Empowering Persons with Brain Injury Garners Citation Award

    Ontario Brain Injury Association is recognized by occupational therapists

    NORTH BAY, ON, le 27 sept. /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Association of
Occupational Therapists (CAOT) and the Ontario Society of Occupational
Therapists (OSOT) are pleased to present the Ontario Brain Injury Association
with a 2007 Citation Award. The Award, to be presented at the OSOT Annual
Conference on Friday, September 28, 2007, recognizes the significant
contribution of an agency, program or individual to the health and well-being
of Canadians.
    The Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) works to advance the quality
of community-based care for persons with brain injury and for empowering
persons with brain injury to reintegrate into the community and participate in
meaningful activities. Their mission is "to enhance the lives of Ontarians
living with the effects of acquired brain injury through awareness, education
and support."
    Each year, over 6,000 Canadians become permanently disabled after a
traumatic brain injury. Even minor injuries can impact a person's life and
require special care. The OBIA consists of 17 regional brain injury
associations across Ontario that provides information and support to persons
with brain injury and their families. As a registered charitable organization,
the OBIA relies on donations to operate programs and projects to support those
living with the effects of acquired brain injury.
    OBIA is also being honoured with the Citation Award for their work with
health professionals and caregivers, in particular occupational therapists, to
enhance knowledge about the effects of a brain injury and strategies for best
practice. They sponsor courses, and support programs such as the Caregiver
Information Support Link - a support and advocacy network for persons with
brain injury and their caregivers, and the Peer Mentoring Program which pairs
persons with brain injury with persons requesting support.

    The CAOT Citation Awards are presented annually in collaboration with
provincial/ territorial occupational therapy associations and are awarded to
organizations or individuals outside of the occupational therapy profession
who support health care or other related programs. The Awards are presented in
proximity to the month of October when occupational therapists celebrate
National Occupational Therapy Month. The OT Month theme of "Yes I can!"
communicates that all people can and should participate in their desired
activities, regardless of age or ability.

    Please join the Ontario Society for Occupational Therapists when they
present the Ontario Brain Injury Association with their award on Friday,
September 28, 2007 at 5:15 pm at the Best Western Hotel in North Bay, Ontario.

    For more information on occupational therapy, visit www.caot.ca. To find
an occupational therapist in your community, visit www.otworks.ca and click on
OT Finder.

For further information:

For further information: Erica Lyle, Communications Coordinator,
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, (800) 434-2268, ext. 225,
communication@caot.ca; Lisa Klinger, President, Ontario Society of
Occupational Therapists, (416) 322-3011, osot@osot.on.ca; Ontario Brain Injury
Association, (905) 641-8877, obia@obia.on.ca

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