As our ten year old son, Jason, lay in
a coma, we wanted someone to talk with who understood first hand
what we were experiencing as a family.
As Jason regained consciousness, we wanted
information to help us understand the extent of his brain injury,
the treatments he was receiving, and the expectations in each stage
of his recovery.
We came to realize that, regardless of his
recovery, life would never be the same.
We needed to educate ourselves about the
stages we would go through with Jason in this different life. In
spite of this traumatic life change, we wanted to stay strong as
We know that even then this foundation was
being guided into formation to give help and hope to others. With
Jason's help, and in his memory, we now offer survivors of brain
injury and their families the help we so generously received.
From the beginning, a network of professionals,
family members, friends, and strangers assisted us in gathering
information to help us learn to ask questions and become informed
advocates for Jason's care. They researched ways of working with
the insurance company to receive appropriate coverage. They searched
out medical care options, rehabilitation facilities, alternative
therapies, legal advice, financial aid, and school system support.
We had help. We had hope.
The Jason Foundation
We are committed to:
- Providing education, support, resources, and funds to brain
injury survivors and their families in the Southwest Virginia region.
- Promoting the establishment of community-based services for
brain injury survivors and their families.
- Promoting public awareness and education with regard to the
disability of brain injury.
- Promoting programs that enhance the quality of life of brain
injury survivors and their families.
The Jason Foundation
funded the establishment of:
Brain Injury Services of SWVA in July 2001 to provide community-based specialized case management
services for survivors and their families.
inception, BIS of SWVA has:
Created a pilot project on
delivery of Independent Living Skills Training to survivors in
rural areas – in collaboration with Radford University – begun
through the Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative Grant.
Sponsored establishment of the
New River Valley Brain Injury Support Group for survivors and
caregivers, held at Radford University’s Waldron College.
Served as one of the catalysts
for “Transcending Brain Injury” annual conference for Southwest
Virginia. It is SWVA’s major educational venue for medical and
legal professionals, service providers, educators, students,
survivors, and caregivers.
Served as catalyst for the
annual Southwest Virginia Invitational Golf Challenge – a
three-day event that includes one-day clinic for therapists,
one-day clinic for people of all disabilities, one-day
tournament for people of all abilities. It provides significant
funding for BIS SWVA and for the Roanoke Valley Chapter of the
Brain Injury Association of Virginia.
Became the second organization
in Virginia to make available Pediatric Long Term Case
Management – begun through the Commonwealth Neurotrauma
Continues to assist more than
200 families annually through long-term case management services.
Center for Education and Human Services in Acquired Brain Injury
Rehabilitation Programs Endowment
Speech-Language Pathology Master's Degree Program Endowment
Foundation is available to help when you need:
to talk with someone who has
been in a similar situation
to locate information on brain
to connect with specialized
services and resources for survivors and families
to obtain support group
The Jason Foundation is represented
The Jason Foundation is a past member of:
Brain Injury Association of Virginia Board of Directors
Virginia Brain Injury Council
National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (member)
Virginia Alliance for Brain Injury Services Providers