About OBIA

OBIA's mission is to enhance the lives of Ontarians living with the effects of acquired brain injury (ABI) through education, awareness and support. Our services include:
  • information and resources on acquired brain injury
  • 1-800 toll free support line
  • Peer Support Program
  • personal advocacy and support
  • training and education for families and professionals
To learn more, visit the OBIA website

Brain Basics

In this new, online version of OBIA's Brain Basics course, you'll learn about:

  • the structure & function of the brain
  • the consequences of ABI
  • strategies to support people living with the effects of ABI
  • the roles of the various people who form the support team
To date more than 2400 people have taken the program. Those who successfully complete the examination are awarded a certificate from OBIA.

What is ABI?

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is damage to the brain that occurs after birth from a traumatic or non-traumatic event, NOT from a congenital disorder or a degenerative disease.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury is caused by a traumatic event like a blow to the head, a fall, a motor vehicle collision or a sports-related injury.
  • Non-Traumatic Brain Injury is caused by illness such as meningitis or encephalitis, oxygen deprivation (anoxia) or stroke.