Behind Bars: Brain Injury and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in our Justice System

Speaker Series

Our society’s understanding of crime, of guilt and innocence, of following rules, is based on the idea that our brains are all functioning in the same way. But what happens when a brain is injured, either before birth through exposure to alcohol or after birth through an acquired brain injury? Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), are significantly over represented in our prison populations. Join us to learn about the challenge of ABI and FASD and to talk about innovative approaches to service provision that can help. Dr. Colantonio is a researcher leading important groundwork around the need for a longer-term approach to meet the changing needs of those living with the effects of brain injury, as well as the shortage and inconsistency of rehabilitation services across the country.

Thursday, September 21 from 10:00 am to11:30 am

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Andrew Haydon Hall (Council Chambers)

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Angela Colantonio - Researcher, University of Toronto and Board Member, Brain Injury Canada (see presentation)

Isaiah Boylan, Ottawa resident with lived experience
Janet Carioni, Citizen Advocacy Ottawa, Functionability Rehabilitation Services
Suzanne McKenna, Champlain System Navigator for Acquired Brain Injury, Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)

Councillor Jeff Leiper, Crime Prevention Ottawa Board Member

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