Welcome to the Brain Injury Association of the Ottawa Valley

The Brain Injury Association of the Ottawa Valley is a non-profit organization that helps acquired brain injury survivors reconnect with their environment. For more information please call 613-233-8303 or send us an email from our contact page.

Mission Statement

The Mission is to offer education, information, hope and support to persons with brain injury, their family members, friends, caregivers and professionals in the Ottawa Valley region.

The Association assists those who live with the effects of brain injury by providing education, information, support and advocacy. The Association advocates dignity, respect, inclusion and understanding for all.

Referral Form

Please fill out the form here for referral services.

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Quick Facts

  • Eighty to ninety percent of all traumatic brain injury is classified as mild (mTBI)
  • A concussion is a mild brain injury
  • Brain injuries result in physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural problems that are often misunderstood by friends, families, employers and others
  • 21% of people with brain injury waited more than one year for rehabilitation to begin; 9% waited more than 5 years (http://obia.ca/the-obia-impact-report/

“Brain injuries can range from mild to catastrophic, but all brain injuries can have lasting effects,” said Ruth Wilcock, Executive Director of OBIA.  “Sadly, a traumatic brain injury is a lifelong condition with varying degrees of disability ranging from minor to 24/7 care. Individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury often require immediate care at a trauma centre, acute care in the hospital, intensive rehabilitation and long term extensive care by family members.”

Concussion Support Group


The Concussion Support Group offers emotional support for adults with Concussion/mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and who may also have Persisting Concussion Symptoms (PCS).

Group participants discuss difficulties as well as accomplishments in a safe, inclusive, confidential and supportive environment.  Participants may share their experiences, as well as information about treatments, pacing, and managing activities.

Upcoming Events

Thank you to our Sponsors

Thank you to our Sponsors

Many thanks to all who supported the 14th Annual BIAOV Fall Fundraiser – A Workshop About Racism either through participating, presenting, sponsoring or organizing. What a wonderful workshop on how we, on an individual and professional level, can reflect on what we can do to reduce racism in someone’s journey through recovery and rehabilitation. Proceeds from this event will support the BIAOV Step Up Program. Thank you!

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BIAOV Annual Fall Fundraiser

BIAOV Annual Fall Fundraiser

This year’s annual Fall Festival is taking place online, with a art therapist guided session. Participants will receive a kit of materials for the session. All proceeds will go to the Brain Injury Association of the Ottawa Valley. Register today by clicking here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/biaov-fall-fundraiser-tickets-175113427977

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Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

Brain Injury Association of the Ottawa Valley Annual General Meeting Brain Injury Association of the Ottawa Valley’s ONLINE Annual General Meeting 2021 is on Tuesday November 23 at 6:00 pm. Zoom Link:...

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