All posts in “ABI”

Community Head Injury Resource Services

Group Name: Community Head Injury Resource Services – Coffee Club

Description: CHIRS (Community Head Injury Resource Services) is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization primarily funded by the Central Local Health Integration Network and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. CHIRS has earned its fourth three-year accreditation award from Accreditation Canada. To earn this award, the agency is assessed against national acquired brain injury (ABI) service standards set by Accreditation Canada in collaboration with the health care community and related stakeholders. CHIRS, formerly known as Ashby House, started in 1978 as the first community-based brain injury rehabilitation program in North America. From its origins as a transitional group home, CHIRS has evolved into a multi-service agency that provides a broad range of supports to a clientele with diverse and complex needs.

This program is based on an open discussion format. This program includes a review of current events both locally and internationally and discussion of various topics of interest as suggested by participants

When: All Adult Day Service programs require registration. Please contact the CHIRS Intake Department to register. Participants accessing Adult Day Service programs need to be independent for all transportation and personal support requirements, as one to one assistance is not available. Participants who require additional support are welcome to bring a family member or attendant. Please note that programs may be added or changed in response to participant feedback.

Where: 62 Finch Avenue West | Toronto, ON, M2N 7G1

Contact: 416-240-8000 | chirs@chirs.com | www.chirs.com

Community Head Injury Resource Services

Group Name: Community Head Injury Resource Services – Adult Social Club

Description: CHIRS (Community Head Injury Resource Services) is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization primarily funded by the Central Local Health Integration Network and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. CHIRS has earned its fourth three-year accreditation award from Accreditation Canada. To earn this award, the agency is assessed against national acquired brain injury (ABI) service standards set by Accreditation Canada in collaboration with the health care community and related stakeholders. CHIRS, formerly known as Ashby House, started in 1978 as the first community-based brain injury rehabilitation program in North America. From its origins as a transitional group home, CHIRS has evolved into a multi-service agency that provides a broad range of supports to a clientele with diverse and complex needs.

One of the most common issues an individual may face after sustaining a brain injury is difficulty reconnecting socially with others. CHIRS offers three social groups that provide participants with opportunities to meet others in a safe and supportive setting. CHIRS offers afternoon and evening social clubs. Members are involved in planning and researching activities for the season.

When: All Adult Day Service programs require registration. Please contact the CHIRS Intake Department to register. Participants accessing Adult Day Service programs need to be independent for all transportation and personal support requirements, as one to one assistance is not available. Participants who require additional support are welcome to bring a family member or attendant. Please note that programs may be added or changed in response to participant feedback.

Where: 62 Finch Avenue West | Toronto, ON, M2N 7G1

Contact: 416-240-8000 | chirs@chirs.com | www.chirs.com

Brain Injury Society of Toronto

Group Name: Brain Injury Society of Toronto – Peer Support Mentoring

Description: The Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST) supports ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) survivors and their family members. Our members are children, parents, teens, spouses, and grandparents. Membership is open to anyone in the community with an interest in the challenges that come with living with the effects of brain injury. Different areas of the brain are responsible for specific functions. Damage to the brain can result in different types and severity of deficits from one individual to another. The behaviours that emerge after an ABI are unique to each individual.

The Peer Mentoring program matches people with ABI or family members with volunteer Mentors who can share their experience, offering support and practical tips and information. BIST participates in this program with many other brain injury associations across Ontario, allowing access to a wide variety of Mentors with diverse experiences and information. To find out more, contact Kat Powell, Peer Support Coordinator. The Peer Support Mentoring Programs can be a great way to support efforts toward recovery, and compliments professional services. Mentors and partners talk by phone or email so they can arrange a convenient time and can participate from their own homes.

Where: 40 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 205 | Toronto, ON M4T 1M9

When: For more details about the program, please contact Kat Powell

Contact: Kat Powell 647-990-1485 | connections@bist.ca | www.bist.ca

Brain Injury Society of Toronto

Group Name: Brain Injury Society of Toronto – ABI Family Support Program

Description: The Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST) supports ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) survivors and their family members. Our members are children, parents, teens, spouses, and grandparents. Membership is open to anyone in the community with an interest in the challenges that come with living with the effects of brain injury. Different areas of the brain are responsible for specific functions. Damage to the brain can result in different types and severity of deficits from one individual to another. The behaviours that emerge after an ABI are unique to each individual.

Brain injury affects the whole family. Check out our NEW family support program for young adults between the ages of 18 – 26 years and their families. Brain injury support groups are a great way to network and get support from others. This program offers two support groups: Young Adult Group and Parental Support Group.

Where: 40 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 205 | Toronto, ON M4T 1M9

When: For more details about the program, please contact Kat Powell

Contact: Kat Powell 647-990-1485 | connections@bist.ca | www.bist.ca

Brain Injury Society of Toronto

Group Name: Brain Injury Society of Toronto – Social Drop-In Program

Description: The Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST) supports ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) survivors and their family members. Our members are children, parents, teens, spouses, and grandparents. Membership is open to anyone in the community with an interest in the challenges that come with living with the effects of brain injury. Different areas of the brain are responsible for specific functions. Damage to the brain can result in different types and severity of deficits from one individual to another. The behaviours that emerge after an ABI are unique to each individual.

BIST is starting up a NEW monthly social drop-in program this winter that will allow members to have a place to meet up to socialize, play games, work on projects together. This program is open to members who are interested and are held on a drop in basis.

Where: Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd. | Toronto, ON M4R 1B9

When: Second Tuesday of each month, from 1:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m.

Contact: 416-830-1485 | info@bist.ca | www.bist.ca

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