Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
July 8, 2009

Walk for Thought

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, July 9
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Cost: There is no cost for this workshop.

Understanding Digital Text
Date: Tuesday, July 14
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Cost: $25 for Professionals; $15 for Consumers.

Executive Function Skills and Assistive Technology
Date: Thursday, July 16
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Cost: $25 for Professionals; $15 for Consumers.

Wednesday Workshop - Ethical Decision Making in Social Work
Date: Wednesday, July 29
Time: 1:30 5o 4 p.m.
Cost: $40 for Professionals.

Brain Injury Basics: Pediatrics
Date: Thursday, July 30
Time: 1 to 3p.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.

Brain Injury Association of Minnesota

Citizen Advocate Academy
Saturday, July 11; 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 16; 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Please join us at our next Citizen Advocate Academy at the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota. The Citizen Advocate Academy is a series of public policy and advocacy trainings held throughout the year to help you become a more effective advocate. Each session is free and will explore different ways to influence state policies that impact individuals with brain injury. Click here for more information.

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.

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 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.

One-Day Training for Professionals: Residential Provider Supports: Assistive Technology and Strategies
July 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Participants will be able to describe basic brain physiology and behaviors; living with brain injury and its effects; and assistive technology and compensatory strategies for behavior issues that may arise with daily living skills such as communicating, scheduling, organization and task management. Participants also will be able to interpret information about brain injury identification, prevention and resources. The cost is $75 per participant; lunch is provided. Click here to register, or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.

Register Online for the 8th Annual Walk for Thought
Whether you're starting your own Walk team or joining someone else's, registering for this year's Walk for Thought is easy!

Click here to visit our Walk for Thought Web site. Follow the on screen directions to join a team, start a team or make online donations.

KSTC-TV, KSTP-TV and AAA "I Got Caught!" Events
The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota is pleased to be partnering with KSTV-TV, Channel 45, KSTP Channel 5 Eyewitness News, AAA and Gillette Children's Hospital on the "I Got Caught" campaign. As part of the Association's participation, we are appearing at several events throughout the summer and are giving away free helmets to the first 100 children ages 2 to 13.

Click here for a list of upcoming events! Wear a helmet! Protect your head!

Provider Spotlight - Accessible Space, Inc. (ASI)
ASI was incorporated to provide affordable, accessible housing and twenty-four hour care services to low-income adults. The core of ASI's philosophy is self-reliance.

Eligibility and Funding: Applicants must meet low-income guidelines. Residents pay only 30 percent of their gross adjusted monthly income for rent. MA funding for payment of the Assisted Living Plus Service is available either through Home and Community Based Waiver Services or private pay.

Assisted Living (24-hour customized living) Service: On-site, 24-hour a day staff services are directed by the residents and available in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs, St. Cloud and Duluth area in-home and apartment settings.

Adult Foster Care Homes (Shared Living): Licensed Adult Foster Care group homes are located in the Twin Cities metro area. Each house is an accessible, affordable home for persons who have a brain injury or who have similar needs requiring a supportive living environment.

Staff work with residents towards increased independence in ADL's, including physical cares, household cleaning, problem solving, scheduling and tracking appointments, transportation arrangements, and behavior management. Residents are invited to participate in ASI's "Was...Up? Club" to engage in activities and events.

Group Housing Rate does not apply, so residents usually have a larger portion of their income available for discretionary spending.

For more information, call 651-645-7271 or email

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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