CEREBRUM organizes and participates in many projects. These are aimed to help people after a brain injury, spread the information about this issue in public and enforce changes in the system of care of these people on the national level.We are currently running these projects:
In September 2009 we launched an international project called “Transfer of good practices and knowledge in social inclusion of people with acquired brain injury”
funded by European Social Fund through the Human Resources and Employment Operational Program.The main objective of the project is to identify key deficiencies of system of care and rehabilitation after acquired brain injury (ABI) in the Czech Republic, find about availability of care and rehabilitation in regions and propose necessary system changes.
The Vodafone Foundation
was the first foundation to support our Rehabilitation & Reconditioning Program we had been providing since spring 2008 thanks to financial support from MUDr. Oldrich Vysata
and his company named Neurops
Apart from little rehabilitation program we also gained funds to equip the Club with retail property, buy a printer and a computer, open up a library and extend our offer of free-time activities. We moved from volunteering to gradual professionalization.
The aim of the project was to warn against contemporary unsatisfying situation of the system of care of people with ABI and contribute to system change of care and to continuity and interconnection of health care and social services for people with ABI.
As it is common for majority of the cases, the brain injury causes not only isolated deficits such as physical handicap, but leads to a complex limitation that combines most of the following deficits in a different extent. The most frequent, as respondents themselves identify, include: cognitive and executive functions disorders (memory disorders, attention deficit disorders, disorders of planning, initiation, decision making, organizing, judgement); physical and sensory functions (physical handicap, paralysis, losses and disorders of sensibility, touch, smell, sight, hearing, balance disorders, inclination to fatigue); speech and communication disorders (aphasia, dysarthria); behaviour and emotional changes (state of remorse, irritability, weakened ability to control emotions, depression, aggressiveness etc.). Respondents state their whole personality has changed after brain injury. It is evident from their statements they perceive the consequences of the injuries as difficult to recognize, “invisible”, problematic especially in the communication with other people and their understanding the troubles the disabled have; during rehabilitation (when their handicap is not visible it is difficult to demand rehabilitation; concerning availability of certain services and assistance (when dealing with officers not aware of their problems).
After brain injury or cerebrovascular accident (i.e. stroke) the way of life of all respondents takes a complete turn, especially at fields such as work, interpersonal relationships, family, rehabilitation, discrimination.