Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
January 19, 2011

Brain Injury Association of Minnesota

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The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota is reaching out to you every way we can! Join our Facebook page and receive updates on current Association events as well as volunteer opportunities and progress on current projects.
Our Twitter feed offers daily updates about brain injury in the news as well as information on educational opportunities and public policy ventures.
Help us connect with you and build a statewide brain injury community!

Upcoming Workshops:

Wednesday Workshop - Epilepsy and Brain Injury
Date: Wednesday, January 26
Time: 1:30 to 4 p.m. Cost: $40 for Professionals

Brain Injury Basics: Introduction to Brain Injury
Date: January 27
Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: $25 for Professionals; $5 donation appreciated from Consumers.

Wednesday Workshop - Understanding Neuroplasticity
Date: Wednesday, February 23
Time: 1:30 to 4 p.m. Cost: $40 for Professionals

Brain Injury Basics: Adjustment to Brain Injury
Date: February 24
Time: 6 to 8 p.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.


Make Your Voice Heard in 2011!
Make a difference in the lives of the over 100,000 individuals and families affected by brain injury and get involved in the public policy and state budget decisions that will be made at the Capitol this coming session. Join us at one of our upcoming advocacy events:

Citizen Advocate Academy - Prevention Policy
Saturday, January 22 from 12 to 3 p.m. Brain Injury Association of Minnesota

Disability Matters Day at the Capitol
Tuesday, January 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Minnesota State Capitol

Visit our Public Policy Advocacy Action Center for more information and how to register.

Volunteer Opportunity for Disability Day at the Capitol
Help make a difference this legislative session and make Minnesota better for all those living with disability!

  • Learn about the key issues at a legislative briefing.
  • Join with advocates at a noon rally in the capitol Rotunda.
  • Visit your newly elected legislators.
  • Educate legislators about the importance of disability programs and services in your lives.

Position Title: Greeter
Time: January 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Position Summary: Greet people, direct them to registration and help get people’s day off to a good start

  • Greet participants and as needed provide individuals with appropriate information, legislative offices, sponsor organization tables, etc.
  • Other duties as needs arise (e.g. help with registration, accompany on legislative visits, etc. )

Qualifications: Interest in advocating with individuals in a legislative setting; familiar with the Capitol campus.
If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Lee by calling 612-378-2742, 800-669-6442 or by e-mail.

Cranestorm Event at Midtown Global Market!
The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota will have a Cranestorm table at Better Together - strengthening families, growing compassion, building community in Minneapolis's Midtown Global Market. So, bring your friends and family members and enjoy an evening of good friends, good food and community building.
We are still working to reach our 100,000 crane goal, so join us for crane folding or bring cranes you wish to give to Cranestorm. We would love to see you.
Event Date: Friday, February 25 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Doing Good Together is partnering with the Midtown Global Market to host Better Together, a free, community-wide family service event. Families are invited to come together to do fun, hands-on service projects; reflect on the importance of giving back; and learn about opportunities to get involved in their community. For more information about this event, please visit their Web site.
The Midtown Global Market is located at Lake Street and 10th Avenue South in Minneapolis.

Cranestorm Open House
The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota will be holding Cranestorm Open House folding sessions at our offices where you can bring your kids, spouse, friends, or anyone you may know who is interested in helping us meet our goal of 100,000 cranes. Also, if you know of any groups who are looking for something to do this winter/spring, please let them know about these dates.

  • Saturday, January 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 10 from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 24 from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For more information, contact Anna by calling 612-378-2742, 800-669-6442, or by e-mail.

Minnesota State Rehabilitation Council Annual Report
For a copy of the Minnesota State Rehabilitation Council's annual report on the performance of the Vocational Rehabilitation program, please click here. This report also highlights some of the Council's activities.
The most important factor in obtaining successful employment is the determination and hard work that each person with a disability puts forth to achieve their goals. This data is presented in summary form, but each number represents an individual journey.
If you would like print copies of this report, contact Gail Lundeen, Vocational Rehabilitation Services at 651-259-7364 or

Connecting Family and Friends When Health Matters Most
The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota is proud to partner with CaringBridge. CaringBridge provides free Web sites that connect people experiencing a significant health challenge to family and friends, making each health journey easier. Powered by generous donors, CaringBridge Web sites offer a personal and private space to communicate and show support, saving time and emotional energy when health matters most.
Founded in 1997, more than 243,000 CaringBridge Web sites have been created, generating more than half-a-million daily visits. The CaringBridge community includes authors, visitors and donors in all 50 states and more than 225 countries and territories.
Click here to create your own Web site that gives recognition to Brain Injury Association of Minnesota.

Director – Adult Day Program
Exciting opportunity in the growing field of Adult Day Programs! Fresh Start of Rochester, Minnesota, is looking for the right person to help manage the operations of this important community asset as Program Director. For detailed position description, please visit our Web site. Resumes may be sent to Wing House, 2020 5th St SW, Rochester, MN 55902 or send by e-mail to

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 are 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

U of M Research Opportunity
The Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, is conducting a study examining working memory and memory interference. Participants will complete a series of tasks addressing memory, language, and cognition.
The study involves one session lasting 2 1/2 hours and $20 compensation for participating.
We are recruiting both participants WITH and WITHOUT a history of TBI. If you are interested in learning more about this study, please contact Shelley Johnson at or 651-625-9756. Please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Children Reaching Academic Milestones Conference
C.R.A.M. Conference is for parents of children with recent or past mild to moderate brain injuries who are in grades K-12 (public and private) and the professionals who work with students in Minnesota.
This event takes place January 20, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. at PACER Center in Bloomington. For more information, visit or call Shuyin Maciel at 612-638-1510.

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 5,500 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. "

The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota is a proud member of Community Health Charities. Community Health Charities is an alliance of leading nonprofit health research and service organizations whose mission is to improve lives affected by chronic illness by investing in health research, services and education.
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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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