The International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) is dedicated to the development and support of multidisciplinary medical and clinical professionals, advocates, policy makers, consumers and others who work to improve outcomes and opportunities for persons with brain injury.
Founded in 1993, the IBIA was created in response to the growing demand from professionals and advocates throughout the world for collaboration and more brain injury resources on all aspects from prevention to long-term care issues.
In 1998, the International Association for the Study of Brain Injury, a professional association, merged with the IBIA.
The IBIA works to develop positive relations and interactions between individuals, families, groups, organizations, institutions, diverse cultures and nations. The IBIA strives to provide international leadership for creative solutions to the issues associated with brain injury.
The IBIA is dedicated and resolved to meeting the following objectives:
- Conduct and coordinate educational programs and training activities that disseminate contemporary information about brain injury, its consequences and possible prevention.
- Support research and other scholarly activities so as to increase knowledge and understanding about causes and consequences of brain injury, and effective treatment interventions.
- Build alliances between regional, national and international organizations that promote programs, activities and services to benefit persons with brain injuries and their families.
- Support and encourage rehabilitation programs and other measure that are critically necessary to restoring persons with brain injury to optimal levels of functioning.
- Promote the removal of attitudinal, education and employment barriers that prevent persons with brain injury from exercising their rights to full and active participation in their communities.