APTEC is the employment and training division of the Native Council of Nova Scotia established to provide human resource development services to the rural, urban, off-reserve Mi’kmaq / Aboriginal Peoples of Nova Scotia.
The Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Program comprises multiple services and interdisciplinary teams. The cornerstone of care is an organized, programmatic approach to multidisciplinary assessment, treatment and education for survivors of traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries and their families:
- ABI Ambulatory Care Services
- ABI Day Program – Offers outpatient therapy groups for people who have an acquired brain injury. The program is for people who want to learn more about their injury, take part in meaningful activities, explore their strengths, and learn skills and strategies to manage symptoms. More details >
- ABI Outreach Team – A community based health care service for people who have an Acquired Brain Injury. More details >
- Concussion Education Sessions – A 2 part concussion education session is a group information session for persons who have sustained a concussion within the past 6 months. The session is for people who want to learn more about what to expect following a concussion. More details >
- District Stroke Program
- Driver Evaluation Program – In Nova Scotia, doctors are responsible for deciding whether you are okay to drive or not. If they are unsure, they may refer you to the Driver Evaluation Program offered by a team that includes a trained occupational therapist and a certified driving instructor. The program’s cost is not covered by public health insurance, although private or extended health insurance plans may cover the cost, so check with your provider. (The program has a funding coordinator who may also be able to help you with options.) More details >
- Inpatient Rehabilitation – (NSRAC) Specializes in adult rehabilitation. Houses inpatient and outpatient care through a variety of clinics and services. More details >
- Neuropsychology – Neuropsychology is part of the interdisciplinary approach with Nova Scotia Health ABI Services. Psychologists also work in private practices and may be covered by your private or extended health insurance plan. To find a local psychologist with experience in brain injury, visit the Association of Psychologists in Nova Scotia website, select Find a Psychologist and choose “brain injury” under Area of Practice.
- Occupational Therapy – Occupational therapy is part of the interdisciplinary approach with Nova Scotia Health ABI Services. Occupational therapists work at most sites within Nova Scotia Health in both mental health and physical medicine settings. Occupational therapists are primary care professionals. For referral forms and telephone numbers of locations across the province, visit the NS Health Occupational Therapy website. Suppose you have private or extended health insurance coverage. In that case, you can search the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia (COTNS) website to find an occupational therapist in private practice near you.
- Physiotherapy – Physiotherapy is part of the interdisciplinary approach with Nova Scotia Health ABI Service. In NS, physiotherapy is paid for by the province’s health care system and available as an outpatient service at your local hospital without a health care provider’s note. For local contact information for publicly-funded physiotherapy, visit the NS Health Physiotherapy website. Physiotherapy is also available privately by calling your local physiotherapy clinic. While you won’t need a health care provider’s note if you are paying for physiotherapy yourself, if you were injured at work or covered by a private or extended health insurance plan, you might need a note. In some cases, you may need to see a physiotherapist at an approved clinic. To find a local private physiotherapist, call 211 or visit the Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association website or the Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists website.
- Social Work – Social work is part of the interdisciplinary approach with Nova Scotia Health ABI Services and a vital piece of the puzzle in providing counselling and education and connecting you with local community resources. For publicly-funded social workers under Nova Scotia Health, referrals can be made by patients, family members, friends, community agencies, or any member of your interdisciplinary health care team. To find a local publicly-funded social worker, visit the NS Health Social Work website. Social workers also work in private practices and may be covered by your private or extended health insurance plan. To find a local social worker with experience in acquired brain injury, contact the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers – 902-429-7799. In Halifax, the Dalhousie Social Work Community Clinic is an excellent resource (see Dalhousie Social Work Community Clinic in directory)
Bedford NeuroCommons 1658 Bedford Highway, Unit 0209 Bedford Nova Scotia B4A 2X9
Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre (NSRAC) 1341 Summer Street Halifax Nova Scotia B3H 4K4
Provides inclusive, integrated arts programs for children, teens and adults with special needs—minimal fees with subsidies available.
Offers monthly Expressive Cafés across Nova Scotia and other programs such as a ‘Health Choir, Singing for Talking’ with Antonia Pigot, Neurologic Music Therapist.
Students from various health care programs volunteer to work and play with children who have a wide range of physical and cog- nitive disabilities. The goal is to provide a safe and friendly environment for these children (0-17 years) and their families. Free.
