Physical or Occupational Therapists, or Speech-Language Pathologists working with adults with neurological impairments

Education for Physical or Occupational Therapists, or Speech-Language Pathologists working with adults with neurological impairments 16-day NDT/Bobath Certificate Course in the Management of Adults with Stroke and Brain Injury course provides eligibility to apply for the NDTA™ Certification Program For more information about the course, please click

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VISTA Centre Brain Injury Services 11th Annual Brain Injury Awareness Day

Through the continued generous support of sponsors, this conference has been offered at no charge!   Brain Injury Awareness Day will be held at the St. Elias Centre, on Ridgewood Avenue in Ottawa, on Wednesday June 12, 2019 Advance registration for delegates is required. Event website: braininjuryawarenessday.ca

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June is Brain Injury Awareness Month!!

We’ve got a lot of events happening around Southeastern Ontario to recognize the strength of survivors in our midst. If you’re one of them, take a moment to recognize the incredible challenges you have faced and persevered through. Join in a brain injury event near you – there are lots to choose from!

In Brockville, the Community Brain Injury Services (CBIS) will be hosting an Awareness Walk at the 1000 Islands Mall, June 17th. In Kingston, CBIS hosts a Brain Injury Picnic for clients and families on June 26th. In Belleville, The Brain Injury Association of Quinte District hosts a Vigil June 1st, and an Art Show at the Belleville Library with a reception June 11th at 4 pm. Also in Belleville, Pathways to Independence hosts a walk on June 27th at Zwicks Park.

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Free Workshop for Community Professionals!

Date: Wednesday March 30, 2016 Hosted By: SEO ABI System Navigation Presenter: Shannon McCallum Accommodating a person with a brain injury means that services are provided in a manner that takes into consideration the needs of the individual. Providing accommodations creates an opportunity to address potential barriers

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New Navigator Introduction

My name is Shannon McCallum, and I will be filling the role of System Navigator during Rachael Henry’s maternity leave. I have worked for Providence Care for a number of years in the areas of mental health, and rehabilitation both in the hospital and community setting. I look forward to continuing the efforts of System Navigation in this region. My contact information is as listed at the bottom of the screen.

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CBIS Creative Coping Conference for Family

The Providence Care Community Brain Injury Services is offering the “Creative Coping” Conference for family and friends of brain injury survivors. The event will be held on October 29, 2015 in Kingston. Linda Lowery will provide the keynote address, speaking of her experiences following her 22 year old son’s traumatic brain injury. As well there will time time for small group discussions and self-care workshops in a number of areas. There is no cost but registration is required. For more information, please visit our Upcoming Events page.

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Local Concussion Service Directory Launched!

The period of time following a concussion is difficult. The sufferer may be wondering many things, such as returning to work or sports, how to deal with lingering symptoms, and what they can do to make the best possible recovery. We’ve developed a Local Concussion Service Directory to assist individuals following a concussion in locating various specialists closer to home. It’s searchable, and features listings within or close to Southeastern Ontario – making it easier to find help when you’re in need.
I’d also like to enlist you as members of the community to share your recommendations with me. If you’ve had great support through your concussion recovery, let’s make sure we share with others who are going through the same thing. If you’re a service provider who is providing support it would be great to hear from you directly!

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Read our Newsletter

Did you know that System Navigation produces a newsletter twice a year? Within it, you can get a glimpse of all our activities and initiatives over the past 6 months, and a head’s up on what is to come. If you join our mailing list you’ll get one delivered to your inbox, but if you want to see what we’ve been doing up till now, check out our archives. A Spring 2015 issue is waiting to be read!

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Learning more from video links on our site!

If you are looking to further develop your knowledge of brain injury, be sure to visit our presentations library on this site, which includes links to video presentations as well as slideshows to help bring your professional knowledge to the next level. In addition, the caregiver & survivor education series contains a number of video presentations which support family members and brain injury survivors to further their knowledge of brain injury and identify helpful strategies to address ongoing concerns.

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Investigating Caregiver Support Needs

Family members often find themselves taking on new roles when a loved one sustains a brain injury. While their loved one is coming to terms with their injury and engaging in the rehabilitation process, they are standing on the sidelines helping wherever they can. The practical and emotional support they offer is priceless, but often pushes them to their limits. Because of this, we’re investigating how caregivers can be better supported themselves in Southeastern Ontario. Is there a need for more support groups? Respite programs? Something else? If you’re close to someone who’s sustained an ABI, please take a couple of minutes to complete this short survey to share your thoughts. If you know other caregivers, please share the link and so we can hear from as many of you as possible!

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Wondering About your Brain Health?

I have often fielded the question of “What will happen to me as I get older” from individuals who have sustained a brain injury. They are often concerned about developing Alzheimer or other types of dementia as they age. Although there is never a black or white answer, research has developed a new tool to help better predict when concerns are warranted. Cogniciti Inc., a for-profit brain health solutions company and Bayshore Health Sciences, located in Toronto, have developed a free online brain health test that will help those in the 50 to 79 age bracket put their worries about memory changes to rest.

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