What We Do

TRAINING & EDUCATION

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Brain Injury 101

Would you like to know more about making a referral to the Alliance, join us as a volunteer, or learn how you can find a support group or participate in Camp Can Do?

Living Life Fully

An introductory educational series for those newly diagnosed or wanting to learn more about services available to the brain injury survivors.

Think Ahead

School-Based Family Support —
Currently in Mesa Public Schools, Think Ahead provides support for families of K-12 students living with brain injuries.

Unmasking Brain Injury

The objective of this project is to have each person living with any type of brain injury, whether it is a brain aneurism, brain bleed, brain tumor, concussion, stroke, or a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), create a mask that depicts the hidden feelings behind their brain injury in an effort to raise awareness in our communities and give survivors a voice!

SUPPORT GROUPS

Listen | Talk | Learn

Our support groups provide survivors of brain injuries and their family members emotional support for improved lives. You will be able to share concerns and information with others who understand your perspective. Lessen your fears through group discussion and education.

 

Brain Injury Alliance Support Groups

  • Encourage active, involved listening for everyone
  • Give the sense that others care and that you are being heard
  • Enable you to meet and accept your needs
  • Allow the opportunity to be really understood
  • Make aware of your needs and strengths
  • Provide a place to find courage and take risks
  • Create an atmosphere to get in touch with yourself
  • Accept that you will express positive and negative views and not be judged or labeled

Find a support group near you —

FLAGSTAFF
Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Support Group

1st Tuesday of the month (if its a holiday, then held the 2nd Tuesday of the month)
2:00 PM — 3:30 PM

Northern AZ Healthcare Training Center
Fort Valley Shopping Center
(S. of old hospital on Beaver St.)
1000 N. Humphreys Street,
Flagstaff, 86001

CONTACT:
Al White
928-699-2916
bosco8567@msn.com


Stroke Support Group

3rd Thursday of every month
12:00 PM — 1:00 PM

Flagstaff Medical Center
West Campus Building, 4th floor Board Room
1215 N. Beaver St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

CONTACT:
Call for information
928-773-2125

GLENDALE
Aphasia Support Group

1st Tuesday of the month
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM

Encompass Valley of the Sun Rehab Hospital
13460 N. 67th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85304

CONTACT:
Megan Shearer
623-334-5404
megan.shearer@healthsouth.com


BrainStorm Survivor Support Group

3rd Wednesday of the month
6:30 PM — 8:00 PM

Encompass Health Valley of the Sun Rehab Hospital
13460 N. 67th Ave., Glendale 85304

CONTACT:
Randi Halvorsen
602-301-1977


Northwest Valley Brain Injury Survivor & Caregiver Support Group

— Funded by the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona.

1st Thursday of the month
6:30 PM — 8:00 PM

Encompass Health Valley of the Sun Rehab Hospital
13460 N. 67th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85304

CONTACT:
Randi Halvorsen
602-301-1977


Stroke Group for Survivors & Caregivers

1st Tuesday of the month
10:00 AM — 11:00 AM

Encompass Valley of the Sun Rehab Hospital
13460 N. 67th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85304

CONTACT:
Melissa Buckner
623-334-5470
melissa.buckner@healthsouth.com

MESA
Stroke Support Group

2nd Thursday of each month
1:30 PM — 3:00 PM

John J. Rhodes Rehabilitation Center, 3rd floor
Banner Baywood Medical Center
6644 E Baywood Ave, Mesa, AZ 85206

CONTACT:
Crystal Smith
480-321-3848
Crystal.Smith@bannerhealth.com


Stroke Survivor and Family Support Group

4th Wednesday of the month
5:30 PM — 6:30 PM

Encompass Health Rehab Hospital of East Valley
5652 East Baseline Road, Mesa 85206

FACILITATOR:
Dr. Suzanne Griffiths

CONTACT:
Diana Fischer
480-567-0350
diana.fischer@healthsouth.com

PHOENIX
All Neuro Caregiver Support Group

2nd Monday of month
12:00 PM — 1:00 PM

Barrow Neuro-Rehabilitation Center
222 W. Thomas Rd
Phoenix, 85013
Outpatient Neuro Rehab Conf. Rm.100

CONTACT:
Ashley Bridwell
602-406-6688
Ashley.Bridwell@dignityhealth.org


Brain Aneurysm, AVM, and Stroke Group

Sponsored by the Joe Niekro Foundation
3rd Wednesday of the month
6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

Banner UMC Phoenix
Sandstone Conference Room North and South
1111 E. McDowell Rd.,
Phoenix, 85006

CONTACT:
Deborah Liable
602-839-9037
deborah.liable@bannerhealth.com

* Spanish translation headphones available. Ask directions at information desk in main lobby. Please use 12th St. entrance for the facility.


