The Disabilities Trust’s CEO, Irene Sobowale is proud to support the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Bill, proposed by Chris Bryant MP which would require Government to consult on, publish and review an ABI strategy to meet the needs of all those with an ABI in the UK. Irene said:

"Why I back the ABI Bill?

"Brain injury can happen to anyone, at anytime, and over 1.3 million people in the UK are currently living with the impacts of this condition which remains largely hidden within society and in Government policy. In our day-to-day work we have the privilege of supporting people living with a brain injury as they display amazing resilience and strength to improve their lives following injury. The people we support in our services are just the tip of the iceberg as the availability of support pales in comparison to the unmet need for rehabilitation.

"Our neurorehabilitation services at The Disabilities Trust support people with brain injuries to regain the skills they have lost through holistic neurorehabilitation, one of the most clinically effective approaches to rehabilitation for people with Acquired Brain Injury. This type of treatment helps us support the whole person, including their cognitive, emotional, physical and social skills. Through the Foundation we also work to improve the evidence of what works to support vulnerable populations with the hidden disability of a brain injury. We strive to increase independence and work with people to slowly rebuild their shattered lives post injury.

"George first came into our services following a cerebral haemorrhage, struggling with his memory and unable to live independently. George was focused on regaining his independence and being able to go out for walks again which he so enjoyed. In March 2020 following 14 weeks of intensive multi-disciplinary neurorehabilitation at one of our services George returned home to live by himself, regularly enjoying going for walks to the local shops and on the train to visit his family and friends.

"I back the ABI Bill so people like George, who want to be able to live independently with choice, dignity and control, can access the critical rehabilitation and recovery services they need. The Government must be required to pull together a strategy which will change the lives of millions of people suffering with a brain injury who are often lost in an invisible crisis without the support they deserve.

"Please join us and write to your MP to back the ABI Bill. Find out more information at www.abibill.org.uk."

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