The World of Assistive Tech for Brain Injuries

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4 photos: (1) stylish black sunglasses, eyeglasses; (2) woman using grabber/reacher tool in the kitchen; (3) man in business suit using crutches on stairs outdoors; (4) hands using a smartphone.
Tools and devices that assist people with brain injuries can range from high to low tech.

“Brain injuries are like fingerprints,” says Phil Subia, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) advocate. “No two are alike.”

Because the effects of a brain injury are complex and vary greatly from person to person, there are plenty of different devices and tools that help people living with a TBI.

For Phil, a motorcycle accident in 2016 left him with several injuries and a severe TBI. After multiple surgeries, procedures, and (physical, cognitive, occupational and speech) therapy Phil has become a well-known advocate in California.

In this blog, Phil shares the assistive technology (AT) that provided aid during his recovery journey and some he still uses on a daily basis.
Please note that each item is hyperlinked to free/low-cost AT resources or more information.

Man in business suit walking with crutches.

Mobility Devices

Woman using reacher/grabber tool to get item in kitchen cupboard.

Daily Living Aids

Stylish sunglasses and reading glasses


Image of a cell phone with the text minder app on it showing reminders for taking medication, taking out trash, paying bills and checking furnace filter with dates, etc.

Memory Assistance

Phil Subia is living with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and works to provide resources to the 252 thousand Californians living with TBIs. Learn more about Phil’s story here.

White male with beard, laying on couch asleep with a small white dog laying on his knee, which is wrapped with medical equipment.
Phil post-accident, recovering from hand and knee surgery with his dog Max.