Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
March 17, 2010

Brain Injury Association of Minnesota

Upcoming Workshops:

Wednesday Workshop - Ischemic Stroke
Date: Wednesday, March 24
Time: 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $40 for Professionals.

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

Wednesday Workshop - Acupuncture and Yoga
Date: Wednesday, April 21
Time: 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $40 for Professionals.

Brain Injury Basics: Adjustment to Brain Injury
Date: Thursday, May 13
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Cost: $25 for Professionals; $5 donation appreciated from Consumers.

Brain Injury Basics: Introduction to Brain Injury
Date: Tuesday, May 25
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Cost: $25 for Professionals; $5 donation appreciated from Consumers.

Wednesday Workshop - Youth with Disabilities at Risk for Criminal Involvement: What Parents and Advocates Need to Know
Date: Wednesday, May 26
Time: 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $40 for Professionals.

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.


25th Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury
Celebrating the Journey
Join professionals, caregivers, advocates and providers from around the state April 29 and 30 at the Crown Plaza St. Paul Riverfront Hotel in St. Paul. This year’s event, "Celebrating the Journey," addresses the constantly changing field of brain injury technology and the growing understanding of the brain and behaviors in research. It also features several dynamic speakers who will cover a variety of topics related to community-based, educational, cultural and medical aspects of brain injury care, services and supports.

Online registration is now available through our Web site.

Pepsi Challenge Grant
We made it through round one of the Pepsi Refresh Challenge! Our proposal for a $25,000 grant needs your vote to win!

This funding will help us provide new, valuable trainings and awareness education about falls prevention to Minnesota seniors in an effort to reduce preventable brain injuries caused by falls. As our population has aged, falls have recently risen to the top as the number one cause of brain injury deaths and nonfatal injuries for those 65 and over. The staff and Board of Directors at the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota feel it is vital to directly address the leading cause of brain injury and are dedicated to assisting aging Minnesotans in understanding the benefits of safe environments and healthy behaviors that can reduce falls.

The project with the most votes wins! Please help the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota with your important vote visiting our Pepsi Challenge Grant page and clicking on the "Vote for this idea button." Once you have done that, you will be directed to sign in. First time voters will need to complete a very short, non-invasive registration process—less than a minute to complete. Only your name, email address, password that you create and birth date are required; then complete a text verification code and you are DONE. You can vote once per day from any unique email address.

Your vote counts! Please encourage your friends and family to vote by forwarding this link to them. The voting process is simple! Vote now and vote often!

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
During the month of March we can make a deliberate choice to engage our community and spread awareness about brain injury. Click here for more information.

Save This Brain Day
The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota is excited to be partnering with Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) and Cities 97 for Save This Brain Day on Tuesday, March 30 at the IDS Center Crystal Court from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This special Brain Injury Awareness Month event will feature several key speakers, interactive displays and informational tables including Project Brain Bridge and HCMC's Brain Bar - a computerized kiosk that lets you build your own brain and learn about the many effects of TBI.

Please join us for a fun and informational afternoon on March 30 at the IDS Center. For more information, call 612-378-2742.

Art-A-Whirl Call for Artists
Art-A-WhirlThe Brain Injury Association of Minnesota is excited to host the Second Annual Create-Ability art show as a part of the Northeast Minneapolis annual Art-A-Whirl – May 14 through 16. We’re putting out a call for artists. Acceptable art must be created by an individual with acquired or traumatic brain injury and ideally portray a message of hope and healing. Judging will be based on originality, quality and artistic merit.

Artwork must be:

  • Of "manageable" weight
  • Securely stabilized, no loose elements and safe for public viewing.

Click here for more information and for entry form, or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442. Entrants will be notified of acceptance into the Art A Whirl on April 16, 2010.

We Need You to Tell Your Story Now
The State budget debate at the Capitol is now at a critical point. Over the past six weeks there has been a lot of discussion about the Governor's budget proposal and his cuts to health and human services. Now, the proposals being offered by the leadership of the Minnesota House include additional and deeper cuts to programs and services that will impact people with brain injury and other disabilities. It appears that the House leadership wants to include more cuts to health and human service programs than all other areas of the state budget combined.

We need your help. The only way to influence this is for your legislators to hear from you about how these cuts will impact your life. Visit our Advocacy Action Center, and then click on the first Action Alert 'Tell Your Story Now.' Follow the instructions to find your legislator and write your story. This is an easy way to get your story or the story of a friend or loved one directly to your legislator. This is a great way to send a message to your own representatives regarding your thoughts on how you think these cuts may people with brain injury and how you think we should solve Minnesota's budget crisis.

Mayo Clinic Seventeenth Annual Brain Injury Conference
The 2010 Brain Injury Conference will take place on Friday, June 18 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and will feature Lee Woodruff and other dynamic keynote speakers who will discuss the impact of brain injury on functioning in the family, demographic and epidemiologic trends in brain injury ethics, and promotion of meaningful health behavior change. Several breakout sessions on family adjustments, practice standards, safety, adult foster care, acute assessment, and interdisciplinary rehabilitation approaches will be offered.

For more information, contact Mayo Continuing Nursing Education at 800-545-0357 or 507-266-1007, fax 507-266-6910, e-mail or visit our Web site.

Classified Ad - Integrity Living Options Employment Opportunity
Position: Behavior Analyst (BA) & Independent Living Skills (ILS) Specialist

Hours and Wage: Part-time hours are available, with opportunities for full time hours in the future. Starting wage is $16.10/hr.

Description: Staff will be assigned approximately a 25 hour a week caseload serving clients with mental illness, traumatic brain injury, or physical disabilities. This position requires traveling to and serving clients throughout the metro area including Dakota, Ramsey and surrounding counties as assigned. Both BA and ILS staff will design and implement individualized support plans for clients in their home environment.

Services provided to ILS clients include one on one skill building services such as assistance with financial and household management, employment, housing, communication, and many others. Services provided to BA clients primarily involve working with clients' caregivers to train on and monitor effectiveness of behavior programs. Schedules are arranged between staff and clients and most frequently occur during weekday business hours.

Requirements: Applicants must pass a background check, motor vehicle registration check, and possess a valid driver's license and automobile insurance. Applicants must be able to work independently, meet deadlines, transport clients, and display professional writing competency and communication abilities. Preferred applicants will have at least 3 years experience working with behavioral challenges and possess a baccalaureate degree in social work, psychology, or related area of study or 5 years of experience without a 4 year degree. Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer. Please send your résumé or call Emily Schwarzkopf at / 612-236-1724.

Classified Ad - Accessible Space, Inc.
Apartment living for people with a brain injury and/or physical disability
Each resident in Accessible Space Inc’s (ASI) Assisted Living Service has their own apartment. Staff is available 24 hours a day to assist with physical cares, do medication reminders, and monitor health and safety issues. Housing is subsidized at the six locations in the Twin Cities, Rochester and Grand Rapids. MA funding pays for services at these sites with a Class F Home Care license. We also have opportunities for Adult Foster care in Shared Living Homes where accessible housing is subsidized. Rent is about 30 percent of their income so residents generally have more spending money. Locations in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs. For more info call Kristy at Accessible Space 651-645-7271 or e-mail her at

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

612-378-2742 | 800-669-6442

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