A new initiative was launched today to help brain injury survivors combat wrong assumptions made about them on a daily basis.
Falkirk West MSP and Scottish justice minister Michael Matheson helped launch the Scotland-wide launch of the Brian Injury Identity Card at a special event in Larbert this afternoon.
Part of brain injury charity Headway’s Justice Project, the card will help police identify brain injury survivors and ensure they are given appropriate support when they come into contact with the criminal justice system, either as an accused suspect, victim or witness.
The new card, which lists details of the person’s brain injury-related physical traits and behaviour issues, also has the additional benefit of breaking down social exclusion, with card holders having renewed confidence in the knowledge they can easily explain their support needs should they require assistance in everyday situations.
One brain injury survivor said people often wrongly assume he his either drunk or stoned on drugs because of the way he walks. He said his new brain injury card now gives him added confidence because he can show it to people to quickly explain his condition.
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