June is Brain Injury Awareness Month


The Journey Continues..

The Brain Injury Association of Sudbury and District and the City of Greater Sudbury will be launching Brain Injury Awareness Month (June) on May 31, 2019 at 2:30 pm in the Civic Square.

The event will commemorate Brain Injury Awareness Month (June) and raise awareness of brain injury through the Unmasking Brain Injury project.

In its second year in Ontario, the Unmasking Brain Injury project enables people living with brain injuries to make the invisible visible, by unmasking their stories through a public artistic display of masks that represent their personal journeys. To date, more than 1,500 masks have been created in Ontario and are being shown in museums, art galleries and communities across the province.         

The Brain Injury Association of Sudbury and District will be sharing the journey of the Unmasking Brain Injury and the impact it serves to survivors, families, friends, and the community.

Join the powerful and emotional event to help raise awareness for brain injury and the unique experiences of survivors.

When:                        Friday, May 31st, 2019 [2:30 pm to 3:30 pm]

Where:                      Civic Square – 200 Brady St, Greater Sudbury, ON

Proclamation | Deputy Mayor – Joscelyne Landry-Altmann

The Story Behind the Mask | Brain Injury Association

An Unmasking Journey | Beth Robbins

Living with an invisible disability | Michelle Larose

Brain Injury Facts 2019

Anyone, anywhere, ANYTIME

The Unmasking Project began…

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.

2018 Event Highlights

• 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

Unmasking Brain Injury 2018 was proudly supported by: Oatley Vigmond