Find out how the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) encourages people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) at York House to become more independent.

  • Patricia: Patricia was 26 when she suffered a brain injury because her brain was starved of oxygen during a heart operation. Since following our neurobehavioral model, which included goal setting and incentive programmes, she has learned to effectively monitor her diet and also attended a college course to learn Braille. It is her goal to live independently in the community and she is currently working towards this. Read Patricia's story.
  • Derek: Derek was attacked in the street in 2002 and sustained a severe brain injury. As a consequence of that he has limited communication skills resulting in his inability to consistently convey his wants, wishes and basic needs, such as indicating pain. He requires long term support within the neurobehavioural environment as staying within this environment has proven beneficial to him and made his life more meaningful. Read Derek's story.
  • Chris: Following a motorcycle accident, Chris sustained a traumatic brain injury which caused him to become physically aggressive to the extent that he was transferred from a dedicated rehabilitation centre to York House. Following effective rehabilitation with the team, Chris now runs a tuck shop in the service and is working towards a visit back home. Read Chris's story.
  • Chris Mc:Chris was admitted to York House following a severe traumatic brain injury which resulted in cognitive, physical, functional and speech difficulties. Since undergoing rehabilitation he has continued to show improvement in both his independence and confidence, and has made substantial progress in his self-awareness Read Chris Mc's Story.
  • Orla: As part of BIRT's 25th anniversary celebrations, we are featuring a selection of case studies which highlight our success stories. Orla had surgery to remove a life threatening brain tumour and came to York House when she was just 18. Staff at York House worked with the neurobehavioural model to support Orla live as independently as possible. Read Orla's story.