Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
April 13, 2011

Brain Injury Association of Minnesota

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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.


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. Find out all about the 26th Annual Conference Now!

Cranestorm: We Did It!
We met our goal of 100,000 cranes!!! Thanks to all of you who helped to make this feat possible! We are still accepting cranes if you are still folding and wish to send them in. None of this would have been possible without the many hands folding for many hours!!! We had over 2,800 volunteers putting in over 8,600 hours during the course of this project and we still aren’t finished. At this time the greater need is to have people come into the Association and help string the cranes. Here are the dates for April if you would like to come help us string:

Thursday, April 13 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Thursday, April 21 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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

Minnesota Stroke Association "Strides for Stroke" Event
Please join the Minnesota Stroke Association (MSA) and hundreds of walkers for the 10th Annual Strides for Stroke walk at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 22 at Como Park in St. Paul. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., and the Opening Ceremony begins at 10 a.m.

The Minnesota Stroke Association 10th Annual Strides for Stroke event celebrates the passion, efforts and accomplishments of individuals who have sustained a stroke, their loved ones and supporters. The MSA is the only statewide nonprofit organization devoted solely to serving the needs of Minnesotans who live with a disability due to stroke and provides stroke prevention and awareness programs, free information, resource referrals, communication classes for survivors with aphasia, and care partner education, organized and operated through a variety of volunteer programs.

To create a team or for more information call the Minnesota Stroke Association at 763-553-0088!

Help Us Educate Our State Policy-Makers About Brain Injury
Our state legislature will be making critical decisions about how to balance our budget deficit over the next few weeks which may impact the programs and services that Minnesotans with brain injury rely on. They are also currently discussing brain injury prevention legislation that is supported by the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota and others - how to respond to youth concussions in youth sports. We need your help; we must educate our legislators about the impact of brain injury on Minnesota families and importance of brain injury prevention.

Get involved in these public policy and state budget decisions by contacting your legislators. Visit the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota Advocacy Action Center for more information or contact Michelle Gray at the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota at michelleg@braininjurymn.or or 1-800-669-6442

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 or contact Michelle Gray at the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota at or 1-800-669-6442.

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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