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  • Title: Brain Injury Association of Louisiana
    Descriptive info: .. Search this site.. Home.. Resource Center.. Featured Speakers Tour.. Brain Injury.. Spinal Cord Injury.. Resources References.. Resource Guides.. Brainstorm.. Support Groups.. Prevention.. Youth.. Annual Conference.. Join BIALA.. Befriend BIALA.. Contact BIALA.. Email Us.. 392.. days since.. 5th Annual BIALA Conference.. A brain injury is the second highest cause of disability.. Brain injuries can happen to anyone of any age, gender, race or socioeconomic status.. Limitations such as depression, confusion, speech impairment, memory loss, physical disability, and social isolation may prevent a person with a brain injury from caring for family or returning to work again.. For those who survive, the injury is almost always life altering.. The Brain Injury Association of Louisiana (BIALA) is a non-profit organization focused on creating a better future for individuals with brain injury and/or spinal cord injury by locating and obtaining needed services.. BIALA strives to be the leading statewide provider of information, resources and services for individuals with a brain injury and/or spinal cord injury, their families  ...   free resources, information and services.. Did You Know?.. Each year, an estimated 1.. 7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) annually.. Of them:.. 52,000 die,.. 275,000 are hospitalized and.. 1.. 365 million, nearly 80%, are treated and released from an emergency department.. TBI is a contributing factor to a third (30.. 5%) of all injury-related deaths in the United States.. About 75% of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild TBI.. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.. Report to Congress on mild traumatic brain injury in the United States: steps to prevent a serious public health problem.. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2003.. What's New?.. Louisiana Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund.. BOARD MEETING.. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.. THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013 at 10:00 am.. PACE: 7436 BISHOP OTT DRIVE, BATON ROUGE, LA 70806.. Report Abuse.. |.. Remove Access.. Powered By.. Google Sites..

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  • Title: Resource Center - Brain Injury Association of Louisiana
    Descriptive info: Resource Center Address:.. Located in the Advocacy Center: 8325 Oak Street, New Orleans, LA 70118.. Helpline:.. 1-504-982-0685.. Email Help:.. info@biala.. org.. Hours of Operation:.. Monday- Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.. The Brain Injury Association of Louisiana offers support to individuals who have sustained a brain injury or spinal cord injury, their families and friends, professionals, service providers, and the general public.. After a brain or spinal cord injury, confusing issues may arise in returning to school or work, changing family relationships, and with physical, behavioral, emotional and financial concerns.. Our.. Resource Coordinators.. are available to help guide persons and their families through these difficult situations.. The Coordinators will provide information, resources, advocacy, and other types of support as needed.. This service is free and referrals are welcome.. Resource Coodinators.. can also provide:.. Assistance in locating appropriate services.. Brain injury and spinal cord injury resources, books and brochures including.. BIALA's Resource Guide.. Information about how brain injury and spinal cord injury may affect an individual’s return to home, school, work and their community.. Help you find the nearest.. Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Support Group.. in your local area.. Tell you about upcoming BIALA sponsored events and programs, including.. workshops, trainings and conferences..  ...   brain injury or spinal cord injury, their effects on the family, physical, cognitive, behavioral and emotional changes on the individual, child or adolescent injuries, specialized services, are provided with practical suggestions for living with a brain injury or spinal cord injury.. Life after brain injury is challenging for the individual and their family and friends.. Many times families feel unprepared to deal with the many questions being asked of them.. Questions often arise about available resources, funding, housing, employment, etc.. The Brain Injury Association of Louisiana's Helpline helps answer many of these questions by pointing callers toward resources, services, and supports.. We will help you find the answers you need to make an informed decision!.. The Helpline is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.. Resource Coordinators respond to all requests in as timely a manner as possible, usually within one business day.. Responses to requests for information are not intended to replace medical, legal or professional advice, but to provide a person with some of the resources available to help them make an informed choice.. When calling after hours, please leave a voice message with your name and telephone number and your call will be returned on the next business day..

