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Joanne Susi

"It's the difference between surviving and thriving...and I'm thriving here."Joanne Susi was BIA-MA's keynote speaker at the 35th Annual Brain Injury Conference. On March 16, 2011, Joanne Susi's life was transformed. After three long years in a nursing home, she moved into the community as a result of the ABI Waiver Program. Read Joanne's story

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Become an Advocate

Are you a medical professional, survivor, family member or friend who has navigated the health care system on behalf of a brain injury survivor? Are you frustrated by the lack of services? Have you come up short when looking for resources? Do you want to increase awareness and create policy change? If you answered "yes" to these questions, you might be an ideal candidate to become a BIA-MA Advocate.

Advocates are representatives of the BIA-MA who will:

  • Meet with their legislative representatives on behalf of individuals with brain injury.
  • Will put a "face" on brain injury by sharing anecdotes and personal stories.
  • Educate legislators and state agency administrators through testimony at public hearings, written comments, and phone calls.
  • Get others involved in becoming an advocate – there is power in numbers.
  • Share the results of your efforts with BIA-MA so we can better support and collaborate with you.

If you decide to get involved, BIA-MA will provide you with:

  • Training
  • Talking points on key issues
  • Updates on key issues
  • Information, fact sheets and materials

Upcoming Advocacy Workshops:

Learn the basics of advocacy and how to advocate for brain injury services. If you are interested, please RSVP to Kelly Buttiglieri at kbuttiglieri@biama.org.

Date & Time Location

January 9, 2017, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

 

BIA-MA Western Regional Office
180 Elm Street, Suite C
Pittsfield, MA 01201

January 12, 2017, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

 

BIA-MA Southeastern Regiona Office
3119 Cranberry Highway, Suite 5F
East Wareham, MA 02538

January 17, 2017, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

 

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
3 Maple Street
Framingham, MA 01702

 

For more information on becoming an advocate, contact Kelly Buttiglieri, BIA-MA Advocacy Associate, at 508-475-0032 or email kbuttiglieri@biama.org.