What is a Local Brain Injury Association?
The strength of the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) lies within its Community Associations who provide support, information, education, and advocacy programs and services to those affected by acquired brain injury in local communities. The effective operation of these associations across the province lends strength and credibility to the brain injury movement. This partnership provides greater legitimacy, credibility, economies of scale, development and training opportunities, an opportunity to contribute local expertise to provincial efforts, ability to avoid isolation and an opportunity for the sharing of ideas, successes and frustrations through an established network.
OBIA and many participating community brain injury associations have formally affiliated.
The affiliated associations’ main purposes are to provide a stronger voice for people living with acquired brain injury and to develop and produce province-wide programs. To date, those programs include: Peer Support Program; ABI Directory of Services; Provincial Conference; and Dual Membership.
All of these initiatives are developed by committees of the OBIA Advisory Council, which is made up of representatives from regional brain injury associations and OBIA.
The Ontario Brain Injury Association and its affiliates feel strongly that together we can work more effectively in improving the quality of life for those affected by acquired brain injury, and that we can only be as strong as our affiliates.
Local Brain Injury Associations
- Brain Injury Association of Niagara
- Brain Injury Association of York Region
- Hamilton Brain Injury Association
- Brain Injury Association of Peel & Halton
- Brain Injury Society of Toronto
- Brain Injury Association of Durham Region
- Brain Injury Association of Fort Erie
- Headwaters Acquired Brain Injury Group (HABI)
National & Provincial
The provincial and community brain injury associations are all independent, but work in collaboration to enhance the lives of those living with acquired brain injury. There are no brain injury associations in the territories or New Brunswick at this time.
- Brain Injury Canada
- British Columbia Brain Injury Association (Brainstreams.ca)
- Alberta – Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injury (ARBI)
- Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association
- Manitoba Brain Injury Association
- Ontario Brain Injury Association
- TCC.QC (Regroupement des Associations des Personnes TCC du Québec)
- Newfoundland and Labrador Brain Injury Association
- Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia
- Brain Injury Association of Prince Edward Island
ABI System Navigator
The Home and Community Care Support Services (formerly called the Local Health Integrated Network/LHIN) segregates the province into 14 regions and each region has an ABI System Navigator that helps those with a brain injury access services. Below is a list of all those navigators in each region.