Newfoundland and Labrador Brain Injury AssociationOrganization Type: Health & Medical
Address: P.O. Box 21063, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador A1A 5B8
Contact: Angie Smith
The Newfoundland and Labrador Brain Injury Association (NLBIA) has been providing community-based education, support and intervention services for brain injury survivors and their families for more than 30 years. We are currently the only organization providing these services in Newfoundland and Labrador. It is the NLBIA’s goal to ensure that everyone knows there is someone to call. Someone to help with the paperwork or navigate the medical jargon that comes with a long hospital stay. NLBIA is a source of referral, support, assistance, education, advocacy and caring. Whatever the question might be, NLBIA will find the answer or find someone who can. Individuals can self-refer or refer a friend, family member or client. We also have services for long term brain injury survivors and family.
In addition to having a part-time experienced social work counselor on hand to assist survivors and family during times of crisis, the NLBIA also provides ongoing supports and programs. One such upcoming program, will be the Brain Basics Training Program, which is intended to educate participants and assist them in acquiring practical strategies to work effectively with people living with the effects of a Brain Injury. In the past, NLBIA has co-funded the popular NeuroFIT program designed to bring professional one on one physical fitness training to those with moderate to severe neurological disabilities in a public gym environment. The NLBIA also provides a link to training for the medical community on brain injury so that the province will stay current in their practice. The NLBIA offers the weekly ABLE recreation program for those with severe brain injury and have piloted a successful Subsidized Counseling Program addressing more complex mental health needs. NLBIA also works closely with other community partners to bring the general public safety education and changes to disability public policy.