Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
April 1, 2009

Brain Injury: An Introduction Workshop
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2009
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

NEW: Assistive Technology: Enhancing Academic Success for Secondary & Post-Secondary Education Workshop
Date: Thursday, April 30, 2009
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

Brain Injury: Adjustment to Disability Workshop
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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.

Last Chance for Early Bird Conference Registration
Early Registration Ends Today!
Today, April 1, is your last chance to take advantage of the Early Bird rate for Conference registration. At midnight tonight, registration shifts to its regular rates. No exceptions! Follow this link to secure your registration and take advantage of this incredible discount.

Click here for Early Bird registration, including a special conference discount on hotel accommodations made by April 3.

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.

Statewide Needs and Resources Assessment
Do you have ideas on improving brain injury services and supports in Minnesota? Do you believe your elected officials are fulfilling their obligations to the health care community? Would you like a place to air your views with the full confidence that they will be listened to and considered?

For more information, visit our Web site.

Association Partners with KSTP in "I Got Caught" Campaign
The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota is pleased to be partnering with KSTP Channel 5 Eyewitness News and KSTC-TV, Channel 45 on a public awareness/call-to-action campaign related to educating parents and children on the importance of wearing a properly fitted helmet. The program uses actual law enforcement officials to reward Minnesotans age 2 to 13 for practicing proper safety habits through proper helmet use. "I Got Caught" encourages children to use their minds to protect their bodies and creates safer communities by preventing traumatic brain injuries.

The program will be promoted with a public service announcement campaign to air on 5 Eyewitness News and KSTC-TV, Channel 45. For more information on these upcoming events throughout Minnesota, please click here.

Provider Spotlight - MINCEP® Epilepsy Care
Since 1964, MINCEP® Epilepsy Care (Minnesota Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, PA) has been assisting and caring for people with seizures/funny spells and epilepsy. We are a comprehensive level 4 epilepsy program, as designated by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). This is the highest designation of epilepsy centers, with the most expertise to diagnose, treat and support people with funny spells and seizures. We were the first comprehensive epilepsy center in the nation.

MINCEP brings you face-to-face at your first visit with board certified neurologists who are experts in diagnosing, treating, and ruling out/in seizures & epilepsy. Our goal: to help you "Live Free", regardless of age or background (four and over). Work directly with epileptologists (fellowship training & experience beyond neurology), & a caring, capable team that helps patients/families.

New treatments include VNS (vagus nerve stimulation), the newest medication regimens, and surgical treatment to remove the seizure focus. Many health plans accepted without a referral.

Contact MINCEP Epilepsy Care at 952-525 2400 or; 5775 Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis, MN  55416;

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

Classified Ad - ACBIS 2009 Exam Dates
Any professional who has worked or had direct contact with one or more individuals with a brain injury, 10 hours per week for a minimum of 12 months or part-time employment with the same amount of required contact time within a two-year period and wants to be certified by the Academy of Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist can register to take the examination on one of the following dates:

  • June 27, 2009: 1 p.m. at Courage Center. Registration deadline is May 1, 2009
  • September 26, 2009: 1 p.m. at Courage Center. Registration deadline is August 1, 2009
  • December 5, 2009: 1 p.m. at Courage Center. Registration deadline is October 1, 2009

For 2009, the fee for an individual, payable to ACBIS, is $300, but for groups of 5 or more, the fee is reduced to $200 /a person. There also is an administration fee of $25.00 /person for the exam. The exam is based upon the manual, The Essential Brain Injury Guide, which can be ordered for the discounted price of $40 + $6.00 S & H with the application.

Training Sessions will be available before each exam.  Please indicate your interest for which exam you are interested in.

The registration process has changed, and you will need to have a group/test number in order to get the group rate. Please e-mail early so that you can be sent the necessary information for registration. All completed registration materials including employment verification, resume, and payment must be in returned by the registration deadlines listed above. For more information and to register, please contact Patricia Pettit, BSC, CBIST at

Patricia H. Pettit, BSC, CBIST
P.O. Box 32122
Fridley, MN  55432

For Friends and Family Members of Persons with Brain Injury
Attention friends and family members of persons with brain injury! We need your help. We are comparing the college experiences of adults who have had a brain injury to those experiences of adults who have not had a brain injury. If you are 18 years or older and have attended college (or are in college now), you are invited to complete a short, 15 minute on-line survey and enter to win a $30 gift certificate to! Your responses are all confidential. Click on the link below that best fits your college experience. For more information, contact Mary Kennedy, Ph.D., University of Minnesota at [IRB#0801S24963, consent version 12/03/08]

  • If you were hospitalized because of illness or injury while in college, click here to take this survey.
  • If you were never hospitalized while you were in college, click here to take this survey. 
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Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
34 13th Avenue Northeast, Suite B001 - Minneapolis, Minnesota - 55413

612-378-2742 | 800-669-6442

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