ABIL interactive Conference – 6 December 2016 (presentations now downloadable)

A variety of presentations provided wonderful examples of work contributing to ‘Well-being and Quality of Life after Brain Injury’:

  • Sally Cosford told us more about Riding for the Disabled and provided a unique insight into an assortment of inclusive options;
  • Similarly, Sarah Sibley from Sailability explained the benefits of their work, and the sense of freedom gained through sailing, under the title ‘Re- finding you’;
  • Louise Brown brought the lovable and extremely well behaved dog Caesar from Pets as Therapy, who quickly became everyone’s photo opportunity destination!  Sadly illness prevented Helen Fairweather (Headway Suffolk) from attending with Brainy Dog Hope, but we were able to give some insight into their work via the YouTube clip available on their website http://www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk/brainydogs/;
  • Dr Sylvia Taylor-Goh’s insight into the technology of eye-gaze and how it can empower individuals to communicate against the odds was extremely powerful’; and
  • the tech theme continued with the incredible EVA Park Project with Richard Talbot and Niamh Devane who are evaluating the effects of a virtual communication environment for people who have aphasia . It will be fascinating to see how these technological advances develop over time.

Mulled wine and cakes added the finishing touch to a great informal and festive event, and our thanks to Irwin Mitchell for their support in providing this.

Tony Hart – Chair of ABIL

The presentations can be downloaded here:

Empowering individuals to communicate against the odds

Riding for the Disabled (RDA)

Sailability – Re-find You

Eva Park Project