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Kristin Olliney and Isabella

"She’s come really far … but she has a long journey ahead of her, but we’ll take that together, too."

In 2010, Kristin Olliney and her daughter Isabella's lives were changed forever when Isabella came down with sudden acute encephalitis, which caused brain damage. Despite the number of challenges they face every day, Isabella and her mother face them head on and work on her rehabilitation every day.

Click here to read Kristin's & Isabella's and other stories.


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THE ANNUAL BRAIN INJURY CONFERENCE IS FULL due to overwhelming response.

March is Brain Injury Month - Go #BLUEforBrainInjury!

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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) is pleased to announce our Brain Injury Awareness Campaign, #BLUEforBrainInjury, designed to increase brain injury awareness throughout the month of March. 

Schedule Highlights:

When Where Who What
March 2-31 BIA-MA web site   "Faces of Brain Injury" videos
March 2-31 Digital Billboard on Rte 9 at Lyman St, Westborough, MA BIA-MA "Brain Injury Awareness Shouldn't Start Here" image
Week of March 2 Massachusetts State House BIA-MA "Faces of Brain Injury" exhibit
March 9-22 Channel 5 BIA-MA "Brain Injury Awareness" TV Ads
March 16 Facebook, Twitter BIA-MA TURN FACEBOOK BLUE! Change your profile picture, add a comment.
March 18, 12-3pm Worcester Public Library DPH and BIA-MA "Stories of Recovery and Best Practices Treating Sports Concussion"
March 19, 8am-4:15pm Royal Plaza Hotel, Marlborough, MA BIA-MA ABI Continuing Education Seminar: Aphasias and Cog-Comm Disorders
March 23-27 Zakim Bridge BIA-MA BLUE Zakim Bridge
March 23-25 South Station BIA-MA BLUE TD Garden
March 24 TD Garden BIA-MA BLUE South Station
March 26 Royal Plaza Hotel, Marlborough, MA BIA-MA 34th Annual Brain Injury Conference

Click here for more information on these and other events by BIA-MA during Brain Injury Awareness Month


Accidents 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?

Here you will find information for brain injury survivors, family members, caregivers, professionals and others. The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is here to help.

Apply to run on the BIA-MA 2015 Falmouth Road Race Team!

Raise money for a great cause! Participate in one of the premier races in all of New England. This race is available by lottery only. BIA-MA has 10 bib numbers available and is accepting applications for the BIA-MA Team, RUN FOR BIA-MA. Applications will be accepted on a first come / first serve basis. Any questions? Contact Tania Fernandez at (508) 475-0032 x 29 or email

Learn more about the BIA-MA Falmouth Road Race Team


NEW! Acquired Brain Injury Clinical Continuing Education Program!

brain gamesThe Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is proud to announce the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Clinical Continuing Education Program. This specialized training program has been developed, in collaboration with experts in the field of brain injury, to enhance the knowledge, expertise, and skills of clinicians, program administrators, case managers, and other professionals that provide support and services to individuals with ABI and their families.

Learn more about the ABI Clinical Continuing Education Program.

Register Now!

"Brain Games" - Social Recreation Group for Brain Injury Survivors

brain gamesBrain Games, the new social recreation group for brain injury survivors, will take place the THIRD WEDNESDAY of every month from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the BIA-MA office in Westborough, Mass. This group is free for survivors but registration is required.

**Winter Weather policy: In the event of stormy weather, please call the office at (800) 242-0030 to confirm if the meeting will be held. Regardless, please do not travel if you feel it is not safe for you to do so**

To pre-register please call 508-475-0032 or click here to register for Brain Games

"Creative Minds" Craft Group - tons of fun!

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Creative Minds" CrafGroup will be held on the SECOND THURSDAY during the months of February, March and April from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the BIA-MA office in Westborough, Mass. This program is for survivors that enjoy crafting with a wide range of art materials. Space is limited to 15 participants. There is no charge for this program, however, donations will be accepted on the day of craft program to offset the cost of materials.

**Winter Weather policy: In the event of stormy weather, please call the office at (800) 242-0030 to confirm if the meeting will be held. Regardless, please do not travel if you feel it is not safe for you to do so**

To pre-register please call 508-475-0032 or click here to register for "Creative Minds".

Ryan Farrell's Story

ryanBefore April 18, 2010, I was a typical 18-year-old: I was finishing up my freshman year at college, planning out internships and possible career paths, and was setting my sights on living in New YorkCity.  I was on the cheerleading squad, had just finished the initiation for my sorority and was looking forward to all of the clubs I would join at school.  My life was nearly perfect.

While performing with my cheerleading squad at a fundraising exhibition, a flyer on top of my stunt group fell and landed on me. I did not receive immediate medical attention and was encouraged to keep performing. A short time later, I collapsed and did not regain consciousness. I had sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI), along with a collapsed lung and fractured vertebrae in my neck. 

Ryan's Story is continued on the Farrell's Family Story page

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Fall 2014 BIA-MA Newsletter

BIA-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 Fall 2014 Newsletter contains articles on the BIA-MA Think A-Head Program, the advocacy and ambassador programs, and regional support group event highlights.

Click here to read it!

Current Advocacy Efforts - Cognitive Remediation Bill

The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) urges you to call your State Representative & State Senator to ask them to co-sponsor SD1790 & HD3343, a bill relative to cognitive rehabilitation.   

This bill will ensure that commercial health insurance plans include cognitive rehabilitation services for individuals with acquired & traumatic brain injury. 

For more information go to, Current Advocacy Issues

Get Involved - #BrainInjuryAffects Campaign


Have you suffered a brain injury or do you know someone who has? Do you work with, serve or care for a brain injury survivor? This year, in honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month, BIA-MA has launched a unique advocacy campaign, #BrainInjuryAffects. Whether you're a provider, professional working in the field or a survivor or loved one, there's plenty of ways to get involved.

Click here to get involved in #BrainInjuryAffects

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