The Northern Brain Injury Association of British Columbia is committed to educating about brain injury, and has created, produced and distributes a wide range of culturally and intellectually sensitive brain injury education materials, most not available from any other resource.
Investment into brain injury education provides a return on investment that is simply enormous. The more that is done to educate, prevent and support, the less fiscal demand there is on the public purse and funding agencies.
Publications such as, “The Healing Path“, provide a guide for family members and caregivers to know what to do, and not do, to assist a survivor of brain injury immediately after injury, and once they are released from hospital. One of the most popular tools we have created is a simple handout called, “Understanding The New Me After Brain Injury” . Survivors love to share with others so they have a better understanding of what they are experiencing because of their injury, and suggestions about how best to treat and assist them.
In order to fulfill its mandate to educate, the NBIA presents a number of educational workshops and has created a new series of great safety pamphlets ranging from preventing falls and workplace safety, to childhood safety and acquired brain injury (see Brain Injury Resources) page.
Northern Brain Injury Association educational workshops and materials are free whenever and wherever possible. However, due to our budget restraints, and the enormous geographic area that we provide services to, workshops and events requiring extensive travel are usually provided on a cost recovery basis.
What Does The NBIA Do To Educate?
Northern Brain Injury Association staff travel:
Northern Brain Injury Association staff travel throughout Northern British Columbia to speak to community groups and professionals about brain injury. It provides and distributes prevention information, including lending out educational displays for remote communities to use in local businesses, civic facilities and at events.
Northern Brain Injury Association staff participate:
Northern Brain Injury Association staff participate in a number of community events, displaying information, holding draws and distributing information. An example of our commitment to community partnerships, is providing the Northern BC library system with brain injury books and resources.
Northern Brain Injury Association staff develop:
The Northern Brain Injury Association is proud to be one of the few brain injury service agencies in western Canada currently creating new and innovative approaches and tools to educate and assist survivors of brain injury on Brain Structure, Brain Injury, Effects Of Brain Injury & Coping Strategies.
Currently, we are developing a new series of videos that discuss specific brain injury issues, and provide specific coping strategies. Here are the first two of many more to come:
Flooding – Becoming Overwhelmed After Brain Injury
This video contains general information to help people understand what flooding is, what occurs, and coping strategies to deal with its challenges.
Perseveration – Persistent Repetition After Brain Injury
This video contains general information to help people understand what perseveration is, what occurs, and coping strategies to deal with its challenges.