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  • Title: Featured Speakers Tour - Brain Injury Association of Louisiana
    Descriptive info: BIALA's Resource Center.. is hitting the road and heading to a city near you each month in 2012!.. With us we are bringing the comprehensive services provided at our Resource Center including the featuring of leading experts in the treatment and care of brain and/or spinal cord injury to provide information about issues affecting individuals living with injury.. Join us as we take a road trip across the great state of Louisiana building awareness, providing education and advocating for those living with injury!.. Resource Center Road Trip and Featured Speaker Tour Schedule:.. September: New Orleans.. Wheelchair Skills Training.. Two-hour course designed to provide instruction and guidance to professionals working with individuals living in a wheelchair to better enhance their skills and mobility.. Saturday, September 29, 2012.. Touro Rehabilitation Center.. 1401 Foucher Street.. New Orleans, LA 70115.. Foucher Room, 2nd Fl.. 10:30 am to 2 pm.. Registration: 10:30 am.. PowerPoint: 11 am -- 12 noon.. Lunch:12 noon -- 1 pm.. Lab Practice with wheelchairs: 1pm --2pm.. Presenter: April Bretz, PT.. CEUs application submitted.. Pending  ...   Please register by emailing info@biala.. July: Lafayette.. "Voices of Injury: Perspectives from the Survivor, the Family Member and the Caregiver".. Three 30–Minute Perspectives.. discussing the impact of injury on daily life and the valuable.. resources used to manage daily living.. Wednesday, July 18, 2012.. Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.. 4801 Ambassador Caffery Parkway.. Lafayette, LA 70508.. 4pm to 6pm.. June: Baton Rouge.. "Effects on Cognition and Daily Living following a Brain Injury".. Presented By:.. Kim Diez, SLP.. Thursday, June 21, 2012.. Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital.. 8585 United Plaza Blvd.. Baton Rouge, LA 70809.. CEUs available pending approval.. May: New Orleans.. Thursday, May 17th.. Louisiana Humanities Center.. 938 Lafayette Street.. 4pm to 5pm:.. A special Meet Greet for BIALA Members and invited guests.. 5pm to 6pm:.. Hear.. Dr.. Paul G.. Harch of Harch Hyperbarics.. discuss the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in treating brain injury.. If you have ideas on topics or speakers, please email us at info@biala.. org! Check out this page for confirmed event information as dates and locations are subject to change..

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  • Title: Brain Injury - Brain Injury Association of Louisiana
    Descriptive info: Q1.. :.. What is Traumatic Brain Injury?.. Traumatic brain injury is an insult to the brain, not of a degenerative or congenital nature but caused by an external physical force, that may produce a diminished or altered state of consciousness, which results in an impairment of cognitive abilities or physical functioning.. It can also result in the disturbance of behavioral or emotional functioning.. These impairments may be either temporary or permanent and cause partial or total functional disability or psychosocial maladjustment.. Q2:.. What is Acquired Brain Injury?.. An acquired brain injury commonly results in a change in neuronal activity, which effects the physical integrity, the metabolic activity, or the functional ability of the cell.. An acquired brain injury may result in mild, moderate, or severe  ...   Louisiana Office of Public Health, BEMS/Injury Research and Prevention Program.. (Death Certificates, Hospital Discharge data 2005-2006) and the.. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).. When a brain injury occurs, the functions of the neurons, nerve tracts, or sections of the brain can be affected.. If the neurons and nerve tracts are affected, they can be unable or have difficulty carrying the messages that tell the brain what to do.. This can change the way a person thinks, acts, feels, and moves the body.. Brain injury can also change the complex internal functions of the body, such as regulating body temperature; blood pressure; and bowel and bladder control.. These changes can be temporary or permanent.. They may cause impairment or a complete inability to perform a function..

