Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
March 30, 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.
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Upcoming Workshops:

Wednesday Workshop - Housing, Criminal Records and the Law
Date: Wednesday, April 20
Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Cost: $40 for Professionals

Brain Injury Basics: Introduction to Brain Injury
Date: April 21
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.

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. Read all about the 26th Annual Conference Now!

Cranestorm Open House
96,000+ cranes! Join fellow Cranestormers on Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota to fold and string the remaining cranes. Throughout the month of April, volunteers will be stringing cranes and getting them hung for the CreateAbility event from May 20 to 22. This installation will continue to educate people on the impact of brain injury in our communities. Open house dates to help with the installation will be posted on the Association's Web site.

Tweet to @braininjurymn #cranestorm and let us know!
-What would you do if you had 100,000 cranes?
-Why did you fold a crane for Cranestorm-Wishes in Flight?

Read about how Cranestorm-Wishes In Flight has impacted people's lives.

Don't Miss Tuesday, April 5, at the Minnesota State Capitol!
Critical decisions are being made on how to balance the state budget. Our state policymakers must understand how potential cuts to brain injury programs and services may impact you, your loved one, or the individuals that you work with. Make sure your voice is heard. Join with us Tuesday, April 5 at 10 a.m. at the Minnesota State Capitol for a special event in the Capitol Rotunda - Faces of Disability.

Click here for more information about this special Tuesday, April 5 event at the Minnesota State Capitol or contact Michelle Gray by e-mail, or call 800-69-6442.

Click here to view a short video on what Tuesdays at the Capitol is all about!

Believe. Inspire. Achieve. Thank You!
Believe. Inspire. Achieve. 2011 was a huge success. We owe special thanks to those who attended the event, walked and supported Joe Kopp in his Marathon effort, including Benilde St. Margaret High School and their Red Knights, the Teddies, the Roosevelt High School Cheerleaders and Joe's close friends and devoted family members. Thanks to those who contributed to the event financially, including our presenting sponsor, North Memorial Medical Center and other valued sponsors such as Hennepin County Medical Center, WCCO Radio and our program emcee, Susie Jones, Rosedale Center for allowing us the use of its beautiful and weather proof setting, and FASTSIGNS Roseville.

Of course, none of this would have been possible without the determination and perseverance of Joe Kopp, his wife Marcia and son, Spencer. For the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota, this was a tremendous honor. We look forward to 2012!

Final Year to Contribute to Ground-Breaking TBI Research-Apply for the Midwest Advocacy Project Today!
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

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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