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Craig Sears
Works at Advisory Board Family at Sarah Jane Brain Foundation
Attended Roger Ludlowe High School
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Brain Injury Survivors Being Thrown in the Streets!
I don’t get this how/why the State of Connecticut is letting Employment Options, LLC get's away with this! This is an email that Paul G. Bauman Executive Director Employment Options, LLC 800 Main St. South Suite 102 Southbury, CT 06488 sent to Dr.Tariq Abdu...
I don’t get this how/why the State of Connecticut is letting Employment Options, LLC get's away with this! This is an email that Paul G. Bauman Executive Director Employment Options, LLC 800 Main St. South Suite 102 Southbury...
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Lance Leads Letter to The President: “Implement the Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan”
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced over 100 bipartisan cosigners of a letter to the President urging the implementation of Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury (PABI) Plan. Lance, a member of the Energy and Commerce Health Su...
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced over 100 bipartisan cosigners of a letter to the President urging the implementation of Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury (PABI) Plan. Lance, a member of th...
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+Corinne Napier  I think is great idea, you should defiantly do it. Follow the steps in the simple guide, and then post it where other brain injury survivors will see it. Please send me a copy and link where I can also enjoy in :)  
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A big thank you goes out to everyone who attended the National Child Abuse Awareness Day on Monday’s Press Conference on the Steps of City Hall 260 Broadway in New York, New York. It was once again a ...
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No I do not agree that she is saying to steal property, I do BELIEVE THAT THERE IS A HUGE ABUSE OF THE DISTRIBUTION OF MONEY in this country.  I do not believe that a CEO of a bank who retires should get a $200,000,000 pension package. If all the so called 1%s in this country donated $100.00 to "starting new businesses, feeding the poor, build low cost housing (like Bon Jovi has done), then we would see a lot less homeless and hungry ppl. 
This country, specifically our government spents billions helping other countries out of crisis, when this country, "OUR FAMILY", is suffering greatly. 
God even says in the bible, " that a man who does not provide for his own family, would be better off tying a rope around his neck and throwing it into the sea, than to continue living in that manor."
Our government is "THE MAN WHO SHOULD BE PROVIDING FOR HIS FAMILY", and they are not.
Have you ever asked how ridiculous it is that every single person from " the house of rep, to the president" do not ever pay into Social Security, recieve a pension equal to their pay until they die, have government funded health care.
WHEN OUR GOVERNMENT WAS CREATED, THESE PEOPLE WHERE TO BE TRUSTED SERVANTS, NOT GLORIFIED THIEVES.
If all members of the house of Rep, senate, congress, all employees on the presidents core group and the president, stopped receiving these benefits and after their term is done have to either go back to work or collect social security and live on Medi-Care, I have a feeling they would start looking at these issues much differently.
Something needs to be done, because it is only going to continue to get worse.
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Continuing to spread awareness wit h a great interview with Traumatic Brain Injury survivor and advocate + Craig Sears.
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cool!! wish i could run my survivor group but it has mysteriosly disappeared
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I can’t seem to understand why it’s okay to take someone who is not an American Citizen and put them to work with 1 to 3 clients a day for over 128+ hours a week? Why isn't Department of Social Services taking people who are American Citizen and who have go...
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Connecticut Governor destroying the lives of brain injury survivors in order to balance the budget
My name is Craig Sears and I am a survivor of Traumatic Brain Injury and a voice for TBI On Wednesday, March 5, 2014 I was at the Milford City Hall at the Community Forum in Milford CT with Gov. Malloy and Lt. Governor Wyman. I finally had my chance to spea...
My name is Craig Sears and I am a survivor of Traumatic Brain Injury and a voice for TBI On Wednesday, March 5, 2014 I was at the Milford City Hall at the Community Forum in Milford CT with Gov. Malloy and Lt. Governor Wyman...
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my question is why the hell will the doctors not diagnose hypopituitarism when it is right under there nose
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  • Advisory Board Family at Sarah Jane Brain Foundation
    National Advocate, 2008 - present
    Over 75 members of the SJBF's International Advisory Board gathered in New York City from January 8-10, 2009, to analyze the current status of care for Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury, identify the problems along the continuum and then propose solutions. As a result of this effort, the first-ever National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan (PABI Plan) was drafted and then made public. The experts who developed the PABI Plan included physicians, allied health care professionals, educators The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation recognizes that many of the practices described in the PABI Plan are currently being implemented. It is the purpose of the PABI Plan to build on the many individualized practices that exist. However, the consistent availability, coordination and integration of the numerous well-established interventions, programs, and supports do not exist at the present time on a national level. The PABI Plan develops a seamless, standardized, evidence-based system of care universally accessible for all children/young adults and their families regardless of where they live in the nation.
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If you are wondering why the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation and friends are devoting day and night to help children and young adults who suffer from the #1 leading cause of death and disability, Please take just 5 minutes out and read my story then share your thoughts with as many people as you can, by doing this you will raise awareness of TBI and in turn someone else who experiences this could get the help and understanding they so deserve.
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My name is Craig Sears. I'm a survivor of a traumatic brain injury. This is my personal experience about what happens when brain injury goes untreated.

It was July 9, 1987. It was a beautiful Connecticut summer afternoon and I was out riding my motorcycle. I had just turned 20, and had a lot going for me. I was making a very good life for myself. I had a great family and a good job in construction and as a part-time mechanic. I was making good money for a kid my age. I had a great girlfriend and lots of friends. I had two cars and lived in a nice condo right on the water. I was living the American Dream. I'll leave that up to you to fill it in because I had everything a man could have possibly wanted — and in a heartbeat it was all gone.

