebert
  • Nicole McMillan
  • Anne Atherton
  • Phil Burley
  • Dr. Traci Snedden


The Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin does not support, endorse, or recommend any product, method of treatment, or program for individuals with brain injury. BIAW does not claim that the resources listed encompass all organizations in Wisconsin serving individuals with brain injury.

Programs, services, names, and web sites listed are subject to change without prior notice. Individual names listed were by facility choice.

To obtain the most recent information on listed services, it is advisable to contact the service directly, and ask questions about the program. This website is supported in part by (2H21MC00021-03) from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

The contents are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of DHHS.