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BIAA HOME : Congratulations to BIAKS Board Member Janet Williams, PhD

Congratulations to BIAKS Board Member Janet Williams, PhD


The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has announced that Janet Williams, M.S.W., Ph.D., will receive the Sheldon Berrol M.D. Clinical Service Award.

The Sheldon Berrol M.D. Clinical Service Award is presented each year to an individual who, through a long service career, has made outstanding contributions to improving the quality of care, professional training, and/or education in the field of brain injury.

Janet M. Williams, Ph.D., has been the President and CEO of communityworks inc. and Minds Matter LLC since 1993. Dr. Williams is widely known as an expert in advocacy and independent living. She has designed a service delivery model that gives control back to the person with a brain injury, doing whatever it takes for someone to live in their own home. She has special interests in independent living, families and community-based rehabilitation.

Dr. Williams said, “I worked closely with Dr. Sheldon Berrol in the 1980s when I was the Director of Family and State Services at the National Head Injury Foundation (now the Brain Injury Association of America). His early work as a pioneer in recognizing the rehabilitation needs of people with brain injuries is widely known. He was also one of the first physicians to embrace the independent living movement, supporting the original Rehabilitation Act of 1974. Our early conversations about brain injury and the independent living philosophy has had a profound influence on my career. It is a true honor to receive this award in Dr. Berrol’s name.”

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