The Brain Injury Society of Toronto and the Ontario Brain Injury Association are throwing their 15th annual Mix & Mingle event on Wednesday, June 12th. It is an occasion to celebrate years of partnership within the acquired brain injury (ABI) community as well as to raise funds in support of the ongoing programs and services of both organizations. MEA’s Craig and Arianna are attending.
The Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST) is a non-profit community established in 2004 by a steering committee made up of stakeholders – including people with ABI, family members and people who work in ABI support and rehabilitation in collaboration. The BIST supports those living with the effects of acquired brain injury. Members are children, young adults, parents, spouses, grandparents, professional and service providers – membership is open to anyone. The society’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for people in the City of Toronto, living with the effects of acquired brain injury through education, awareness, support, and advocacy.
The Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) sprouted in 1980, as two head injury associations emerged in Ontario: one in the Niagara Peninsula and one in Ottawa. These two were followed by others through the early ’80s: in London, Toronto, Fort Erie, Durham, etc. At the time, health care, housing, and service provision issues related to brain injury were largely provincial matters, and work was put toward the creation of a provincial association. The Ontario Head Injury Association was founded in 1986, and renamed in 1995 to become the OBIA. Since its inception, the OBIA has been an instrumental force and resource for those who have decided that a brain injury will be but one characteristic of how they live their lives.
MEA’s Injury Biomechanics group is called when a case requires an expert to determine if an event caused an injury. We also conduct research related to topics that range from head to toe, including brain injuries and concussions. Our research appears in peer-reviewed biomechanical, clinical and safety journals to ensure our work is properly vetted and widely distributed to the relevant scientific communities.