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Brain Awareness Week is global campaign
Courtesy Photo: Mayor Cody is shown with Great Bend Pilot Club members after signing the Brain Awareness Week proclamation. Pictured, from left: Joyce Beadles-Fry, Mary Cramer, Renee Johnson, Sharon Mauler, Betty Schneider, Nancy Rogers, Ros Neeland, Mayor Schmidt, Daniel Watson, Barbara Watson, Rhonda Knudson and Norma Ward.

Every March, Brain Awareness Week unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide like Pilot International and the Pilot Club of Great Bend in a celebration of the brain awareness for people of all ages. With raised consciousness and raised awareness on issues about brain safety and injury prevention and brain related diseases, through social media campaigns; community proclamations; various workshops.

Members of the Great Bend Pilot Club met with Mayor Cody Schmidt for the signing of the Brain Awareness Week proclamation. This is the sixth consecutive year for recognition in Great Bend of this important awareness issue. Brain Awareness Week is one of our greatest successes, bringing together all sorts of groups and entities and having them cooperate to do public outreach.   

To that end the Pilot Club of Great Bend is sponsoring our second Autism Spectrum Disorder workshop – This 2020 workshop Strategies for Children with Autism at Home and in the Classroom will be held from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Barton Community College.  The workshop is open to the public. Educators and families associated with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), all are encouraged to attend.

Keynote speaker will be Beth Aune, a pediatric occupational therapist from Palm Desert, Calif. She enjoys working with children with special needs in their natural settings at school and providing ongoing information, support and strategies for educators and paraeducators. Her two best tips for parents and teachers is to celebrate the child’s special needs and recognize his/her unique talents and gifts, rather than hyper-focu on “fixing” him/her.

You may registrate several ways and you pay with a credit card on Pilot Club of Great Bend’s webpage:, or on their Facebook page, Great Bend Pilot Club: There are some individual scholarships available and community aid through the health department for the registration fees –Ros Neeland the  workshop coordinator can be contacted at 620-786-0243 to inquire about scholarships.

Masters Credit from Baker University is available and continuing education (CEU) for social workers, OT’s, PT’s, SLP’s and childcare providers.

Feeling old is a state of mind, many have said, and the cliché may be truer now than ever. Thousands of people are affected by diseases and injuries of the brain, including depression, stoke, schizophrenia, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, post-traumatic syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Autism, and other neurological disorders; and these brain injuries and diseases cause considerable pain, confusion and suffering and a change of life for those affected and their families; and rapid progress and technological advances in biomedical and neuroscience research promises hope and training and understanding from some these more devastating conditions; and organizations including scientific institutions, patient advocacy groups, universities, teaching hospitals, government agencies, community service groups, and schools have joined together in a unique partnership to raise public awareness of brain disorders, injuries and diseases. Pilot International and Great Bend Pilot club encourage all citizens to recognize the importance of brain research in the quality of our everyday lives.