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BIAC BUZZ

May 2022

Connecticut's partner in brain injury prevention and recovery for 40 years

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Influencing the Next Generation


For 40 years, BIAC has been Connecticut’s resource for brain injury awareness, education, resources and support. As part of our mission to support brain injury survivors, families, caregivers, professionals, and the community, we understand the need for educating and mentoring the next generation of health professionals.  


Jena, a Connecticut high school student, contacted BIAC to conduct a research interview with a Brain Injury Specialist. Her request was granted with a sense of duty to mentor this future health professional with the information she needed, and to pique her interest! Jena was paired with one of BIAC’s Brain Injury Specialists for a virtual session. During the meeting, Jena was able to learn about the uniqueness of brain injuries, and the fact that it can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time! She learned that the leading causes of brain injury are from falls, motor vehicle crashes, and assault; and in the United States alone, over 2.8 million individuals sustain a traumatic brain injury every year!  


As Connecticut’s partner in brain injury prevention, we take pride in educating and influencing individuals and groups to be aware, supportive, and understand the importance of advocating for health care and community initiatives that provide a better quality of life for those affected by brain injury. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about the impact of BIAC and support our mission to the public, feel free to contact us at 860-219-0291 or General@biact.org.

In Memory of Michael J. Zacchea

We are deeply saddened to share with you that Michael Zacchea, decorated military hero, TBI survivor and former BIAC Board member has passed away. Mike sustained multiple traumatic brain injuries while stationed in Iraq, requiring him to retire from the military in 2005. In 2009, Mike founded the UConn Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans with Disabilities, which has prepared over 200 veterans with the management skills needed to open their own businesses. He led the program until his death two weeks ago.  


Mike was a frequent speaker both in Connecticut and nationally, and was featured in several books and documentaries. He received critical acclaim for his memoir, The Ragged Edge: A US Marine’s Account of Leading the Iraqi Army Fifth Battalion. BIAC was incredibly privileged to have Mike serve on our Board of Directors from 2016-2018. In addition he was a presenter at our Annual Conference, discussing destigmatizing TBI among the veteran population.


“Mike was kind and generous, devoting his life to helping veterans, and to working to help veterans with TBI get the help and recognition they need. He was always ready and eager to help BIAC--connecting us to other veterans, educating us about the needs of veterans, and providing a much appreciated perspective as a TBI survivor. He will be greatly missed,” remarked BIAC's Board President, Sarah Raskin.


Our deepest condolences for this profound loss are extended to his family, friends, colleagues, and to the many individuals he helped.


For more information on Mike’s service please click here.

Support Groups Update

BIAC currently has 12 Active Support Groups that host monthly meetings via Zoom, or through a Hybrid format of In-Person/Zoom. It is as simple as viewing our current support groups listing here and selecting the one that works best for you! BIAC’s Support Groups provide a safe and intuitive way for survivors, caregivers, and professionals to connect with other individuals to share and learn about everything brain injury. Click here for details on BIAC Support Groups!

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Announcing two NEW Creative Support Groups! 

The Supportive Living Group is launching a combined support and creative opportunity starting on May 10 and May 13. Join the Avon group the second Tuesday of each month; the Bethany group the second Friday of each month.

The goal of these BIAC sponsored support groups is to utilize the creative process to help brain injury survivors, their family members, friends, and caregivers explore self-expression and, in doing so, find new ways to gain personal insight and develop new coping skills in a warm and welcoming creative environment.

For more information, contact Jamie Arber at jarber@slg-ct.com or visit www.supportedlivinggroup.org.

36th Annual Golf for Thought

36th Annual Golf for Thought

Monday, May 23, 2022

TPC River Highlands

Presented by United Steel


Golfing is SOLD OUT, however there are still PATRON and TEE sponsorship opportunities available through May 11th. We are also accepting donations for our Silent Auction. This is BIAC's biggest fundraiser of the year and we would greatly appreciate your support! Please click here for tournament and sponsorship information.

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Click here to register your sponsorship!

Contact Lori Shield with any sponsorship questions at lshield@biact.org or 860-219-0291 ext. 303. Contact Sarah Moore about the Silent Auction at smoore@biact.org or 860-219-0291 ext 310.

Spotlight on Brain Injury

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All Things Assistive Technology!  


The 2022 ATECH Conference will be held on July 18 - 19, 2022 in Mystic, CT. See speaker lineup, schedule, and more by clicking here.


Assistive Technology (ATECH) is a broad term used to describe any item or device that helps a person to become more independent. ATECH enables & promotes inclusion in daily life and in community activities. Want to learn more? Click here

13th Annual Bike for Thought 

Bike for Thought Virtual Event!

June 3 - 12, 2022 


Bike for BIAC between June 3 – 12, 2022, whenever, wherever, and as far as you want! It takes just 4 easy steps to make a difference in the lives of brain injury survivors in CT:

1.    Register today by clicking here!

2.    Form a Team – a Virtual Team or an In-person Team!

3.    Raise Funds!

4.    Enjoy your ride!


Questions? Contact Sarah Moore at smoore@biact.org or 860-219-0291 ext 310. 

Thank You to our Sponsors!

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