The Brain Injury Association of Waterloo-Wellington is a registered non-profit charitable organization.
Since we are the only program in our area for acquired brain injury survivors we are reluctant to turn anyone away.
The Challenge:The most significant challenge that the Brain Injury Association of Waterloo-Wellington face is the lack of sufficient funds to develop new programs for our current members and new members. We have also ran out of space to adequately provide programs that support our current members. Many of the individuals looking for service have higher needs now than they did in the past. People are being let out of hospital earlier with less support and look to our program as a means of caregiver relief and a way to get out of a less than optimal living environment.
Currently, the Brain Injury Association of Waterloo-Wellington provides a day program called "The Opportunity Centre" in partnership with Traverse Independence for adult survivors of acquired brain injury. The Opportunity Centre has been in operation since 2004. Since survivors of acquired brain injury do not have 100% recovery, our membership continues to increase annually, with more individuals requiring service and very few moving on. We average 5 to 7 new individuals each month and we are reaching the point where space is becoming a limiting factor to offering new and innovative programs.
Our program not only serves adults with acquired brain injuries with varying degrees of injury, but it also provides caregiver relief. Caregivers are able to return to work, knowing that their loved one is safe and comfortable in a place that accepts them for who they are now.
The result of not meeting these challenges will mean that we will not have the resources to develop the new programs that are needed for ABI Survivors and their family members. Currently we do not have waiting list but if we do not obtain larger space and more resources waiting lists may need to be established. We will also have to start limiting the number of helmets that are provided to low income families and limit the amount of speaking engagements per year; significantly reducing the awareness of how to prevent a brain injury by wearing the proper helmet and the steps to safe play or work after sustaining a concussion.
It is our hope that working together with our community partners we can educate the public on prevention of acquired brain injuries and to continue to build on the resources and programs for those who sustain ABI, and for their caregivers.
There are many ways for your corporation or business to support the Brain Injury Association of Waterloo-Wellington. It may be through Major Sponsorship or sponsorship of an event either monetary, in-kind or attending an event.