LSQ equipment

The REA Foundation is funding the upgrading of Quebec Sign Language (LSQ) training material.

The Institut Raymond-Dewar has been providing Quebec Sign Language (LSQ) training for several decades. A remarkable number of people have come to Raymond-Dewar to learn the language and culture of the deaf community. From 2012 to 2016, more than 2600 people between the ages of 11 and 79 participated in different levels of training (LSQ 1 to 6). For many of them, this is their first contact with a deaf person, since instruction is provided by deaf instructors. For this reason, and because LSQ instruction is so important for the Institut Raymond-Dewar and the CIUSSS, the REA Foundation is supporting this project to modernize and update the teaching material.

Acquisition of a VisualEyes 505M

The REA Foundation is providing up to $10,500 to fund the purchase of specialized equipment to help the specialists at Lucie Bruneau provide more effective treatments for vestibular disorders.

Over the last few years, vestibular disorders have become better understood and easier to identify. Dizziness and loss of balance have an enormous impact on a person’s autonomy and quality of life, and hinders their progress in rehabilitation. The stroke program and other neurological programs at the Centre de réadaptation en déficience physique Lucie-Bruneau are seeing an increase in referrals in physiotherapy directly related to these problems. In fact, 40 to 60% of patients in physiotherapy present vestibular problems that need to be assessed and treated.

Concrete progress

Vestibular disorders can be peripheral (the vestibular system in the inner ear) or central (the brain). Good assessment makes it possible to target the cause of the dizziness and offer a treatment plan adapted to the person’s condition. Currently, professionals must conduct their assessment using the naked eye due to a lack of specialized equipment. However, certain clinical tests require the use of assessment goggles that prevent visual fixation and facilitate diagnosis. Acquisition of this equipment will refine assessments and eliminate false negatives related to compensation through visual fixation. It will also provide opportunities for peer self-training by analyzing the recordings.

Above all, the main objective is to have a greater impact on function and quality of life for the patients suffering from these disorders.

Exponential positive effect

In addition to stroke patients, many of the patients served at Lucie-Bruneau suffer from chronic pain, Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis. Since vestibular disorders, whether peripheral or central, can occur in all of these cases, the vestibular goggles can be used by all of the Centre’s  physiotherapists.

Acquisition of an adapted tricycle

The REA Foundation purchased a $1,000 adapted tricycle for people with physical limitations.

This adapted tricycle enables people in rehabilitation to resume practising a sport, safely and autonomously. Among other things, kinesiology is about making sports accessible to all types of patients with physical limitations following a medical diagnosis, such as a stroke, multiple sclerosis or pain. Many of these people are cycling enthusiasts and would like to resume this activity in a safe fashion, adapted to their new condition. With funding from the REA Foundation, it was possible to acquire a device adapted to people with serious problems related to balance, coordination, paresis, muscle weakness, endurance, etc. It’s now possible for the kinesiologists to respond to this need and support users in resuming this activity.

The tricycle helps the user feel at ease and balanced, which is impossible on a bicycle. With six speeds, users can work at different intensities and progress to the next stage.

Resuming physical activity after a diagnosis also promotes integration back into the community, improves physical condition parameters and reduces risk factors related to a sedentary lifestyle.

Acquisition of an InVision Head Tracker

A new tool is now being used to help traumatic brain injury victims. Thanks to a $5,165 donation from Andrea and John David Miller to the REA Foundation, traumatic brain injury victims and people with balance disorders will benefit from new state-of-the-art equipment.

The Institut de réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay-de-Montréal (IRGLM) will now be able to purchase a Head Tracker. As the name implies, this tool detects head movements. Placed on the patient’s head, it assesses how head movements impact the user’s balance when they’re standing.

The physiotherapist specialized in vestibular rehabilitation can then provide a service more precisely adapted  to IRGLM’s users. This is particularly the case for people who have sustained a traumatic brain injury or suffer from a balance disorder when standing, which affects their daily activities.

Highly specialized research laboratory

The REA Foundation is funding the creation of a highly specialized research laboratory at the Institut Raymond-Dewar for the rehabilitation of people who are deaf or deafblind, or have a language or auditory processing disorder.  

The acquisition of technologies, such as the Neuroscan and Eylink II, will make it possible to measure changes in brain activity during listening and visual stimulation exercises. With this laboratory, the professionals will be able to personalize rehabilitation services, asses the added value of interventions, adapt clinical support, develop new rehabilitation methods and build research projects based on patient experience. Nearly 1500 children, 400 adolescents and 2700 adults with hearing loss or a hearing processing disorder, deafblindness or a language disorder are currently users at the Institut Raymond-Dewar.

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