Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
September 28, 2011

Walk for Thought

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Upcoming Workshops:

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.

Brain Injury Basics: Caregiving
Date: November 17
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.


2011 Walk for Thought a success – still accepting donations online
Thank you, everyone, for helping make the 2011 Walk for Thought a success. While we are still tallying the numbers, early estimates indicate a wonderful turnout. The four cities that played host to this year's Walk – St. Paul, St. Cloud, Rochester and Duluth – put all their efforts into supporting this celebration of life, hope and healing.

While the Walk itself may be over, we are still accepting donations that will be applied to the final Walk numbers. Get your donations in today! It's not too late! This is the Association's biggest fundraising event of the year and its success affects services and supports throughout Minnesota for individuals with brain injury. Visit our Web site to make an online donation today.

If you attended our Tenth Annual Walk for Thought, we would like to hear about what made this Walk special for you. Was it a personal accomplishment, connecting with old friends, making new friends, hearing someone speak or something else entirely that made this year's Walk special for you? We would love to hear from Walkers and Team Captains from all four locations. Please send your comments to Pat Marciniak and they may appear in the Walk wrap up story in our next edition of Mind Matters. Thanks for taking part in this year's Walk for Thought and helping to make our Tenth Anniversary Walk a memorable one.

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. Don't miss an opportunity to learn about advocacy and speak directly to your state policymakers about issues that are important to you. Here are a few upcoming forums:

Thursday, September 29 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Courage St. Croix
1460 Curve Crest Blvd
Stillwater, MN

Tuesday, October 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Bemidji City Hall
317 4th St NW
Bemidji, MN

Burnsville/Apple Valley
Monday, October 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Burnsville City Hall (Community Room)
100 Civic Center Parkway
Burnsville, MN

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.

If you would like to volunteer at a Town Hall Forum or help to connect people to forums in their area, contact Anna Karena by e-mail.

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.

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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