The Community Supports Services of the Brain Injury Association of Durham Region provides a variety of supports for people of Durham Region who have experienced brain injuries.
We assist people in CONNECTING to all sorts of services, agencies and supports that exist in our community; such as Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program, health services, employment services and others. We provide INFORMATION about local services and assist people in making initial contacts and applications. We also assist people in STAYING CONNECTED by providing agencies and services with information about brain injuries that can help guide them as they provide services to people who have experienced brain injuries.
We SUPPORT people as they strive to address their own day-to-day needs in such areas as budgeting, transportation, household management, organizing, etc. We try to provide LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES to assist people in remembering daily activities, appointments and other useful information.
As we provide Community Supports Services to people of Durham Region who have experienced brain injuries, we are guided by the following PRINCIPLES:
- We will promote personal INDEPENDENCE by encouraging people to do as much for themselves as they can, to avoid people leaning unnecessarily on our services.
- We will promote the use of appropriate GENERIC SERVICES by
assisting people in seeking out the appropriate services for their needs
rather than providing it ourselves.
- We will strive to make the most effective USE OF LIMITED RESOURCES to address the support needs of the people we serve.
- We will be RESPECTFUL of each and every person we encounter.
We offer the following services through our Community Supports Services program:
Support Groups: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month (with exception of August) from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Transportation is provided if you call the office ahead to book a ride. These Support Groups are broken into a short presentation (for about 30 minutes) and then general discussion. The groups are chaired by individuals with brain injury and focused to address the needs of those individuals with brain injury. Staff are also in attendance and can hold a smaller meeting for family members, and caregivers if requested.
Entertainment Nights: Every 1st Wednesday of the month (with exception of July and August) we organize an evening activity for members to aid members address isolation and assist with accessing of community facilities. Typical events include attending movies, hockey games, dinner at Swiss Chalet, Oshawa Little Theatre, billiards, etc. Transportation is provided if you call the office ahead to book a ride. Any expenses for the activity are to be incurred by the member. Our organization has also arranged Valentine’s and Halloween Parties, Country Hoedowns (dance), Easter and Thanksgiving dinners, and trips to the Zoo and Royal Ontario Museum.
Community Supports Coordinators: These individuals work on a one-to-one basis to address individual difficulties / needs and to link clients to other services. They travel to individual’s homes to address transportation difficulties, and work with individuals in a variety of ways, i.e., providing information regarding acquired brain injury, budgeting; bill payments; supplying coping strategies, organizational strategies, strategies to compensate for memory difficulties, completing applications, applying for financial assistance, referrals to various service agencies, advocacy, etc.
BIAD Happenings: A drop-in program begun in 2006 which offers social and recreational opportunities for individuals with Acquired Brain Injury to socialize, learn new skills, and participate as they desire. This program runs Monday to Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The program is constantly changing based on client input. At present, we offer a creative writing class, arts & crafts, bingo for prizes, exercising classes for disabilities, yoga, brain gym classes, pool tournaments, a discussion group, baking, movies, and more (see our newsletter for current programs). There is a free lunch each day. This program runs out of our office at 850 King Street West, Unit 24, Oshawa, Ontario. A tour can be arranged ahead or facilitated if you drop by the office.
Following are the guiding principles governing participation within the BIAD HAPPENINGS:
- Every adult living in Durham Region who has experienced a brain injury is welcome to participate, but you will need to bring any specific support that is required.
- Everyone involved is encouraged to assist in the planning, operation and maintenance of the program.
- Everyone will demonstrate the utmost respect and consideration for others, for themselves and for the program.
- Activities will be accessible, free or as low cost as possible, where necessary.
Library: We have a variety of material on Acquired Brain Injury, i.e., books, journals, research material, videos, etc. for loan.
Newsletter: There is a monthly newsletter that highlights recent events and scheduled activities at BIAD. Subscription is based upon request. We do not share our mailing list with any outside agency. Further, your name can be removed at any time.
- Annual Summer Picnic: Every June, BIAD organizes a picnic for BIAD members and their families to attend. Members can enjoy bingo, swimming, or organize games. Food and transportation is provided. A bingo prize is suggested to be placed on the bingo table, but not mandatory.
- Annual Christmas Party: Every December, BIAD organizes a Christmas Party for BIAD members and their families to attend. Members can socialize while enjoying a free turkey dinner and a visit from Santa Claus. Food and transportation is provided. A food donation and a gift of $10 or less is suggested but not mandatory.