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  • Title: Spinal Cord Injury - Brain Injury Association of Louisiana
    Descriptive info: Spinal cord injury (SCI) is an important contributing factor to morbidity and mortality in the U.. S.. Spinal cord trauma can be caused by any number of injuries to the spine.. They can result from motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports injuries (particularly diving into shallow water), industrial accidents, gunshot wounds, assault, and other causes.. A minor injury can cause spinal cord trauma if the spine is weakened (such as from.. rheumatoid arthritis.. or.. osteoporosis.. ) or if the spinal canal protecting the spinal cord has become too narrow (spinal stenosis) due to the normal aging process.. Direct injury, such as cuts, can occur to the spinal cord, particularly if the bones or the disks have been damaged.. Fragments of bone (for example, from broken vertebrae, which are the spine bones) or fragments of metal (such as from a traffic accident or gunshot) can cut or damage the spinal cord.. Direct damage can also occur if the spinal cord is pulled, pressed sideways, or compressed.. This may occur if the head, neck, or back are twisted abnormally during an accident or injury.. Bleeding, fluid accumulation, and swelling can occur inside the spinal cord or outside the spinal cord (but within the spinal canal).. The accumulation of blood or fluid can compress the spinal cord and damage it.. A spinal cord trauma is a medical emergency requiring immediate treatment to reduce the long-term effects.. The time between the injury and treatment is a critical factor affecting the eventual outcome.. How well a person does depends on the level of injury.. Injuries near the top of the spine result in more extensive disability than do injuries low in the spine.. Recovery of some movement or sensation within 1 week usually means the person has a good chance of recovering more function, although this may take 6 months or more.. Losses that remain after 6 months are more likely to be permanent.. Routine bowel care frequently takes one hour or more on a daily basis.. A majority of people with spinal cord injury  ...   and Therapy.. 18th ed.. Whitehouse Station, NJ: Merck Sharp Dohme Corp; 2006.. Bernhard M, Gries A, Kremer P, Böttiger BW.. Spinal cord injury (SCI) – prehospital management.. Resuscitation 2005 August;66(2):127–39.. Burke DA, Linden RD, Zhang YP, Maiste AC, Shields CB.. Incidence rates and populations at risk for spinal cord injury: a regional study.. Spinal Cord 2001 May;39(5):274–8.. Clayton B, MacLennan PA, McGwinn Jr.. G, Rue III LW, Kirkpatrick JS.. Cervical spine injury and restraint system use in motor vehicle collisions.. Spine 2004 February;29(4):386–9.. Craig A, Tran Y, Middleton J.. Psychological morbidity and spinal cord injury: a systematic review.. Spinal Cord 2009;47:108–14.. French DD, Campbell RR, Sabharwal S, Nelson AL, Palacios PA, Gavin-Dreschnack D.. Health care costs for patients with chronic spinal cord injury in the Veterans Health Administration.. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine 2007;30(5):477–81.. Hitzig SL, Tomack M, Campbell KA, McGillivray CE, Boschen KA, Richards K, Craven BC.. Secondary health complications in aging Canadian spinal cord injury sample.. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2008 July;87(7):545–55.. Jackson AB, Dijkers M, DeVivo MJ, Poczatek RB.. A demographic profile of new traumatic spinal cord injuries: change and stability over 30 years.. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2004 November;85(11):1740–8.. National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC).. [cited 2010 Sept 15].. Savic G, Short DJ, Weitzenkamp D, Charlifue S, Gardner BP.. Hospital readmissions in people with chronic spinal cord injury.. Spinal Cord 2000;38(6):371–7.. Sekhon LHS, Fehlings MG.. Epidemiology, demographics, and pathophysiology of acute spinal cord injury.. Spine 2001 December;26(245):S2–S12.. Siddall PJ, McCleland JM, Rutkowski SB, Cousins MJ.. A longitudinal study of the prevalence and characteristics of pain in the first 5 years following spinal cord injury.. Pain 2003 June;103(3):249–57.. Spinal cord injury: emerging concepts.. [cited 2010 Sept 14].. Spinal Cord Injury Information Network.. [updated 2008; cited 2010 Sept 15].. Strauss D, DeVivo MJ, Shavelle R.. Long-term mortality risk after spinal cord injury.. Journal of Insurance Medicine 2000;32:11–6.. Thompson WL, Steill IG, Clement CM, Brison RJ.. Association of injury mechanism with the risk of cervical spine fractures.. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine 2009;11(1):14–22..

