Survivor Highlight: Henry Broadbent
My name is Henry Broadbent. I've been participating in B.R.A.I.N. activities since last summer. I'm living with a rather unique condition related to learning disabilities, named non-verbal learning disability (affecting a number of capacities). A few years ago in a conversation with my sister, she stated a belief that I'd grown up with Aspergers, a form of Autism. I looked into it and felt uncertain; maybe she was right, or maybe not? I then realized that regardless of our opinions, the best choice was to get a professional evaluation. In fact, I completed two. They both confirmed it was that disability, in a moderate form. A counselor I spent time with also confirmed that it was likely the result of a head injury or set of them when I was young, without knowing anything specific. I spent a short time with an Autism support group but it didn't work out, as I didn't fit in with a group of parents coping with children with Autism. So I finally discovered B.R.A.I.N. and here I am.
I want to say that I feel very good about the way it operates and supports those with brain injuries. Though I don't have the extent of those with a traumatic head injury, I appreciate the support and acceptance found in our meetings. I also enjoy seeing the staff and volunteers encourage us to achieve the maximum level of functioning in our lives. People with disabilities, including those here, are sometimes underestimated in how well we can live in a larger community. Indeed, sometimes we underestimate ourselves that way. I like seeing a place where we can overcome those expectations.