Monthly Archives: April 2015

Supporting Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Texas’ Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) is one of the most important funding sources for survivors of brain injury.  Many insurance companies will not fund certain rehabilitation services, effectively removing survivors’ access to vital opportunities to receive professional care as they struggle through recovery.  Still other survivors were without insurance at the time of their injuries and have no means to pay for necessary therapies.  For many brain injury survivors, DARS is simply the only funding source which will allow them to access the intensive rehabilitation that they need.

As the Texas House and State Legislature are working on the 2016-17 State budget, there is a proposal to fund brain injury and spinal cord survivors on the DARS waiting list.  This would allow for almost 100 more survivors to receive treatment.  Please click on the link below and sign the petition to help bring treatment to these survivors.

http://biaatx.nationbuilder.com/crs_petition

Learn about brain injury treatment services at the Transitional Learning Center: tlcrehab.org

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Walk for Brain Injury

The Brain Injury Association of America-Texas Division will be hosting a Walk for Brain Injury on Saturday, May 2 at Discovery Green in Houston.  The Transitional Learning Center is proud to be a sponsor of the Walk.  This is a wonderful opportunity to show your support for survivors of brain injuries and their families.  If you are interested in attending the walk, please click on the link below for more information:

http://www.texaswalkforbraininjury.com/

TLC will be sending a team led by Music Therapist Amanda Gilbert to show support and to help raise funds for the Brain Injury Association.  If you would like to help Team TLC reach its fundraising goals, please click on the link below.  Every dollar counts!

http://biausa.donorpages.com/WalkHoustonTX15/TEAMTLC/

Learn about brain injury treatment services at the Transitional Learning Center: tlcrehab.org

Taxes and Medical Deductions

As Tax Day is upon us, it is important to remember that many of the expenses that brain injury survivors and their families incur as a result of injuries suffered can then be deducted when preparing a given year’s Federal tax return.  The link below leads to an official IRS overview of which medical expenses can be deducted for this year’s Federal taxes.

https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc502.html

The IRS even has an interactive tax assistant to help you determine if you can deduct a particular expense.  It is fairly easy to use though it has a bit of weird feature in which there is a drop down menu of letters of the alphabet where you first identify the type of expense by the first letter of the word (e.g “B” for “Bandage”) and then there is a second drop down menu which follows for the actual name of the expense (e.g. “Bandage” and “Breast Reconstruction” are all under the “B” drop down).

https://www.irs.gov/uac/Can-I-Deduct-My-Medical-and-Dental-Expenses%3F

Learn about brain injury treatment services at the Transitional Learning Center: tlcrehab.org