Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
May 11, 2011

Brain Injury Association of Minnesota

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Upcoming Workshops:

Brain Injury Basics: Adjustment to Brain Injury
Date: May 19
Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: $25 for Professionals; $5 donation appreciated from Consumers.

Brain Injury Basics: Caregiving
Date: May 26
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.


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 Sunday, May 22 at Como Park in St. Paul. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., and the Opening Ceremony begins at 10 a.m.

Tim Laudner, former Minnesota Twin and FOX Sports North Twins Analyst, will be joining us as the Strides for Stroke Walk Ambassador.

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!

Cranestorm and CreateAbility
Come to the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota offices and celebrate the completion of 100,000 cranes at CreateAbility, May 20 through 22 during Art-A-Whirl in Northeast Minneapolis. All 100,000 cranes (one for each Minnesotan living with brain injury) will be on display to continue educating our communities about the impact of brain injury.

Find out more about Cranestorm-Wishes In Flight.

Golf Fundraiser
On Friday, June 10 the 2nd Annual Golf Fundraiser to benefit the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota will be held at Columbia Golf Course, Minneapolis’s second-oldest city course. The Golf Fundraiser raises money for the Association while heightening awareness of brain injury and building a sense of camaraderie among all its participants. The cost per golfer is $65. Sponsorships are available. To learn more about registering for this event, please contact Bill Siitari at

There is Still Time to Join Us at the State Capitol - We Need Your Help!
Our state legislature will be making critical decisions about how to balance our budget deficit over the next few weeks which may deeply 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.

TBI Group Meetings in Itasca County
Wayne Stoltz, TBI/stroke Sept 03, is starting a series of monthly TBI meetings in the Grand Rapids area and he is looking for your support and participation. Anyone with a TBI or their caregiver is encouraged to come. Meetings will be informal, with the goal of talking about ideas and problems in everyday life: work, shopping, getting around, fishing and taxes, anything participants want to talk about or problem-solve. Groups will set the topics for the next meeting at the current meeting.

Where: Blandin Foundation
100 Pokegama Ave N.
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

When: June 13 and July 11 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Thanks to the Blandin Foundation for the room. For more information or questions please contact Wayne Stoltz, at 218-245-0251 or

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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