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New BBC2 Series – Employ Me (working title)‏

Production company Optomen are making a new series for BBC 2 exploring the challenges people with various neurological conditions, disabilities or neuro-differences can face when it comes to finding a job. The series aims to raise awareness of such challenges and explore ways of overcoming them and – where possible– help people find a job that really suits their skills. Continue reading

My Head

Radio 4, 9pm Wed 27th May – James Piercy will be taking part in a programme about his brain injury. The show will be repeated on the World Service. James is a great speaker and has presented at many UKABIF events using his own experience to help others understand what it is like to have an acquired brain injury. Listening highly recommended!

Brain injury victim ready to run four marathons in four days in bid to inspire others to retain hope when all seems lost

HAVING suffered a life-threatening brain injury when the victim of a violent, unprovoked city centre attack, Paul Spence was left facing a battle to survive.

A brain haemorrhage, caused when he fell backwards and hit his head on a ceramic floor, left his life hanging in the balance. He spent five days in and out of consciousness and repeatedly suffered seizures on a high dependency ward in hospital. Doctors said he was lucky to be alive, but because he was a fighter, the fight for survival was one he won.

Just a month later, Paul returned home to his loved ones. His life though, was far from returning to normal, and it was only then that he, and those close to him, started to realise that a much bigger battle had only just begun.

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Female head injuries on the rise, reports charity

The number of females being admitted to hospitals in the UK with non-superficial head injuries has risen by a shocking 24% since 2005-06, according to new statistics issued by brain injury charity Headway.

While males remain 1.6 times more likely to be admitted for a head injury, the data reveals that women are increasingly at risk and appear to be catching up with their male counterparts.

The statistics also reveal that the number of people admitted to the hospital in the UK with an acquired brain injury (ABI) related diagnosis has increased by 10% since 2005-06.

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UKABIF welcomes enquiries from the media. We are able to provide information about all aspects of acquired brain injury as well as experts in the field to talk about topical issues. Please call 0845 6080788 or 07903887655.