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About Us

You are not alone

The Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island is a statewide organization dedicated to providing support, education, advocacy, research and prevention. Whether you are a person with a brain injury, a family member or friend of someone affected by brain injury, a professional working in this field, or an interested member of the general public, the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island hopes to be of service to you.

Need Help Right Now?
Call us at (401) 461-6599

Our Mission

The Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is:
"To prevent brain injury and to enhance the lives of those affected by brain injury".

Vision Statement

A world where all preventable brain injuries are prevented, all unpreventable brain injuries are minimized, and all individuals who have experienced brain injury maximize their quality of life.

Dating back from 1983, the Brain Injury Association of RI has evolved into a highly functional entity dealing with all aspects of brain injury. It started in a small 400 square foot office space in Pawtucket RI, and has grown into a roomy 1,100 square foot resource center in Cranston RI. From several new computers to hundreds of books, videos, and articles relating to brain injury, the resource center is constantly growing. Under the guidance of our executive director Sharon Brinkworth, the resource center strives to provide quality education and referrals to brain injury survivors and caregivers.

Guiding Principles

1. Value and respect the dignity and worth of all people in a true spirit of inclusion.
2. Support individual choices.
3. People with brain injury should have opportunities to be full participating members of their community.
4. Recognize and support the needs of individual’s families and their circle(s) of support.
5. Provide rapid, relevant and accessible information.
6. Promote excellence, quality and best practices in all fields.
7. Support prevention opportunities through research, education and public awareness.
8. Promote progressive public policy.
9. Respond to issues with integrity and courage.
The Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island supports these guiding principles through networking, partnering and collaborating. Vision and Guiding Principles - Approved by BIARI Board of Directors – October 2007.

Board Officers

Mike Baker, President
Colleen McCarthy, Vice President
Jean E. Cassiere, Secretary
Cathy L. Andreozzi
Joseph V. Centofanti, MD
Robert DeOrsey
Patricia A. Feeley
John Giacomini
Shelia M. Kane, RN
Thomas A. Mezzanotte
Robert P. Naparstek, MD, FACOEM
Bonnie Anne Winsor, CBIS

Advisory Board

James J. McNamara
Stephen T. Mernoff, MD
Frank Sparadeo, Ph.D.

Programs and Services

The Association has a variety of programs to provide information and resources about brain injury and brain injury prevention to any interested person who contacts us. We are involved in many public awareness and prevention education activities. We are active in the public policy arena, both within the state and nationally, around issues related to brain injury and prevention.

Advocacy Training

The Rhode Island Disability Law Center and the Brain Injury Association of RI, Inc. are available to provide advocacy training for consumers (individuals with brain injury or other disabilities), family members and professionals at your heath care facility or community organization free of charge.

  • “Testifying Before the State Legislature: An Advocate’s Guide”
  • “Advocacy: Writing Letters to State Legislators”

For additional information or to schedule an on site training at your agency or organization contact Elizabeth Connallon, our TBI Project Coordinator at 401-461-6599

Free Brain Injury Training Videos For Professionals

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.

The RI Department of Human Services contracted with the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island to develop five brain injury trainings for service providers and professional groups. Each video provides an introduction to traumatic brain injury, followed by approaches, strategies, accommodations and insights specific to that provider or professional field. Four of the videos are concluded with interview input from survivors of brain injury and family members.

Brain Injury: A Practical Training for Case Managers
(43 minutes viewing time)

Brain Injury: A Practical Training for Direct Care Givers
(50 minutes viewing time)

Brain Injury: A Practical Training for Mental Health Professionals
(46 minutes viewing time)

Brain Injury: A Practical Training for Substance Abuse Treatment Professionals
(44 minute viewing time; brain injury survivor interviews are not included in this presentation)

Brain Injury: A Practical Training for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors
(53 minute viewing time)

The RI Brain Injury Resource Center is able to provide these trainings to any Rhode Island service provider agency or professional group free of charge at your site. For further information or to schedule training contact Elizabeth Connallon, our TBI Project Coordinator at 401-461-6599

Funding for the video training project was provided by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Administration Department of Health and Human Services Grant project # H21MC00057-01.

Training for Community Organizations

The RI Department of Human Services contracted with the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island to develop brain injury training for community organizations such as, social clubs, special interest or civic groups, and places of worship. Studies have shown that recovery and adjustment are enhanced when individuals return to community participation as soon as possible. Active participation as a valued member of a community group can have a positive impact throughout the recovery process. For those who will not enjoy a full recovery, the adjustment process is made easier when they do get involved in community and have contact with a large circle of support.

The video entitled Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury: Welcoming the Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor Back into Your Community Group provides basic education on the causes and consequences of traumatic brain injury, overview of common areas of difficulty including practical approaches and techniques to support participation in social and community activities, followed by interview input from individuals with brain injury and family members.

The RI Brain Injury Resource Center is able to provide these trainings to any community group or organization in Rhode Island free of charge at your site. For further information or to schedule training contact Elizabeth Connallon, our TBI Project Coordinator at 401-461-6599

Funding for the video training project was provided by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Administration Department of Health and Human Services Grant project # H21MC00057-01.

Information Training

We offer a variety of trainings, free of charge that can be tailored to suit your group or agencies needs. For additional information or to schedule an on-site training, contact Elizabeth Connallon at 401-461-6599.

Orientation to Brain Injury
Introduction to Brain Injury Resources and Services in R.I.
Domestic Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury
The Hidden Brain Injured
Brain Injury in Older Adults
Brain Injury and Substance Abuse
Brain Injury Prevention: Safety Tips
Concussions in Sports and Recreation

 

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