Shining a light on the untold stories of brain injury: A review of the 2023 Ahead Together conference
Written by: Dr Jessica Fish, University of Glasgow & St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, [email protected]
The third Ahead Together conference took place at Oxford’s Weston Library and the iconic Sheldonian Theatre on Thursday 11 May 2023. More than a hundred delegates attended in person, and another 35 joined online, to hear a carefully curated series of presentations on the theme of Families After Brain Injury: The Untold Stories.
It is fitting that the Ahead Together organising team feels rather like a family. The matriarchs of this family are Dr Audrey Daisley (Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Oxford Centre for Enablement) and Tracy Norris-Evans (Partner and Head of Injury, RWK Goodman), who clearly share a passion for and commitment to the cause. Opening the conference, Dr Daisley described aiming to give an authentic voice to the family experience of brain injury and to put the spotlight on stories that are difficult to tell, difficult to hear, and that threaten accepted truths. She also acknowledged that some stories had proved too difficult to tell, including those addressing themes of poverty, relationships outside marriage, and within same-sex couples, which were invited but could not in the end be included.
More about the Untold Stories of brain injury
Brain injury is often hidden, with only very subtle signs that someone is living with a disability.
So what problems can arise when society as a whole doesn’t understand that someone is living with a disability, especially when that someone might appear totally fine?