Inclusion after Brain Injury
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.
Basic information on the project
main aim 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.
Through the project we try to
contribute to improving availability and quality of services for people
with ABI by transfer of good practices and knowledge from European
countries whose systems of care and inclusion of the target group are
well elaborate and developed. For this purpose an expert team is going
to attend international workshops – to transfer gained knowledge and
practises to the Czech Republic.
Furthermore, we would even like to
transfer practical knowledge and methods of cognitive rehabilitation to
the Czech Republic, for cognitive functions are usually one of the most
affected in the case of brain injury, and the therapy applies here only
marginally. For this purpose a publication „How to do a Cognitive
Rehabilitation“ – a practical handbook not only for health care and
social service workers, but also for domestic carers and families – is
going to be translated to Czech and published later on.
account foreign experience we are going to organize informative and
educative workshops and seminars for health care and social service,
administration and self-government representatives. At the seminars we
plan to inform on needs and uniqueness of social inclusion of people
with ABI and on examples of good practises from abroad.
awareness among broader public we are currently working on creating a
new website about brain injury that would serve as a source of relevant
information not only for experts, but also for people with ABI and their
An analysis of the present situation aiming to map
availability of the rehabilitation, social services and social
inclusion of people with ABI in the Czech Republic overall is one of the
key activities of the project.
Within this activity we addressed a
group of experts that would work on creating a conception of care and
neurorehabilitation for people with ABI. Two workshops with a foreign
experts’ attendance are going to take place during 2010; these would be
preceded by Working Group meetings at roundtable panel discussion.
results of the analysis will be processed in “Report on good practices
and system recommendations” and presented to broader public in a closing
Eight key activities in total have been implemented within the “Inclusion after brain injury” project. Herein a brief review.1) Current situation analysis – systemic recommendations and good practices
availability of rehabilitation, social services and overall social
inclusion programs for people with ABI in the Czech Republic is going to
be illustrated within this activity. Both Czech and selected European
legislative and methodical documents are going to be thoroughly
investigated, those in a foreign language translated to Czech, intended
to serve as a basis for a good practice transfer.
In addition, two
international workshops are going to take place within this activity.
The first will introduce the project purpose and single suggested steps
of handling this issue and system recommendations. Next year, the
contributions and system recommendations will be presented to broader
professional public who will have an opportunity to comment on it.
Results from this activity will be processed in “Report on good practices and system recommendations – after brain injury.”2) Transfer of good practices: Danish Head House
aim of this activity is a transfer of good practices and the
functioning model presented by Danish project’s program EQUAL successful
in the inclusion of people with different degree of acquired brain
injury back to the labour market and society. The model was originally
adopted from the American Club House Model of people with mental
disorder inclusion and adapted on the needs of people with ABI.
this purpose several visits and scholarships in Denmark and a workshop
with our Danish partners in the Czech Republic are going to take place. A
prepared and handed project called Head House in the Czech Republic and
a information brochure about the purpose, principles and functioning of
this type of service are the results of this activity. 3) Transfer of good practices: practical use of Cognitive Rehabilitation
this activity a publication called “How to do Cognitive Rehabilitation”
(Kit Malia and Anne Brannagan) is going to be translated and modified
to fit Czech conditions. The publication is for therapists, carers and
social workers and is to be used as a practical handbook. The
publication is going to be distributed in printed form.
about using cognitive therapy during cognitive rehabilitation of brain
injury consequences is also going to be part of this activity. This
conception will be presented by our partners’ experts having a long-term
concern about this issue in Great Britain, publishing practical
handbooks and organizing trainings of cognitive rehabilitation in the
whole of Europe.4) Information portal about brain damage
this activity an information portal in Czech offering detailed
information about acquired brain damage is going to be created.
