Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
March 31, 2010

Brain Injury Association of Minnesota

Upcoming Workshops:

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.

Last Call--Pepsi Challenge Grant
Today is the last day of the Pepsi Challenge Grant! 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.

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!

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.

Midwest Advocacy Project Now Accepting Applications
The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota is partnering with the Mayo Clinic TBI Model System in a research study to identify how to best teach advocacy to people touched by TBI to improve their health and that of their communities. This groundbreaking study is expected to advance the science of TBI research.

If you are at least 18 years old and a person or family member/significant other affected by a moderate to severe TBI a year or more ago, you are invited to contact us about participating in this research study.

Please click here for more information and to fill out an online application. Otherwise feel free to contact Michelle Gray at the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442 or e-mail

Has Your Child or Teenager Sustained a Sports/Recreational Concussion?
If your child or teenager/young adult sustained a brain injury through a sports concussion (baseball or other sport) or a recreational accident with or without a helmet (biking, scooter, skateboarding, etc.) the Public Awareness department would like to hear form you. With a focus on sports/recreational concussions we are looking for kids and young adults (with family involvement) who would be willing to help others by sharing their personal story of brain injury through family media interviews. For further information or to share your personal story please contact Pat Marciniak at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.

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 - 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 - ACBIS 2010 Exam Dates
Any professional who has worked or had direct contact with individuals with a brain injury, 10 hours per week (minimum of 12 months or part-time with the same amount of required contact time within a 2 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 4, 2010 -- Registration Deadline April 30
  • September 4, 2010 -- Registration Deadline is July 30
  • December 4, 2010 -- Registration Deadline is October 29

Each exam takes place at 1 p.m. at Courage Center. For 2010, the fee for an individual, payable to ACBIS, is $300. Groups of 5 or more pay $200 per person. Therefore, we form groups for each exam. There is an Administration Fee of $25. 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.

Live Training Sessions will be available before each exam. Please indicate your interest when you sign up.

You will need to have a group/test number in order to get the group rate. Please email me early so that the necessary information for registration can be sent. All completed registration materials, including Employment Verification, Resume, and payment, must be received by the registration deadlines listed above without exception. Please contact Patricia H. Pettit, BSC, CBIST at

Classified Ad - Accessible Housing in Coon Rapids
Mary T Inc. has current openings in our CC Parkview Lodging program located in Coon Rapids. These four bedroom, barrier free townhomes are located on a commuter bus line to downtown Minneapolis. The $500 a month rent includes the following amenities:

  • Heat, electricity, water, sewer, trash, central air.
  • Three meals plus snacks will be provided each day.
  • Washer/Dryer.
  • Basic cable and high speed internet in each bedroom.
  • Fully furnished common areas and kitchen.
  • Maintenance of grounds including snow shoveling and lawn care.

Staff are available to assist with general housekeeping of the home on a daily basis, assistance with cooking, grocery shopping, setting up medical appointments, money management, coordination of transportation, socialization and other daily living skill needs specific to each individual. Additional services include weekly support and case management from an LPN and oversight by an RN. This home is staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with no overnight staff. An emergency call system is available. MA waiver allocation or private insurance covers the cost of the staff support and services. For more information or to scheduled a tour, please call Scott Rugel at 763-274-8473.

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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