“Where Injury Meets Support”
Build Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Through Knowledge, Friendship & Partnership
PO Box 140792
Orlando, FL 32814-0792


My name is Marie-Terese Henderson I have been the Chairperson of the Central Florida Brain Injury Support Group, Inc formally the Orlando Brain Injury Support Group established in 1986 since 2007. Plus I am a person living with the long term disabilities secondary to the traumatic brain injury (TBI) sustained in 1991 in an automobile accident.


Our logo represents brain injury awareness and who we are by Two Faces Facing the World. The brain injured working alongside the uninjured toward a common goal. These faces are encircled with people of every color holding hands because every 23 seconds someone sustains’ a brain injury. Our mission is to help meet the needs of the Brain Injury Survivors. We are Where Injury Meets Support and we are Building Brain Injury Awareness through Knowledge, Friendship & Partnership. We are Brain Injury Survivors driven and self supported through our own contributions and individual donations.


We are traumatic brain injury support group that meet twice a month for socialization, educational speakers and to share community resources. Brain Injury Survivors have the opportunity to support one another in a safe environment of comradeship and understanding, where hardship and sentiments can be discussed openly with respect for each individual opinion and new friendship can be established. We discuss individual needs and compensation strategies that have been successful, because it is from others who face similar frustrations that the best solutions to problems can be found. We encourage brain injury survivors to become proactive in their recovery. We provide monthly resources that offer us hope of a successful, productive, and positive result for our community which reflect the benefits we, as brain injury survivors, offer through friendship and caring about one another. We concentrate on what we “can do”, because together we can build a strong link in the chain of brain injury recovery through friendship and support.

We celebrate National Brain Injury Awareness Month in March with our annual picnic and attend the Brain Injury Association of Florida’s annual Camp TBI in June. Plus we have our Thanksgiving Dinner Meeting and Christmas Gift Exchange Meeting for all of the people living in the world of traumatic brain injury and their caregiver’s, friends and family.

Our monthly newsletter can be seen at



Decision by Patrick Larimore


Please watch Brain Injury Awareness Month 2013 by Sean



Watch Whit Baskin to inspire and

Thank the Lord for all of His many Blessings


Brain Injury Association of Florida

Perspectives on Brain Injury for 

Caregivers by James A. Mikula, Ph.D



This is the national suicide hotline number.

1-800-SUICIDE 1-800-784-2433.

We are a support group and not set up to handle emotional crises.

Journey Alone Together Brain Injury Group on facebook


CFBISG Newsletter



Please post to our Arsenal of Strategies on Living in the World of Brain Injury.



Are You IN?

TBI Survivors’ Network


Spring 2008

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255, press 1 if Veteran or calling about Veteran.  It will go on resource and home page quite nicely.

Did You Know?       The brain is the portion of the central nervous system that is contained within the skull. It is the control center for movement, sleep, hunger, thirst, and virtually every other vital activity necessary to survival.  All human emotions – including love, hate, fear, anger, elation, and sadness are controlled by the brain.   It also receives and interprets the countless signals that are sent to it from other parts of the body and from the external environment.

The Brain makes us conscious, emotional, and intelligent.



Melissa Wanna





Forgive as soon as possible. Love without boundaries… Laugh without control

and never stop smiling.   A smile is contagious and you never know someone may fall in love with it… submitted by Pete







Brain Puzzle http://www.setgame.com/set/puzzle_frame.htm



 2011 Brain Injury Awareness Month (BIAM)

2nd Annual Brain Injury Awareness Month (BIAM) 2012

3rd Annual Brain Injury Awareness Month (BIAM) 2013


4th Annual Brain Injury Awareness Month Picnic 2014








We are one of many Brain Support Groups in Florida



Guest Speaker 19 Sept 2012 Theresa Barton Professional Guardian, Guardian Care Management & Benefits Services, Inc http://www.orlandoguardian.com/




Good Afternoon Honorable Senators and Representatives,


My name is Marie-Terese Henderson and I am here today as a person with a traumatic brain injury or TBI as it is better known and spokesperson for Brain Injury Association of Florida or the BIAF.


My TBI was caused by a motor vehicle accident 21 years ago. Since then, I have learned to live with my permanent challenges of short term memory loose, double vision and constant headaches, and still feel blessed with my recovery. A TBI is when a blow to the head causes an injury to the brain which changes the way you think and live, sometimes for a short period of time, but all too often it changes who you are for a lifetime.

I am a 40 year resident of Orlando, Chairperson of the Central Florida Brain Injury Support Group, member of the Orange County Disability Advisory Board, and Orange County Public School “Kids’ Just Like Us” Committee member.

In my role with the Central Florida Brain Injury Support Group I represent hundreds of people living with a TBI and their families living in your districts.

We believe it is critical that the State maintain funding for Traumatic Brain Injury services through Brain Injury Association Florida. This requires the Department of Health and BIAF to continue their partnership serving brain injury victims and their family who endure the responsibility of their care.


Each year over 100,000 babies and toddlers, soldiers and athletes, teenagers and grandparents are victims of the effects of a traumatic brain injury. Without help they are often lost to the court system, jail, homelessness or the under-funded mental health systems at a great cost to our state and local governments.



Thank you for your time and attention. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


Marie-Terese Henderson, Executive Director

Central Florida Brain Injury Support Group, Inc





League of United Latin American Citizens



What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

  • A blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain.
  • Annually 1.7 Million American’s sustain a TBI
  • 220,430 Military (2000-2011) have sustained –
  • The “Signature Wound”
  • TBI is The “Invisible Injury” –
  • Many go Unreported & are Undiagnosed

What are the leading causes of TBI?

  • Falls
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Struck by or against events
  • Assaults


Who is most likely affected?

  • Children aged 0-4
  • Older adolescents aged 15-19
  • Adults aged 65 years and older
  • Males have a higher rate of TBI


What is the direct and indirect (lost productivity) Medical Costs cost of TBI?

  • In 2000 the totaled $60 Billion


How TBI can affects people:

  • Cognitively
  • Physically
  • Socially


How TBI can affect individuals’ in school:

  • Memory Impairment
  • Slowed processing speed


What are the challenges with TBI:

  • Concentrating
  • Organizing thoughts
  • Learning New Information
  • Interpreting Social Skills
  • Solving Problems
  • Fatigue & Pain





Two faces facing the world represents a person with a brain injury along side the person who is not working towards a common goal.

These Faces are encircled with people of every color holding hands because brain injury is an equal opportunity for all.

A special thanks to those who brainstormed this great graphical branding.


We have completed all the requirements for becoming a not for profit organization. We are able to provide donors with a tax-deductible receipts for their gifts.



Special Thanks to:

 Johnny Pineyro,

Senior Personal Injury Lawyer



Tracy Porter

Mother’s Against Brain Injury

Thank You for our brochures!

Cunningham’s, Inc.

106 Church Street | Kissimmee, FL 34741


407-846-6833 fax





 Thank you for transportation







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Monthly Meetings

3rd & 4th Wednesday



City of Orlando

Mayor William Beardall

Senior Center

800 South Delaney Ave

Orlando 32801

More Information


PO Box 140792

Orlando, FL 32814-0792

MT (407)228-2818


Mission Statement

“Where Injury Meets Support”

Build Brain Injury Awareness Through Knowledge, Friendship & Partnership

Community Meeting

3rd Wednesday

16 April 2014

Guest Speaker

Ella Duke, Oasis Yoga Therapy

Benefits of Yoga following TBI

Oasis Yoga Therapy
826 Menendez Court
Orlando, FL 32801




4th Wednesday

Brain Game Night  

23 April 2014