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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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34th Annual BIA-MA Brain Injury Conference (2015) - Wrap Up

Conference Evaluations

Everyone must have a username and password to access the online evaluation. Your username and password to access the evaluation website was sent in an email from "Express Evaluations". Here is the link to access evaluations: http://data.express-evaluations.com/eval/38090/web/

We are hosting a contest!

If you provide BIA-MA with your very important feedback about this year's Annual Conference speakers, you will receive a standard Certificate of Attendance and have a chance to WIN a $100 VISA gift card! To be eligible to win, please evaluate 3 workshop sessions, the Keynote Presentation, and a general evaluation about the conference - Submit all 5 of these evaluations, and have 5 opportunities to win! One winner will be chosen at random by electronic selection, and notified by email and/or phone - the drawing will take place on April 20, 2015. Please complete all evaluations by April 15, 2015!

Continuing Education Credit

To obtain Continuing Education Credit for BIA-MA’s 34th Annual Brain Injury Conference held on Thursday, March 26, 2015, please click the following link that will take you to the evaluation process:

http://data.express-evaluations.com/eval/38090/web/main.php

Once you have gone through the evaluation process, there are two separate certificates:

  1. The ACCREDITED CERTIFICATE is for professionals who need CEU hours (nurses, social workers, OT/PT, Psychologists, etc.).  In order to complete the evaluations, professionals must supply the CODE that will be given during the conference, at the end of the Session 3 workshops.   There is an additional "secret word" required to obtain the accredited certificate. This "secret word" will be given out at the end of the day at the CEU TABLE.
  2. The NON-ACCREDITED CERTIFICATE is for individuals who do not need Continuing Education, but would like a certificate of attendance for participation in the conference.

ASHA Disclosure Charts

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Conference Handouts

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Poems from Philip Hasouris' Poetry Workshop

March 26th 2015 Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts Conference

It was a day for telling stories, survivors and caretakers gathered at the Brain Injury Conference for workshops, information, and connecting with others. The room where I conducted my workshop quickly filled, you could feel the excitement not only in the participants but myself, Zelinda Pereira and Sandy Topalian. We started by listening to the music of South African Johnny Clegg who sung his songs in the language of the Zulu and there was no language barrier here, asked what they felt the meaning of the song there was no lack of opinion everyone had the true meaning of the lyrics in them. We discussed the three in’s Individuality, Inspiration, Insight and what it meant in telling our stories, conquered the age old question of one hand clapping, felt art in the sculptures of two faces and supportive hand, and wrote two beautiful and touching poems one from survivors and the other caretakers each participant contributing a line to the poem, a day for telling stories and connecting with our individuality so that we may share our hopes for the future, tell our past, be in the present.

Brain Injury Survivors group poem

Today new leaves everywhere,
In coma I was belly up under ice pushing up,
your hand pulls me,
because your hand pulled my hand
today I make a difference.
Loyalty in the reality of life.
Love upholds me
satisfied in full
especially when you see a full moon.
It’s hard to be a survivor
but it helps to have a helping hand.
I reach but could not grip,
It’s lonely in the light
I tried so hard
I still feel the hunger pangs
wondering if there really is a God.
Fog, weaving its way though the woods
intricate reunion.
Distant light shimmers ahead.
The worlds soul calling me home.

Caretakers Group Poem

An outsider looking in
Oneness within our souls
In the palm of his hand
I am held
Watching over you
I won’t let go
In deepness I am stilled
My tears wash over your pain
You give me strength
You never give up
You my shinning one rising
Happiness, love, and empathy
Rejuvenate when I see you smile.

In Thoughts
Philip Hasouris

2015 Corporate Sponsors:

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MRC

 

Click here to view financial and non-financial disclosure information for all of our Committee Members and Workshop Speakers for BIA-MA’s 34th Annual Brain Injury Conference.

 

For any questions contact Laura MacFeeley at 800-242-0030 or lmacfeeley@biama.org.