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  • Title: Resources & References - Brain Injury Association of Louisiana
    Descriptive info: Access to resources and information is critical to living with a brain injury, supporting someone with a brain injury or caring for someone with a brain injury.. INFORMATION FOR SURVIVORS.. Advocacy Center:.. The Advocacy Center is designated by the Governor of Louisiana to serve as the state's protection and advocacy system for persons with disabilities.. NATIONAL SUPPORT.. Brain Injury Association of America.. BIAA is the national organization that lobbies on behalf of this widespread disability of brain injury and those that suffer from it.. Visit its website for more information on its activities, and for plenty of general info on brain injury.. Brain Injury Resource Center:.. A non-profit clearinghouse founded and operated by brain injury activists since 1985.. If you have landed on this site it is probably because you have learned that head injury is poorly understood, and you need expert guidance to make sense of it.. STATEWIDE SUPPORT.. Louisiana Rehabilitation Services:.. LRS assists persons with disabilities in there desire to obtain or maintain employment and/or achieve independence in their communities by providing rehabilitation services and working cooperatively with business and other community resources.. Medicaid Purchase Plan.. Louisiana’s Medicaid Purchase Plan is AFFORDABLE health coverage that’s available ONLY to people with disabilities who WORK.. Work Pays-Employment Supports Website.. The Work-Pays web site is for people with disabilities, employers and the community at large.. Work-Pays is a consortium of people who came together to increase the employment opportunities of persons with disabilities in Louisiana.. An off-shoot of an Employment Summit, hosted by Advocacy Center in the spring of 2007.. Head Injury/Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund:.. The State of Louisiana collects funds from the fines paid for particular driving offenses and uses these funds to improve the quality of life of those with traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.. Information about the application process and the application is available on the site.. Louisiana Office of Public Health.. :.. The mission of the Office of Public Health (OPH) is to protect and promote the health of Louisiana residents.. We accomplish this through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, preventing disease and injury, enforcing regulations that protect the environment, sharing vital information, and assuring preventive services to uninsured and underserved individuals and families.. Life with TBI:.. A resource  ...   TB.. I.. contains information on over 350 educational videotapes, audiotapes and written materials that people with TBI, their family members and health care professionals can use.. The website allows for advanced specific searches.. For more information and to do your own search, visit the "TBI Community" website a.. t.. Information for Parents and Families with Brain Injured Children.. National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities:.. Provides information about brain injury to parents.. Cerebra.. A British organization, Cerebra focuses primarily on information about infants and small children with brain injury.. Head Injury Hotline.. Information clearinghouse operated by the Brain Injury Resource Center.. Virtual Hospital.. "Acute Brain Injury - A Guide for Family and Friends" answers many questions about brain injury on this site operated by the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.. Medlineplus.. Trusted health information for you.. Medilineplus Traumatic Brain Injury.. Medical information on TBI.. Tardive Dyskinesia Center.. A rare movement disorder caused primarily by prescription medications that are commonly used in children.. INFORMATION FOR PROFESSIONALS.. Center for Neuro Skills.. Founded in 1980, Centre for NeuroSkills (CNS) is an experienced and respected resource of rehabilitation programs for acquired brain injury.. National Resource Center for TBI.. Provides information on brain injury and use of Virginia TBI Model System (Includes links to "TBI Today" on the page).. The Center for Outcome Measurement in Brain Injury.. An online resource of detailed information regarding outcome measures for brain injury.. TBI Assessment Scales:.. Precise definitions of scales used in Rancho Los Amigos scales (original and revised), Glasgow Coma Scale and Disability Rating Scales.. TBI Central.. Rehab research and TBI model systems, offered by Mt.. Sinai School of Medicine.. Included information on acute care and rehab systems, as well as professional training options.. Are you a new caregiver or a caregiver in need of support?.. Check out The Family Caregiver Starter Packet at.. The links, references and resources above are a sample of the information available to persons with brain injury, family members and professionals.. Please contact BIALA for more in-depth assistance.. Contact BIALA at:.. Phone : 504-982-0685.. Email:.. You can learn of even more organizations, information resources and websites by visiting the Links and Resources page of the BIAA website.. http://www.. biausa.. org/.. Subpages.. (2):.. Spinal Cord Injury Resources..

