Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
March 16, 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 - Multiculutral Outreach to Individuals with Brain Injury
Date: Wednesday, March 23
Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Cost: $40 for Professionals

Brain Injury Basics: Caregiving
Date: March 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.


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.

Believe. Inspire. Achieve. This Saturday at Rosedale Center!
The big day is finally here! Come cheer on Joe Kopp - a friend of the Association who is celebrating his recovery from brain injury with a marathon walk at the Believe. Inspire. Achieve event. Joe will walk 26.2 miles at Rosedale Center and you can support him in raising money and brain injury awareness for the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota.

Bring the family for fun at the mall this Saturday, March 19 starting at 8 a.m.! Find out more on the FuzzySideOut Web site!

Our online auction event is open and available for bidding! Lots of fantastic items are available. Take a look! The final auction ends on Monday, March 21 at 8 p.m.

26th Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury
Celebrating the Journey
Join professionals, caregivers, advocates and providers from around the state April 28 and 29 at the Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. This year's event 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. Review the keynote and session presenters now!

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

Make Sure Your Voice is Heard at the State Capitol
Our state legislature will be making critical decisions about how to balance our budget deficit over the next few weeks. Make a difference in the lives of the over 100,000 individuals and families affected by brain injury and get involved in these public policy and state budget decisions. We must educate our legislators about how brain injury impacts you, your loved one or the individuals that you work with.

Tuesdays at the Capitol
Minnesota State Office Building
10 a.m. in the Basement Cafeteria

Click here for more information and to register for Tuesdays at the Capitol or contact Michelle Gray by e-mail, or call 800-69-6442

Lee's Road to 1,000 Cranes!
Volunteer Program Manager Lee George is on a mission to fold 1,000 cranes by April 1, as part of the Association's Cranestorm project. Lee needs motivation to finish in time and is asking for your help! Every week Lee will release a picture of the cranes he has folded the week prior. Your job? Guess how many cranes are in this picture, the person closest to the correct answer will receive a prize! This week's prize is Pengaloo! Guesses must be in by Thursday, March 17 at 4:30 p.m. Post your guess as a comment on this Facebook post, and let's all help Lee fold a 1,000 cranes, and get some cool prizes while we are at it.

*If more than one contestant guesses the correct answer there will be a drawing to determine the winner!
** For more information or to schedule a Cranestorm at your location or ours contact Anna by calling 612-378-2742, 800-669-6442, or by e-mail or visit our Web site.

Please help us spread the word about this contest, as we work toward our goal of 100,000 cranes! Please encourage your friends to guess also. We know with everyone's help this will be a great success!

If you would like to make a donation as an expression of your well wishes, please contact Lori at 612-378-2742, 800-669-6442 or by e-mail.

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.

  • Thursday, March 17 from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 24 from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 31 from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 2 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.

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 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 Andi 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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