The Brain Cave Men’s Brain Injury Group

Funded by the Brain Injury Alliance of AZ

Men ages 18 and over
1st Wednesday of the month
6:00 PM — 7:30 PM

REGISTRATION REQUIRED!
CLICK HERE >>

Café Cultivate, located at Ability 360
5025 E. Washington St.,
Phoenix, 85034

CONTACT:
Will Grove
602-508-8024
outreach@biaaz.org

For more information visit the Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/events/2146227242132740/ for more details.


Brain Tumor Support Group

4th Tuesday of month
6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

St. Joseph’s Hospital, Conference Room 1
350 W. Thomas Rd.,
Phoenix, 85013

CONTACT:
Lanette Veres
623-205-6446
graymattersfoundation@gmail.com
www.graymattersfoundation.org

*Park in the 6th Ave garage and bring your parking ticket with you to validate.*


Central Phoenix Adult Brain Injury Group

— Funded by the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona

The 4th Thursday of the month
6:00 PM — 7:30 PM

The Brain Injury Support Group is for brain injury survivors 18 and above and their family, friends and caregivers who want to meet others who are in similar situations.

St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center, Conference Center Rooms 1 & 2
350 W. Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, 85013

Park in the 6th Ave garage and bring your parking ticket with you to validate. 

(From the Main hospital entrance, go past Starbucks and turn right. Follow signs to the cafeteria and go past the 2nd door; turn right and exit the double glass doors on the right. Cross the patio and enter the building w/ glass doors).

CONTACT:
Will Grove
602-508-8024
outreach@biaaz.org


Mayo Clinic Neuro-Oncology Support Group

2nd Tuesday of the month
12:00 PM — 1:30 PM

Mayo Cancer Center
5881 E. Mayo Blvd.
Phoenix, 85054

CONTACT:
Alanna Petersen
480-342-0005
Petersen.Alanna@mayo.edu

*For survivors and caregivers


Mild Brain Injury Support Group

No meetings in June, July, or August

2nd Wednesday of month
5:00 PM — 6:30 PM

AZ Institute for Communication
& Cognitive Disorders (AICCD)
4545 N. 36th St., Suite 125A,
Phoenix, 85018

CONTACT:
Mary Jane Trunzo
602-224-0202
office@aiccd.net


Military Caregivers Connect Support Group

Sponsors: Elizabeth Dole Foundation, AZ Hidden Heroes, & Ability360

Meets quarterly
5:30 PM — 7:30 PM
(Contact Sharon Grassi for upcoming meeting dates)

Ability360 Center
Classroom B (upstairs)
5025 E. Washington St.,
Phoenix, 85034

CONTACT:
Sharon Grassi
Topesmom@gmail.com


Stroke Support Group for Survivors and Caregivers

1st Tuesday of the month
12:00 PM — 1:00 PM

St. Joseph's Hospital
124 West Thomas Road,
Phoenix, 85013

*On Thomas Road between 1st and 3rd Ave.; 3rd floor of the Mary Anne Hornbuckle room.

CONTACT:
Will Grove
602-508-8024
outreach@biaaz.org


Young Adult and Caregiver Brain Injury Group

— Funded by Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona

Ages 18-30

2nd Wednesday of the month
6:00 PM — 7:30 PM

St Joseph's Hospital, Conference Room 1 & 2.
350 W. Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, 85013

(From the Main hospital entrance, go past Starbucks and turn right. Follow signs to the cafeteria and go past the 2nd door; turn right and exit the double glass doors on the right. Cross the patio and enter the building w/ glass doors).

CONTACT:
Will Grove
602-508-8024
outreach@biaaz.org


ALL DISABILITIES
AZ Ataxia Support Group

Group meets quarterly
1:00 PM — 3:00 PM
*Call or email for meeting dates and topics.