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  • Title: Resource Guides - Brain Injury Association of Louisiana
    Descriptive info: Review the links below to find resources in your area:.. Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Resources Guides:.. 2013 National Resource Guide.. 2013 State Resource Guide.. 2013 Regional Resource Guide..

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  • Title: Brainstorm - Brain Injury Association of Louisiana
    Descriptive info: Any ideas on articles for Brainstorm?.. Please share your thoughts with us at info@biala.. org!..

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  • Title: Support Groups - Brain Injury Association of Louisiana
    Descriptive info: What and Why?.. Support groups are a place for people with common interests and experiences to give and receive both emotional and practical support as well as to exchange information.. People who have been through, or are going through, a similar circumstance can do more than sympathize with you.. —.. they can relate to what you are going through and keep you from feeling like you are alone.. Support groups can also be a great place to find practical tips and resources.. At many support groups you can find:.. Information about medical treatments, research and strategies (through brochures, booklets, websites, telephone help lines, and person-to-person sharing in the group meetings).. Information about public policy, legal resources, privacy laws, and protection from discrimination.. Links to researchers.. Financial assistance and scholarships.. When and Where?.. Contact the local support groups below to determine when and where they meet and the exact resources they provide:.. BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUPS.. NEW ORLEANS AREA.. A.. cquired Brain Injury Survivors.. Support Group of Southeast Louisiana.. Meets second and fourth Saturday of each month 1pm-4pm at Piccadilly Cafeteria located at.. 2609 Jefferson Highway.. , Jefferson, LA 70121-3800.. In private meeting room.. P.. O.. Box 10738.. New Orleans, LA 70181.. contact: ABIS Helpline 504-849-9069,.. madonnafra@gmail.. com.. http://abigroup.. homestead.. com/.. Brain Injury and Stroke NeuroSupport Group.. The Neuro.. Rehabilitation Center at  ...   Fourth Saturday of the month.. BATON ROUGE AREA.. Baton Rouge Head Injury Support Group.. 1st Wednesday of each month at Greenwell Springs Library.. located at 11300 Greenwell Springs Road, Baton Rouge, LA.. Meeting Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm.. PO Box 82971.. Baton Rouge, LA 70808-2971.. Contact: William Moak.. williammoak@aol.. and Antonia Hamilton.. antonia.. hamilton@brrehab.. Phone: (225) 978-3990/(225) 931-4741.. SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA.. Acadiana Brain Injury Center Support Group.. 3rd Thursday of each month 6-7pm.. Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in.. Lafayette, LA 70506.. lead by: Acadiana Brain Injury Center.. 101 Guillot Road.. Youngsville, LA 70592.. Margaret Seidl or Denise@ 337-856-1964 or.. margaretseidl@abicenter.. NORTHWEST LOUISIANA.. Northwest Louisiana Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group.. First Tuesday of the month at Summit Hospital, Bossier City at 7:00 pm.. Cornerstone Rehabilitation Center.. 4900 Medical Drive.. Bossier City, Louisiana 71112.. Contact: Bridget Rutherford.. bridget@gobgc.. or Patti Anderson.. pattiand@bellsouth.. net.. SPINAL CORD INJURY SUPPORT GROUPS.. West Jefferson Medical Center SCI Support Group.. West Jefferson Medical Center: 4th FL.. Rehab.. 1101 Medical Center Boulevard.. Marrerro,.. Louisiana 70072.. 504-349-1343.. Meets:.. 2nd Thursday of the month at 3pm.. Touro Spinal Cord Injury Support Group.. Touro Rehabilitation Center 1401 Foucher Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70115.. Phone:.. (504) 897-8642.. Contact:.. Keith.. Support Group for families, patients, and friends of spinal cord injury survivors are held every second Saturday of each month from 11:30 a.. to 1:00 p..

