Pulling back the curtain on brain injuries
On June 1, 2018, over 20 communities across Ontario will be unveiling the Unmasking Brain Injury (UBI) Project in celebration of Brain Injury Awareness Month.
Brain injuries are invisible disabilities. They are unseen, hidden and non-visible to most of the population. So are the cognitive, emotional and psychological impacts which can be life altering. The UBI Project aims to increase understanding of what it is like to live with a brain injury, using masks survivors create to represent their personal experiences.
The UBI Project is an international movement. Started and coordinated by Hinds’ Feet Farm in Huntsville, North Carolina, USA, UBI was inspired by work being done with military veterans using masks. To date, more than 847 masks have been created in 3 countries.
OBIA and our partners joined the UBI movement to support the mission to:
- PROMOTE awareness of the prevalence of brain injury;
- GIVE survivors a voice and the means to educate others of what it’s like to live with a brain injury;
- SHOW others that persons living with a disability due to their brain injury are like anyone else, deserving of dignity, respect, compassion and the opportunity to prove their value as citizens in their respective communities.
In Ontario, OBIA is coordinating the launch of UBI to coincide with the start of Brain Injury Awareness Month (BIAM) 2018. Together with local Brain Injury Associations and community partners (see links below), events will be held across the province on June 1, 2018 and throughout the month. Contact your local association and join in the celebration.
We hope you will join us in this visually powerful and emotional project to raise awareness of ABI and the unique experiences of survivors.
- a list of participating Brain Injury Associations/community partners,
- a copy of the Media Release,
- and to see samples of the masks,
follow the link to the Brain Injury Awareness Month page:
For more information from the Ontario Brain Injury Association, please go to;
We will be following up with more information on different therapies that we offer that can aid in the recovery of concussions.