OBIA E-Learning

Learn about Acquired Brain Injury

OBIA
E-LEARNING.

The Brain Basics e-Learning course is designed to provide frontline Health Care Workers, Caregivers and others with an opportunity to learn an understandable introduction to the world of Brain Injury.

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Learn about Acquired Brain Injury

OBIA
E-LEARNING.

The Brain Basics e-Learning course is designed to provide frontline Health Care Workers, Caregivers and others with an opportunity to learn an understandable introduction to the world of Brain Injury.

Brain Basics Exclusive Sponsorship

About OBIA

The Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) is a provincial not-for-profit, charitable organization. Our mission is to enhance the lives of Ontarians living with the effects of acquired brain injury (ABI) through education, awareness and support.



Brain Basics

To date more than 2,400 people have taken the program. Those who successfully complete the program are awarded a certificate from OBIA.

What is an 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 an illness such as meningitis or encephalitis, oxygen deprivation (anoxia), or stroke.

OBIA's Services Includes

The Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) is a provincial, not-for-profit, charitable organization. Our mission is to enhance the lives of Ontarians living with the effects of acquired brain injury (ABI) through education, awareness and support.

The Toll-Free Helpline provides confidential, emotional support to anyone impacted by a brain injury, including those with a brain injury or concussion, family members and friends, and professionals. The Helpline empowers callers to cope with specific aspects of their life, offers information about brain injury, and makes appropriate community referrals.

You are not alone when dealing with difficult or challenging issues relating to Brain Injury we are here to help!

If you need support, please call 1-800-263-5404 or email: support@obia.ca.

The Online Concussion Support Group provides a safe place where individuals can share their frustrations and challenges and connect with others with similar experiences. A registered social worker facilitates the groups and teaches strategies to help manage symptoms of Post-Concussion Syndrome. Each group meets one hour per week for eight weeks by computer or phone.

There is no cost to participants; however, registration is required.

Click here to register for an upcoming group.

The Online Caregiver Support Group provides a confidential place where individuals can share their experiences and challenges with others with similar experiences. A registered social worker facilitates the groups and teaches strategies to help manage the stresses associated with caring for a loved one with a brain injury. Each group meets one hour per week for eight weeks by computer or phone.

There is no cost to participants; however, registration is required.

Click here to register for an upcoming group.

The Peer Support Program connects an individual looking for support with a mentor with similar personal interests, needs, and experiences. Partners have the opportunity to speak with someone who can offer support based on their journey with brain injury. The Peer Support Program is coordinated through local brain injury associations and available to individuals with a brain injury and their family members.

If you are interested in participating in this program, reach out to the OBIA Helpline at 1-800-263-5404 or by email at support@obia.on.ca.

OBIA has been conducting research for more than 25 years. Many things have changed over the years, including the incidence and impact of concussion being brought to the forefront. For our research to remain relevant, we are transitioning from the Research Questionnaire to the Brain Injury Impact Study.

The Brain Injury Impact Study has two questionnaires, one for those with a brain injury/concussion and another for family members and caregivers. Both questionnaires are available in a paper format or online.

The purpose of this important research is to advocate for services, raise awareness about the needs and long-term outcomes of those living with a brain injury, and to provide relevant data to better inform those who are looking at ways in which people living with a brain injury can be better served.

By participating in this study, you will receive a FREE membership to OBIA and a participating local association of your choice.

Join Our Research Study, Make a Difference!

Click Here – Individuals with a Brain Injury/Concussion (Ages 16+)

Click Here – Family Members and Caregivers

If you would like a paper copy of the questionnaire mailed to you or you have questions, please contact research@obia.on.ca

The Brain Injury Speaks Network is a community of survivors and their caregivers or family members. The goal of the Network is to empower those who are living with brain injury to share their experiences, engage in dialogue, and advise on the future direction of brain injury care in Ontario. The network will promote fluid communication among policy makers, allied healthcare providers, organizations representing persons with lived experience and the ABI community.

Click Here to Join the Network 

If you would like more information about Brain Injury Speaks, contact Gazal Kukreja at gkukreja@obia.ca or by phone 905-641-8877 ext. 250.

The Ontario Brain Injury Association in conjunction with Brock University has developed a Certificate Training Program to provide professionals with the tools and knowledge to assist clients with recovery and function in everyday life following acquired brain injury.

These courses are directly primarily at individuals working in the community or home-based care; however, family members and individuals with a brain injury are welcome to participate. The program consists of two levels of courses and welcomes guest lecturers specializing in brain injury from across North America.

For more information about these courses, visit http://obia.ca/brock-university-certificate-courses/ or email training@obia.on.ca.

Caregiving After Brain Injury is comprised of a series of six modules along with resources to assist caregivers looking after a loved one with brain injury. The website is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, the same grant that enabled OBIA to offer the “Support, Hope & Resiliency: An Education and Training Program for Caregivers of Acquired Brain Injury Survivors” workshops throughout the Ontario. Please visit: caregiverinfo.ca 

Brain Basics Exclusive Sponsorship

What Our Students Have to Say

"After taking the Brain Basics course, I now have a better understanding of some of our client’s behaviours and have the confidence of dealing with behaviours of all sorts."
"The Brain Basics Course increased my confidence in my ability to work with clients who have a brain injury. Knowing the physiological, psychological impairments are an asset. I am less fearful of saying or doing the wrong thing."
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