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Since 1982 individuals affected by acquired brain injury have received support through education for independence, awareness of the impact of acquired brain injury and means for reintegration into the community. To name common ways of acquired brain injury:
- People hit by cars or trucks
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Strokes and heart attacks
- Brain tumors
- Random public assaults
- Domestic violence
- Medical procedural injuries
In 1988 the Peterborough and District Head Injury Association was founded as the first Association of its kind in the Peterborough, Victoria County (later called City of Kawartha Lakes), Haliburton and Northumberland Counties. Support groups for families and social activities for the individuals striving to recover where held in a small house in the center of Peterborough. Outreach was in the form of phone calls to the rural areas.
The Ontario Brain Injury Association was founded along with many other local Brain Injury Associations in the mid- 1980s.
In 1995 the Association was allocated funds from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to provide community outreach. The intention was to support Independence of people with acquired brain injury returning to community after hospitalization or rehabilitation. Community Support Workers provide scheduled support.
- redevelopment of life skills
- activities of daily living like planning and organizing
- developing structure to an individual’s life
- referrals to appropriate health providers and social services
In 2007 The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care allocated additional funds for Social and Recreational program:
- socialization with other people with acquired brain injury
- practicing life skills – menu planning, cooking, meal sharing, clean up
- strategies for anger management
- relationship building through structured group activities
- resource information for independence; like how to navigate the social services and health care system.
In 2010 the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care through the Central East Local Health Integration Network allocated funds for the relocation of the Brain Injury Association in Peterborough, Ontario to an accessible and barrier-free location.
The central administrative offices are housed in this location along with the Acquired Brain Injury Day Services for Adults. It is a bright, open facility that has been carefully designed to accommodate the needs of our members.