Seeing Possibilities 

A blog for our visitors, friends, partners, and community members to share thoughts and experiences about living with a brain injury, co-creating community services, and other interesting things that come up!


The Integration has been completed

Effective 02 June 2013, abi Possibilities Inc. and PACE Independent Living have completed our voluntary integration.  Going forward, current Possibilities programs can be accessed through PACE Independent Living.

PACE's head office is located at:

970 Lawrence Avenue West, Suite 210

Toronto, ON

M6A 3B6



We are still working on updating email addresses and contact numbers -- but for now nothing has changed.  Please use the telephone numbers and email addresses that you are  familiar with using.  We will keep you posted on any changes.

We are very excited about our future and thank everyone for their support of this initiative.


Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 14:04 by Registered CommenterPaula Cassin | Comments7 Comments

Sharing our plans to complete a Voluntary Integration

PACE Independent Living and abi Possibilities are pleased to announce their intent to integrate the services provided by abi Possibilities into those services offered by PACE. 

This integration will result in the Members and staff of abi Possibilities being part of the PACE agency and the services they provide.  PACE would begin providing services on 02 June 2014.

Over the next few months, we will be working to ensure a smooth transition during the integration and to ensure that the same high level of quality support services continue to be provided to current and future Consumers and Members at PACE

We will continue to share information about our progress throughout the transition process.  

If you have any questions about the integration, please contact Shirley Rokos, Director of Client Services at 416-789-7806 or

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Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 09:24 by Registered CommenterSite Admin | Comments10 Comments

How to Learn by Creating Micro-skills: Shaping by Bike

Possibilities has an internal learning program that includes a section on a learning / teaching technique called "shaping". I happened to come across this great youtube video about teaching a child to ride a bike.

So what's riding a bike got to do with shaping? Or with learning in general?

So glad you asked ;-)

There are a couple of ways our brains learn new stuff:

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Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 13:35 by Registered CommenterDr Karen in | Comments2 Comments | References2 References

What Happens If You Damage the Hippocampus? 

There is a interesting 6-minute lecture available temporarily from the Great Courses that talks about this question. The professor, Dr. Sapolsky, tells the story of the famous "H.M." who had his hippocampus removed to stop an intractable seizure disorder.

Things you might learn:

- the difference between procedural and declarative memory

- the difference between explicit and implicit memory

- the contribution of the hippocampus to learning and memory

If you have questions after listening to this, do share them here and we can explore the ideas even more...

What Happens if You Damage the Hippocampus?

Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 13:55 by Registered CommenterDr Karen in | Comments5 Comments

"In the Service of Life": When is Helping not Serving?

I was "de-cluttering" my email when I came across this eloquent essay from a participant in a brain injury conference I attended. She had given me permission to share it, but somehow "life" got in the way and I never got it posted. It's time to fix that omission, because this is a very powerful piece highlighting a very important distinction. I have highlighted som eof they bits that seemed to jump out at me while I read, but please share what touched you as well...

When you are a service provider, do you help, fix, or serve?

When you receive services from others, are you being helped, fixed, or served?


In the Service of Life

By Rachel Naomi Remen

In recent years the question "How can I help?" has become meaningful to many people. 

But perhaps there is a deeper question we might consider. 

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Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 13:32 by Registered CommenterDr Karen in , | Comments9 Comments