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Offers school programs that help create lasting friendships between people with and without an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) as well as brain injuries. The ultimate goal is to make every school and community across Canada more inclusive and accepting. Free. For participating schools across Nova Scotia, visit their website for more information
As the only organized voice for Nova Scotians affected by brain injury, we are committed to providing programs, education, recovery, support, advocacy, & community. Brain injury survivors and their families look to us every day as a resource & touchstone of support across the spectrum of brain injury. Our vision is that Nova Scotians living with acquired brain injury & their caregivers realize their potential through a continuum of programs, services, & community supports throughout the province.
Programs & Peer Support – For survivors & caregivers. Offerings range from educational to social & recreational. Including Yoga for ABI, Concussion Cafe, music therapy, a drop-in community hub, social gatherings, and more. Peers facilitate many of our programs & sessions.
Education & Training – For survivors, caregivers, and professionals. Previous offerings include Brain Injury 101 training, income tax & RDSP workshops, Supporting the Supporter training, spirituality workshops. education sessions on ambiguous loss & neurorehabilitation, and more.
Connecting the Community – You are not alone. We work with our staff & volunteers to offer a network of support groups and services across Nova Scotia for survivors, caregivers, & professionals. Connecting with others with similar experiences can be invaluable to the recovery process.
Building Awareness – As an invisible disability, many are unaware of the prevalence & impact of brain injury, and often this includes survivors and professionals. We fight tirelessly to raise awareness of the prevention, identification, treatment, and understanding of brain injuries.
Advocating for change – We advocate across all levels of government and the public sector for specific supports and services to be available for brain injury survivors across Nova Scotia, as there is a general lack of understanding about brain injury and too few supports for survivors’ unique needs.
Metro Community HUB 615 Windmill Road Dartmouth Nova Scotia B3B 1B6
Neurocommons 1658 Bedford Hwy, Unit 290 Bedford Nova Scotia B4A 2X9
Formerly the Halifax Support Group, the Atlantic Virtual Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month from 6:30 – 8 p.m. For registration details contact via phone or visit their website.
Delivers year-round camp programming to children, youth and families living with health conditions or other life challenges in Atlantic Canada, including Camp Brainiac (neurosurgery conditions), Camp Carpe Diem (epilepsy) and Camp Good Times (brain tumour). A pay-what-you-can fee structure is available. No camper in Atlantic Canada will ever be turned away due to a financial situation.
For children who have a sibling or parent with a severe chronic illness or disability. Free.
The Canadian Mental Health Association Nova Scotia Division [CMHA NS] supports the resilience, recovery and well-being of people living with mental illness and those experiencing mental health challenges across the province.
The Canadian Mental Health Association is one of the oldest and most extensive community mental health organizations in Canada.
- Programming: Programming and education in 36 communities across the province.
- Systems Change: At the division level, we advocate for mental health system change, educate, and influence societal beliefs and behaviours to create a climate of understanding and acceptance. Working with our allies and partners, we push for new systems, policies and practice that foster better mental health and well-being.
- Advocacy: And we advocate to improve the spaces, places and conditions that shape mental health.
Provides social, cultural and recreational programs accessible to all people with disabilities to enrich lives by building friendships, community and success. Reduced rates and bursaries are available. (HRM)
1658 Bedford Highway Bedford/Sackville Team Bedford Nova Scotia B4A 2X9
Chebucto Team 16 Dentith Road Halifax Nova Scotia B3H 2H9
Dartmouth Team 58 Tacoma Drive Dartmouth Nova Scotia B2W 3E5
Halifax Peninsula Team 6080 Young Street, Suite 105 Halifax Nova Scotia B3K 5L2
Concussion Nova Scotia is a group of healthcare professionals working to develop, adapt and implement guidelines and resources to assist with the diagnosis, education and management of individuals with concussion/mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Nova Scotia.
A non-profit organization that supports women, girls and trans persons affected by the criminal justice system in provincial and federal courts, prisons and the community. (HRM)
Promotes potential in families who have children with special needs or behavioural challenges through support, education, advocacy and partnerships. Free.
Legal services for economically vulnerable Nova Scotians. Pro Bono Dalhousie @Schulich Law also partners with community organizations on annual projects, including form-filling clinics, etc.
Part of a range of community-based services and supports designed to strengthen families, improve parenting skills and foster healthy child development. (Province-wide)
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