VCAL students in Nat Dusting’s Senior PD/WRS class gained valuable insights into Acquired Brain Injury this morning when the ABI Road Tour rolled into BSSC. The crew from the ABI Road Tour are no strangers to the college, visiting each year to raise awareness and share their valuable message that an ABI can happen to anyone.
Ross Simmons gave students some background into ABI before introducing Bervin, Chris and Shane, who shared their personal stories of living with an ABI.
After his single-car accident, Bervin spent nine months in a coma and seven months in rehabilitation. He spoke about the importance of perseverance and the small steps towards recovery. Bervin has progressed over time from being in a wheelchair – unable to speak – to now living independently and driving a car.
Chris told students about life before his injury and the huge challenges he’s faced, both physically and cognitively in the years since.
“People wouldn’t know I had an ABI if they saw me walking down the street,” he said. “Everyone with an ABI is affected differently.”
Shane inspired the students with his message of self-responsibility, the importance of life-long learning, and respecting others.
“I take responsibility for everything I do now,” Shane said. “Make the most of every day, because you only get one life.”
A big thank you to Ross, Bervin, Chris and Shane for another inspiring session at BSSC.