Brain Injury Association of Durham Region

We support a dignified life for people affected by brain injury

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Our Services

Learn more about our service here

Application for Service

Download our service application here

Day Program Schedule

Our Day Program has some exciting programs coming up.

View the schedule here

Upcoming Events

Friendship Dance

Thursday February 15th

4:30pm - 6:30pm

Paint Night

Thursday March 21st

4:30pm - 7pm

To Register Click Here

Drop - In Day

Friday March 22nd

9am - 3pm

Inside This Issue

  • Event highlights
  • Brain Injury News Articles
  • Safety Highlight
  • Sharing your journey
  • Portrait of Brain Injury
  • Service Highlights
  • Client newsletter, and more! 

Winter Issue

Winter has arrived, and we hope you're enjoying the beauty of the season while staying warm and safe. As the new year takes shape, we at BIAD are gearing up for an exciting array of events and activities. We want you to be a part of our vibrant community, so make sure to follow our social media pages and join us in the coming months as we bring awareness to brain injury and the people it affects.

Are you part of a community service organization interested in learning more about brain injuries and how BIAD can help you better serve your clients? We're here to help! Our professional team of experts can provide an informative and engaging in-house training session tailored to your organization's specific needs and goals. Don't hesitate to contact us today to learn more or to book a training.

Need Support? If you or someone you know has suffered a brain injury, BIAD is your go-to resource for support, advocacy, and practical assistance. We offer a wide range of services and resources to help you on your journey to recovery and healing, and we're here to answer any questions you may have. Simply fill out our online application form on our website or give us a call, and we'll connect you with a member of our team who can guide you through the process.

Event Highlights

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The last few months BIAD has been actively involved in our community, organizing a range of exciting events for our clients and celebrating holidays together.

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Brain Injury Articles

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Brain imaging method may aid mild traumatic brain injury diagnosis

mTBIs are associated with 50% higher risk of developing Parkinson's

A new brain imaging method may help diagnose mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), which according to some studies can be associated with a 50% higher risk of developing Parkinson’s.

Available methods, like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), leave most cases of mTBI, or concussions, undiagnosed. They occur when a physical injury such as a violent blow or jolt to the head leads to brain damage.

“70-90% of reported TBI cases are categorized as ‘mild,’ yet as many as 90% of mTBI cases go undiagnosed, even though their effects can last for year.

Read Full Article: Brain imaging method may aid mild traumatic brain injury diagnosis (

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Redefining Depression:

TBI Affective Syndrome Discovered

A new study suggests that depression post-traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be a distinct disease separate from traditional major depressive disorder.

This revelation, arising from unique patterns observed in brain maps of TBI patients, could revolutionize the treatment for such individuals.

This research marks a significant step toward personalized treatment strategies for TBI patients. 

Read More 

Safety Highlight

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Sledding and Tobogganing

Basic Safety tips

  • Inspect toboggan and use proper equipment
  • Dress warmly and sit or kneel while tobogganing
  • Look out for others and wear a ski helmet
  • Choose a safe environment, without hazards or steep hills
  • For children, dress warmly, supervise, and avoid tobogganing at night


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  1. Share at your own pace. It's okay to take your time and choose the right moment. Your comfort is paramount.
  2. Be honest about your feelings. Express your emotions openly, whether it's fear, frustration, or hope. Vulnerability builds connections and promotes empathy.
  3. Sharing your story is powerful. When talking about your brain injury, speak from the heart. Authenticity resonates and fosters understanding.
  4. Remind them that you are still you. Brain injury may change aspects of your life, but your essence remains intact. Emphasize your identity beyond the injury.
  5. Encourage them to ask questions. Curiosity fosters understanding. Invite them to inquire about your experiences, helping them gain insights into your perspective.
  6. Express the importance of patience. Brain injury recovery takes time. Advocate for understanding and patience as you navigate this journey together.
  7. Explain how your life has changed. Open up about adjustments you've made and new perspectives gained. Your resilience in adapting is inspiring.
  8. Share your goals and aspirations. Discuss your dreams and the steps you're taking to achieve them.
  9. Educate them about brain injuries. Knowledge dispels misconceptions and fosters empathy. A well-informed conversation can be enlightening for both parties.
  10. Conclude with hope and positivity. Share your optimism for the future. Your resilience and positivity inspire hope in others.

