Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
September 14, 2011

Walk for Thought

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The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota is reaching out to you every way we can! Join our Facebook page and receive updates on current Association events as well as volunteer opportunities and progress on current projects.

Our Twitter feed offers daily updates about brain injury in the news as well as information on educational opportunities and public policy ventures.
Help us connect with you and build a statewide brain injury community!

Upcoming Workshops:

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.

Brain Injury Basics: Adjustment to Brain Injury
Date: October 27
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.


10th Annual Walk for Thought - Saturday, September 24!
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.

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 by clicking here. Our friend Patrick McGuigan – seen here – has already led his team, Patrick's Pacers, beyond their goal! How is your team doing? Visit our Facebook page and share your stories!

Online registration for the Walk for Thought is open through Wednesday, September 21 at 3 p.m. To ensure each team member receives a T-shirt, registrations must be received by Wednesday, September 14 at 5 p.m. Click here for more information and to start your team now!

Donate to the Walk for Thought by donating to one of our Walk for Thought teams or one of our Walk sites (Duluth, Rochester, St. Cloud or St. Paul).

The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota is thrilled to welcome to the St. Paul 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: "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."

Special thanks to our Media Sponsor, KFAN.

Advocacy Matters - Join us at a 2011 Town Hall Forum
The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota needs your help. It is time to work together to educate state policymakers about brain injury and how the 2011 state budget agreement may impact you, your loved one or the individuals that you work with. We are hosting events all around the state with our disability advocacy partners. Don't miss an opportunity to learn about advocacy and speak directly to your state policymakers about issues that are important to you.

Thursday September 15, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Hjemkomst Center 202, 1st Ave North

For more information and to find an event near you visit the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota's Advocacy Action Center or contact the Public Policy Department at the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota by e-mail at or toll free at 1-800-669-6442.

Every voice counts!

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.

Annual Childhood Injury Conference Features Critical Topics and Useful Tools
The third annual Childhood Injury Summit, September 22 at Como Park in St. Paul, offers fresh perspectives and effective strategies to help advance the prevention of unintentional injuries among Minnesota’s children. Presented by Safe Kids Minnesota, the Minnesota Safety Council and the Minnesota Department of Health, the event will feature national and local experts speaking on topics such as sports injuries, peer pressure and parental influence, new technology, the impact of adult literacy level on injury prevention, effective advocacy, hot topics in research and most current Minnesota data.

Keynote speaker Meri-K Appy, president of Safe Kids USA will provide a national perspective on strategies, trends and emerging issues. Registration is $40 through September 12 ($45 after September 12) and includes lunch. Free parking available adjacent to the conference site (Bullard Rainforest Auditorium in Como Park Visitor Center).

Complete brochure and registration can be found here or contact Erin Petersen, Safe Kids Minnesota/Minnesota Safety Council at 651-228-7314/800-444-9150. Conference sponsors include Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Emergency Medical Services for Children, Hennepin County Medical Center, Johnson & Johnson, Regions Hospital/Gillette Children’s, and the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital.

BICC Conference
The Rochester Area Brain Injury Community Committee (BICC) will hold its 12th Conference on Brain Injury "Achieving a Balanced Life" on Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

Ramada Hotel and Conference Center
1517 16th Street SW Rochester, MN


Updates at:

Interested in Employment and Independent Living for People with Disabilities in the Mankato area?
Attend a public forum and panel discussion on the state budget and its policy implications for supportive services to people with disabilities.

Wednesday, September 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m
AmericInn Hotel and Conference Center
240 Stadium Road, Mankato

Representatives from the Minnesota Council of Non-Profits, Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities and Southern Minnesota Independent Living Enterprises and Services (SMILES) will provide information on the outcomes of this year’s legislative session and will discuss what to expect in the future. There will also be the chance to provide public testimony on issues related to disability employment and the array of supports that may be needed when an individual with a disability obtains employment. This event is sponsored by the Minnesota State Rehabilitation Council-General, Minnesota State Rehabilitation Council-Blind, Statewide Independent Living Council, and Vocational Rehabilitation Services. For information contact Gail Lundeen, 651-259-7364, or e-mail

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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