Ability360
5025 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, 85034

CONTACT:
Angela
ArizonaAtaxia@gmail.com

Mary
480-212-6425


ALL DISABILITIES
Men’s Disability Issues Group

3rd Thursday of the month
5:30 PM — 7:00 PM

Ability 360 Center
Classroom B (2nd floor)
5025 E. Washington St
Phoenix, 85034

Men, 18 and over; all disabilities

CONTACT:
Don Price
602-443-0726
donp@ability360.org


ALL DISABILITIES
Women's Empowerment Group

Ages 18 and over

Last Monday of the month
1:00 PM — 3:00 PM

Ability 360 Sports & Fitness Center
Group Fitness Room, 2nd Floor
5031 E. Washington St.,
Phoenix, 85034

CONTACT:
Amina Donna Kruck
602-980-1155
aminak@ability360.org (Please put the name of the group in the subject line).

*Must RSVP before attending. Women of all abilities welcome. To request an accommodation please contact Amina in advance. Celebrate being female – your wisdom, compassion and power!


ALL DISABILITIES
Junta de Hombres con Discapacidades en Español

(Spanish Men’s Disability Support Group)

Para los de 18 años y arriba
El primer miércoles de cada mes
6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

Ability 360 Center
Aula A (el segundo piso)
5025 E. Washington St.
Phoenix 85034

CONTACTE A:
Marcos Castillo
928-210-7692
MarcosaCastillo7@gmail.com


ALL DISABILITIES
Functional Communication Group

1st Wednesday of the month
6:30 PM — 7:30 PM

Abrazo Central Campus
Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit Conference Room
2000 W. Bethany Home Road
Phoenix 85015

CONTACT:
Lindsey Ryan
602-246-5342
Lindsey.Ryan@abrazohealth.com

*For survivors and caregivers affected by stroke, aphasia, ALS, Parkinson’s, and dysarthria.

 

PRESCOTT VALLEY
Brain Injury Support Group

— Funded by Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona

3rd Wednesday of the month
2 pm - 3:00 pm

Mountain Valley Regional Rehab Hospital
3700 N Windsong Dr.,
Prescott Valley 86314

CONTACT:
Erin Aafedt
928-775-7877
erinaafedt@ernesthealth.com


Brain Injury, Spinal Cord & MS Group

2nd Thursday of the month
3 pm - 4 pm

New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center
9400 E Valley Road,
Prescott Valley 86314

CONTACT:
Mary Hesselschwerdt
928-515-2529
mhesselschwerdt@newhorizonsilc.org

*For Transportation Information
A few days in advance of the meeting call 928-774-8870

SCOTTSDALE
Aphasia Support Group

Every Thursday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Encompass Health Rehab Hospital of Scottsdale
9630 E Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, 85260

CONTACT:
Danielle Lowell
480-551-5479
Danielle.lowell@encompasshealth.com


Stroke & Brain Injury Support Group

3rd Wednesday of the month
4:00 – 5:30 pm
No meetings June, July and August

Via Linda Senior Center
10440 E. Via Linda Rd,
Scottsdale, 85058

CONTACT:
Mary Jane Trunzo
602-224-0202
office@aiccd.net


Stroke Group

1st Wednesday of the month
10 AM – 11 AM

Encompass Health Rehab Hospital of Scottsdale
Conference Room 2
9630 E. Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, 85260

CONTACT:
Pam Schmidt or Brittney Clolinger
480-551-5446
pamela.schmidt@healthsouth.com
brittney.clolinger@healthsouth.com


Stroke Survivor & Caregiver Support Group

1st Wednesday of the month,
No meetings June, July & August
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborne Medical Center
Outpatient Therapy Services Building
3134 N. Civic Center Plaza
Scottsdale, 85251

CONTACT:
Jamie Nesbit OR
Courtney Uphoff

480-882-6820

Jamie.Nesbit@honorhealth.com

Courtney.Uphoff@honorhealth.com


ALL DISABILITIES
Compass Disability Group

Ages 18 and over

3rd Friday of month
No meetings July, August, or September
1:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Granite Reef Senior Center, Rm. 10
1700 N. Granite Reef
Scottsdale, 85257

CONTACT:
Pauline Staples
480-628-3028
plstaples@msn.com

SUN CITY
Banner Boswell Stroke Group - Summer

1st Thursday of the month, June through August
9:30 AM — 10:30 AM

Banner Boswell Medical Center
10401 W. Thunderbird Blvd., Sun City 85351

5th Floor- Conference Room
Enter on the hospital's South entrance. Take the South elevator to 5th floor, the room is on the left.

