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Wired for Success – Towards an Ontario Brain Strategy

Date: May 25th, 2010
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST 
Cost: Free!

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Shannon MacDonald,
Director, Policy & Partnerships, Neurological Health Charities Canada

Kent Bassett-Spiers,
CEO, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation & Chair, Ontario Brain Strategy Joint Working Group

It is estimated that over three million Ontarians live with a brain condition today (neurological, psychiatric, or developmental).  These incurable conditions are often progressive and effect people at every age and stage of life. They create a significant and often catastrophic impact on the individual with the condition, as well as on their families and caregivers. The health, social and economic costs of brain conditions are enormous, yet to date there has been no cohesive, integrated provincial strategy for addressing these impacts.

In 2009, Neurological Health Charities Canada (NHCC) and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MoHLTC) came together in the spirit of mutual cooperation to identify ways to address these issues and create the first steps toward an Ontario Brain Strategy. A joint working group was constituted and has recently completed the first phase of the project culminating in the report, Wired for Success – Towards an Ontario Brain Strategy.

The presentation will discuss both the content and process of this ground breaking work. The co-creation of the report is a unique partnership between government and the non-profit sector. The development of the NHCC in of itself is a success story of integration and commitment around shared issues.

Although the diversity of brain conditions is clear, what may not be as obvious are numerous commonalities of the lived experience. Regardless of diagnosis, people living with brain conditions experience strikingly similar issues and needs, not the least of which is a dependency on large and complex health and social systems of generalized knowledge and services.

Consulting with over 350 individuals and organizations via long range scenario planning methodology, key themes were identified for action:
  • Personal choice: direct control for decisions regarding medical care, social supports and shaping their living environment
  • An inclusive culture: an Ontario that has a focus on health over illness; reduced stigma achieved by shifting public values and attitudes; employment opportunities and flexible work arrangement
  • Enabling technology: assisted living technologies to enable better living; smart homes, accessible education and workplaces; flexible transportation systems
  • Supported caregivers: whose role is valued; supported sufficiently to maintain their own health and financial stability
  • Shared knowledge: commitment to research and to moving evidence into practice; reliable medical and decision support information; engaged online community
During the presentation and discussion the results of this work will be shared and the ways that you can be involved as we move forward.

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Visual Support - The presentation will be accessible via an Internet connection.  This connection can be any web-enabled laptop or desktop computer of your choice.
Audio Support - Audio support for the presentation will be provided through your telephone via a toll-free line.
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