interactive flash of brain, its functions and consequences of injury
will enable clear and simple introduction also for people with more
severe handicap. Limitations described will be accompanied with
explanations of training possibilities and compensation strategies. The
website will contain reference to available services and facilities that
are going to be investigated step by step while the project will be
A part of this activity is also cooperation with BIF-EC
on development of new web interface for European portal ESITE/BIF in
Czech and English, where not only results of this project, but also the
situation regarding care of people with ABI in the Czech Republic will
be presented. ESITE/BIF is a new BIF/EC’s website to serve to share
practices and knowledge of the individual member states about the issue
of ABI5) Seminars
Based on acquired knowledge,
scholarships, cooperation with foreign partners and produced
informational materials 7 educational seminars focused on social service
contracting authorities (administration and self-governments) and
health care and social services workers about the issue of social
inclusion of people with ABI, needs of this target group and examples of
good practices from abroad are going to take place in individual
regions of the Czech Republic.6) Closing conference
results of the project, research outcomes, models of social inclusion,
both here and abroad will be presented at the Closing Conference. This
will be attended by Czech and foreign experts that are going to
participate on the project. We expect around 200 participants from
Health Care and Social Issues, administration and self-government.7) Mobility
a transversal activity we will focus on gaining knowledge and
increasing capacities of applicant and Czech partner through
international scholarship programs and study tours referring to subjects
of another project’s activities. Within this activity scholarships and
study tours to foreign institutes specialized on the issue will take
place. This concerns scholarships in Copenhagen in Danish Brain Injury
Association, Centru HovetHuset (HeadHouse) and attending basic training
in Cognitive Rehabilitation for people with ABI and scholarship in Great
Britain. Both scholarships are enabled thanks to the partnership with
the European Confederation BIF-EC.8) Project publicity; informing experts and lay public
top of the information portal about the issue of ABI another basic
information materials will be compiled. We will keep communication with
public through press release providing up-to-date information on the
issue of ABI and project’s activities. Individual information materials,
brochures, books and seminar papers will be produced, based on the
details offered by the professional and research team. These will be
sent directly to the target groups later on or available indirectly at
the stands concerned about this issue. The information about the project
will be also available on the European Confederation ESITE/BIF website.
Partners of the ProjectCzech Alzheimer Society (CALS)
Czech Alzheimer Society has a long lasting experience in both education
and direct support of patients with dementia and their dependants. The
society organizes trainings for medical and social workers, carers and
Moreover, CALS participates on many research projects
in cooperation with Gerontology Centre and Department of management and
supervision at Faculty of Humanities at Charles University in Prague.
Among other activities the society organizes activities such as Days of Memory and Prague Gerontology Days.
Czech Alzheimer Society is currently a respected member of renowned
international organizations Alzheimer Europe and Alzheimer Disease
International.Brain Injured and Families - European Confederation (BIF-EC)
Injured and Families – European Confederation was founded by seven
national associations in Brussels, 1999. At present, it brings together
the most of the original EU members and new associations from the
post-communist countries are joining gradually. BIF - EC’s mission is
to transfer good practices to individual members of the Confederation
and support of the rights of the brain injured at the European level.
- EC has been a member of the European Disability Forum since 2000;
nowadays, they have two elected representatives at the Forum’s
BIF – EC participates in many projects with
individual national associations. Once in two years the Confederation
organizes days of culture for people with ABI in one of the member
states. It contributes to holding conferences and workshops in
individual member states serving for the transfer of good practices from
more experienced members to the new ones or less experienced.
Individual member associations bring expertise in inclusion and
rehabilitation for people with ABI.Brain Tree Training - Cognitive Rehabilitation Services
from Brain Tree Training, these are English Clinic Neuropsychologists
specialized in Cognitive Rehabilitation for people with ABI. They hand
down their long lasting practical knowledge from the field through
practical workshops that focus on individual aspects of the issue of
brain injury with regard to Cognitive Rehabilitation. This training
system turned out positive enough to move the experts to give lectures
and organize workshops all over the Europe.
another significant activity of this association. They have published
many titles concerning the issue of Cognitive Rehabilitation for people
with ABI. Lecturing at the English Universities is shall not be omitted.