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Joanne Susi

"I lost consciousness in the helicopter and I remember thinking I was dead, and that this was the end…then nothing,” Jim has no memory of his time in the hospital during his stroke, but came out the other side dedicated to fight his way back. And fight he did!
Read Jim's story.

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Welcome to BIA-MA

facesAccidents happen. Brain injury happens.
We can help!

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"

Due to the forecasted storm:

  • The Boston University – Survivors Support Group (healthy cooking class) has been rescheduled for November 29th.
  • The Pioneer Valley Support Group has been cancelled.

#GivingTuesday is Tuesday, November 27th!

walk & rollConsider giving back to your community this November! #GivingTuesday is a 24-hour day of giving that will help you refocus on what’s important and support the causes you care about.

Join BIA-MA in giving back to your community - donate an item today to be included in wellness bags and distributed to homeless shelters across the state. The prevalence and risk of brain injury in homeless populations are high. We hope to provide some comfort to those in need this time of year! Visit www.biama.org/givingtuesday for more information.

Unmasking Brain Injury Project

walk & rollBIA-MA is pleased to announce our partnership with the Unmasking Brain Injury Project! Our goal is simple – offer every brain injury survivor the opportunity to create their own mask, tell their own story, and provide opportunities for the masks to be displayed in public places. Collectively this project partners with brain injury agencies across the country – and we are proud to join their ranks to illustrate brain injury and its impact. Follow along with us via social media and stay tuned for upcoming events where the masks will be on display. Interested in getting involved? Contact Cynthia Cardeli, Dir. Programs & Services, at 508-475-0032 or ccardeli@biama.org

Upcoming Events

Event When Description
Carols & Cocoa:
31 Nights of Light at the Prudential Center
Dec 1, 2018 Join us for "Carols & Cocoa: 31 Nights of Light" at the Prudential Center on Saturday, December 1st as we celebrate the holiday season and raise awareness for brain injury, with carols & cocoa! More information at https://give.classy.org/31nights
ABI Clinical Series: Functional Neuroanatomy Review Dec 5, 2018 This one-day continuing education program will provide participants with a review of the structures and functions of the central nervous system (CNS), including the cerebral hemispheres and subcortical structures (brain stem and spinal cord) .Learn more and Register
ABI Clinical Series:
The Aphasias and other Language and Verbal Output Disorders
Associated with Acquired Brain Injury
Jan 17, 2019 This training has been developed to provide participants with an understanding of the types of cognitive-comunicative disorders associated with different types of Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI).
Learn more and Register

NESN Celebrity Spotlight with Nicole, Ryan, and Madeline!

If you were watching the Bruins game on November 15th, chances are you saw some familiar faces in the NESN Celebrity Spotlight!

Nicole Godaire, BIA-MA Executive Director and Speakers Bureau members, Ryan and Madeline, were featured in the Celebrity Spotlight Series featuring concussion, in partnership with Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. We are proud of our long standing relationship with Spaulding and all of the work they are doing in the line of brain injury care, rehabilitation, and research. Wonderful job Ryan and Madeline – thank you for lending your stories to highlight this important issue. Watch now

David 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.