Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
November 23, 2011

Walk for Thought

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Upcoming Workshops:

Brain Injury Basics: Introduction
Date: January 26, 2012
Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: $25 for Professionals; $5 donation appreciated from Consumers.

Brain Injury Basics: Adjustment
Date: February 23, 2012
Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: $25 for Professionals; $5 donation appreciated from Consumers.

Brain Injury Basics: Caregiving
Date: March 22, 2012
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.


In this issue:
Last Town Hall Forums of 2011
Association Underwriting & Advertising for 2012
Association Job Opening: Case Manager
TBI Group Meeting in Itasca County
Classified Ad: Accessible Space Inc. Assisted Living Service

Advocacy Matters - Join us at our final 2011 Town Hall Forums!
The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota needs your help. We need 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 approaching the end of our town hall forum season, 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 our final town hall forums this season:

St. Paul
Tuesday, December 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Northdale Recreation Center
1414 Saint Albans St N
Saint Paul, MN

Saint Cloud - Special Education Forum
Thursday, December 8 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Great River Regional Library
1300 West Saint Germain St
Saint Cloud, 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.

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Promote your business and achieve your marketing goals
Looking for marketing and vendor opportunities? The 2012 Annual Underwriting package will be available soon and mailed to all previous sponsors and advertisers. The Mind Matters magazine, Consumer Guide, Annual Conference for Professionals and Walk for Thought are just some of the great opportunities to promote your business and achieve your marketing goals. Contact Lori Peterson, Development Manager, with any questions or to secure your spot for 2012.

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Case Management Position Opening at the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
Primary Duties:
The Case Manager is responsible for monitoring and implementing comprehensive proactive; consumer directed systems of support and advocacy for individuals, including all ages and cultures, which have survived brain injury and their families through implementation of case management for effective community integration. The Case Manager will be responsible to assist the consumer in planning and accessing housing, financial supports and other community services and supports needed to accomplish this goal in accordance with Local; State; and Federal regulations. Bi-lingual/bi-cultural is a plus.

How to Apply: Send current resume, cover letter and three references with contact information to: Brain Injury Association of Minnesota. For additional information about this position, or for more details about the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota, please click here.

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TBI Group Meeting in Itasca County
Wayne Stoltz, TBI/stroke Sept 03, holds 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: December 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,

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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

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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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