funded projects

parents plus clinic

The REA Foundation is currently funding the development of leading-edge practices at the Parents Plus Clinic for parents with physical and cognitive disabilities.

Thanks to a research-clinical collaboration recently established with a researcher from the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation, Carolina Bottari, PhD, a new leading-edge practice is currently being developed to respond to the complex needs of parents with both cognitive disabilities and physical disabilities. This new practice is specifically designed for individuals with one of the following diagnoses: traumatic brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy.

parents plus clinic at the parents and kids fair

The REA Foundation is currently funding the participation of the Parents Plus Clinic at the Parents and Kids Fair.

By participating in the April 2019 edition, the Parents Plus Clinic allows parents and future parents with disabilities to know the existence of the clinic and thus be able to legitimize the project to start a family despite a physical disability. More details on the fair.

vestibular clinic

The REA Foundation is currently funding the purchase of equipment to assess, treat and monitor vestibular and neurological patients.

The highly specialized vestibular re-education clinic of the Institut de réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay de-Montréal (IRGLM) has developed one of the most enviable reputations in its field of expertise. Vestibular deficit disorders are conditions that are difficult to treat and require specialized care. Professionals at the vestibular clinic help their patients overcome vertigo and dizziness and regain their balance.

quebec sign language material

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

The Installation Raymond-Dewar has been providing Quebec Sign Language training for close to 40 years. An incredible number of people have come to Raymond-Dewar to learn the language as well as the culture of the deaf community. In the last five years alone (2012-2016), more than 2600 people between the ages of 11 and 79 have participated in different levels of training (LSQ 1 to 6). This is often 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 Installation Raymond-Deawr and the CIUSSS, the REA Foundation decided to support this project to modernize and update the teaching material (the last revision was in 1997).

Highly specialized research laboratory – sensory/language

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

Nearly 1,500 children, 400 teenagers and 2,700 adults with hearing loss, hearing processing disorders, deafblindness or language disorders are currently users at the Raymond-Dewar Institute.

The acquisition of proven technologies, Neuroscan and Eyelink II, will make it possible to measure changes in brain activity during listening exercises or visual stimulation. The laboratory will thus be able to customize rehabilitation services to the needs of targeted clienteles, evaluate the added value of interventions and adjust the clinical support offered.

bridging fund

In addition to the above-mentioned projects, the REA Foundation has established a Bridging Fund to provide funding to patients that contributes directly to their autonomy and their social integration.

This measure makes it possible for eligible individuals to receive annual financial assistance of up to $100 for purchases or fees that are not covered.

Visual Eyes 505m:
Goggles that present new horizons

The REA Foundation has allocated $10,500 for the purchase of specialized equipment that will enable experts at Lucie-Bruneau to offer the most effective care and treatment for vestibular disorders.

In recent years, more has become known about vestibular problems, making them easier to identify. Dizziness and loss of balance have a major impact on a person’s autonomy and quality of life, and hinder the rehabilitation process. In the stroke and other neurological disorders program at the Centre de réadaptation en déficience physique Lucie-Bruneau, there has been an increase in physiotherapy referrals directly related to this condition. In fact, 40 to 60% of physiotherapy clients present vestibular disorders that must be assessed and treated.

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sela equipment

The REA Foundation is currently funding the replacement of medical equipment: auditory localization evaluation system (SELA).

SELA makes it possible to evaluate auditory localization abilities, which are essential for ensuring that deaf-blind clients are able get around safely and autonomously in real-life situations. SELA is used to respond to the needs of the deaf-blind clientele served by the joint Surdicécité program, but also those in western Québec who require an evaluation in auditory localization in order to maintain and develop their ability to get around safely and autonomously.

social circus

The REA Foundation is currently funding the development of an implementation and clinical intervention guide for the social circus program for physical rehabilitation.

The project involves developing a guide that describes the social circus program for physical rehabilitation in order to ensure the sustainability of this service within the CCSMTL and beyond, and to enable the transfer of this innovative practice to young people with physical disabilities during their transition from school to active adult life.

intern evaluations

The REA Foundation is currently funding the upgrade of evaluations of interns and their workstations.

The IRGLM receives some 650 students a year from various milieus, including medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social service, psychology, nursing, nutrition and others. These students come to develop their skills through workplace internships. The project seeks to provide better evaluation and feedback to these interns.

sage project

The REA Foundation is currently funding a team of specialists in the application and generalization of expertise

With the goal of introducing to the organization a culture of evidence-based continuous improvement, a team of specialists in the application and generalization of expertise (SAGEs) has been established and became operational in fall 2011 with financial support from the Foundation. The SAGEs’ mandate is to encourage clinicians to reflect on their current practices in order to promote the implementation of best practices in their program. They work to coordinate, promote and facilitate the adoption of best practices under the authority of program leaders.

This project receives support from the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation.

Aurélie Houle’s fellowship

REA Foundation scholarship awarded to Dr. Aurélie Houle
in contribution to her fellowship.

The initiative will improve care for patients suffering from a complex stroke.

The one-year fellowship will take place in the physical medicine and rehabilitation department of the Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital, in Paris. This university institution has always been renowned for its expertise in neurology and neurological rehabilitation, among other things.
Dr. Aurélie Houle’s duties will include:

  • taking into her care patients who are in the acute phase of a complex stroke and following them from the vascular neurology unit, through to their intensive functional rehabilitation and their return home;
  • working in specialized clinics for stroke patients who present one or more complications, including spasticity, bladder-sphincter disorders, vestibular disorders and cognitive impairments;
  • participating in clinical research with Professor Pascale Pradat-Diehl (specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation) to study post-stroke cognitive impairments and neurorehabilitation;
  • participating in research projects in neuromodulation at the brain and spinal cord institute affiliated with the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital;
  • participating in departmental and neuroscience meetings, both of which are forums to discuss different subjects regarding post-stroke rehabilitation and neurological rehabilitation in general.

Upon her return, Dr. Aurélie Houle will:

  • offer highly specialized, cutting-edge care in the area of neurorehabilitation and the management of possible complications from a stroke;
  • work in intensive functional rehabilitation with stroke patients at the Institut de réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay-de-Montréal;
  • offer highly specialized services in the diagnosis and treatment of complications that can arise from a stroke;
  • continue her involvement in research by developing France-Quebec multi-centric research projects with an eye to optimizing knowledge in neurorehabilitation.

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An adapted tricycle

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

This adapted tricycle allows people in rehabilitation to resume a sport in a safe and autonomous manner. One of the areas of focus in kinesiology is to make sports accessible to all types of clientele with physical limitations following a medical diagnosis like a stroke, multiple sclerosis, pain, etc.

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