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Welcome to BIA-MA

facesAccidents happen. Brain injury happens.
We can help!

In the blink of an eye, everything changes; nothing is as it was before. How will you identify brain injury if it happens to you or to someone you love? How will you cope with it? What resources will you need? Where will you find them? The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is here to help with information for brain injury survivors, family members, caregivers, professionals and others. To meet people whose lives have been impacted, visit "Faces of Brain Injury"

“Your life can change in an instant, and an instant can last forever.”

On a January morning, in 2014, Gary Brennan’s life changed in an instant when he sustained a brain injury in a motor vehicle accident.

Gary 2.0 emerged from his accident wondering how to continue his life – with his wife and family, with his work, where would his life lead? Attending a BIA-MA support group he learned,  “I had nothing to offer but much to gain. I was not alone.” Now, as a support group leader Gary shares with his group regularly, “Accept the person you are today.”

To learn more about Gary’s story visit or to make a donation in support of BIA-MA’s mission of creating better futures for all affected by brain injury donate here.

Upcoming Events

Event When Description
The Journey - Healing Through Self-Expression Every Monday except holidays through
Jun 29, 2021
Join us for a series of inspiring presentations designed to help you explore the many ways of sharing your lived experience with brain injury. Each week, you are invited to join fellow survivors who will share their personal experiences using many different forms of self-expression.  We will explore using the arts, such as painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, pottery, music, the written word, hand crafting, sewing and more. Learn more
Seizure Disorders: Classification, Treatment and Neurobehavioral Aspects Dec 9, 2020 This training has been designed to provide participants with an overview of seizures and epileptic syndromes, their treatment, and associated neurobehavioral manifestations. The new classification system issued in 2017 by the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), the world’s primary scientific organization devoted to the study of epilepsy, will be reviewed. Learn more and register

BIA-MA is Offering Virtual Support Groups

BIA-MA remains committed to its mission during this time of social distancing. We are making a temporary transition of our brain injury support groups to virtual settings. The need to connect is strong, especially for brain injury survivors who may already feel isolated. 

Each virtual meeting will be facilitated by staff and a group leader using ZOOM video-conferencing. There is no cost to attend, and minimal information is requested from each attendee. You may participate using video or just the audio from your phone. Each meeting is hosted by an existing support group but is open to all. Click here to view our upcoming support groups and RSVP to attend!

Unmasking Brain Injury Project

walk & rollBIA-MA is pleased to announce our partnership with the Unmasking Brain Injury Project! Our goal is simple – offer every brain injury survivor the opportunity to create their own mask, tell their own story, and provide opportunities for the masks to be displayed in public places. Collectively this project partners with brain injury agencies across the country – and we are proud to join their ranks to illustrate brain injury and its impact. Follow along with us via social media and stay tuned for upcoming events where the masks will be on display. Interested in getting involved? Contact Cynthia Cardeli, Dir. Programs & Services, at 508-475-0032 or