FacingDisability featured on ABC 7 News Chicago

August 3, 2012

Exciting things are in the making as the spotlight is on once again, thanks to yesterday’s coverage of our website on ABC 7 News Chicago with Karen Meyer, a long-time reporter on disability issues who has been hearing impaired since birth.

Meyer interviewed founder and president of FacingDisability Thea Flaum and Dr. Elliot Roth, Director of the Brain Injury Program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, about their plans to create a new website for people with traumatic brain injuries. This site will be modeled after FacingDisability for families facing spinal cord injuries and will, according to Roth, help to fill a major need for information about TBI.

“It’s estimated that close to 1.7 million people every year sustain some sort of traumatic brain injury,” Roth said.

FacingDisability and RIC are currently working to get a grant for the project, which means development of the new website could begin very soon.

“We’re very excited about working with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago to create a new resource for families,” Flaum said.

Click on the image below to watch the FacingDisability video segment featured on ABC 7 News Chicago:

A new website means new ideas and innovation. What information do you think is important to know about SCI or TBI? Please share your comments below.




One response to “FacingDisability featured on ABC 7 News Chicago”

  1. facing says:

    We wanted to share the wonderful comment Amanda left about our coverage on ABC 7 News Chicago on Thursday! Her original response can found below our “FacingDisability in the Spotlight” blog post from June.

    “I just watched the news segment on ABC 7 news with Karen Meyer that featured the website and am thrilled to hear this is available. I am very interested and eager to hear more details regarding the possibillity of a TBI resource to utilize as my life changed after being involved in an auto accident in 2006 that resulted in a Traumatic Brain Injury. I am very thankful for the help and recovery I experienced through the Rehabiliation Institute of Chicago. Each day is a new day and brings new challenges as I I continue to learn about who I am now. It truly would be helpful to have resources to turn to for myself and my husband, family, friends,etc. I feel so alone sometimes and often don’t even know how to begin to explain TBIs to others. It’s like being invisibly wounded.

    If there is anything I can do to help in the creation of a TBI resource, please let me know!”

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