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Our MissionVancouver Brain Injury Association’s mission is to fill a devastating void for Vancouver and North Shore brain injury survivors by providing programs that are currently unavailable and to connect brain injury survivors, their families, and caregivers to resources that are available.
Discover the story that led Richard Wagar to start the VBIA. CLICK HERE to read the full story.
"It’s 10:40am but the HandyDart is nowhere to be seen. I hurried into the Karen Magnussen Community Centre to find my colleague, Michael, waiting patiently on the bench just outside the indoor pool where the elderly held their water aerobics lessons every morning....
Is it possible for adults to grow new neurons? Though many believe no, recent research has shown not only is it possible, but adults constantly do grow new neurons in a process known as neurogenesis. Neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret says yes, we can in a 2015 TED talk...
Physical exercise is widely accepted as one of the best ways to stay healthy, and there may be another one. A systematic review found that physical exercise has clear benefits in concussion recovery. Currently, most physicians and websites say that rest is the most...
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability worldwide, affecting all demographics from youth to seniors. Despite its prevalence, there have been very few clinical trials that have yielded an effective treatment. One neurorehabilitative...
With the prevalence of smartphones, finding medical uses for this new technology has been merely speculation. A recent proof of concept published in Nature explores a smartphone app connected to a special camera for concussion recovery. Concussions, or mild...
Currently, brain injury treatment has largely been limited to bedrest and observational treatment. A recent published study found that consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, a common component in salmon, can lead to faster brain injury recovery. Traumatic brain...
Check out this fantastic Ted Talk from Dr. Daniel Amen, where he discusses how the brain can be rehabilitated, and change lives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esPRsT-lmw8&feature=youtu.be
Difficulty with memory function is one of the most common symptoms for people with a brain injury. A recent study about memory rehabilitation found that simple smartphone tasks could be beneficial for people following their brain injury, helping to reduce its negative...
Concussions are currently elusive on standard imaging methods and currently lack a standard marker. A study done at the University of Birmingham found microRNA, an important component for the synthesis of proteins, as a potential attribute to diagnose concussions. ...
- To serve as an advocate for brain injury survivors’ individual needs and concerns to the best of our abilities and resources.
- To investigate the program needs of the Vancouver and North Shore brain injury community and provide those programs that are currently unavailable.
- To provide a venue through which members of the public may contribute to the support of brain injury survivors and their caregivers.
- To assist and support brain injury survivors in reaching appropriate agencies and support.
- To use Trauma Informed Practices (TIP) in our society and to provide access to Trauma Informed Practices training to other agencies.
- To support inclusion and to not discriminate on the basis of factors including but not limited to gender, race, religion, socioeconomic status, physical or cognitive abilities, age, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.
Here at Vancouver BIA we want to alleviate any stresses that arise for survivors of brain injury. This can include but is not limited to the following:
– Meeting with a Lawyer on the clients behalf.
– Sitting in on any appointments be it medical, legal, or otherwise.
– Standing in on the clients behalf for WCB claims.
– Aiding the client in settling disputes with neighbours, landlords, etc.
– Helping the client make sense of documentation, claims, and more.
– Assisting clients to the resources they need be it counselling, legal advice, or otherwise.
Our advocacy work is determined on a case by case basis, based on the clients needs. Often it can be a huge relief for our clients to have the help of someone who understands the struggles of a brain injury and knows the procedures that need to be undertaken.
CLICK HERE to learn more about our Advocacy services.
At Vancouver BIA we strive to be the first stop on your way to brain injury recovery by linking you to the resources you need most. We proudly direct people towards legal, counselling, and medical resources to ensure the all of our client receive the care and information they need the most. CLICK HERE to view current research and news on our blog.
We currently offer several different programs for people recovering from Brain Injuries. Our aim is to support, rehabilitate, and educate.
Brain Gain Fridays: A great way to re-develop brain elasticity in a fun, social, and supportive environment.
Brain Waves: An educational session for children in grades 4 – 6 that aims to increase knowledge and awareness surrounding the brain and safe practices.
North Vancouver Brain Injury Support Group: Monthly gatherings are a great way to receive the support you need to navigate your journey with a brain injury.
West Vancouver Persian Support Group: This group is conducted in Farsi. Monthly gatherings are a great way to receive the support you need to navigate your journey with a brain injury.
CLICK HERE to learn more about our programs.
Vancouver Brain Injury Association is a Canadian charity, registration number 82988 0392 RR0001.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of:
The City of North Vancouver through their Community Grants program,
The District of North Vancouver through their Community Grants program,
The District of West Vancouver through their Community Grants program,
The Province of British Columbia through their Community Gaming Grants program.
The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia through their Community Grants program.