As I was coming up over a hill, there was a car going the wrong way and I was unable to stop. We collided. I was thrown an estimated 40 feet into on-coming traffic. I landed headfirst into a curb.

I have no memory of the next six months. That period of time is a black hole in my life. I was in and out of a coma, undergoing multiple surgeries. From there I was transferred to a rehabilitation center. While I was in this treatment center, I had to relearn everything about life down to using the bathroom on my own. There, I was fighting against the physical pain and the pain of not knowing who I was. Then one day they decided to transfer me out to a locked, mental health ward in Bridgeport, Connecticut where I was constantly put in four-point restraints and forcefully drugged. (I was told there were no other services offered for people with traumatic brain injury.) After being in the mental health ward for nine months, I began to regain some memory and I knew this wasn't for me! Keep in mind traumatic brain injury is not a mental illness.

So I started to call around to town officials and state government offices to ask them how to get out of the ward. The ward was holding me against my will and I knew I didn't need to be there. I did know that I needed help in other areas because of my brain injury but I also knew I was not mentally ill. After getting through to the Connecticut Governor's office and sharing my story with one of his representatives, they got a hold of the hospital and set up a jury room filled with my family, doctors, and a representative from the state office. All the while, I was saying that I wanted out of the ward. In order to be taken out of there, I had to have a place to go and my only option was my family and I did not want to burden them with the pain that I was going through.

I ended up in a one-room efficiency apartment. At the time, the building was a major drug trafficking building with rats, roaches, and prostitutes. There was no other place for me to go, no help at all; my family had tried everything to get me help. There were no group homes, no programs, no services offered, nothing. I still did not know how to do the basic functions of life so I would wander the streets trying to regain some kind of memory. I would watch other people to see what they were doing, how they were acting in order to regain memory of anything that I knew how to do before the accident. I knew at that time this was not who I was.

Things began to improve. My mother got me a weight set, my father bought me a bicycle, and I started volunteering at St. Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport. At the hospital, I could go into the physical therapy rooms and I could watch what they were doing for rehabilitation. Then I would go back home at night to do the exercises on my own in order to regain my strength and abilities. But I overworked myself physically so as time went on, I found that I was spitting out blood and my body was in terrible pain. A touch hurt. I didn't know better, I didn't realize I was harming myself rather than helping and improving. My mother had to take me many times to the hospital because I couldn't walk or move.

Socially, things were awkward. One day after volunteering I was leaving the hospital and I saw a lady fall to the floor. My instincts were to grab a wheelchair and put her in it and run to the emergency department. Because I had ran to the emergency department, they called me the next day and told me not to return. I was crushed. There was a lot of other pain from being turned away … people always assumed that I was drinking or using drugs because I would slur my words and my equilibrium was off because of my TBI. It became harder and harder to find where I fit in. After remembering little things from watching other people and always trying to look at the good things in life, I started wondering what it would be like to get out of where I was living in Bridgeport. I asked my family for help. They got me a different apartment. every time I moved into a different place, I'd think it would help me by being in a better environment. I would temporarily feel like things were changing.

But I had learned a wrong way of thinking to solve my problems. I started drinking and getting into drugs. I thought it would help me cope with the pain by letting me forget all that I went through. Everything I had fought for, I started to lose. I found myself alone even more and getting into trouble, ending up in numerous mental health facilities all over the state because there is no help for TBI survivors. I continued to spiral down, and soon I wound up on the streets and homeless, and not long after that, in prison.

I had several brushes with the law. While I struggled daily to live with my brain injury, I ended up with several minor arrests for public urination and things of that sort. The state of Connecticut did find a way to use my injury against me. It was a probation violation, for which I would ultimately receive a five-year prison term. I spent five years locked up in a level-four high-security prison where I received absolutely no help for my disabilities. I was locked in an 8'x 10' cell twenty-four hours a day surrounded by gang members, rapists, killers, and child molesters. All for peeing in a garage. Does that sound like justice to you? The police, the court, and the judge didn't know, care, or consider my TBI. And once behind bars, neither did the warden. I served five-years for what other people would sleep off overnight in the local lock-up, and then clear up with a brief court appearance. Again, there were no programs, no early release, or time off for good behavior. TBI or not, I served every measure of that sentence to the fullest. Common courtesy prevents me from sharing here. I will leave it up to your imagination to fill in the blanks. It was hell.

Somehow, I survived and was released in 2003. Once again I needed a place to call home. After nearly 20 years of waiting and being turned down, I turned to a local Congressman's office for help. Within two months, they cut through the red tape and I finally received recognition of my TBI. I was accepted into a HUD subsidized housing unit.

Life though continues to be a struggle. I have few options, and fewer choices. I am very uncertain of my future. I still want the American Dream, but it feels further away than ever. I want to be hopeful, but I know all too well how quickly good can go bad in life. So I try my best to help those with TBI get the help we need.

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I consider myself to be a very fortunate brain injury survivor and to be a VOICE for those forgotten children and families
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Traumatic Brain Injury: Craig's Story
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For years, I felt as though no one else knew what I was going through, but believe me, Traumatic Brain injury survivors almost ALWAYS experi

A simple guide to starting a local PABI brain injury support group
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What is a support group? Do I need one? A support group offers the opportunity to share information and to support one another in an environ