Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
July 30, 2014

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The Walk for Thought is our biggest event of the year and we need YOU to help make it a success! The Walk takes place on September 20 in 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. Please join a team, start a team or make a donation today!

Also, in the weeks leading up to the Walk, whenever you talk about it on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr - whatever your Social Media platform of choice - use the hashtag #W4T2014 so we can repost your comments! We'd love to know who is talking about the Walk and who is helping make this Walk the biggest one ever!

So, come and 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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Did You Know. . .
For people with brain injury to get home and community based services, they first need to sign up for Medical Assistance (MA). In order to qualify for Medical Assistance there are income and asset standards that severely limit how much income and how many assets a person can have. It is incredibly unfair to individuals and short-sighted by the State to expect people to live in deep poverty to be able to gain access to the services that can keep them living independently in the community and out of more costly institutional care. If you or a loved one are impacted by MA income and asset standards and are willing to share your story, please call Erica Schmiel, Public Policy Associate, at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6642, or email at ericas@braininjurymn.org.

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2014 Lunch and Learn Seminars
Are you ready to have lunch and learn AND get your CEUs? Beginning at the end of August, the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance will offer Lunch and Learn Seminars at our offices in Roseville.

Sessions will take place on the following Wednesdays: August 27, September 24, October 29, November 26 and December 17.

There is a $25 cost for each session; five-session cost is $100.

For complete information, click here.

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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: 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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Support the Alliance through Community Health Charities
Community Health Charities of Minnesota is an easy way to support the Alliance and any number of other organizations. Visit healthcharitiesmn.org and click on "Donate Now" for a list of available organizations or to have your gift divided equally among them. When you give to Community Health Charities of Minnesota, everybody wins.

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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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