The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts provides support services to brain injury survivors and their families, offers programs to prevent brain injuries, educates the public on the risks and impact of brain injury, and advocates for legislation and improved community services.
About the Organization
The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is a private, nonprofit organization that serves individuals with brain injury and their families and offers award-winning prevention programs to individuals of all ages. The Association was incorporated in 1982 and is a chartered affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America. BIA-MA collaborates with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, the Department of Public Health, the Veterans Administration, the Registry of Motor Vehicles, and other groups to prevent brain injuries and serve survivors.
BIA-MA has been honored with numerous honors and awards, including an Outstanding Advocacy Award from the Brain Injury Association of America, a National Lifesavers Award from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, two Gold Awards from the New England Society for Healthcare Communications for a veterans with TBI billboard and the Faces of Brain Injury banners, and a Leadership Award from Riverside Community Care, Inc.
Arlene became involved with BIA-MA in 1984 while seeking non-existent services for her son who was severely disabled by a traumatic brain injury. For ten years she served on the Board of Directors and in 1992, Arlene assumed her current position as Executive Director. Under her direction, BIA-MA has become a national leader in assuring that persons with brain injury and their families have adequate funding for services and support. In 2011, Arlene Korab was honored as an "Exceptional Woman" by MAGIC 106.7 FM. Click here to listen to her interview with host Gay Vernon.
Last year, BIA-MA staff provided information and resources to approximately 3,000 new survivors, families, friends and professionals and distributed more than 35,000 brochures and articles. The Association advocated for an additional fifteen percent to the HITS Trust Fund to allow more survivors to receive community-based services for brain injury. The need for brain injury services, support and information is greater than ever and BIA-MA is at the forefront. Read more about how BIA-MA is reaching out to the brain injury community in our Annual Report!