About Acquired Brain Injury

 

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is damage to the brain acquired after birth. It includes traumatic brain injury as well as tumour, stroke, brain haemorrahage and encephalitis, to name a few causes. 

 

The effects are often very similar to those of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), but the key differences that make treating and coping with acquired brain injury are quite different. 

 

 

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Traumatic Brain Injury occurs when sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. Traumatic Brain Injury can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. 

 

Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. 

 

For further information about brain injury, simply click on the links below.

 

Headway UK About Brain Injury 

 

https://www.headway.org.uk/About-Brain-Injury.aspx

 

Headway UK Useful Organisations

 

https://www.headway.org.uk/Useful-organisations.aspx

 

 

 

 

Latest News

Positive Blue Badge changes ahead for those with hidden disabilities

The Blue Badge scheme is currently being reviewed and plans are afoot to extend the Badge to those with less visible disabilities, such as brain injury.

 

The changes are described as the biggest being made in the scheme in almost 50 years and it's hoped that they will offer a lifeline to people with hidden disabilities who suffer from travel difficulties.

 

Changes will come into force on 30th August 2019. 

 

For full details, please visit  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/review-of-blue-badge-fraud-as-scheme-is-extended-to-those-with-hidden-disabilities

 

FREE cinema tickets for companions of ABI survivors!

 

It's great to hear that brain injury survivors may be entitled to free cinema tickets for their companion, if they qualify for a CEA card - a national scheme developed by UK cinemas by the UK Cinema Association (UKCA).

The card entitles the ABI survivor to ONE free ticket for a friend/loved one/carer to join them at the cinema to provide required support. Participating local cinemas include Kettering's Odeon, Corby's Savoy and Northampton's Vue and Cineworld!

To be granted a CEA card, a person needs to be in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Attendance Allowance (AA), Personal Independent Payment (PIP), Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) or hold Sight Impaired Registration.

You can apply online for your CEA card by visiting  www.ceacard.co.uk - you'll need proof of eligibility, a photo, and payment of £6.

 

 

Fancy a challenge? Why not try the Northampton Half Marathon for HEN?

 

If you want to fulfill a personal challenge but find the idea of the London Marathon a bit too daunting, why not consider running the Northampton Half Marathon for Headway East Northants?

 

The Half Marathon will be held on Sunday 29th September. We've teamed up with 'Go Beyond Sport' who are managing the event - it's free to register and your only commitment is to raise a minimum of £100 for us.

 

For further details, and to register, please visit  http://gobeyondsport.co.uk/Northampton_Half_Marathon_2019_Run_for_Free