Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
October 10, 2012

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Upcoming Workshops:

Wednesday Workshop: Companion and Service Animals
Date: October 24, 2012
Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Cost: $40 per person; 2.5 CEUs are provided.

Brain Injury Basics: Adjustment to Brain Injury
Date: October 25
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:
2013 Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury - Request for Presenters
Walk for Thought
Advocacy Matters
Case Management and Resource Facilitation Position Openings
Spa...ahh Fundraising Event
Vendors Needed for the Consumer and Family Conference
Housing & Independence Workshop
University of Minnesota brain injury study seeks participants
Classified Ad - Veterans in Need

2013 Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury - Request for Presenters
The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is busy planning the 28th Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury, which will be held on April 11 and 12, 2013 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. We would like to invite you to submit a proposal or proposals for breakout sessions. Please fill out the form below and list of suggested topics. Proposals are due by Friday, October 19, 2012, but can be submitted at any time prior to that date.

Click here for more information and to fill our your RFP today!

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2012 Walk for Thought
Thank you, everyone, for helping make the 2012 Walk for Thought a success. 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. Over 2,000 walkers, donors and volunteers came together once again to celebrate 11 years of giving, awareness and hope to people affected by brain injury. You can view Team Totals by clicking here.

We already have hundreds of photos up from the Walk on our Facebook page. If you have photos from any of our outstate Walks (Rochester, St. Cloud or Duluth) and would like to share them, please contact Phil at philg@braininjurymn.org.

While the Walk itself may be over, we are still accepting donations that will be applied to the final Walk numbers. This is our 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.

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Advocacy Matters
The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance invites you to attend an upcoming fall Citizen Advocate Academy training so that you can learn how to be a more effective advocate! All trainings are free and include a light meal. There is no charge but pre-registration is required. Call the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance to register today at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.

Where: Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
Education Center
34 13th Avenue Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Upcoming Citizen Advocate Academy trainings:

Advocacy Lab
Thursday, October 11, 2012
5 to 8 p.m.

Civics 101
Saturday, October 20, 2012
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

If you cannot make these events check out the Citizen Advocacy Academy Schedule for more information about all of our upcoming advocacy events! Otherwise feel free to contact the Public Policy Department by phone at 612-378-2742, 800-669-6442 or by e-mail at michelleg@braininjurymn.org or jeffn@braininjurymn.org.

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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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The Burnsville Women of Today will be hosting its annual Spa...ahh on Saturday, November 3 at the Buck Hill Event Center in Burnsville. This unique event offers a relaxing morning of brunch, chair massages, mini spa treatments, brow and lip waxing, and an array of other wellness based services or activities for attendees, with proceeds directly benefiting the Minnesota Stroke Association.

Registration can be found at www.burnsvillewomenoftoday.com. Please contact Beverly Slater or call 952-334-1169 if you have any questions.

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Vendors Needed for the Consumer and Family Conference
Exhibit your business at the Consumer and Family Conference on Saturday, November 3 and gain exposure to families and individuals affected by brain injury. The event will take place at North Como Presbyterian Church in Roseville from 1 to 4 p.m.

Please contact Brittany Lasek by e-mail or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442 if you are interested in becoming a vendor.

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Housing & Independence Workshop
Attend this free event co-sponsored by the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance to learn more about creating environments to maximize accessibility, independence, and safety in your home.

Topics include:
     Resources through MinnesotaHelp.info presented by Julia Washenberger, Options Counselor with the Disability Linkage Line
     Low Tech Devices for Your Home presented by Carmel Rehnelt, Senior Occupational Therapist at the Courage Center
     Home Modifications presented by Carissa Rasmussen with Accessible Homes

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
4 6 p.m.
Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota
553 Fairview Ave N., St. Paul, MN
There is no cost for this workshop

Contact: John, Metropolitan Center for Independent Living
Phone: 651-646-8342
E-mail: johnw@mcil-mn.org
Please let him know if you need any accommodations.
Your information will not be used for any purpose other than to send future event notices.

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University of Minnesota brain injury study seeks participants
A study at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities is recruiting people with brain injury for a pilot study designed to examine how we tell stories. The purpose of the study is to compare how people with and without traumatic brain injuries build narratives about personal experiences.

This includes one approximately 4-hour session of standardized testing and an interview. All participants will be compensated at the rate of $8 an hour. If you are interested in learning more about this program and to find out if you could participate, contact Katy O'Brien at obrie765@umn.edu or 612-276-2250.

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Classified Ad - Veterans in Need
A Chance To Grow has teamed up with the Homecoming for Veterans (HC4V) project, a force dedicated to providing EEG Biofeedback training for Veterans in need with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms at NO COST.

EEG Biofeedback is a cutting-edge tool for individuals suffering from PTSD. It is a drug-free, non-invasive brain exercising technique. Veterans who have been through the program have shown tremendous positive benefits with sleep problems, anxiety, pain, irritability, anger and rage, as well as cognitive deficits. The training can also help soldiers recover from drug, alcohol, and tobacco dependency.

Please contact A Chance To Grow for further information 612-789-1236.

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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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Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
34 13th Avenue Northeast, Suite B001 - Minneapolis, Minnesota - 55413

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