Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
April 29, 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.

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.


Be Heard! Statewide Needs and Assessment Town Meetings
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.

Association Takes Part in Art-A-Whirl
The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota is excited to be a part of this year’s Art-A-Whirl – the open studio and gallery tour of Northeast Minneapolis. The Association’s offices will serve as a gallery showcasing art by individuals with brain injury.

Come celebrate creativity in the brain injury community and and enjoy fantastic art at the Association office on Friday May 15 through Sunday, May 17, 2009. For more information, visit www.braininjurymn.org.

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.

Mayo Clinic 16th Annual Brain Injury Conference
The Mayo Clinic will be holding its 16th Annual Brain Injury Conference Friday, June 19, 2009 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. For more information and to register online, go to www.cne-registration.com and create an account.

Provider Spotlight - People Incorporated Epilepsy and Mental Health Services
People Incorporated Epilepsy and Mental Health Services provides services to individuals with acquired or traumatic brain injuries through four different options:

  • Transitions Program (DHS Grant)
    Transitions is a program designed to give adults with severe epilepsy from acquired or traumatic brain injury the support to move to their own home or apartment and greater independence in all areas of life – health, finances, employment, household and connections in the community.
  • EMHS Assisted Living (Hennepin County)
    Assisted Living is a community living program funded by Hennepin County for individuals who need long-term support to live successfully in the community. Assisted Living is considered an alternative to institutional care.
  • Independent Living Skills Training
    Independent Living skills training is a service that is provided to individuals living in their own homes or apartments in the community or to individuals living in group or supported living situations that need training in daily living skills.
  • Adult Rehabilitation Mental Health Services (ARMHS)
    ARMHS services are provided to individuals living in their own homes or apartments in the community or to individuals in supported living situations that need mental health rehabilitative skill training.

For more information please contact People Incorporated Epilepsy and Mental Health Services at 651-774-0011 or visit www.peopleincorporated.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:
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