Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
January 25, 2017

In this issue:

2017 Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury
The 2017 Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury will be held on April 20 and 21, 2017 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Harvey E. Jacobs, PhD, CLCP and Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD, will be presenting our keynote presentations on Thursday and Friday mornings. A plenary on Unmasking Brain Injury and a plenary with Briana Scurry will held in the afternoons.

Click here for complete Annual Conference information and register today!

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Medical Assistance Spenddown Bill (HF225/SF250) Clears its First Hurdle
The House Health and Human Services Reform Committee held a hearing on our MA Disability Spenddown Bill on February 2. It passed unanimously and was sent on to the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee. This is only the first step in what is sure to be a long and arduous journey toward it being funded in the final State Budget Bill. Minnesota Brain Injury Citizen Advocates Rebecca Preston and Rik Seiler provided incredibly moving testimony in support of raising Minnesota's MA Spenddown and Asset Standards so people can keep more of their own income and savings to live independently.

Watch the hearing on the Minnesota House YouTube channel.

If you would like to become involved in our MA Disability Spenddown Campaign, contact Erica Schmiel.
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Disability Day at the Capitol
Join us on Tuesday, February 28 for a Disability Matters Day Rally at the Capitol. Check-in begins at 10 a.m. with the Rally starts at 11:30 a.m. Click here for a flyer with more information. You can also view the Minnesota Brain Injury's Unmasking Brain Injury Display in the North Corridor of the Capitol, right next to the Rotunda.

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Unmasking Brain Injury
Explore your creative side and help raise brain injury awareness with Unmasking Brain Injury! This community-based project will promote awareness about brain injury through mask displays made by people affected by brain injury. Combining therapy, art and advocacy, each mask will present an entirely unique perspective on life with brain injury and will give survivors, care givers and professionals a voice and the means to educate others of what it is like to live with brain injury.

Make sure you join us on Saturday, April 1 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Park for Unmasking Brain Injury. Hundreds of stories and masks will be on display as well as special guests and our award-winning movie, Unmasking Brain Injury.

Click here for more information about Unmasking Brain Injury.

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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
Caregiving: February 23
Introduction: March 23

Registration is required for all classes. Brain Injury Basics takes place in the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance offices in Roseville from 5:30 to 6:30 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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Classified Ad - Research Volunteers Needed at University of Minnesota
Researchers in the Center for Acquired Cognitive and Communicative Deficits (CACCD) at the University of Minnesota are looking for volunteers to participate in a variety of different research projects.

The CACCD lab conducts research and provides testing and consultative services for individuals with acquired neurological disorders. This includes: children and adults who have experienced concussions, traumatic brain injuries, and strokes, as well as caregivers & family members.

Projects: There are many different projects with unique requirements. You may even be interested in participating in more than one. Each project is unique, however, all of the research involves assessment and rehabilitation for cognition and language. Some (but not all) participation is paid.

Interested volunteers or those with questions are encouraged to contactDr. Jessica Brown at brow4565@umn.edu or call 612-626-9688. Please leave your name and contact information in an email or voice mail so that Dr. Brown can contact you and tell you about the different participation opportunities. Caregivers and family members are welcome to contact the lab as well. If you contact the lab and decide you are not interested in doing the research you are able to withdraw at any time. Thank you!

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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."

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