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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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Welcome to BIA-MA

facesAccidents happen. Brain injury happens.
Unsolicited. Unanticipated. Unwelcome.

In the blink of an eye, everything changes; nothing is as it was before. How will you identify brain injury if it happens to you or to someone you love? How will you cope with it? What resources will you need? Where will you find them? The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is here to help with information for brain injury survivors, family members, caregivers, professionals and others. To meet people whose lives have been impacted, visit "Faces of Brain Injury"

BIA-MA Names Dwork President of Board of Directors

The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MIA) recently appointed David Dwork, ESQ., president of the board of directors.  For more than 30 years, Dwork has dedicated his career to traumatic brain injury (TBI) litigation and helped guide brain injury survivors through the complicated legal process of trials and out-of-court settlements.Dwork is a magna cum laude graduate of the Boston University Law School and a former Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County. He is a lecturer in civil litigation as well as being the author of several scholarly articles.

Dwork is preceded by Teresa Hayes, who served as president of the board for five years, and recently received the BIAA Award of Excellence for Affiliate Association Leadership.  Read more.

Upcoming Events

Event When Description
ABI Clinical Certificate Jan 26-27, 2017

A continuing education series developed to enhance the knowledge, expertise, and skills of providers working with brain injury survivors. Learn more.

36th Annual Conference Mar 30, 2017

This one-day, state-wide conference provides a place to gather and discuss the challenges faced by the brain injury community. In 2016, over 800 participants attended a variety of 29 workshops, and networked with over 50 exhibitors. We are currently taking applications for Workshop and Poster Proposals. Learn more.

2017 State House Advocacy Day Feb 1, 2017

SAVE THE DATE! Join the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) for the 2017 Advocacy Day at the State House.  This event will be attended by legislators, brain injury survivors, volunteers, and BIA-MA employees to emphasize the importance of continued legislation to bring services and supports to individuals with brain injury.  Watch this space for more information as it becomes available.

Advocacy Day at the State House - February 1, 2017

SAVE THE DATE! On February 1, 2017, BIA-MA will host its Annual Advocacy Day at the Massachusetts State House. Attending this event will be legislators, volunteers, employees, and brain injury survivors. This event is being held to emphasize the importance of continued legislation to bring services and supports to individuals with brain injury. Watch this space for more information.


Watch Our Own Ryan Farrell on WCVB 5 Investigates!

It started with a simple fall while cheerleading, but instead of sitting out, Ryan Farrell was told to keep cheering. Ryan, a spokesperson for BIA-MA, is interviewed by Karen Anderson from WCBV 5 Investigates on "Concussions Plaguing Student Athletes Raises Alarm". Watch now



BIA-MA Newsletter - Fall 2016

fall newsletterBIA-MA's quarterly newsletter, Heads Up Headlines, provides updates on recent events, research, survivor and caregiver tips, a calendar of upcoming events, and prevention articles to keep you aprised of the latest in the field of brain injury. The Fall 2016 Newsletter contains articles on the Walk & Roll events, Teresa Hayes' outgoing executive message, TBI in Seniors, upcoming educational events, regional office highlights, survivor's corner, and more. Read Now