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October promises to be a busy month locally.  Events have been planned which will address both the needs of brain injury survivors and their families, as well as professionals in the field.

Community Brain Injury Services will be hosting their annual conference on October 6, “Hope and Planning”.  Registration is open to brain injury survivors as well as their families and friends.  Special guests will include Val Lougheed, brain injury survivor, and President of Northern Lights Employment Services and Ottawa based lawyer Ken Pope who specializes in financial considerations including estate planning and savings for individuals with disabilities and their families.  Additional workshops will include guided meditation, art therapy, tai chi, and urban pole walking.  Once again this year, we will be sure to allow for dedicated discussion group time, allowing those in attendance to connect on a more personal level.  You can learn more at our events page.

The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, in collaboration with the Canadian Spinal Research Organization are hosting “After and Beyond Neurotrauma: The Medical-Legal Conference” on October 14 in Kingston Ontario.  The conference promises to  provide information for professionals on best practices, the latest medical research, and legal policies to provide care to individuals who have sustained a brain or spinal cord injury.  Highlights include the NEW ONF Guidelines for Diagnosing and Managing Pediatric Concussion, Utilizing the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS), and Managing Co-Existing Brain Injury, Substance Misuse, and Mental Health Issues.  You can learn more here.