A private, nonprofit organization, BIA-MA provides Support & Resources to brain injury survivors and their families; Prevention Programs to educate the public on the impact of brain injuries; Education & Training for brain injury survivors, caregivers and professionals; and Legislative Advocacy for improved community services and safety laws (seat belts, helmets).
BIA-MA annually provides support, information and resources to approximately 14,000 survivors, families and medical professionals. BIA-MA sponsors more than 40 support groups throughout Massachusetts which provides a forum for sharing information about brain injury and an opportunity to meet others who share similar experiences and concerns. It also organizes a variety of educational, recreational and social activities.
BIA-MA collaborates with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC),Department of Public Health (DPH), Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), Executive Office of Elder Affairs, and other associations to prevent brain injuries and provide services to survivors. The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts was incorporated in 1982 and is a chartered affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America.
Our Mission is to
create a better future for brain injury survivors through brain injury prevention, education, advocacy and support.
Our Vision is a world where all preventable brain injuries are prevented, all unpreventable brain injuries are minimized, and all individuals who have experienced brain injury maximize quality of life.
Our Purpose is to
provide support to brain injury survivors and their families, offer
programs to prevent brain injuries, educate the public on the impact of brain injury, and advocate for community services.
FY'15 Annual Report
Last year, BIA-MA staff provided information and resources to approximately 3,307 survivors, families, friends and professionals. The Association advocated with Senator Harriette Chandler to gain an incremental $1 million funding increase for MRC/SHIP. Over 1100 individuals were trained by BIA-MA Educational Programs. Read more about how BIA-MA is reaching out to the brain injury community in the FY'15 Annual Report!