HIE Awareness Month Part II: Resources and Support Organizations

This week, the birth injury attorneys and medical staff at ABC Law Centers would like to highlight some of the national and local resources available for those with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and other birth injuries. Because HIE is not a “hot topic” in the media in the massive way that cancer and diabetes are, it can be more time-consuming to find information about services available for HIE.

Michigan and National HIE, CP and Disability Resources and Organizations

First, we suggest taking a look at our website’s Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injury Resource Center. We have comprehensive information on resources throughout the United States and within the State of Michigan, as well as resources dealing specifically with cerebral palsy, which can directly result from brain damage due to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.  We’ve collected information on foundations and charities, organizations that focus on financial assistance, organizations specific to individual disabilities, groups that help provide necessary equipment and assistive technologies, and support groups for individuals with disabilities and their loved ones.

Unique Disability Organizations

There are several organizations we’d like to highlight in particular, as they are unique organizations devoted to ensuring that children with disabilities get the financial, medical and therapeutic help they need to reach their maximal capacities.

  • Hope for HIE provides parents of children with HIE with a closed discussion forum where they can share their stories and concerns. Click here to learn more.
  • The Pacer Center provides a comprehensive 227-page guide for helping parents with their finances when they have a child with disabilities.
  • Bright Steps Forward: This non-profit organization assists children with neurological disorders in obtaining physical, occupational, speech and ABA therapy. They not only sponsor fundraisers but also operate a fully accredited educational day school for children between the ages of kindergarten and 12th grade.
  • AMBUCS: This organization seeks to improve the mobility and independence of individuals with disabilities by providing them with adaptive bicycles. The organization has existed since 1922.

Getting Legal Help for Birth Injury-Related Disabilities

It is always important to be able to find resources for your child with special needs in order to make their care easier. It is equally important to remember that there are cases when you can not only receive help from public and private services, but also from the courts. Especially in the case of HIE – which is often caused by medical malpractice – you have a right to have your case be treated fairly under the law. If a medical professional made a mistake that resulted in your child’s hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) diagnosis, please contact us at 888-419-2229 for a free case evaluation or fill out our contact form to see if your child’s disabilities were caused by medical malpractice. We keep all information in strict confidence, and we charge no fees until your case has been won.

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