Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
July 7, 2011

Walk for Thought

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Upcoming Workshops:

Brain Injury Basics: Adjustment to Brain Injury
Date: July 21
Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: $25 for Professionals; $5 donation appreciated from Consumers.

Brain Injury Basics: Caregiving
Date: August 25
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.


The Brain Injury Association Remains Open during the Minnesota State Government Shutdown
As you've surely heard by now the state of Minnesota is currently in a partial government shutdown. This is because the political process has not produced a state budget for the two year period beginning July 1, 2011. There is really not much more we can tell you from the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota than you are already hearing from the media and other information sources.

The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota will not be closed or discontinue any services during the Minnesota State Government Shutdown.

Shutdown information: some core functions of government will continue during the shutdown, including provision and payment of Medical Assistance, Minnesota Care and a few other programs.

For more information about the shutdown, here are a few helpful Web sites.

Official Minnesota shutdown Web site
Minnesota Budget Bites
Minnesota Public Radio Shutdown Page

Rhythm & Roll 2011- Free Concert
Free Concert by Tonic Sol-fa July 15, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hopkins Center for the Arts provided by the Minnesota Stroke Association and Accessible Space, Inc. Donations will be accepted at the concert. Call 763-553-0088 for any questions.

Consumer and Family Conference 2011: Journey to Wellness: Body. Balance. Being.
Brain injury affects the whole person - including changes in the physical, emotional and cognitive areas of their body. This one-day conference is an opportunity for individuals with brain injury, family members and loved ones to participate in workshops and sessions that focus on innovations in the world of brain injury, care, therapy and rehabilitation. The 2011 Consumer and Family Conference will be held on Saturday, August 13 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Click here to learn more. To register, please call the Association at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442. This conference is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Walk for Thought Online Registration Now Available
Help us celebrate our 10th Anniversary of the Walk for Thought! This year's Walk will be held at Como Park in St. Paul, Canal Park in Duluth, Silver Lake in Rochester and CentraCare Rehabilitation Center in St. Cloud on Saturday, September 24 at 10 a.m.

Since 2001, thousands of individuals who have experienced a brain injury, their loved ones, and the professionals who work with them have come together for one event to commemorate their strength and success as well as to remember those who were lost to brain injury.

Online registration for the Walk for Thought is now available. Click here for more information and to start your team now!

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.

Minnesota Stroke Association joins the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota on Facebook and Twitter
Many of you are fans of the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota's Facebook page – an online community that has grown to 802 fans since it started in 2010. Some of you follow our daily updates on Twitter, which has grown to 579 followers in the last year.

Facebook and Twitter are fantastic ways to keep up with Association events and updates as well as read news stories that concern developments in brain injury aroundthe world. But, they are also opportunities to build an online community.

You may not be aware that the Minnesota Stroke Association now has a presence on Facebook and Twitter as well. It’s in its early days, but growing, and we need your help to make it bigger. Click here for the Minnesota Stroke Association's Facebook page, or here for Twitter and join the community. Let us know what you think and what we can do to make things more engaging.

TBI Group Meeting, July 11 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: 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: Opportunity Partners/TBI Metro Services expands
Opportunity Partners/TBI Metro Services is excited to announce an expansion of its brain injury services in Dakota, Washington and Ramsey counties. This growth in our West St. Paul office means the introduction of the Vocational Independence Program and career development classes to the area, and a move to a new, larger space on South Robert Street.

Expansion leads to new program openings
Applications are now being accepted for both the West St. Paul and Richfield locations. Programs accepting new participants include:

Community Integration & Inclusion (CII) - Building greater independence in work, community or personal areas. This structured day program focuses on building skills through classroom instruction and community experience.

Vocational Independence Preparation (VIP) - This prevocational program, the next step toward preparing individuals to independently rejoin the workforce, includes career development classes, and paid work training onsite and in the community.

Vocational Services (VS) - For individuals who are work-ready, want to work and are willing to actively participate in the job search.

Independent Living Skills (ILS) - Individuals use this home and community support service on its own or along with other programs. ILS provides one-to-one assistance designed to help individuals achieve or maintain independence.

TBI Metro Services
1869 S. Robert St.
West St. Paul, MN 55118

TBI Metro Services
8 W 66th St
Richfield, MN 55423

To learn more or to tour either location, contact Calli Kadlec, Service Coordinator, at 651-306-2862 or e-mail Additional information is online at

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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