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Kristin Olliney and Isabella

"She’s come really far … but she has a long journey ahead of her, but we’ll take that together, too."

In 2010, Kristin Olliney and her daughter Isabella's lives were changed forever when Isabella came down with sudden acute encephalitis, which caused brain damage. Despite the number of challenges they face every day, Isabella and her mother face them head on and work on her rehabilitation every day.

Click here to read Kristin's & Isabella's and other stories.


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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 some of the people whose lives have been impacted, please go to "Faces of Brain Injury".

2015 Annual Golf Classic - Monday, June 22, 2015

The Brain Injury of Association of Massachusetts is proud to announce that our 2015 Annual Golf Classic will be held on Monday, June 22nd, at The Haven Country Club in Boylston, MA. All the renovations are completed and it is now considered one of the area’s most exclusive private country clubs. We invite you to support BIA-MA by becoming a sponsor, a donor, a tournament participant or donate an auction item. This tournament is our major annual fundraising event. All of the proceeds will be used to fund the four pillars of our mission: Prevention, Education, Advocacy and Support. Learn more.

Click here to register for the 2015 Golf Classic Now!

Apply to run on the BIA-MA 2015 Falmouth Road Race Team!

Raise money for a great cause! Participate in one of the premier races in all of New England. This race is available by lottery only. BIA-MA has 10 bib numbers available and is accepting applications for the BIA-MA Team, RUN FOR BIA-MA. Applications will be accepted on a first come / first serve basis. Questions? Call BJ Williams at (508) 475-0032 or email

Learn more about the BIA-MA Falmouth Road Race Team


NEW! Acquired Brain Injury Clinical Continuing Education Program!

brain gamesThe Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is proud to announce the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Clinical Continuing Education Program. This specialized training program has been developed, in collaboration with experts in the field of brain injury, to enhance the knowledge, expertise, and skills of clinicians, program administrators, case managers, and other professionals that provide support and services to individuals with ABI and their families.

Learn more about the ABI Clinical Continuing Education Program.

Register Now!

Ryan Farrell's Story

ryanBefore April 18, 2010, I was a typical 18-year-old: I was finishing up my freshman year at college, planning out internships and possible career paths, and was setting my sights on living in New YorkCity.  I was on the cheerleading squad, had just finished the initiation for my sorority and was looking forward to all of the clubs I would join at school.  My life was nearly perfect.

While performing with my cheerleading squad at a fundraising exhibition, a flyer on top of my stunt group fell and landed on me. I did not receive immediate medical attention and was encouraged to keep performing. A short time later, I collapsed and did not regain consciousness. I had sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI), along with a collapsed lung and fractured vertebrae in my neck. 

Ryan's Story is continued on the Farrell's Family Story page

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Winter 2015 BIA-MA Newsletter

BIA-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 Winter 2015 Newsletter contains articles on the BIA-MA ABI Continuing Education Series, Sandra Madden's "Finding Hearts All Over", Dr. Bryan Weinstein's "Can You Find Happiness With a Traumatic Brain Injury", and regional support group event highlights. Click here to read it!

Current Advocacy Efforts - Cognitive Remediation Bill

The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) urges you to call your State Representative & State Senator to ask them to co-sponsor SD1790 & HD3343, a bill relative to cognitive rehabilitation.   

This bill will ensure that commercial health insurance plans include cognitive rehabilitation services for individuals with acquired & traumatic brain injury. 

For more information go to, Current Advocacy Issues

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