BIA-MA’s 32nd Annual Brain Injury Conference

Last Thursday, approximately 650 people, including brain injury survivors, caregivers, loved ones, professionals, exhibitors and staff members, attended our 32nd Annual Brain Injury Conference at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center in Marlborough, Mass.

Dr. Carolyn Roy-Bornstein speaks to attendees about her memoir.

Dr. Carolyn Roy-Bornstein speaks to attendees about her memoir.

Dr. Carolyn Roy-Bornstein, pediatrician and author of Crash, A Mother, A Son and the Journey From Grief to Gratitude, provided the keynote address, speaking about her book and what it was like to balance being a mother grieving for all her son lost and a physician determined to turn tragedy into opportunity. Roy-Bornstein’s son Neil was hit by a drunk driver at the age of 17 while walking his girlfriend home after a study date. She did not survive her injuries. Neil carries his with him.

Roy-Bornstein’s keynote address filled the ballroom. After her address, she opened up the floor and allowed questions and comments, which many opted to participate in. Survivors, caregivers and family members shared their own experiences and

Dr. Carolyn Roy-Bornstein signs books after the keynote address.

Dr. Carolyn Roy-Bornstein signs books after the keynote address.

offered their thanks to Roy-Bornstein for writing and sharing her story, which inspired so many of them. The video of her keynote address is available here. After her keynote address, Roy-Bornstein took the time to meet with conference attendees and take some photos, as well as sign books.

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Exhibitors met with attendees throughout the day.

Throughout the day, brain injury survivors, caregivers, family members and professionals were able to meet with exhibitors, visit their booths and learn about their products and services.

Attendees had the opportunity to participate in a total of three workshops during the day. Workshops covered various topics including aphasia, substance abuse, caregiver fatigue and alternative therapies such as yoga and art. Professionals, survivors, caregivers and family members were able to participate in workshops they found pertinent and helpful.

This year’s conference was once again a success. We would like to thank those who attended, as well as our sponsors whose generosity helped to make the event possible: Braintree and New England Rehabilitation Hospitals, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital, Eliot Community Human Services, Inc. and Vinfen.

What was your favorite workshop or part of the day? Share in the comments! Do you want to view more photos from the event? Visit the photo album here.

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