The Brain Injury Speaks Network is a community of individuals living with brain injury and their caregivers or family members. The goal of the Network is to empower those who are living with brain injury to share their experiences, engage in dialogue, and advise on the future direction of brain injury care in Ontario. The network will promote fluid communication among policy makers, allied healthcare providers, organizations representing persons with lived experience and the ABI community.
What is the Network?
Brain Injury Speaks is a platform for individuals living with brain injury and their caregivers and family members to express their voice and provide feedback on issues that are important to the brain injury community. The long-term goal of the Network is to inform future brain injury policies and service delivery to improve the quality of life for those living with the effects of brain injury.
Brain Injury Speaks works to strengthen provincial collaboration, connect stakeholders to a centralized platform, and bridge the gap between the health care system and persons with lived experience. The Network will promote fluid communication between policy makers, allied health care providers, organizations representing persons with lived experience and the ABI community.
We want to ensure that we keep the voices of individuals living with brain injury and their family members at the centre of what we do.
Engagement in the Brain Injury Speaks Network is an opportunity to share your experience with brain injury and ultimately strengthen the voice of the brain injury community. Your participation in the Network will help identify the needs of this community by highlighting important areas for research, identifying gaps in care, and offering feedback on relevant issues. OBIA will distribute information gathered from the Network to critical stakeholders helping to inform the future direction of brain injury care in Ontario.
How does it work?
People who join Brain Injury Speaks can voice their opinion through emails, phone calls and research initiatives on current issues related to brain injury. There are several ways you can get involved and stay engaged with the Network, such as:
- Read the “The Voice: Brain Injury Speaks Monthly Newsletter” to stay up to date on current research, policies, and fellow members’ experiences. See below to catch up on the latest issue.
- Share your story with “Voices of Brain Injury: A Photovoice Collective”. See below for more information about how you can share your story.
- Participate in any current or upcoming Brain Injury Speaks research projects.
- Check out past projects completed by the Brain Injury Speaks Network. You can find them at the bottom of this page.
Current Issue of “The Voice:
Brain Injury Speaks Newsletter”
Voices of Brain Injury:
A Photovoice Collective
We are pleased to present an opportunity for network members to share their stories with our upcoming newsletter segment, “Voices of Brain Injury”. “Voices of Brain Injury” will be featured monthly in The Voice: Brain Injury Speaks Newsletter, aiming to spotlight selected members’ experiences.
Entering a submission will give you the opportunity to have your story selected for upcoming newsletters. Submissions will require you to share a photo that you feel best depicts your experience with brain injury, along with an explanation of why that image is meaningful to your story. Photos can be of yourself, but do not have to be, and should provide an illustration of your experience. Choice of the photo is left to your discretion but must be appropriate for general audiences. You will have the option to change your name for privacy purposes, if your story is selected.
This is an opportunity to share your experience with brain injury, and ultimately strengthen the voice of this community. If you would like to share your story, please click the button below.
We are grateful for your participation and are looking forward to sharing and listening to your stories!
If you have any questions or concerns about the Network, please do not hesitate to reach out to us
by email at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or by phone at 1- 855-642-8877, ext. 255.
Past Projects by the Brain Injury Speaks Network
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Qualitative Survey Summary
Accessing Primary & Virtual
Care Quantitative Summary
Funding for Brain Injury Speaks is provided by the Ministry of Health/Ministry of Long-Term Care, Strategic Policy, Planning and French Language Services Division