Resource Centre

When life changes, it’s hard to know where to start

A brain injury’s impacts are often profound and lifelong, leaving many survivors feeling hopeless. This is where support resources become crucial!

Impacts can show as deficits in any or all areas of:

  • Cognition
  • Memory
  • Speech
  • Motor skills
  • Behaviour

The lives of those with an acquired brain injury and their families are dramatically changed with the potential for employment loss, social isolation, a shortage of suitable housing, financial strain, emotional distress and a lifetime of dealing with an evolving variety of cognitive, physical, and social impairments.

The Resource Centre is a guide to help navigate this new territory. Although this new life may feel unfamiliar, we believe with the proper support, the transition can be eased.

We have compiled information and links to lead you in the right direction.

Resource Directory

Access Transit Calgary

Responsible for managing the eligibility, booking, scheduling and dispatching shared-ride, door-to-door public transportation services for Calgarians with disabilities.

Accessible Housing Society

Non-profit organization and registered charity with a mandate to create opportunities for safe, affordable, barrier-free housing for persons with mobility issues.

Alberta Brain Injury Network 

ABII is a network of agencies across the province that assist survivors and their families in accessing supports from various programs and community resources.

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Alberta Brain Injury: survival guide

The Survival Guide is intended to provide basic information and support to survivors of acquired brain injury and their families.

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Alberta Caregivers Association

Provides support for caregivers; to empower and promote caregiver well being.

Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH)

The AISH program provides financial and health-related assistance to eligible adults with a disability. AISH health benefits and supplemental assistance may also assist a client’s cohabiting partner and dependent children.

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Brain Injury Association of Canada

Improving the quality of life for all Canadians affected by acquired brain injury and promoting its prevention.

Calgary Aphasia Centre

The Calgary Aphasia Centre (CAC) is a non-profit program created to support and advocate for Calgarians living with aphasia. There is no cost to attend.

Calgary Counselling Centre

Providing counselling for a wide range of services, including but not limited to: addictions, depression, trauma, health issues, victim of a crime, etc.

Canadian Mental Health Association

Provides support, information and guidance for family members of a person dealing with mental illness and/or addictions.

Continuing Care Services

Provides long-term residential care, including nursing and personal care, physical, occupational or recreational therapy, pharmacy, podiatry, social work or pastoral counselling services.

Alberta Health Services

Disabled Parking Pass

A parking placard and/or disabled license plate enables those unable to walk 50 meters (150 feet) to use specially designated parking facilities.

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Disability Tax Credit

The Disability Tax Credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that helps individuals with disabilities, or their caregivers, reduce the amount of tax they have to pay.

Family Caregiver Centre

Offers support for caregivers who are not paid including: connections to healthcare and community services, a supportive person to talk to, education programs, a library of books, videos, and articles.

Alberta Health Services

Home Care

Offers support and care from healthcare providers to people in their homes. Needs are assessed and a care plan is made.

Alberta Health Services

Health Link

Call Health Link by dialing 811 for quick and easy advice from a registered nurse 24/7.

Alberta Health Services

JB Music Therapy

JB Music Therapy Inc. is recognized throughout Calgary, Alberta as an expert provider for music therapy programs, presentations and resources for health care and education professionals.

National Access Arts Center

NaAC is a non-profit visual arts centre where artists with developmental disabilities come together to create, exhibit and sell artwork.

Registered Disability Savings Plan

Helping people with disabilities save for the future. Canadian residents under age 60 who are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit can open a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) and can also receive money from the Government to encourage savings.

Repsol Sport Centre

Repsol Sport Centre is a recreation facility with accessible services.

Residential Access Modification Program Funding (RAMP)

RAMP is a program available to eligible wheelchair users to modify their home to be more wheelchair accessible. Applicants can apply for a RAMP grant for up to $5,000.

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Senior Tax Credit

Seniors may qualify for several federal and/or provincial tax credits. Seniors eligible for the disability tax credit may also be eligible to claim additional medical expenses.

Southern Alberta Brain Injury Society (SABIS)

Emotional support and webinars for caregivers.

Southern Alberta Brain Injury Society (SABIS)

SABIS staff offer support services which include peer-support groups, a companions support group for caregivers and a peer mentorship program. Educational services are also offered to provide more information on the causes and effects of acquired brain injury.

Stroke Care in Alberta

Alberta’s stroke prevention and treatment programs are recognized as among the best in Canada.

Alberta Health Services

Stroke Recovery Association of Calgary (SRAC)

Addresses the specific needs of stroke recoverers in dealing with their new lifestyle, and helps caregivers dealing with stroke survivors.

Supported Lifestyles (Brain Assist)

Supported Lifestyles (Brain Assist) provides innovative support to adults with a developmental disability. We specialize in delivering services to individuals with complex needs and provide an array of residential and vocational supports to this population.

Taking Charge of Your Stroke Recovery

A survivor’s guide to the Canadian Stroke Best Practice recommendations.

The Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury (Halvar Jonson Centre)

Not a traditional hospital, but rather a facility that provides specialized mental health and brain injury treatment and care. Specialists and health professionals committed to integrated, multidisciplinary care and treatment.

Alberta Health Services

Universal Rehabilitation Service Agency (URSA)

URSA is a Calgary based not-for-profit agency that supports the needs of disabled individuals in the community setting. The agency prides itself in being “universal”, meaning developing and offering rehabilitation services to individuals that are currently not being used.

University of Alberta Aphasia Camp

The Alberta Aphasia Camp is a weekend-long camp held every September. It is held in a rustic outdoor camp away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It provides an opportunity for individuals who are living with aphasia, as well as one of their family members or friends, to enjoy a weekend retreat. Activities are both recreational and therapeutic in nature.