August 4, 2017
Headway UK (The Brain Injury Association) has recently launched its new ‘Brain Injury Identity Card’ to help ensure that brain injury survivors receive fair treatment and support in the community. The main aim is to enable card holders to easily make members of the public aware of their brain injury and the difficulties they might have as a result. This has proven really helpful to card holders in everyday situations. It is also helpful to the police so they can treat brain injured people appropriately if they are involved in the criminal justice system.
The new initiative contains a photo of the card holder, their name and a list of some of the symptoms of their brain injury, such as difficulties with speech and language, processing information or balance and mobility.
Anyone over the age of 18 can apply for themselves or can apply for someone else who has a verifiable brain injury. The application is free of charge and is straightforward.
Committee members of Headway North Derbyshire and brain injury survivors, Les Richardson and Jez Gibson, have already experienced many positive changes to their day to day lives from using their identity cards. Les has found members of the public speak more slowly and are more patient with him, once they have seen his ID card. Jez has found bus drivers wait until he is safely sat down before driving off. The ID card has resulted in survivors going about their everyday life with increased confidence and independence.
Below is a YouTube clip from Headway UK website showing a survivor being refused access to a taxi on the assumption that he was drunk but the reality was this persons slurred speech and inability to walk with full control was the result of a brain injury. Once the taxi driver saw the ID card he understood and treated the brain injured person with empathy and understanding.