ID cards for people with brain injury

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Joseph Piggott says it was hurtful that his condition after an injury was confused as aggression. Picture: Brian Gavin/Press 22
SPECIAL identification cards are being launched for people with brain injuries to help others understand the difficulties and misunderstandings they face in their daily lives.

SPECIAL identification cards are being launched for people with brain injuries to help others understand the difficulties and misunderstandings they face in their daily lives.

Headway, a national charity for people with acquired brain injuries, is launching the ID cards to alert people they are dealing with about their condition.

For example, someone with such an injury may have slurred speech, difficulty speaking or raise their voice, which in the past has seen them refused entry into pubs or nightclubs as security officers mistake them for being intoxicated.

The ID cards will feature a photograph, name and phone number, along with an explanatory message.

“I may have problems with my memory, speech, behaviour and balance. Your help and patience would be appreciated,” the card states.

Limerickman Joseph Piggott, who acquired a head injury two years ago when he was hit by a car while on holiday in Lanzarote, has spoken out about his experience in this area.

Joseph now has tinnitus, which on occasion causes him to raise his voice so that he can hear himself speak. However, while in a mobile phone shop one day staff accused him of being aggressive, and he struggled to relay to them that he was not. He said he was deeply embarrassed that people thought he was behaving in such a way.

Headway on Steamboat Quay in Limerick has over 40 full and part-time clients, aged 16 to 65.

The charity, which is reliant on funding from FAS and the HSE, will hold a golf classic in Charleville on June 14. It is one of their main fundraising appeals.

Call 061 469306 to book or find out about their services. See www.headway.ie