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  • Title: Prevention - Brain Injury Association of Louisiana
    Descriptive info: A Step Ahead.. is BIALA's prevention programming aimed at decreasing the incidence of injury statewide, educating the public on risk factors and behaviors that contribute to injury and providing steps to avoid or mitigate one's risk of injury.. Always stay a step head by empowering yourself, loved ones and community members with information on injury risk reduction and prevention.. Prevention is a critical key to avoiding long term consequences that result from brain injury or spinal cord injury.. Take a.. step ahead today and learn more about injury prevention for children,.. youth.. and adults..

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  • Title: Youth - Brain Injury Association of Louisiana
    Descriptive info: Protecting Children and Youth from Preventable Brain Injuries.. BIALA continues its commitment to youth injury prevention by utilizing its skilled, educated professional staff and volunteer team to facilitate safety and health education through its.. Bike On!.. Bicycle Safety Initiative.. Bicycle riding is a fun, healthy way for children to exercise their independence.. But not unlike all sports, bicycling presents certain risks and dangers for children.. For those that have not been properly educated and equipped with essential protective gear, these risks are magnified.. will improve a child’s odds of avoiding the life-long consequences that come from living with a traumatic brain injury and cultivate a sense of responsibility within each participant that can transfer to other areas of life and well into their future.. programming can be facilitated in many formats including individual workshops or longer running service learning projects within schools.. Workshops can be stand alone or integrated into curriculum.. As funding permits, helmet fittings and helmets are made available to each student.. If you.. are a school interested in participating in.. , please contact.. Brigid DeLoach @ brigid@biala.. ______________________________.. ______________________________________________________.. Youth Concussions Awareness Law.. On March 16, 2011, the Louisiana Senate Health and Welfare Committee unanimously passed the Youth Concussion Act.. This act, which was brought forth by a state-wide consortium included BIALA, the NFL Saints organizations,.. many in the medical community, the LA High School..  ...   education standards for coaches, officials, parents, and youth athletes for recognition of concussion and brain injury symptoms.. Ensure that any youth athlete who is suspected of having suffered a concussion or brain injury is removed from play immediately and appropriately evaluated in an effort to avoid potential catastrophic injuries associated with second impact syndrome or other acute, related brain injury.. Promote increased education among coaches, officials, athletes, parents, and healthcare providers regarding the importance of prompt recognition of sports-related concussion and its subsequent appropriate proper management, both acute—on the field—and chronic, allowing safe return to play based upon current, accepted medical guidelines.. The Senate Bill 189 became the Louisiana Youth Concussions Awareness Law when Governor Jindal signed it on June 28, 2011.. Youth Concussion Awareness Packets.. In support of the passage of Senate Billl 189, BIALA, with the support of the NFL and the New Orleans Saints, developed Concussion Awareness Packets that were disseminated to all public and private schools in Louisiana.. These packets contain materials to help schools educate, coaches, faculty, students and parents on awareness and prevention of concussions sustained by our youth.. The following were included in mailed packets:.. Facts about Traumatic Brain Injury.. Information for Parents.. Information for Athletes.. "Concussion Information Sheet for Parents and Students".. that schools may customize and distribute were also disseminated.. Schools may request more materials by emailing us at info@biala..

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