Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
May 13, 2009

The Education Center has new 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 Technology (AT), the Association also is 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 Overview: Enhancing One's Education, Work and Life
Date: May 26, 2009
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 for professionals; $15 for individuals with brain injury and their family members.

NEW: Professional One Day Training: Brain Injury Basics Series and Shaken Baby Prevention
Date: Monday, June 6, 2009
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $75 for professionals; lunch is included.

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.

Come celebrate our 25th Anniversary!
The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota turns 25 this year and we have a lot to celebrate! In recognition of our anniversary, we are collaborating with Minnesota-based artists living with brain injury as well as the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association Art-A-Whirl to turn our office into a gallery of fantastic artwork.

Come celebrate our 25th Anniversary and enjoy fantastic art this Friday, May 15 through Sunday May 17, 2009. For more information visit our Web site at

Final Town Hall Meetings! Your Presence Requested!
Your thoughts on the state of brain injury services and supports can help shape the future of health care in Minnesota. The Statewide Needs and Resources Assessment is your opportunity to share your thoughts. All you need to do is attend one of our three remaining town hall forums and share your thoughts. It only takes two to three minutes to share your experiences, which will aid the Minnesota Department of Human Services and other state agencies as to gaps that exist in services.

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

Consumer and Family Conference 2009 "Journey to Wellness: Body. Balance. Being."
This year, the Consumer and Family Conference has secured speakers to address the needs of the "whole person" through new research and holistic integration therapies, resources, tools and strategies. We invite you to come and rediscover the whole you.

The 2009 Consumer and Family Conference will take place on Saturday, August 29, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Maplewood Community Center, Minnesota. Click here for more information.

Research Study Needs You!
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.

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 or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.

Provider Spotlight - Fresh Start Adult Day Program
Fresh Start Adult Day Program is a non-profit organization licensed through the Minnesota Department of Human Services and specializing in working with survivors of brain injury. Fresh Start opened its doors January 2, 2008 and focuses on rehabilitation, integration and socialization of these individuals. We accomplish these services with educational and leisure activities, such as money management skills, communication skills, culture education, journaling, community volunteering and community outings.

Fresh Start is available to adults 18 years of age and older who have been diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), or other neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis. Fresh Start staff takes pride in getting to know each individual and their strengths to help them achieve their highest potential. Fresh Startís staff to participant ratio is a 1: 5, so each person gets more individual attention and care.

Our goal at Fresh Start is to help survivors become as independent as possible and assist them in leading full and productive lives. We work within the community to raise awareness and education about brain injury and prevention.

If you are interested in more information regarding Fresh Start Adult Day Program please contact Dana at 507-206-0791 or Visit our Web site at

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 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 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

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