Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
February 13, 2013

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Upcoming Workshops:

Brain Injury Basics: Caregiving
Date: February 28
Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: $25 for Professionals; $5 donation appreciated from Consumers.

Brain Injury Basics: Introduction to Brain Injury
Date: March 21
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:
Advocacy Matters
Internship Openings
Survey for Parents and Caregivers of Children with Disabilities

Advocacy Matters Join us at the Minnesota State Capitol
The 2013 Minnesota Legislative Session is beginning to heat up! Over the next few months, state policymakers will be setting the Minnesota state budget for the next two years and making critical decisions that will impact all of us. This means it is vital to share the real life stories of individuals and families affected by brain injury with our policymakers. We need your help:

Join us for a Tuesday at the Capitol to share your story with legislators, attend committee hearings, and work with other citizen advocates. For more information about Tuesdays at the Capitol and how to prepare, click here or contact Public Policy Intern Liz at braininjurymn@gmail.com

Save the date for Disability Matters Day at the Capitol, which has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 25

To receive legislative updates and stay up to date on all of our advocacy events and opportunities this session, don't forget to sign up for our Advocacy Action Center at Capwiz. Otherwise, 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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Internship Openings
The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is looking to fill an internship position: Development. Click here for full description and contact information. If you have any questions, please call Anna at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.

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Survey for Parents and Caregivers of Children with Disabilities
You are invited to take part in a research study being completed by Sara Joersz and Rebecca Polansky, both occupational therapy graduate students at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND. This research study will survey parents or caregivers of children with disabilities who are currently receiving occupational therapy services or have in the past. A specific focus would be to gather caregivers' perceptions of occupational therapy home programs, the barriers they may face, and what helps them complete the home program activities with their child.

The survey contains questions about the use of a home program in the family, how it fits with family routines, how and if the child benefits from the activities, how confident the caregiver is in providing the home program, and factors that both improved or lessened the quality of the home program provision. The survey will take about 15-20 minutes to complete, but not all questions need to be answered. Your responses will be kept confidential and no personal identifying information will be used for research purposes.

If you are willing to participate in this study, please click here to take the online survey.

If you have any questions, please contact us at Sara or Rebecca.

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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."

The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance 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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Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
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