An acquired brain injury (ABI) is damage to the brain which occurs after birth due to a traumatic event, such as a blow to the head, or a non-traumatic medical event, such as stroke.  An ABI is not due to a congenital disorder or a progressively degenerative disorder.  As the brain is a complex and delicate organ, damage to the brain can produce serious, long-term difficulties.

Brain Injuries:

  • are the leading cause of death and disability for Canadians under 35
  • most often occur in Canadians between 15 – 24
  • are the cause of death for more than 800 Ontarians per year
  • are sustained by more than 50,000 Canadians per year
  • are more likely to occur in males than females
  • are likely to result in death or permanent disability
  • are the leading cause of death and disability worldwide

See OBA Impact Report 2012