People with Brain Injury
CSI supports people with brain injuries resulting from various causes.
Brain injuries may result from birth and, therefore, a brain injury may also be a developmental disability. Brain injuries may also result from injuries acquired either as a child or as an adult. If, for example, a young child falls from playground equipment and suffers a brain injury, he, too, may be said to have an acquired brain injury AND a developmental disability as a result of the injury’s impact on multiple domains of his life.
If an adult suffers a head injury in a motorcycle accident, he or she is said to have an acquired brain injury (ABI). ABIs are a rising trend in the United States as a result of effective emergency and trauma care – that is, persons survive accidents which earlier they might not have. ABIs disproportionately affect young people, often caused by sports accidents (skiing, snow boarding, horseback riding, and others) and vehicle accidents. Many ABIs are alcohol-related and involve men under age 30. Lastly, brain injuries may also result from strokes, affecting persons of all ages.
All CSIs support persons with ABIs who have developmental disabilities. CSI/Northern Virginia, however, is distinctive among CSIs in having responsibility to provide drop-by residential supports to adults with a primary diagnosis of ABI. CSI/NV’s supports focus upon life skills training, community integration, environmental safety, and healthcare coordination.