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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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Prevention Programs

programsEvery 13 seconds, someone in the U.S. experiences a brain injury. The annual incidence of brain injury is eight times that of breast cancer and 20 times that of HIV/AIDS. Brain injury affects individuals of all ages and is the leading cause of long-term disability.

There is no cure for brain injury, but many brain injuries are preventable.

To reduce the incidence of TBI, BIA-MA has developed a number of programs that address the leading causes of brain injuries and contributing factors including: seat belt and helmet usage; distracted, drunken, and drugged driving; pedestrian and home safety practices; sports concussion.

In addition, BIA-MA has programs that provide support to survivors. For additional resources, please visit our support and resources section.

Our programs include:

Ambassador Program, a “speakers bureau” of survivors of brain injury and family members who address civic groups and organizations, sharing their personal experiences and providing important facts about brain injury.

Brains At Risk, a court-referral program that links the choices made behind the wheel to the devastating effects of TBI.

Gateway, a diversion program designed to promote brain injury awareness and prevention among adolescents whose behavior puts them at risk for injury. 

Play Smart, an educational video series produced for parents, coaches and student athletes.  Includes the essential knowledge on sports concussions, personal testimonies of student and professional athletes, and expert advice from  national leaders in sports concussion. 

Think A-Head, a dynamic school-based program that promotes brain injury awareness and prevention among students grades 1 through 12.

For more information about Prevention Programs at BIA-MA, contact Justine Cote at 508-475-0032 or jcote@biama.org