Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
August 1, 2012

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Upcoming Workshops:

Wednesday Workshop: Hoarding
Date: August 22
Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Cost: $40 per person; 2.5 CEUs are provided.

Brain Injury Basics: Caregiving
Date: August 30
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 Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance

To register for a class, please click here or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.


In this issue:
Walk for Thought Online Registration Now Available
Disability Matters: Summer Voices 2012
Take the Pledge
Case Management and Resource Facilitation Position Openings
Brain Fitness Kits available at Carver County Libraries
Classified Ad - Pacific University TBI Research Study Survey
Classified Ad - University of Iowa TBI Study

Walk for Thought Online Registration Now Available
The 11th Annual Walk for Thought will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at Como Park in St. Paul, Canal Park in Duluth, Silver Lake in Rochester, CentraCare Health Plaza in St. Cloud.

Since 2002, thousands of individuals who have experienced brain injury, their loved ones and the professionals who work with them, have come together for one event to celebrate their strength and success, as well as to remember those who were lost to brain injury. Last year, we celebrated the Walk's Tenth Anniversary. Now, eleven isn't always as exciting as ten so we want you to think of this year as "Ten Plus ONE!" And, in honor of this being a plus one year, we want you to bring your own PlusONE to the Walk. We want to recognize all the PlusONEs in attendance that day.

Click here for more information and to start your team now!
Click here to donate online!

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Disability Matters: Summer Voices 2012
The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance in partnership with the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities is hosting a series of events this summer to help advocates ensure that their voices will continue be heard this election season and beyond. Please join us at one of these upcoming events to learn all about the 2012 elections and the important issues facing people with disabilities in Minnesota. We'll help you find out more about the people running for office and make sure you have the tools you need to be ready to vote this November. Enjoy refreshments and meet some of the candidates!

North Minneapolis - Thursday, August 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Kingsley Commons, 4550 Humboldt Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412

Stillwater - Tuesday, August 14 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Courage Center, St. Croix, 1460 Curve Crest Blvd, Stillwater, MN 55082

Columbia Heights - Wednesday, August 15 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Kingsley Commons, 4550 Humboldt Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412

Click here for a full list of events.

Let Your Voice Be Heard in 2012!

If you have any questions, please contact Anni Simons at 651-604-8080, or the Public Policy Department of the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.

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Take the Pledge
To "Keep My Brain in the Game"
Youth athletes take the pledge to sit out until a medical professional says it is OK to play. See their stories on our YouTube page.

Start the journey at SaveThisBrain.org to take the pledge that "If I am hurt, I will sit it out until a medical professional tells me I am ok."

Pass the pledge on to your kids, your team or your friends. Contact Anna to find out other ways you can participate in Keep My Brain in the Game!

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Case Management and Resource Facilitation Position Opening
Case Manager 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. Bi-lingual/bi-cultural is a plus. Click here for a full position description.

Resource Facilitation Primary Duties:
Responsible for brain injury information, resources and individual assistance through the implementation of Resource Facilitation providing effective community integration of people with brain injury. Click here for a full position description.

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Brain Fitness Kits available at Carver County Libraries
Carver County Library System (www.carverlib.org) supports brain fitness and hopes it can serve the brain injury community in the Twin Cities Southwest Metro with its new Brain Fitness Kits, available for checkout at Carver County Libraries. In addition, the Chaska Branch offers an adult storytime every fourth Monday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (July, however, had its meeting on July 16) as an opportunity to socialize. If you have any questions, please contact Angela Hunt, Librarian at 952-448-3886 or e-mail ahunt@co.carver.mn.us.

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Classified Ad - Pacific University TBI Research Study Survey
Please consider participating in this traumatic brain injury research.

We are seeking individuals' participation in a research study investigating the relationship between ethnic identity and how someone reintegrates into his or her community after traumatic brain injury (TBI), including such daily life activities as home and family activities, social activities, employment, school, and volunteerism. The results of this study may be used to offer more tailored individual treatments to those who have sustained TBI.

Eligibility to Participate
- At least 18 years old - Have experienced a traumatic brain injury (such as from a fall or auto collision) - At least one year past time of injury - No other neurological disorder such as seizure disorder or dementia before the head injury. However, if you have neurological conditions after the head injury, you are still invited to participate. If you are interested in participating in this anonymous survey on SurveyMonkey, please click here.

This project is being conducted by Jennifer Peraza (Student Principal Investigator) and Dr. BJ Scott (Faculty Advisor) at Pacific University and has been approved by the Pacific University Institutional review Board (IRB).

Contact Information
Jennifer Peraza, M.A.
Principle Investigator

BJ Scott, Psy.D.
Faculty Advisor

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Classified Ad - University of Iowa TBI Study
Spouses or partners of TBI survivors are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by investigators from the University of Iowa. The purpose of the study is to better understand the coping strategies and marital satisfaction of committed couples who have remained married or within a committed relationship for at least ten years since their partner or spouse sustained his or her moderate to severe TBI. Approximately 100 people will take part in this study.

If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete several online questionnaires. It will take approximately 25 to 30 minutes to complete the questionnaires. You may skip any questions that you prefer not to answer. After you complete the questionnaires, there will be no additional contact from any member of the research team. You will not be paid for being in this research study.

If you have any questions about the research study itself, please contact JoAnna Argüello, 361 Lindquist Center, Iowa City, IA at 507-319-3134 or joanna-arguello@uiowa.edu.

To access the study, please follow this link to the study Web site. You will be asked to read additional information about the study before beginning the study questionnaires.

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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 philg@braininjurymn.org 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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