Annual Fall Conference

September 13 - 14, 2018

NOTE: Attendee registration will open July 2018. The deadline for returning exhibitors is June 22.

The Brain Injury Association of Michigan’s Annual Fall Conference, held in conjunction with the Michigan Brain Injury Provider Council, is the largest of its kind in the country. It averages over 140 exhibitors and over 1500 attendees each year. We hold this event with the purpose of providing state-of-the art information about brain injury treatment and therapies, which will maximize rehabilitation and foster a good quality of life. The conference is designed to benefit therapy providers with their patients, as well as caregivers and brain injury survivors.

If you are unable to register online please contact the BIAMI office for manual registration by calling (810) 229-5880. Please have your session choices and credit card ready.

If you are a survivor and require an aid to be with you at the conference, contact the BIAMI office at (810) 229-5880 to register your aid. The fee is $35 for them to attend and they must be registered in advance.

Note: We do not accept walk-on registrations. This means to attend, you must have been registered by the deadline.


Attendee Information

Attendee Registration is Now Open
Early bird rates end on August 8th.

The Fall Conference offers over 30 educational presentations approved for continuing education units. Those engaged in therapies with persons recovering from injury, as well as, caregivers and persons with brain injury will be in attendance! Visit over 150 Exhibit Booths to gain access to valuable information and services. Our exhibitors are ready and excited to meet you. You must be a registered conference attendee to visit the exhibits. A conference name badge is required for entry.

2018 Registration Rates

Survivors and Family Members:

  • Member
    • One Day: $70
    • Two Days: $150
  • Non-Member (Survivor/Family Member)
    • One Day: $100
    • Two Days: $225

Individual Attendees:

  • Member
    • One Day: $185
    • Two Days: $275
    • One Day (After 8/8/18): $240
    • Two Days (After 8/8/18): $325
  • Non-Member
    • One Day: $275
    • Two Days: $350
    • One Day (After 8/8/18): $325
    • Two Days (After 8/8/18): $415

Exhibitor Information

Exhibit Registration is Now Open

Stay tuned for the Exhibitor Brochure with the package details and sponsorship options. Registration for new exhibitors will open in July! The deadline for returning exhibitors is June 22nd.

At the BIAMI Annual Conference you can reach out to a wide variety of professionals and network with industry partners making valuable connections.

Last year’s exhibitors will be contacted in May with the opportunity to pre-register. Vendors that pre-register will have first pick in the exhibit hall and will not need to complete the registration form in the exhibitor brochure. BIAMI will be in touch with details for vendors that pre-register.

New exhibitors will have to download and complete the Exhibitor Brochure once exhibitor registration opens.

Please Note: All conference attendees are required to wear a name badge for entrance to the Exhibit Hall. Please remember the Exhibit Hall is not open to the public. When thinking about inviting people to stop by your booth, remember that they have to be registered conference attendees. Continental breakfast and all breaks are served in the Exhibit Hall.

If you have any questions, email Alexandra Weston.

Thank you to all of our sponsors who help make this conference a success year after year!

Thursday Keynote: Amy Blankson

Amy Blankson, bestselling author of The Future of Happiness, is a member of the UN Global Happiness Council, Fellow of the World Innovation Organization, TEDx speaker, a regular contributor for Forbes on Women, Technology, and Leadership, and a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course. She currently works with the IEEE to create standards for well-being in the creation of artificial intelligence and emotion awareness. Since graduating from Harvard College and Yale’s School of Management, Amy has professionally focused on understanding cultivating happiness in a digital era.

Friday Keynote: Chris Ulmer

Chris Ulmer is the guiding force behind the Special Books by the Special Kids (SBSK) blog. A Penn State grad, Chris was student teaching and fell in love with the intelligence and humor displayed by his special ed students. After six months of sharing Facebook videos featuring those students, SBSK had gained 150,000 followers. That led to neurodiverse people around the world asking to be interviewed, and soon SBSK demanded Chris’s full-time effort.

Now an internationally renowned speaker, Chris is proud that the Special Books by Special Kids community has surpassed 2.5 million members and is the world’s leading neurodiversity movement.


Reduced Rate Scholarships are available for brain injury survivors and their families who are in need of financial assistance. You must be a current BIAMI member to be eligible for a scholarship. Please do NOT register online. Instead, fill out the Scholarship Form and fax or mail it to the BIAMI office so that it is received by August 22. If you are in our database, information will be emailed as it becomes available, in addition to the information being posted here. For further details, contact Kathie Sell.

Continuing Education

The following is a list of certifying bodies BIAMI submits applications for contact hour approval to:

  • Ohio Nurses Association - Accredited by the ANCC
  • Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS)
  • Certification of Disability Management Specialists Commission (CDMSC)
  • Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC)
  • Commission of Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC)
  • State of Ohio Social Worker Board - Accepted by State of Michigan Social Work

BIAMI does not apply for ASHA CEU's, however, those seeking credits for ASHA can use the conference certificate for up to 10 Professional Development Credits.

Please note: it is important to check-in and check-out at each session you attend or full credit will not be received for CEU’s.

All attendees have a barcode on their conference name badge and are scanned in and out of sessions and all CE records will be kept electronically. In order to earn CE credit you MUST get scanned in and out of each session. Evaluations and certificates can be obtained online post-conference using a username and password which will be provided to you.

To earn full credit, you must attend a minimum of 50 minutes of all 60 minute sessions.


You are responsible for hotel arrangements. A list of our accommodation partners can be found at Coming from out of town? Visit the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau website for great ideas at

Tai Chi with Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers

Join us for a FREE Tai Chi session on Thursday, September 13. Experience the ancient exercises of Tai Chi to start your busy day off right. See details and register here.

Morning Yoga with Yoga Medics

Start your day at the mat! Join us for a FREE morning yoga session on Friday, September 14. See details and register here.

Conference Location
Lansing Center
333 E. Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933


What Past Attendees Have Said

  • Even with 38+ years in the field, I always walk away from this conference with new and inspiring information.
  • Excellent conference. I came away with a refreshed outlook and learned more skills.
  • Overall the conference was very relaxing and it was fun to meet up with colleagues with whom I never get a chance to socialize with on a day to day basis!
  • Every year the conference improves in presentations, organization and management of a rapid two days of events.
  • Thank you for another exceptional conference!
  • Very pleased with the conference, overall! The vendors were fantastic, I learned plenty just from them!
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