Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
February 3, 2010

Brain Injury Association of Minnesota


Upcoming Workshops:

Brain Injury Basics: Adjustment to Brain Injury
Date: Thursday, February 11
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Cost: $25 for Professionals; $5 donation appreciated from Consumers.

Brain Injury Basics: Caregiving
Date: Thursday, March 11
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Cost: $25 for Professionals; $5 donation appreciated from Consumers.

Brain Injury Basics: Pediatrics
Date: Wednesday, April 7
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Cost: $25 for Professionals; $5 donation appreciated from Consumers.

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.

 

Advocacy Matters
The 2010 legislative session is sure to be challenging; that's why it's more important than ever that we advocate together and fight to preserve essential brain injury supports and services. Join with others eager to make a difference, make an appointment with your legislator and attend an afternoon rally at this year's Disability Day at the Capitol.

Disability Day at the Capitol
Thursday, February 11
Minnesota State Capitol

For more information and how to register, please visit our Advocacy Action Center, or contact Jeff Nachbar or Michelle Grey at the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota. If you'd like help registering and making an appointment with your legislator please feel free to e-mail our Public Policy intern Bobby or call 1-800-669-6442.

Brain Injury Awareness Month and the Speakers Bureau
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and volunteers in the Association's Speakers Bureau can help maximize brain injury awareness. The speakers are free, informative, and inspiring but, they need your help to get the word out. If you are part of a group or organization – or you know of a group or organization – who would like a speaker for March, or any other month contact Anna Karena at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.

Have You or Your Child Sustained a Sports/Recreational Concussion?
If you or someone in your family (child/young adult) sustained a brain injury through a sports concussion (hockey, baseball, football, soccer or other sport) or a recreational accident (skiing, snowboarding, biking, scooter, etc.) the Public Awareness department would like to hear form you. With a focus on sports/recreation concussions we are looking for kids, young adults (with family involvement), or adults who would be willing to help others by sharing their personal story of brain injury through media interviews. For further information or to share your story please contact Pat Marciniak at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.

Volunteers Needed: Parents with Disabilities
We need your help in a research study conducted by the School of Social Work and the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota.

The purpose of this research is to find out more from you, as a parent, about those supports and adaptations that have been helpful in raising your children.

We are seeking parents who:

  • have a physical, sensory and/or intellectual disability; and
  • have children under the age of 18; and
  • may or may not have past or current involvement with county child welfare services.
  • You will be asked to participate in an interview for approximately 90 minutes at a place and time that is good for you.

Questions will be asked about those things that were the most helpful in caring for your children. If you have experience with the child welfare system, questions will be asked about that experience. All information you share will be confidential. A $20 Cub gift card will be provided for participation.

If you would like to participate or want information, please call Cathy Ellis at 612-626-4583 (MN Relay 711) or e-mail at CASCW@umn.edu, at the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare and School of Social Work, 1404 Gortner Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55109.

Donate Your Car to the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
Are you thinking of replacing your 1990 or newer car, truck, van or boat? Instead of trading it in, donate it to the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota. The Fair Market Value of your vehicle is tax deductible.

Call us at 612-378-2742 in the metro area or 800-669-6442 in greater Minnesota, or e-mail info@braininjurymn.org.

Classified Ad - Ostroot & Ostroot, Professional Remodelers, LLC
Ostroot & Ostroot is a full-service remodeling contractor providing a specific resource for those in need, and the organizations that serve them. This includes free in-home consultation and design service as well as information and assistance with products and information to meet specific needs. Ostroot & Ostroot works with local professionals to supply, install, and build anything from a simple grab bar to additions and elevators. They work with individuals, therapists, and service organizations to make the changes necessary to help people stay comfortably and safely in their homes.

For more information, please contact Ostroot & Ostroot, Professional Remodelers at 612-840-1703.

Classified Ad - Adult Foster Care in Subsidized Housing
Residents in Accessible Space's Adult Foster Care homes (Shared Living Program) pay only 30 percent of their adjusted gross monthly income for rent. Group Rate Housing (GRH) does not apply so residents usually have a larger portion of their income available for discretionary spending. Shared Living Homes are located in the Twin Cities metro area. Options are available for both awake and asleep overnight staff.

To apply call Kristy Schutt at Accessible Space 651-645-7271 or e-mail her at kschutt@accessiblespace.org.

Classified Ad - Basic Education for Adults with Physical and/or Neurological Disabilities - Robbinsdale Area Schools Community Education
Do you know a person who has had a stroke or traumatic brain injury who wants to recover academic skills, regain self-esteem and confidence or reconnect and socialize with others who are facing similar challenges? Our Adult Academic Disability Program (AADP) is a free, safe and comfortable place where students have the opportunity to make progress in their academic and personal goals.

Classes consist of individual and small groups utilizing computer software programs, conversation and written materials focusing on reading, spelling, writing and aphasia literacy groups.

Classes take place Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Hope School, 8301 47th Avenue North in New Hope.

For information call or e-mail Paul Amundson, Adult Academic Teacher, Robbinsdale Area Schools Adult Academic Program at 763-504-4097.

Classified Ad - Lutheran Social Services Employment Opportunities
Brain Injury Support Specialist Lead
Location:
Transitions II, Golden Valley, MN 55422
Description: Provide Guidance, Encouragement, Support, Comfort, Security and Safety to individuals with traumatic brain injuries living in a group home setting. Applicant will provide medical, psychological, social needs and living skills training to four individuals with brain injuries. Support the individual, their families and work closely with medical professionals including driving the individuals to any medical appointments.
Position Information: Full time position with excellent benefits package. Hours vary but include daytime (8 a.m. – 2 p.m. or 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and occasional weekends. Hiring Range $13.00/hour. Posted 1/8/10.

Brain Injury Support Specialist
Location:
Transitions II, Golden Valley, MN 55422
Description: Ten new openings to work as a Brain Injury Support Specialist. Applicant will provide medical, psychological, social needs and living skills training to four individuals with brain injuries. Support the individual, their families and work closely with medical professionals including driving the individuals to any medical appointments.
Position Information: Ten part time positions available with a variety of hours. Hiring Range $12.00/hour. Posted 1/8/10.

For Both Positions:
Requirements: Current CNA certification required. Ability to pass criminal background check and possess valid driver’s license with no major violations in the past three years. Experience working with persons with brain injury preferred.
Application Deadline: 1/25/10.
Application Contact: Send résumé and complete application to LSS Jobs at lssjobs@lssmn.org or fax to 651-999-8468. An application may be downloaded from our Web site at www.lssmn.org.

Classified Ad Opportunities
We are pleased to provide an online opportunity for organizations to broadcast their message about job openings, services and more through affordable, convenient advertising. This bi-weekly electronic publication is sent to more than 4,000 professionals, paraprofessionals and persons with brain injury and their families.

The cost to run a classified ad of up to 250 words is $20 for one edition or $30 for two editions. Ads must be submitted in electronic form to receive this rate. Ads submitted in hard copy will be charged an additional $15 administrative fee. To learn more about this affordable, convenient advertising opportunity, please e-mail Phil at philg@braininjurymn.org or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442. Advertising is posted at the end of the publication under the heading "Classified Ads."

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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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