Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
April 15, 2009

The Education Center is welcoming spring with a fresh start in the area of Workshop Opportunities for Professionals who support persons affected by brain injury and for all people affected by brain injury, including family and friends. In addition to the many new workshops on Assistive Technologies (AT), the Association is also offering new package options for organizations and businesses. Please click here or contact the Education Manager at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442 to learn more.

Brain Injury: An Introduction Workshop
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2009
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$20 for professionals; a minimum $5 donation appreciated for individuals with brain injury and their family members.

NEW: Assistive Technology: Computer Accessibility Features for Windows XP, Vista and Mac OSX
Date: Monday, May 11, 2009
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $25 for professionals; $15 for individuals with brain injury and their family members.

Electronic Organization
Date: Monday, May 18, 2009
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $25 for professionals; $15 for individuals with brain injury and their family members.

Brain Injury: Caregiver for Professionals
Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 for professionals; a minimum $5 donation appreciated for individuals with brain injury and their family members.

Brain Injury: Adjustment to Disability Workshop
Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 for professionals; a minimum $5 donation appreciated for individuals with brain injury and their family members.

NEW: Professional one-day Training: Brain Inury Basics Series & Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2009
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $75 per professional.

Location:
All classes are held in the Education Center at the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota

To register for a class, please click here or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.


Volunteer Opportunities
Interested in volunteering your skills at the Association or in your community? For a list of volunteer opportunities, click here or contact the Volunteer Manager.


Conference Registration Still Open
The 24th Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury: "Foundations for the Future" begins in less than two weeks. There is still time to register! Please click here for online registration.

The conference also has room for six more exhibitors! Don't let this opportunity pass your organization by! If you are interested in exhibiting at the conference, please contact Laura Fenstermaker directly at lauraf@braininjurymn.org or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.

Jason Crigler Documentary and Performance
Reserve your ticket now for a very special presentation Thursday night at the Conference. Jason Crigler, a New York City guitarist, who experienced a brain hemorrhage on stage, will tell his story, along with personal accounts by his sister and footage from the documentary Life. Support. Music. He will perform a mini-concert as well.

Visit our Web site for more information.

We're Listening! Come to a meeting near you!
The upcoming Statewide Needs and Resources Assessment is a fantastic opportunity for individuals to come together and air their thoughts and ideas on brain injury resources and services in Minnesota. Meetings will be held in nine cities over six days and anyone who wants their voice heard is welcome to attend.

For more information including meeting dates and locations, click here or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.

Midwest Advocacy Project
Would you like to get involved and learn more about improving brain injury services? Are you not sure how to go about it?

The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota is partnering with the Mayo Clinic TBI Model System in a research study. The goal is to identify how to best teach advocacy to people touched by TBI in order to improve their health and that of their communities. This groundbreaking study is expected to advance the science of TBI research.

Are you at least 18 years old and a person, family member or significant other affected by a moderate to severe TBI for at least a year?

If you are, you are invited to contact us about participating in this research study. You will be asked to attend four monthly training sessions in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Travel expenses will be covered for those residing at least 60 miles from the training site. All participants will receive a research stipend upon completion of the four sessions.

Contribute to important TBI research and join with others eager to gain better advocacy skills and know-how. Click here to apply online or contact Michelle Gray at the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota at michelleg@braininjurymn.org or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442

Provider Spotlight - Rochester Area Disabled Athletic & Recreation, Inc. (RADAR)
Rochester Area Disabled Athletics & Recreation, Inc. (RADAR) is a non-profit organization promoting recreational and sporting opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the Rochester and Southeastern Minnesota region since 1985. The mission and purpose of RADAR is to provide individuals with a disability in the Rochester and Southeastern Minnesota region with opportunities to participate in athletic and recreational opportunities through:

  • The Provision of athletic and recreational opportunities sponsored by the organization, for individuals to build knowledge, skill and confidence;
  • The provision of Information and Referral Services related to assisting in making athletic and recreational opportunities assessable to individuals with a disability;
  • The provision of an Outreach Program to provide information about opportunities to provide education to all, to assist in the design and development of accessibility.

RADAR programming is open to any individual with or without disability interested in participating in any one or more of the many program opportunities offered. We offer programs in the community for all to participate.

Anyone wishing to receive our bi-monthly newsletter or to participate in programming can contact the RADAR office to be put on the mailing list or to RSVP for a program offered.

RADAR is funded through United Way Funding, special events, programming fees, grants and donations. For more information, contact Sadie Wermers, CTRS at sadia@radarsports.org.

About Provider Spotlight
The Provider Spotlight is a free opportunity for professionals in the brain injury community to highlight their services. It is open to any service provider that supports persons with brain injury, including, but not limited to: hospitals, rehabilitation centers, residential services, legal resources, home health care, vocational rehabilitation, chemical dependency, counseling and behavioral services, education programs and centers for independent living.

If you would like your organization featured in the Provider Spotlight, please write a 250-word description of your business' services, contact information and Web site. Submit your entry to enews@braininjurymn.org

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Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
34 13th Avenue Northeast, Suite B001 - Minneapolis, Minnesota - 55413

Telephone:
612-378-2742 | 800-669-6442

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