More than four decades ago, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire alumna Audrey Nelson struggled in her college courses less than a year after a traffic crash injured the frontal lobe of her brain.

“I was just sort of bumbling along for a while,” recalls Nelson, who graduated in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in social work. “I was sleeping 12 hours a day. I would have to have my schedule on my binder so I knew what class was next and where to go.”

Nelson, who today is executive director of the Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin that is located at UW-Eau Claire, says she could have benefited from access to services and resources for those with brain injuries “to know that my struggles weren’t unlike other people’s struggles with brain injuries.”

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