Media Alert - Falling Through the Cracks: 500,000 People with Brain Injury in Ontario Largely Forgotten and Invisible; New Alliance Calls for Partnership with Government to Address Issues

    TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ - Close to half a million Ontarians currently live
with an acquired brain injury (ABI) and 18,000 new cases are added every year.
    Brain injury is eight times more prevalent than breast cancer, seven
times more prevalent than spinal chord injury and 400 times more prevalent
than HIV/AIDS.
    And yet, in spite of these staggering numbers, ABI survivors are largely
invisible to the general public and forgotten in the province's health care
and social services systems.
    In response, a new coalition of organizations has come together and will
be holding a news conference at Queen's Park:

    When:     Tuesday, June 10, 2008
              10:00 a.m.

    Where:    Media Studio
              Main Legislative Building
              Queen's Park

    Survivors and caregivers will be on hand to talk about their personal
experiences; new research findings will be released showing how ABI survivors
are 'falling through the cracks'; and a major public information campaign
including a new video (copies available to the media) will be launched.

For further information:

For further information: Rachel Sa,, office: (416)
777-0368, cell: (416) 454-7713

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