About our Social Enterprise
BeechTree is a non-profit social enterprise that employs people with brain injury to work in a community-integrated business. Each Member of our team has specific challenges they may be working to overcome. Our Members design all the artwork displayed on our products and package each order by hand. Everyone who contributes to the social enterprise known as BeechTree is paid using proceeds of sales.
Each year in the United States alone, 2.5 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury. The leading cause of traumatic brain injury is falls, followed by sports and recreation injuries, and then motor vehicle crashes. Non-traumatic brain injuries can be caused by brain tumors, infections, exposure to toxins, and strokes. Altogether there are 13.5 million Americans living with brain injury.
Brain injuries cause changes in the brain that can uniquely affect thinking, feeling, behavior, and the ability to perform in everyday life. Some common effects of brain injury include:
• Memory impairment
• Difficulty with executive functions, such as planning, problem solving, evaluating
• Loss of fine motor skills, such as tying shoes, writing, typing
• Physical challenges, such as walking, running
• Sensory motor impairments, such as loss of appetite or smell
• Difficulty in communicating
If you would like to learn more about brain injury please visit the Brain Injury Association of America website
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