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.

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 mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS). We discuss our difficulties as well as our accomplishments in a safe, inclusive, confidential and supportive environment.

Group members may share their experience and information about treatments, pacing and managing activities.

Program Changes

Family Support Meetings are held once a month. Please consult the calendar for the next date.  Email pscbiaov@gmail.com

Concussion Support Group Meetings are currently on hold. Please consult the calendar for the next date.

For more information about either of the above, please contact Faith Neale at faith@biaov.org 

Upcoming Events

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 2020 is on Tuesday June 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Click here at the meeting time to join the meeting:...

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Virtual Provincial ABI Conference - October 28-29, 2021

The conference includes two days of multi-disciplinary educational sessions as well as distinguised keynote speakers. We anticipate an audience inlcuding, but not limited to, ABI Rehabilitation Professionals, Psychologists, Legal Representatives, Social Workers, Nuseses, Personal Support Workers, Advocates, Persons with Brain Injury, their family members and caregivers. 

Special time has been set aside during the conference to meet with corporate sponsors, chat one-on-one with other attendees, take part in the online scavenger hunt for prizes, and network with colleagues. 

Cost to attend the conference is $150. Click here to register.

Special subsidized conference rate for persons with brain injury or their family members: a limited number of delegates will be able to receive a subsidized conference rate of $50 (only one subsidized rate per family). Recipients will be selected by lottery on September 17 and notified via email after that date. Form here.

For more information, contact Terry Bartol, Conference Coordinator at 1-855-642-8877 or conference@obia.on.ca 

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