Portrait of Brain Injury

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Surviving Life-Altering Trauma: How BIAD Helped Me Regain Control

My name is Darryl and I am 58 years old. When I was a baby, I was dropped on my head and I believe I have struggled with neurodiversity ever since. I have lived a hard but full life. I have worked hard my entire life as a finishing contractor and owned my own business for many, many years.  

In December 2022, I was driving to work when I had a seizure and subsequently crashed into a telephone pole, the airbags deployed and the impact of the airbags caused significant trauma to my head. I was sent to the hospital and treated however, minimal investigation was done as to why I suffered a seizure. Fast forward a few weeks later in where I suffered another seizure in the kitchen, fell and hit my head on the corner of the microwave. As a result of this accident I suffered a number of brain bleeds, 1/3rd of my brain was bleeding. Thankfully, I was placed on anti-seizure medication at this time and diagnosed with a TBI and epilepsy.  

These accidents and my new diagnosis’ changed my life drastically. I was unable to work, unable to properly care for myself and had to relearn a lot of the skills that I had known well and used my entire life. I lost everything and struggled to survive. 

Shamefully, I made my way to ODSP to attempt to be placed on assistance. I wasn’t met with much help until a lady sent me down to BIAD. That day, I walked down to BIAD with minimal hope in anyone helping me. Once there, I was met with opened arms. I met with the intake coordinator who assured me that she would help me and she began working on my case immediately, flagging me as urgent as a result of the minimal support and community connection I currently had. She helped me to apply for OW which was approved within a few weeks and I was able to receive some type of income to support myself.  

Since, I’ve been working with my full time Community Care Coordinator closely and together, we’ve accomplished so many goals. BIAD has changed my life. I’d be lost without these people. They are always willing to help, listen and point me in the right direction. I don’t feel like just a number, I feel like they truly care about me, my understanding of my brain injury and my success through this new lens. The people who work for BIAD are angels on earth, they all have big hearts and go above and beyond. 

Service Highlight

Community Support Program

The Community Support Program offers outreach services provided to support individuals who are affected by brain injury and who have the capability of living independently, or who are being supported by family / others in the community. 

After undergoing a comprehensive ABI Intake & Placement process, individuals with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are paired with a dedicated Client Service Coordinator (CSC) who will assist them in setting priorities and developing an individualized service delivery plan. The plan will be regularly reassessed and adjusted as necessary. 

The CSC will also offer supports in areas such as:  

Developing skills in planning, organizing, and completing important paperwork

Assistance with accessing coordinated care and income support services like ODSP, CPP, CPP-D and OW

Support in accessing healthcare services and following up with primary care practitioners and other healthcare providers

Referring, linking and staying connected to community resources for further support

Supporting food security for individuals in need through connection to local food banks.

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About the Peer Support Program

  • Our FREE Peer Support program offers understanding, emotional, social and informational support between people who share similar experiences after brain injury.
  • Mentors and partners are matched based on similar experiences, needs and personal interests.
  • The peer support generally takes place over the phone once a week.
  • The program is coordinated through the local brain injury associations across Ontario, making it possible for people to be matched province-wide.
  • The program is open to both survivors of brain injury and caregivers.

Need more information?

If you would like more information about the Peer Support Program, please contact BIAD's Peer Support Coordinator, Christina Allen at 805-213-5586 or

Upcoming Events

Friendship Dance Flyer

Friendship Dance

Thursday February 15th

4:30pm - 6:30pm

Paint Night Flyer

Paint Night

Thursday March 21st

4:30pm - 7pm

To Register Click Here

Drop- In Day

Friday March 22nd

9am - 3pm

OBIA Poster

We are thrilled to share an exciting initiative by the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) to enhance return-to-work outcomes following a concussion or brain injury. OBIA will partner with employers and employees over the coming three years to streamline the return-to-work process.

The FREE program provides virtual training to employers and their employees to support the return to work process. In addition, ongoing support is provided by an Occupational Therapist and Social Worker.


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BIAD offers non-medical Brain Injury community support services. An application can be made by the individual (Self-referral) or Professionals (primary health care/community partners) by completing an Application for Services form. To access this application please click on the link below.

BIAD follows the PHIPA guidelines and accepts applications via fax, mail, or in-person. To maintain confidentiality, please refrain from sending the application form via email. If you require a paper copy of the form please contact us at or call us at 905-723-2732 CLICK HERE to download

Brain Injury Association of Durham Region | | 905-723-2732 | Fax: 905-723-4936

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