Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
August 3, 2011

Walk for Thought

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Upcoming Workshops:

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

Brain Injury Basics: Introduction to Brain Injury
Date: September 22
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.


MN-CCD Policy Picnic Thursday, August 4 in North Minneapolis
2011 was an attention-grabbing year for Minnesota politics. We had a new governor, two new legislative majorities and the longest state government shutdown in Minnesota history.

With the new budget agreement for 2012-13 in place, join us to learn about how the decisions made will affect you and the disability community. Enjoy some free food, talk informally to advocates, policy professionals and elected officials, and find out more about making a difference as we move forward.

When: Thursday, August 4 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Kingsley Commons
4550 North Humboldt Ave
Minneapolis, MN

This event is free and open to the public! Call Anni at 651 523 0823 ext. 112 or e-mail for more information. Walk ins are welcome.

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 and the Minnesota Low Incidence Projects.

Vendor opportunities are available for this conference. For more information, contact Lori by e-mail or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.

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 Health Plaza in St. Cloud on Saturday, September 24 at 10 a.m.

Since 2002, 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!

Special thanks to our Media Sponsor sponsor, KFAN.

Walk for Thought Team Captain Profiles
A good portion of the Walk for Thought's success over the past ten years has been in no small part due to the dynamic leadership of its team captains. Read some of their stories and learn the "why" behind their Walk for Thought participation clicking here.

Final Chance to Contribute to Ground-breaking TBI Research
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. There are only a few spots left, apply for the Midwest Advocacy Project today!

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 899 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 around the 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.

C.R.A.M. II Children with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Reaching Academic Milestones
Monday, September 26, 4 to 9 p.m.

This workshop will discuss a variety of topics related to meeting the needs of children/youth with mild to moderate TBI. Topics include: classroom strategies (learning & behavior), self-advocacy skills for students with TBI, communication strategies (team, teachers & home) and resources for home and school. This workshop is for parents and educators. IEP teams are encouraged to come as a group. Join us for a light dinner and listen to experts speak on meeting the needs of children/youth with TBI. While online registration is closed, if you are still interested in attending and want to be put on the waiting list, please e-mail Shuyin Maciel at

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Our RN manager supervises and provides basic nursing services including: developing care plans, monitoring medication compliance, basic health screenings, approving referrals and admissions & direct care as needed. Supervises a staff of 9 assistants.

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TBI Group Meeting, August 8 & September 12 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: August 8 and September 12 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 Judy Rupert at AccessNorth, 218-245-0211,

Classified Ad: Apartment living for people with a brain injury and/or physical disability
Each resident in Accessible Space Inc's (ASI) Assisted Living Service has their own apartment. Staff are available 24 hours a day to assist with physical cares, do medication reminders, and monitor health and safety issues. Housing is subsidized at the six locations in the Twin Cities, Rochester and Grand Rapids. MA funding pays for services at these sites with a Class F Home Care license. We also have opportunities for Adult Foster care in Shared Living Homes where accessible housing is subsidized. Rent is about 30 percent of their income so residents generally have more spending money. Locations in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs. For more info call Kristy at Accessible Space 651-645-7271 or e-mail her 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".

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