"Speak your mind" says brain injury podcast
South Portland, Maine (November 1, 2013) – Alpha One, Maine’s Center for Independent Living (CIL), today announced the launch of the “Brain Matters” podcast; a magazine-style show dedicated to engaging the community by covering issues faced by individuals with brain injury, their family members, clinicians, and professionals.
“We’re excited to add the ‘Brain Matters’ podcast to our existing One in Five podcast,” stated Dennis Fitzgibbons, Alpha One’s Executive Director. “It is our sincere hope that presenting this targeted podcast will help broaden the discussion around concussion, MTBI, closed-head injuries, etc., and how they figure more increasingly in our everyday lives. Having access to quality information empowers people to make informed choices and is core to Alpha One’s mission of creating opportunities for people with a disability to live independently.”
The first episode addresses the important issue of concussion. For young people ages 15 to 24 years, sports are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury behind only motor vehicle crashes. To discuss this subject, podcast host Chris Delenick is joined by a panel including South Portland Police Officer Rocco Navarro, USM Women’s Soccer Head Coach Lisa Petruccelli, students Emily Staples & Michaela Despins, and South Portland High School Athletic Director John Ryan.
"Brain injury is non-discriminatory in that it can affect people of all ages and result in life-long consequences,” says podcast host, Chris Delenick. “My hope for the program is to provide an opportunity for survivors, family members, clinicians, and professionals to engage in thoughtful discourse about brain injury.
Subscribe and download Brain Matters podcast in the iTunes music store or stream online at www.brainmattersme.org. Podcast host Chris Delenick is an occupational therapist and independent living specialist at Alpha One.
About Alpha One
Since 1978, Alpha One, a Center for Independent Living, has enabled thousands of people with disabilities to live more fully and more independently in all aspects of their lives. Few agencies in Maine offer Alpha One’s variety and depth of independent living services. Alpha One annually assists more than 6,000 people of all ages, including children and the elderly, with a range of physical, mental, cognitive, and sensory disabilities. For nearly four decades, Alpha One has been responsive to the needs of individuals with disabilities, initiating, advocating for, and implementing systems change to overcome the barriers that prevent people with disabilities from living independently. Alpha One’s staff has extensive experience in universal design, occupational therapy, independent living philosophy, advocacy, and peer support.