Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
July 16, 2014

In this issue:

Register or Donate Today for the Walk for Thought
The 2014 Walk for Thought will take place on Saturday, September 20 at Canal Park in Duluth, Silver Lake in Rochester, CentraCare Health Plaza in Saint Cloud, and Battle Creek Pavilion in Battle Creek Regional Park in Maplewood.

Celebrate the strengths and successes of the thousands of individuals who have experience brain injury, along with their families, friends and the professionals who work with them at this year's Walk.

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

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Medical Assistance Campaign: Share your MA Spend-down Story
The Public Policy Department is laying the groundwork for a campaign to increase the Medical Assistance (MA) Income and Asset Limits for individuals with disabilities and seniors during the 2015 legislative session. MA policy forces many people with brain injury deep into poverty to get the medical and waiver services they need to stay in the community. The Alliance, along with the MN Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, is making this issue a primary focus of our advocacy efforts.

Our most important advocacy strategy is turning personal stories into effective political messages. We need your help to do this! We are looking for people who are subject to the MA spend-down and are willing to share their story. Call Erica Schmiel, Public Policy Associate, at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6642, or email at ericas@braininjurymn.org if you can help.

Stay tuned to our Advocacy Action Center for more information and updates.

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Brain Injury Educational Classes
The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance offers a variety of educational classes - including our monthly Brain Injury Basics class - for families, individuals and professionals in the Twin Cities. Our educators can also train your staff on-site at your facility with our Traveling Workshops.

Brain Injury Basics
Introduction to Brain Injury: September 25, December 18
Adjustment to Brain Injury: July 24, October 23
Caregiving: August 28, November 20

Registration is required for all classes. Brain Injury Basics takes place in the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance offices in Roseville from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $25 for professionals; a $5 donation is appreciated from consumers.

Click here for more information on our Education opportunities or call our Education and Community Outreach Department at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.

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"Going to Bat Against Brain Injury" Day
The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is hosting "Going to Bat Against Brain Injury" Day in partnership with the Minnesota Twins Baseball Team on Wednesday, September 3 at 7:10 p.m. as the Minnesota Twins host the Chicago White Sox.

Bring your family, friends, and coworkers to support brain injury awareness. Tickets may be purchased for $18 on a first-come first-served basis by contacting Nancy at 612-378-2742, 800-669-6442 or email nancyc@braininjurymn.org by August 4. Seats are located in the Skyline deck at Target Field. A major credit card (Visa or MasterCard) is necessary to purchase tickets over the phone.

The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance will honor persons with brain injury on the field during the pre-game; one individual will be selected to throw out the first pitch, and staff and volunteers will sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the 7th Inning Stretch.

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Comprehension of Non-Fictional Texts after Brain Injury
Jocelyn Yu, MS, a PhD student at the University of Minnesota, is looking for people with traumatic brain injury (aged 18 to 64) in a study that looks at how much people understand after reading a short passage. The aim of the study is to compare how people with and without traumatic brain injuries evaluate their understanding of a text. The study includes one approximately 3.5-hour session of standardized testing. All participants will be compensated $35 for their involvement. If you are interested in learning more about this program and to find out if you are eligible, contact Jocelyn Yu at yuxxx583@umn.edu or 612-276-2250.

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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 6,250 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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