The Community Brain Injury Program for Children and Youth

This is delivered through the BC Centre for Ability, and funded by MCFD. The Centre coordinates and funds short-term rehabilitation for children and youth with acquired brain injury across BC.

Causes of acquired brain injury may include a fall, an infection or a stroke – or a concussion – and may have significant, life-long consequences. While some children with an acquired brain injury may have physical disabilities, many of the effects of brain injury are not visible. These invisible disabilities may include problems with learning, memory, attention, problem solving and behaviour.

A brain injury not only affects the child or youth, but also becomes a life-changing event for the entire family. When a child leaves hospital after a brain injury, parents, brothers and sisters, teachers and others need emotional support and help understanding the child’s disability and the child’s abilities. Special environmental adaptations may be necessary for a child to successfully reintegrate into the school and community. The program assists in these important life transitions and services are delivered in the child’s home community.

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Who is Eligible?

Free service is available to children and youth up to 19 years old who:

  • Are diagnosed with Acquired Brain Injury from falls, tumors, infections, strokes and other causes.
  • Need rehabilitation and support services.
  • Were injured or diagnosed within the past 12 months.
  • Reside in B.C with a right to live permanently in Canada.
  • Are not receiving funding through third-party sources, including ICBC, Crime Victim Assistance or Private Insurance.