Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
August 17, 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.


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, KFAN.

Saint Paul's Walk for Thought All-Star Lineup
The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota is thrilled to welcome to the Walk for Thought former WCCO-TV News Anchor Don Shelby, WCCO-TV Sports Director Mark Rosen, former Minnesota Viking and NFL Hall of Famer Randall McDaniel, and introducing to the Walk: six-year NFL vet and Super Bowl champ with the Indianapolis Colts-turned singer Benjamin Utecht.

Benjamin says about the Walk: "After my six-year NFL career ended due to concussions, I knew I would become an advocate for brain injuries. This is a serious injury that has been overlooked for years within athletics and I am glad to see that finally we are beginning to take brain injuries of all levels very seriously. I am excited to help the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota by participating in the Walk for Thought so that we can support the future education and prevention of needless concussions and brain injuries."

Ben is a former Minnesota Gopher who grew up in Hastings, Minnesota, and has now returned home to his roots in Minnesota. Visit Ben's Web site for more information.

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.

Also, visit our YouTube channel to hear what long-time participant Patrick McGuigan has to say about the Walk for Thought.

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 over 900 fans since it started in 2010. Some of you follow our daily updates on Twitter, which has grown to 630 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

Classified Ad: Robbinsdale Adult Academic Disability Program
We offer classes at no cost to adults who have had a stroke or traumatic brain injury. Our classes will help students to:

RECOVER academic skills
REGAIN self-esteem and confidence
RECONNECT and socialize with others who are facing similar challenges

Students work in small groups or with individual tutors to improve their reading, speaking and writing skills. Orientations are held the first Tuesday of each month. Our program is located at 8301 47th Ave. N. in New Hope.

For information call or e-mail:
Paul Amundson: 763-504-4097,
Katie Kruger: 763-504-4097,

TBI Group Meeting 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: 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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Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
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