Headway - Brain Injury Association

The Headway charity played a substantial part in the first year of my TBI recovery, whereby it:

  • Gave me the opportunity to get out and meet new folk
  • Provided facilities to take part in activities such as playing pool or table tennis
  • Enabled folk to gain reassurance of their cognitive function in activites such as "pub quizzes"

More than anything else though, Headway provided a wonderful community environment.  I saw it as a place where folk with brain injuries could engage with people who were experiencing similar limitations to my own.  At Headway you were able to feel part of something whereby your limitations didn't make you feel "different."

Simplified Password Management

In 2021, an occupational therapist who'd supported me back in 2016, inadvertently viewed an "IT buddy" password management video which I'd published on YouTube.  She invited me to present a session about password management on a weekly Zoom call with Headway South Manchester.  This inspired me to simplify and improve my way of explaining password management, the output of which can be seen below - clicking this link will open it in YouTube directly.

Bank Card PINs

I've been asked if the 'magic number' could be leveraged for use with credit and ATM card PINS.  The constraints to be observed would be that each card must have a different PIN - and the PIN mustn't be written down anywhere.  The short answer to the question is "no", but I've come up with the following idea which I'm struggling to find flaws in.

Use the first (or last) block of four numbers on your bank card as your PIN.  An example of using this approach is shown below:

  • Credit Card Number: 6548 3364 7821 3258 - use 6548 as the PIN
  • Current Account Number: 36579241 - use 3657 as the PIN

The approach described above is by no means proposed as a perfect solution for PINs.  However, if you have severe memory difficulties which makes PIN recall practically impossible, this could be a satisfactory approach.