Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
June 10, 2009

The new Education Brochure and special offer for complimentary workshops at your location will arrive soon.

Brain Injury Basics workshop series has been updated and new workshops include: Pediatric Brain Injury; Stroke, Shaken Baby Syndrome; Sports Injury Prevention.

New workshops addressing Assistive Technology (AT) have been created, featuring: Executive Function and AT; Understanding Digital Text: iPhone and iPod Touch as Electronic Organization; AT and Transition into K-12; Post-Secondary Education; and Work.

Please click here or contact the Education Manager at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442 to learn more.

Upcoming Workshops
Assistive Technology and Brain Injury
Date: Thursday, June 18
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.; 6 to 8 p.m.
Cost: There is no cost for this workshop.

iPhone and iPod Touch: Aids for Daily Living
Date: Thursday, June 25
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $25 for Professionals; $15 for Consumers.

Understanding Digital Text
Date: Tuesday, June 30
Time: 1 to 3 p.m. for Professionals; 6 to 8 p.m. for Consumers
Cost: There is no cost for this workshop.

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.

I Got Caught Helmet Safety Training
Train to participate in the “I Got Caught” helmet safety campaign by learning about helmet safety and prevention. As an Event Volunteer, you will be able to participate in one of the many 15 fun events going on around Minnesota this summer. Click here to learn more about the "I Got Caught" awareness campaign.

This Safety Training will take place on Thursday, June 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Education Center at the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota. Contact Anna at 612-378-2742 or or 800-669-6442 for more information.

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Walk for Thought

Consumer and Family Conference 2009 "Journey to Wellness: Body. Balance. Being."
Saturday, August 29; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This year, the Consumer and Family Conference has secured speakers that will 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 cost is $20 per individual. Scholarship and speaker funding is courtesy of the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities. Please call the Education Department at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442 for more information.

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 and directions.

8th Annual Walk for Thought
Since 2001, thousands of individuals who have experienced brain injury, their loved ones, and the professionals who work with them, have come together for one event to commemorate their strength and success, as well as to remember those who were lost to brain injury. This year, the Walk for Thought honors and celebrates Minnesota's veterans and we look forward to working with many veterans organizations throughout the state.

This year's Walk takes place in St. Paul's Como Park, Rochester's Silver Lake and Duluth's Canal Park on September 26.

Online registration is available now, so visit our Walk for Thought page, set up your team and start collecting donations today!

Calling All Veterans
The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota will be honoring all veterans, as the 8th Annual Walk for Thought Honors and Celebrates Minnesota Veterans on Saturday, September 26, 2009. We are looking for recent veterans who sustained a traumatic brain injury in combat, as well as any and all veterans of all ages and wars to share their own personal story of brain injury. As the Walk's Ambassadors/Spokespersons, we would like to hear from vets about their journey of hope and recovery. If you or someone you know would like to be one of our Walk Ambassadors, please contact the Public Awareness Director, Pat Marciniak at 612-378-2742, 800-699-6442 or at for further information.

Midwest Advocacy Project
Applications due by June 15
Time is running out to apply for a role in the groundbreaking study by the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic TBI Model System.

If you are at least 18 years old and a person or family member/significant other affected by a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) a year or more ago, you are invited to take part in this research study that will advance TBI advocacy training in the Midwest.

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 - Integrity Living Options
Integrity Living Options, Inc. (ILO) provides both In-Home Services and Corporate Adult Foster Care. In-Home Services include Independent Living Skills (ILS), Behavior Analyst (BA), and Behavior Professional (BP) services throughout the greater metropolitan area. All In-Home Services are supervised by a master's level professional and BP services are conducted by a licensed psychologist.

All services are guided by individualized support plans, which are based on assessments completed by ILO along with input from other team members. Our agency also provides ongoing communication with Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) members and offers the flexibility of accommodating transportation needs of our clients as appropriate.

ILO staff is knowledgeable and skilled in working with a wide variety of individuals including those with brain injuries, severe and persistent mental illness, behavioral challenges, and physical disabilities including multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. Our foster care services are offered throughout Anoka and Ramsey counties.

For additional information or to make a referral for foster care, please contact Rhonda Peterson at 612-236-1723 or For information or referrals for all other services, please contact Emily Schwarzkopf at 612-236-1724 or

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
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