This story was written by one of my clients. It was chosen for publication by the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA Review) Magazine.
“I am sitting with a few people in the Orchard Library on Thursday afternoon. The room is half the size of a basketball court covered with grey carpet. There is a central island formed by four rectangular tables. Close to the entrance, several juice bottles and two baskets of energy bars are waiting on the welcome table. The room looks quite empty with five big windows overlooking the busy Yonge-and-Eglinton intersection. We all look “normal” or at least most of us do not look like we have a disability. One person is in a wheelchair, and another has a twisted hand….” Click here (OBIA-Review-24-3-online-with-links) for the rest of the story.
We started our spring workshop last week. Often, survivors with a traumatic brain injuries have a sudden and abrupt change to their life. One moment they are on one path and suddenly the next moment, their life is flipped upside down. Group gathering allows survivors to come together to connect and share their experiences. This helps people to feel less alone and isolated. It also helps people to gain insights into their struggles and difficulties and come out with new perspectives and tools to cope with the difficult moments.
Dr. Joseph DeSouza, a neuroscientist at York University came to the workshop to gain insights about how to use meditation and art in a group setting. His research on the Neural Mechanisms behind Dance Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease hopes to improve the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s. The outcomes from this dance therapy aspire to give people with Parkinson’s hope as participants gather on a weekly basis to dance, move, connect and share. Here is what Joe had to say about Mindful Art Workshop.
“Amee – thanks for sharing the picture – AND SHARING YOUR COMBINED PASSIONS. I loved it and so did everyone else.