Some nice places to visit.

College of Occupational Therapists Vocational Rehab Association Disabled Living Foundation Acquired Brain Injury forum for London (ABIL) The United Kingdom Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) The Children's Trust Brain Injury Hub The Neurological Alliance The Brain and Spine Foundation Stroke Association Spinal Injuries Association Headway Brain Injury Group Disability Now Info about the Access to Work programme Your work health Disability Rights UK Disabled Workers Cooperative Different Strokes Speakability MS Society Disabled Go Head for Adventure Disabled Holiday Directory

Some interesting reading.

Return to work after traumatic brain injury: Cohort comparison and economic evaluation2. Radford et al. (2013) Mapping Vocational Rehabilitation Service for people with long term neurological conditions, Summary report. -Playford et al. (2012) Mapping Vocational Rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury: models and services. Tyerman(2012). Towards developing a guideline for vocational evaluation following traumatic brain injury: the qualitative synthesis of clients’ perspectives. Stergiou-Kita et al. (2012). Associations between disability and employment 1 year after traumatic brain injury in a working age population. Andelic et al. (2012) Community integration following TBI: An examination of community integration measures within the ICF framework. Salter et al. (2011) Sustaining employment after vocational rehabilitation in acquired brain injury. Macaden et al. (2010)

Some inspiration to find a way.

Volunteering through giving knowledge and empowerment. And some walking sticks.

Sandy LeBlanc and Physiotherapist colleague Tanya Owen spent just over a month volunteering in Montserrat in 2011. We aimed to educate and empower health and care staff (as well as the people of the island), rather than simply provide a bit of treatment.

We were pleased that people embraced the start of a wave of disability rights, with a support and advocacy group founded by people with disabilities while we were there. Tanya then wrote a report for the Ministry of Health, making recommendations for community-based rehab on the island. Monty will hold a special place in our hearts for a very long time.

Read here about the story involving the late Mr Adrain Rogers, from Sandy’s hometown in Mississippi. He crafted a load of walking sticks for Sandy to take to people on the island. Such an inspirational man. This amazing experience also highlighted how important it is to make the most of what is available, and to work as that all-important team. No matter where you are in the world.

Duct Tape Surfing (Perhaps a harness could be safer, but got to admire this determination and creativity!)

Wheelchair Diving. It is about the experience, not the mechanism or perceived limitations. Powerful message.

Break Dancing - adaptation of power, strength and creativity. These guys are awesome.