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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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Gateway

gatewayThe Gateway Program is a two-part diversion series designed to promote brain injury awareness and prevention among adolescents who have been arrested for misdemeanor offenses that could result in TBI. The program makes the link between risky behaviors and the causes, costs, and consequences of brain injuries.

Gateway’s curriculum focuses on the risks of underage drinking, the effects of alcohol and marijuana on the teenage brain, and the importance of safe driving. Attendees participate in empathy exercises and hear from survivors of brain injury who describe how their injuries have changed their lives.

Gateway, conducted in collaboration with the District Attorneys' offices throughout the Commonwealth, gives juveniles with first-time convictions a second chance to make good choices.

 

"The Gateway Program helps our teenagers make better, more informed choices by introducing them to others who have first-hand knowledge of the dangers and consequences of using drugs and alcohol."

- Gerald T. Leone, Jr., District Attorney, Middlesex County

 

For more information, contact Justine Cote at jcote@biama.org, or call 508-475-0032.