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Ryan Farrell

"My recovery continues each day"
Ryan was performing with her cheering squad when a flyer on top of her stunt group fell and landed on her. A short time later, she collapsed and did not regain consciousness. She had sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI), along with a collapsed lung and fractured vertebrae in her neck. Read Ryan's story

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Welcome to BIA-MA

facesAccidents happen. Brain injury happens.
Unsolicited. Unanticipated. Unwelcome.

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, please go to "Faces of Brain Injury"

Advocacy Day at the State House - February 3, 2016

What a success! On February 3, 2016, BIA-MA held an Advocacy Day at the Massachusetts State House. Over 200 legislators, brain injury survivors, volunteers, and BIA-MA employees attended this event, held at Grand Staircase on the second floor. This event was held to emphasize the importance of continued legislation to bring services and supports to individuals with brain injury. read more

 


Registration is Open for the 2016 ABI Clinical Continuing Education Program!

ABIThe ABI Clinical Continuing Education Program is back in 2016 due to popular demand! This continuing education program was developed in collaboration with experts in the field of brain injury to enhance the knowledge, expertise, and skills of providers working with brain injury survivors. Continuing Education Credits are available for professionals in certain fields. Learn more.

 

Massachusetts Health Policy Forum - December 10, 2015

A Massachusetts Health Policy Forum on “Severe Brain Injury in Massachusetts: Assessing the Continuum of Care”, sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts and Supportive Living, Inc., was held at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston on December 10th, 2015.  This forum examined the treatment and service disparities for survivors of severe brain injury in light of coverage expansions and health care system and financing changes under state and national reform. Read more... 

Watch Ryan Farrell on WCVB 5 Investigates!

It started with a simple fall while cheerleading, but instead of sitting out, Ryan Farrell says she was told to keep cheering.

Watch this special report! Ryan Farrell, spokesperson for BIA-MA, is interviewed by Karen Anderson from WCBV 5 Investigates on "Concussions Plaguing Student Athletes Raises Alarm".


Please Help Advocate for the Cognitive Rehabilitation Bill

S.485/H.843 An Act Relative to Cognitive Rehabilitation  would require private insurance companies to cover post-acute cognitive rehabilitation for individuals with acquired and traumatic brain injury—that means better access to care for people who need it! This bill will ensure that commercial health insurance plans include cognitive rehabilitation service for individuals with ABI and TBI.  

Questions? Contact Kelly Buttiglieri at Kbuttiglieri@biama.org.

Click here to see the Senate’s bill

Click here to see the House’s bill

BIA-MA Newsletter - Winter 2015/2016

fall newsletterBIA-MA's quarterly newsletter, Heads Up Headlines, provides updates on recent events, research, survivor and caregiver tips, a calendar of upcoming events, and prevention articles to keep you aprised of the latest in the field of brain injury. The BIA-MA Winter 2015/2016 Newsletter contains articles on the 1st Annual Walk & Roll for Brain Injury, advocacy for the Cognitive Rehabilitation Bill and Primary Seat Belt Bills, regional highlights, and much more.

Click here to read the Newsletter!

 

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