WHO WE ARE
Founded in 2005, the National Federation of the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Associations (F.N.A.T.C.) is a non-profit, non-political, and non-denominational organization dedicated to bringing together the initiatives of over 1,000 volunteers across Italy dedicated to assisting and promoting the social inclusion of people with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and their families.
WHO WE ASSIST
The number of people suffering from an acquired brain injury in our country is unfortunately on the rise, spurred by an annual average of at least 100 new cases every 100,000 inhabitants. About 3 percent of ABI sufferers live in a vegetative state, and 20 percent suffer from a severe injury that significantly compromises both their daily quality of life and life expectancy.
- 26 Associations operating across Italy…
- … with an average individual network of 50 members…
- … gathering a national community of over 1,000 volunteers of…
- rehabilitation therapists
- M.D.s and medical researchers
- lawyers and welfare consultants
- social services professionals
- administrative professionals
- other professionals and volunteers
- TBI Survivors + their families and caregivers
OUR EXTENDED NETWORK OF STAKEHOLDERS
- Government Institutions (national, regional, local)
- Public Health and Social Services Organizations
- Healthcare and Rehabilitation Facilities
- Disability Organizations (i.e. FISH, etc.)
- Work Injury and Pension Institutions (i.e. INAIL, INPS, etc.)
- Medical Communities (SIMFER, GISCAR, GIRN, etc.)
- Non-affiliated TBI Survivors and their relatives/caregivers
- Local and national communities, schools, etc.
WHAT WE DO
CARING FOR TBI SUFFERERS AND THEIR FAMILIES
We provide medical, legal, and healthcare information and support to TBI sufferers and their families. To this end, we counsel our members and affiliates with regards to the best community-based and homecare rehabilitation services available in their areas and promote the creation of specialized residential communities and day care centers across the country.
We promote the social inclusion TBI sufferers by implementing activities and training programs that enhance lifestyle skills and autonomy, facilitate the return to work, and encourage community involvement.
BUILDING A COMMUNITY OF TBI ASSOCIATIONS
We coordinate the transfer of resources, expertise, and best practices among our local TBI Associations, in collaboration with private and public healthcare facilities.
We develop professional development programs for healthcare providers and volunteers.
We promote brain injury scientific research aimed at developing more efficient rehabilitation therapies and methodologies.
PROMOTING TBI AWARENESS IN ITALY
We raise public awareness about the risks and implications of an acquired brain injury disability by promoting local and national prevention campaigns.
We advocate the rights to assistance of TBI survivors before public and private health authorities, insurance companies, medical organizations, and the media.
In collaboration with our affiliates and members, we organize the annual Traumatic Brain Injury National Day.
PROMOTING TBI AWARENESS IN EUROPE
We are members of the Brain Injured and Families – European Confederation (B.I.F.), the international organization that promotes the exchange of TBI best practices, tools and strategies among European TBI associations.