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1017 Waterman Ave.
East Providence, RI 02914
Give us a call at: 401-228-3319
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A New Support Group!

Meets the 4th Thursday of the Month (NOTE: the first meeting will be June 25th)
North Kingstown: Families and Survivors
Time:  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Place:  Lafayette Mill
650 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852
Facilitator:  Lisa Onorato
Contact Number:   228-3319

Visit our Support Page for more groups


Who we are and what we do

 What is Brain Injury? (PDF)

The Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island, Inc. was founded in 1983 by families of persons with brain injuries. It grew out of an overwhelming need for appropriate services and support to brain injury survivors. We are a statewide membership organization, providing services to many Rhode Islanders with traumatic brain injury and their families.

This non-profit 501(c) (3) organization has worked to expand services in Rhode Island for the care and rehabilitation of individuals who have sustained brain injuries. Our efforts include increasing the public’s awareness of traumatic brain injury and its consequences, developing support systems, encouraging appropriate rehabilitation and services for survivors of brain injury and disseminating information about brain injury. The Association actively collaborates with state and private entities to educate survivors, family members and professionals on all aspects of brain injury prevention, treatment and support needs. The BIA of RI operates a Brain Injury Resource Center to improve access to information on traumatic brain injury, and to enhance the effectiveness of agencies and service providers who work with survivors of brain injury.

The mission of the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island is to prevent brain injury and to enhance the lives of those affected by brain injury. Our membership includes brain injury survivors, their families and friends, health-care professionals, physicians, providers of brain injury rehabilitation, and other advocates. 

Brain injury facts

  •  1.4 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury each year; in fact a brain injury occurs every 21 seconds! In RI, a brain injury occurs every hour!
  • At least 8,340 Rhode Islanders suffered some level of brain injury last year. (DOH, 2009)
  • The cost of traumatic brain injury in the U.S. is estimated to be $56.3 billion annually. Hospitalization accounts for $31.7 billion, and fatal brain injuries cost the nation $16.6 billion each year.
  • The risk of TBI is highest among adolescents, young adults and those older than 75.
  • Falls are now the leading cause of brain injury as well as the leading cause of brain injury in the elderly.

Support Groups

The Brain Injury Association of RI, Inc currently sponsors several support groups at various locations through out Rhode Island Click here for a full listing of our support groups 

Resource Guides!

RI Brain Injury Resource Guides are now available free of charge to individuals with brain injury, family members, professionals, provider agencies and organizations. Contact the RI Brain Injury Resource Center to request your copy or to make arrangements to obtain a supply for your agency at 401-461-6599 or email us at

Free Training Available

The RI Brain Injury Resource Center is now able to provide Free Brain Injury Training for Professional Groups/Provider Agencies and Community Organizations in Rhode Island. In addition, the Rhode Island Disability Law Center and the Brain Injury Association of RI are now offering Advocacy trainings for health care facilities, human service agencies and community organizations. Click here for more information or contact Elizabeth Connallon at  or 401-228-3319

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