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Acquired Brain Injury FAQs

An acquired brain injury is damage to the brain that occurs after birth and is not related to a congenital disorder, a developmental disability or degenerative disease. The term does not refer to brain injuries induced by birth trauma, but rather brain damage caused by motor vehicle crashes, stroke, fall, aneurysm, etc. To learn more, please see our What is an ABI? page (click here), or see our Introduction to ABI presentation series (click here).

The Outreach Support Teams accept self-referrals as well as those from health facilities, physicians, any rehabilitation program or professional support services, schools or community agencies.

You can find contact information for our ABI Outreach Teams in our Access to Services page (click here).   

There are five ABI Regional Coordinators located throughout Saskatchewan. The Coordinators engage in community development and case management activities to facilitate effective community reintegration of individuals with ABI. To contact the ABI closest to where you live, see the contact information listed in our Access to Services page (click here). 

Each ABI Outreach Team has resources available for loan on a variety of ABI-related topics of use to survivors, their families and helping professionals. For more information, contact your nearest Outreach Team.

In addition, please check out our Introduction to ABI presentation series.

Brain Walk is an interactive walk through the brain that helps students from kindergarten through grade six learn about the different functions of the brain and about how to keep their brain safe and healthy.

To learn more, go to the Brain Walk page (click here).

The Acquired Brain Injury Education & Prevention Coordinators may assist communities to develop, coordinate, facilitate, and evaluate education and injury prevention initiatives. If your community has an ongoing project, we may be able to support or enhance that project in some way. The Education & Prevention Coordinators will also research and distribute resources to communities.

For more information, please see our Education and Prevention Coordinators webpage (click here), or contact the coordinator responsible for your area.

In addition, you may be interested in the Community Grants program. This program has been very successful in providing communities with seed money for injury prevention initiatives since 1997. The goal of this program is to enable community groups to establish, enhance, and deliver programs that address safety issues in their communities. The annual deadlines for applications are October 31st and February 28th. For more information, check out the Community Grants Page on SGI's website.

To learn more about the effects of alchol consumption after a brain injury, please see our most recent ABI Alcohol and Drug pamphlet on the ABI Partnership's Pamphlets and Guides page (click here).


Brain injuries often affect a person’s ability to drive. All drivers are required to report to SGI any medical conditions that may affect their ability to drive at the time they are diagnosed or at the time of license renewal. To notify SGI of your medical condition, you can obtain a Supplementary Medical Application form from any driver's licence issuer, or from the SGI website.


SGI’s Medical Review Unit (MRU) may ask you to attend one of the drivers assessment programs, or you may be referred by your physician. You can also choose to attend on your own.


For more information about when it is okay to start driving after a brain injury, check out the Survival Guide (Turn to page 33).


Knowledge is Power so to learn more information on Brain Injury click here to view more frequently asked questions from the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital.



Acquired Brain Injury Partnership Project