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30th Anniversary Celebration: Join Us in Honoring Inta Hall

intacroppedInta Hall will be honored on Oct. 9 with the Founder’s Award for co-founding the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts and her years of service within the brain injury community.

Hall has personal ties to brain injury. Her son Greg was injured in 1980 and her eldest son died in 1981. Both of her sons suffered brain injuries as a result of car accidents and neither of them were wearing seatbelts. Hall set her sights on brain injury prevention and began working to increase awareness of seatbelts and car safety. Eventually, she got involved in advocating for brain injury services. “I always included prevention – especially after the HITS (Head Injury Trust) Fund – I got it passed at 6 a.m. one day in 1992,” she says. However, the fight wasn’t over. As the economy slumped, money began being taken from the HITS Fund. Hall fought tirelessly to get it back. In 2014, 100 percent of the money from traffic violations and OUIs in the Commonwealth will go into the HITS Fund to benefit brain injury survivors.

Although she has since retired, Hall is still passionate about advocating for brain injury services, survivors and families and has high hopes for the future. “My hope is that it (brain injury) is an accepted disability like mental retardation is, and that congress gets more serious about brain injury services. … Millions of people are out there who need services. Disability needs to be accepted by everyone and by congress, so we can get the recognition and the services for the millions of people who need brain injury services,” she says.

In addition, Hall hopes to see more families getting involved in advocacy work. “Numbers count,” she explains. “In the 1990s, I was able to get 100 family members at a budget hearing. In the last few years I was lucky to get one or two family members. … The legislators got tired of hearing me testify all the time. We need family members to go advocate.”

When asked how she feels about being honored with the Founders Award, Hall says she appreciates being honored by her peers. “I’m sure there are many other people that are just as deserving. I hope the next generation gets just as involved as I did,” she adds.

To join us in honoring Inta Hall at the 30th Anniversary Celebration, click here to purchase guest admission.

30th Anniversary Celebration: Join Us in Honoring Douglas I. Katz, MD

_MG_1375aDouglas I. Katz, MD, professor of neurology at the BU School of Medicine, and Medical Director of the Brain Injury Program at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital for over 25 years, will receive the Compassionate Care Award at our 30th Anniversary Celebration.

Katz said he’s “always been interested in how brain function relates to thinking, feeling and behaving, and how disorders of brain functioning lead to problems in these areas.” His mentor, during his fellowship, Michael Alexander, MD “was one of the leading experts thinking and writing about neurologic effects of TBI and recovery at that time, and he opened up this world of brain injury, cognitive neurology and neurorehabilitation for me.

“After my fellowship, I was delighted to have the opportunity in 1986 to continue working with Dr. Alexander, and join with Virginia Mills in leading the early development of the Brain Injury Program at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, which was among the first of the few dedicated TBI programs in the US at the time.”

Katz says the most rewarding aspect of working in the field of brain injury has been “the opportunity to meet and be part of a fantastic community of professionals, survivors, families and friends in the brain injury world, including clinicians, researchers, teachers, advocates, administrators, and, most definitely, many courageous and inspiring patients and families I have come to know over the years.”

When asked about how he feels to receive the Compassionate Care Award this October, Katz says, “I am especially honored and somewhat humbled to be included among my fellow honorees, Inta Hall and Marilyn Spivack, who have been such major figures and forces in improving the lives of persons with brain injury over the years, even after challenges in their own lives.”

To join us in honoring Dr. Douglas I. Katz at the 30th Anniversary Celebration, click here to purchase guest admission.