Unmasking Brain Injury
Where: United Steelworkers Hall
Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
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On June 1, 2018, over 20 communities across Ontario unveiled the Unmasking Brain Injury (UBI) Project in celebration of Brain Injury Awareness Month.
Brain injuries are invisible disabilities. They are unseen, hidden and non-visible to most of the population. So are the cognitive, emotional and psychological impacts which can be life-altering. The UBI Project aims to increase understanding of what it is like to live with a brain injury, using masks survivors create to represent their personal experiences.
The UBI Project is an international movement. Started and coordinated by Hinds’ Feet Farm in Huntsville, North Carolina, USA, UBI was inspired by work being done with military veterans using masks. To date, more than 847 masks have been created in 3 countries.
The mission of Unmasking Brain Injury is to:
• promote awareness of the prevalence of brain injury
• to give survivors a voice and the means to educate others of what it’s like to live with an acquired brain injury (ABI)
• to show others that persons living with a disability due to their brain injury are like anyone else, deserving of dignity, respect, compassion and the opportunity to prove their value as citizens in their respective communities.
• JUNE 2018 Proclamed ABI Awareness Month by Mayor Brian Bigger
• The Unmasking: Unveiling 29 survivor masks & stories
• Guest Speaker: Brock McGillis, Concussion & ABI: Living with an invisible disability
• The Physical Toll of ABI: Sudbury Sport & Exercise Medicine Concussion Clinic
• Neurocognitive: effects of ABI: Dr. Matias Mariani
• The ABI Spectrum: Survivor/Caregiver Panel