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BIA-MA Events & Activities

BIA-MA has professional staff that provide information, resources, support, and informal counseling to individuals with brain injuries, families, and professionals across the state. Each of our regions host support groups and events that provide survivors, family members and caregivers a fun and caring atmosphere where they find opportunities to socialize and make new friends with others who have shared similar experiences.

SHIP Recreation Virtual Activities

Recreation activities sponsored in part by the Statewide Head Injury Program, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.RSVP required for all events. Limited spaces available. Activities will take place online using video teleconferencing.  These are private brain injury groups, not open to the general public.

Day Dates Event Start Time Event Description RSVP Information
Fri 5/29
6/5
6/12
6/19
11:00am Practice Mindfulness Meditation virtually with Wendy! No prior experience needed. Mindfulness Meditation is the practice of pausing in your day, being fully present and at peace with your surroundings. It can help us feel less reactive and overwhelmed; regular meditation activates parts of the brain that are quiet when we “run on autopilot”. RSVP to Scott at sdoane@biama.org
for each individual session.

First come, first served – maximum 10 attendees.
Fri 5/29
6/5
1:30pm Join us for Creative Writing Workshops, including a variety of writing exercises and activities. Beginners & Experienced Writers welcome! Led by Mojie Crigler, author and freelance writer. For more information about workshop activities, please email
mdcrigler@mac.com. You will write during the workshops – you can use pen/pencil and paper, or even type on your computer.
RSVP to Krishna at kmorrow@biama.org
for each individual session.

First come, first served -
Maximum 15 attendees.
(These workshops have been very well received in the past. Sign up soon!).
Wed 5/20
5/27
6/3
6/10
6/17
1:30pm Write It! Workshop  More in-depth than our Creative Writing Workshops, this 5-week class led by author Mojie Crigler will guide participants to write, edit, and complete their own piece. Sign-up in advance required; no drop-ins. All writers welcome! No previous experience necessary.   RSVP to Krishna at kmorrow@biama.org - please plan on attending all sessions.

First come, first served - Maximum 15 attendees.
Mon 6/1 2:00pm Join us for a virtual Poetry Slam Café!  Brew a cup of coffee or tea, dress with a proper beatnik vibe, and join us from your own home to share - perform a poem or a scene from a play, recite an excerpt from a book or story, play a song, etc. Practice a 5 minute segment in advance and be ready for applause! No judgement, only sharing and  encouragement. RSVP To Krishna at kmorrow@biama.org by 5/22. Please prepare and practice your segment before the gathering.

First come, first served –
Maximum 10 attendees.
Thurs 6/11 1:00pm Calling all ladies for Tea at the Mount!  Our women's support group takes an annual spring trip to the Lenox  home of writer Edith Wharton. This year we will visit her historic home virtually and talk with staff at the estate. Wear your best hat for tea time and a fun afternoon! RSVP to Helen at hstewart@biama.org
by 5/27.

First come, first served –
Maximum 25 attendees.
Mon 6/29 1:00pm Join us for a virtual Paint and Sip event! We will supply you with canvas, paint, and brushes - you set up a painting area in your own home! We will create "sunflowers in a mason jar", led by Michelle of Bershire Paint and Sip! This is an interactive class, not a recording. No prior painting experince needed! RSVP to Cynthia at ccardeli@biama.org by 6/12.

First come, first served – Maximum 15 attendees

BIA-MA is Offering Virtual Support Groups

BIA-MA remains committed to its mission during this time of social distancing. We are making a temporary transition of our brain injury support groups to virtual settings. The need to connect is strong, especially for brain injury survivors who may already feel isolated. 

Each virtual meeting will be facilitated by staff and a group leader using ZOOM video-conferencing. There is no cost to attend, and minimal information is requested from each attendee. You may participate using video or just the audio from your phone. Each meeting is hosted by an existing support group but is open to all.

BIA-MA is offering virtual support group meetings on the following dates. Please check this list regularly as we will be updating it frequently. To participate in a virtual support group, please send an email to supportgroups@biama.org with your name and the date/time of the group you wish to attend. We will respond individually with access codes and directions for specific groups.

Day Date Start Time Virtual Support Group - Name
Mon 6/1/2020 2:00PM Lowell survivor support group
Tue 6/2/2020 10:00AM Westborough Young Adults survivor support group
Tue 6/2/2020 3:00PM Lexington survivor and family support group
Tue 6/2/2020 4:30PM Orleans survivor and family support group
Wed 6/3/2020 9:30AM Worcester/Fairlawn Post-Concussion support group
Wed 6/3/2020 10:30AM E. Sandwich/Spaulding Adult Post-Concussion support group
Wed 6/3/2020 6:00PM Springfield/Baystate survivor and family support group
Thu 6/4/2020 1:00PM Pittsfield "Tea & Talk" support group for women
Thu 6/4/2020 10:00AM Boston/Charlestown (BABIS) survivor and family support group
Thu 6/4/2020 7:00PM Hadley/Pioneer Valley (PVBISG) survivor and family support group
Mon 6/8/2020 7:00PM Boston/Boston University "Interrupted Lives" young adult survivor support group
Tue 6/9/2020 10:30AM Framingham "Mild" Brain Injury survivor support group
Tue 6/9/2020 1:00PM Pittsfield Caregiver support group
Tue 6/9/2020 4:00PM Pittsfield (BBISG) survivor and family support group
Tue 6/9/2020 6:00PM Haverhill survivor and family support group
Thu 6/11/2020 10:00AM Concord Post-Concussion support group
Thu 6/11/2020 6:00PM Wareham "Young Survivors" support group
Tue 6/16/2020 10:30AM Chatham Post-Concussion support group
Tue 6/16/2020 3:00PM Lexington survivor and family support group
Tue 6/16/2020 4:00PM Pittsfield Men's support group
Tue 6/16/2020 5:00PM New Bedford/Dartmouth survivor and family support group
Wed 6/17/2020 6:00PM Springfield/Mercy (MBISG) survivor and family support group
Thu 6/18/2020 10:00AM Cotuit (Barnstable) survivor and family support group
Thu 6/18/2020 10:00AM Boston/Charlestown (BABIS) survivor and family support group
Thu 6/18/2020 12:00PM Beverly/North Shore survivor and family support group
Thu 6/18/2020 7:00PM Milford survivor and family support group
Fri 6/19/2020 5:30PM Falmouth "Friday Night Out" young adult survivor support group
Tue 6/23/2020 10:30AM Framingham "Mild" Brain Injury survivor support group
Tue 6/23/2020 1:00PM Brewster/Lower Cape Caregiver support group
Tue 6/23/2020 7:00PM Lunenburg/North Central MA Stroke/Brain Injury support group
Wed 6/24/2020 4:00PM Worcester/Fairlawn Caregiver support group
Thu 6/25/2020 6:30PM Braintree Brain Injury/Stroke survivor and family support group

Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk & Worcester Counties

Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket & Plymouth Counties

Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden & Hampshire Counties

Questions? Contact Cynthia Cardeli, BIA-MA Director of Programs & Services,
at 508-475-0032 or email ccardeli@biama.org.