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Acquired Brain Injury System Navigator

For many brain injury survivors and their caregivers, navigating the health care system to find local supports can be challenging.

Our Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) System Navigator provides a single point of access to ABI services across the Champlain region. If you or someone you know suffers from an ABI, our ABI System Navigator can guide your journey of rehabilitation.


What is Acquired Brain Injury?

An Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is damage to the brain caused by a traumatic or non-traumatic event. ABI occurs after birth and is not related to a congenital disorder, degenerative disease, or developmental disability.

Common serious causes of ABI include falls, sports and motor vehicle accidents, strokes, aneurysms, tumors, exposure to toxins, and brain infections.


Effects of ABI

ABI can result in temporary, prolonged or permanent impairments in cognitive, emotional, behavioural or physical functions. The effects of a brain injury can be disabling for both survivors and their caregivers.

Depending on the injury, symptoms can include:

  • sudden changes in behaviour and mood
  • memory loss or impairment
  • difficulties with language
  • disorientation
  • fatigue
  • sleep disorders, and other physical symptoms


ABI SYSTEM NAVIGATOR

No two acquired brain injuries are the same, so your needs will differ from someone else's. If you're not sure where to start, Suzanne McKenna – Champlain's ABI System Navigator – can help you find resources in your area.

As the single point of access to ABI services across the region, the ABI System Navigator will identify opportunities for collaboration among ABI and non-ABI service providers including mental health, addictions, developmentally delayed, geriatrics, corrections, and housing.


How to Apply for Service

As a person with ABI moves through the recovery process, their health care team will contact the Champlain ABI System Navigator who then coordinates referrals to the Champlain ABI Coalition Admissions Committee. This specialized group is made up of publicly-funded and not for profit agencies or organizations providing ABI services and supports.

Requests for assistance can be made by the individual themselves, loved ones, or professionals involved. The ABI Navigator's goal is to ensure that individuals with an ABI are provided with assistance that is tailored to their specific needs. This is made possible by providing direct support, education, advocacy, and consultation for all involved.

The following Application for Service form must be completed and returned to the ABI System Navigator.

Complete the ABI Application for Service »


ABI RESOURCES