The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation Marks 20th Anniversary
In the late 1990’s a group of people and organizations familiar with the difficulties and gaps in the care and treatment for those with neurotrauma made a bold decision to establish the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF). With a focus on research, ONF soon became the go-to resource for evidence-based best practices and knowledge about acquired brain injury (ABI), spinal cord injury (SCI) and prevention.
In 1998 following the confirmation of government funding to a partnership group known as the Ontario Neurotrauma Initiatives Partnership (ONIP). ONIP partners included the Rick Hansen Foundation, Canadian Spinal Research Organizations (CSRO), the Canadian Paraplegic Association (a precursor organization now known as Spinal Cord Injury Ontario) and the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA).
Over the years, ONF has broadened and strengthened its connections with those living with neurotrauma. ONF has built and supported networks of researchers and advocates working to find and implement health care solutions that address the needs of those living with neurotrauma. The Foundation is known and respected for its leadership in sharing knowledge and establishing standards and guidelines that support care that tackles the serious health issues related to ABI and SCI. And the Foundation has taken the lead to bring together individuals and organizations seeking to prevent neurotrauma across the lifespan.
Over the past two decades ONF has invested $100-million and, as the list of achievements below notes, supported hundreds of thousands of Ontarians to access better care and services.