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Introduction to Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association

October 18 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm PDT

Hospital patient in wheelchair looking at brain x-ray.

Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association promotes holistic awareness, prevention and wellness for people with acquired brain injury, their supporters and the community. The Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association (FVBIA) started in 1991 as a support group for individuals who had an acquired brain injury and their families in the Chilliwack area and later in Abbotsford, BC.

John Simpson, a renowned case manager in the field of brain injury, facilitated the groups. The members of these groups formed FVBIA in 1997. The purpose of FVBIA is to provide support, assistance and information to people who have an acquired brain injury, their families and other caregivers. Conservatively, we know that approximately 22,000 people in BC sustain an acquired brain injury each year from car crashes, falls, assaults, blows from blunt objects, sports related injuries, anoxia, brain tumours, stroke, aneurysm, infections, diseases, metabolic causes such as anorexia and diabetes as well as people who have drug/alcohol interactions, toxins or brain surgery.

FVBIA is involved in coordinating the development of appropriate services, opportunities, rehabilitation and training for people with acquired brain injury. FVBIA is actively involved in promoting the prevention of brain injury through promotion of correct use of bicycle helmets. We are also active in advancing public awareness, knowledge and appreciation of the specific needs of people with brain injury and their families. We provide free in-services about brain injury and resources to agencies, schools, students, families, local hospitals and service providers. We believe prevention to be the greatest cure.

Please contact our office for information on services pertaining to prevention, education and safety. In addition, FVBIA provides case management services for adults and children. Support groups for survivors and families are also offered throughout the Fraser Valley. We also offer a variety of health and wellness supports and groups. FVBIA has contracted the operation of drop-in programs in Chilliwack and Abbotsford for people with an acquired brain injury with Communitas Supportive Care Society. Please contact us for information as services and programs do change over time.

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