CONTACT:
Donna Holland
623-832-7634
donna.l.holland@bannerhealth.com


Banner Boswell Stroke Support Group

1st Thursday of the month (Sep-May)
1:30 PM — 2:30 PM

Banner Boswell Rehabilitation Center
10601 W Santa Fe Dr, Sun City, AZ 85351
Main Dining Room

CONTACT:
Donna Holland
623-832-7634
donna.l.holland@bannerhealth.com


West Valley Aphasia Support Group

2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
10:00 AM — 11:00 AM
(Speech Language Pathologist on site, 2nd Tuesdays)

Sun Health Building
2nd Floor — Ponderosa Room
13180 N. 103rd Drive
Sun City, AZ 85351

CONTACT:
Kathy and Duff Stewart
815-238-2345
kathi.stewart@icloud.com

From Thunderbird Blvd. turn south on 103rd Dr (not Ave). Go past the parking garage to the first driveway; turn right and the building is directly in front of you.

TEMPE
East Valley Brain Injury Support Group

Funded by the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona

2nd Wednesday of month
4:00 PM — 5:30 PM

Caregivers and survivors break into their own discussion groups.

Church of the Resurrection, Room #2 and #3
3201 S. Evergreen Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282
(N. of Southern between Price & Dobson)

CONTACT:
Annette Zaccari
480-421-1431

TUCSON
Northwest Tucson All Brain Injury Support Group

4th Wednesday of the month
6:00 PM — 7:30 PM

Home Care Assistance
7619 N Oracle Rd #113
Tucson, 85704
Crossroads are Ina and Oracle

Persons living with brain injury and caregivers over age 18 are invited to attend.

CONTACT:
Carol Chandler
520-276-6555 ext 206


St. Joseph's Hospital Aphasia & Family Support Group

Every Tuesday
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM

St. Joseph's Hospital
Outpatient Rehab Neuro Conference Room
(Aphasia Group) and the Outpatient Rehab Break Room (Family Group)
350 N Wilmot Rd.,
Tucson, 85711

CONTACT:
Debbie Johnsen
520-873-5299


St. Joseph's Hospital Life after Stroke Group

St Joseph's Hospital
350 N. Wilmot
Tucson, 85711

Call Tom Slauson for meeting dates and times.

*For families, friends, and survivors to learn about stroke and provide support for each other.*

CONTACT:
Tom Slauson
520-218-5004


Generation X & Y Survivor & Caregiver Brain Injury Group

— Funded by Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona

Ages 18-49
2nd Tuesday of the month

5:30 PM — 7:00 PM
Encompass Health RIT, Education Rms. A & B
2650 N. Wyatt Dr.,
Tucson, 85712

CONTACT:
Kristen Johnson
216-308-0438
Kristen.johnson@carondelet.org

Stephanie Palm
920-918-8858
Stephanie.palm@encompasshealth.com


TMC Senior Services Stroke Support Group

For Survivors, Families, & Care Partners
3rd Monday of the month
10:30 AM — 12:00 PM

TMC for Seniors, El Dorado Campus
1400 N. Wilmot Rd.
Tucson, 85712

CONTACT:
Anne Morrison
520-324-1960
Anne.Morrison@tmcaz.com


TMC Caregiver Stroke Group

3rd Monday of the Month
9:00 AM — 10:00 AM

TMC for Seniors, El Dorado Health Campus
1400 N. Wilmot Rd.
Tucson, 85712

CONTACT:
Anne Morrison
520-324-1960
Anne.morrison@tmcaz.com


Mindfulness and Meditation Group

2nd Tuesday of the month
September 2019
December 2019
January 2020
February 2020

2nd Thursday of the month
October 2019
March 2020

3rd Thursday of the month
November 2019

10:30 AM — 12:00 PM

Golder Ranch Fire District
Station 380
1175 W Magee Rd.
District Meeting Room
Tucson 85704

CONTACT:
Marsha Drozdoff
520-982-6721
Marsha@DesertReikiConnection.com

**No experience necessary.

Dress comfortably and bring water.


Reiki Share: Relaxation, Stress Reduction, and Wellness Group

3rd Wednesday of the month
10:30 AM — 12:00 PM

Golder Ranch Fire District
Station 380
1175 W Magee Rd.
District Meeting Room
Tucson 85704

CONTACT:
Marsha Drozdoff
520-982-6721
Marsha@DesertReikiConnection.com

**No experience necessary.

Dress comfortably and bring water.

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