Mailing address: P.O. Box 369, NL, A0A 2C0
Physical address: N/A (*Works out of the St. John’s/ Mount Pearl area).
Tel: (709) 740-4794
Mandate: The NPA is a nonprofit organization created in 2008 by Dr. Hugh Mirolo to provide services to people who have experienced brain injury or brain insults of any kind. The 3 main pillars of the NPA are: 1) Advocacy, 2) Neurocognitive Rehabilitation, and 3) Research. Through advocacy, NPA aims to ensure patients are treated with proper care and respect.
Target Population: The NPA serves individuals of all ages with Neuropsychiatric conditions (brain injuries/insults), as well as their families. Some examples of Neuropsychiatric conditions include: Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, autism, “concussions”, sports injuries, motor-vehicle accidents, whiplash, neurotoxicant inhalation, drowning, strokes, suicide attempts, among many others.
Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:
- Within Neurocognitive Rehabilitation, the NPA provides a free service of weekly meetings (Thursday evenings), in which patients participate in activities that promote brain plasticity (i.e. healing and repair). These activities are instructed by experienced professionals.
- These activities are often “manual-mental”, where patients need to use both their brain and their hands simultaneously. For instance, sewing, painting, woodworking, chess, or learning an instrument.
- Through research, the NPA’s aim is to better educate medical professionals and to ensure that brain injuries are properly assessed, diagnosed, and treated.