The Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin Inc.’s mission is to offer assistance and provide resources to people in Wisconsin who are living with the consequences of brain injury. This is accomplished through: Acting as an informal channel for distributing information and resources, Conducting ongoing educational opportunities, Facilitation of support groups, and Fostering prevention awareness.  Our intention is to assist in developing communication channels between families and professionals in a way that: Improves relationships and cooperation, Enhances team work, and Helps reduce the possibility for future conflicts through proper communication and education. 
Thank you for your interest and support of the Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin, Inc. 


We are here when you need us...
  • Lois York-Lewis (Executive Director, President and Treasurer, Board Member)
  • Ms. Bari L. York (Director of Public Relations and Marketing, Recording Secretary Board Member, Brain Injury Survivor
  • Kathy Richardson (Resource Facilitation, Vice-President, Board Member, Brain Injury Survivor
  • Robert Erdmann (Retired Staff Minister, Spiritual Outreach Coordinator, Board Member) 
  • Pastor John Riggle (Spiritual Outreach volunteer, Brain Injury Survivor)
  • Jennifer Berry (Friendship Network Facebook Group Page Coordinator, Brain Injury Survivor)
  • Dr. Nathan Glassman (Board Member) 
  • Jacob Peloquin, OTR (Board Member, Brain Injury Survivor)
  • Attorney Victoria Davis (Board Member) 
  • Linda Lay, BS (Peer-Mentor and Support Group Coordinator) 
  • Greg Steinberg (Webmaster, Brain Injury Survivor
  • Katie Marshall (General Office Assistant, Brain Injury Survivor)

We welcome a visit at our Administrative Office located in Big Bend, WI
Office Hours are Tues, Wed, and Thurs 10:00 am until 3:00 pm

W236 S7050 Big Bend Drive, Suite 3, Big Bend, WI 53103
Phone (262) 770-4882 / Fax (262) 436-1747
email us at Admin@bircofwi.org

Mailing address is P.O. Box 808, Muskego, WI 53150-0808



Conveniently located just off of Hwy 43 near the intersection of Hwy ES (National Avenue) and Hwy 164 in Waukesha County.  Come visit and shop in our Market Place (featuring items crafted by Brain Injury survivors living in Wisconsin). The Market Place is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm (cash and check is preferred).

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New in 2014! “Talking Points” Gatherings


This is a series of sessions being held once per month on the second Tuesday of the month.  These sessions are intended to start conversations about issues faced by brain injury survivors that go deeper than support group meetings.  These sessions are from 6:30p – 8:30p (locations vary based on availability) Call 262-770-4882 or refer to our calender of events for location information.
Presentations are available for future scheduling and download after initial workshop has been conducted

Jan (none)

Apr 8 – Importance of Volunteering after a brain injury
UW-Extension Program

Jul 8 – Safety (more than just talk) after brain injury

Oct 14 – Do It Yourself after brain injury

Feb 11 – How do I date after a brain injury? Relationships.
Presentation Link

May 13 – Mothers and Daughters / Fathers and Sons

Aug 12 – Recreational activities after brain injury

Nov 11 – Cooking after brain injury

Mar 11 – Health, wellness, and fitness after brain injury.
Presentation Link

Jun 10 – What to do, what not to do after brain injury

Sep 9 – Alternatives Medicines and Therapies after brain injury

Dec 9 – Holiday stress and family expectations after brain injury

Think about it: Concussions are not a football problem,
they are not a baseball or soccer problem,
they are a societal problem!

Find out more

Governor Scott Walker
declared March 2014
as Brain Injury Awareness Month

Why is this important? Just browse through our website to discover why


WHAT NOW?

The hospital stay is over and rehab is done or has slowed.
It is assumed that you can just start where you left off before the injury.
It may be years post-injury and things are changing. What now?

At some point, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and maybe even you begin to realize that
since the injury “daily living” takes on a whole new meaning. Not just for the brain injury survivor, not just for the parent or the spouse, not just for the friend or co-worker, but for everyone.

Community Support is paramount! It may take years for the person with a brain injury to find a new comfort zone and create a routine that suits their post-injury skills, abilities, and personality.

Make your home as safe, secure, organized, routine, and memory friendly as possible. Once an individual does begin to realize that they cannot relate as they once did, they will need reassurance that time and effort will bring improvement.

There are five stages of normal grief that the survivor may go through and emotions may be in turmoil for quite some time.
  1. Denial is the first reaction to the loss of something. 
  2. It is often followed by anger which in most cases causes the most emotional pain. 
  3. Survivors may experience a grief known as bargaining where they try to make deals (sometimes of a spiritual nature) to gain back what was lost. 
  4. The most dangerous stage of grief and loss with the risk of suicide is depression. 
  5. Finally, acceptance can be realized and being at peace, finding joy in new lives, but still working to improve takes them on the path of emotional recovery. 
Marriages can change after brain injury, friendships can fall apart, employer expectations may no longer be met, how you relate to your parents and how they relate to you may also have changed, how you feel, think, and react is not the same.

For example, a person diagnosed with anosognosia after brain injury is not aware of their own difficulties or the impression that they are making on others.

Life after brain injury can be like a scene from the movie “The Parent Trap.” You look like the same person, but you are not.
  • Cognitive changes may affect memory, judgment, reasoning, learning, processing speech and vision. 
  • Physical changes may affect gait, vision, hearing, paralysis, swallowing, energy level, weakness, smell, taste, etc. 
  • Behavioral and psychiatric changes may include mood swings, impulsive, agitation, sadness, depression, anxiety, aggression, social inappropriateness; and epilepsy. 
  • Know the Person
There tend to be numerous changes, making life very difficult and feelings of isolation often occur.

The topics, ideas, suggestions, and information listed throughout this website are being provided as a look into the life of a person after brain injury. It is important to remember that the person is as unique as the injury and life post-injury will be as well.

The “what now” works both ways; how does the family make it work and how does the survivor make it work. 

That is where we come in - we are here to help!
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