The Brain Injury Association of North Bay and area is benefitting thanks to $248,000 in support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The funding was announced Wednesday morning by Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli who says the number of people in Ontario who have brain injury might surprise you.

“Bigger in scope than Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, HIV/AIDS and breast cancer combined. That’s how big this issue is in Ontario.”
President of the organization Tracey Poole says they’ll be able to hire a transitional support coordinator as a result of this funding.

She says the money will help the organization help people who have cognitive impairment obtain appropriate incomes.

“Ontario Works is intended to be a short term bridge. If they end up with a cognitive disability they should be diagnosed with that disability and move on to ODSP which affords them a greater level of income.”
She anticipates the basic needs of 75 people will be helped as a result of this funding.

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