During the Age and Disabilities Odyssey Conference, we recognize organizations and people who have made differences in the lives of people who are aging or who have disabilities. Since 2005, we have recognized 35 individuals and organizations.
Odyssey award winners come from all areas of human services. Past award winners (PDF) have made a difference in areas including:
Anyone may make a nomination. Please submit as many nominations (PDF) as you would like before 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 1. More information is available on the conference website at mn.gov/dhs/odyssey/awards.
We will confirm nominations by email in three to five business days. If you have questions, email DHS.OdysseyConference@state.mn.us.
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, a time to learn how to prevent brain injury and be aware that it may be an underlying cause of other disorders. Simple precautions that can be taken to prevent brain injury include:
Brain injuries include both traumatic brain injury caused by an external force, and acquired brain injury that may be caused by stroke, aneurysm, near drowning, tumor or another occurrence. An estimated 100,000 Minnesotans live with the effects of traumatic brain injury. No good estimates exist for how many people live with chronic effects of acquired brain injury.
The long-term effects of a brain injury are often noticed only six months or longer after the brain injury has occurred. A person may be diagnosed with depression, chemical dependency or aphasia for which brain injury is a major contributing cause.
The Department of Human Services convenes the Traumatic Brain Injury State Advisory Committee and also has a cross-agency workgroup on brain injury.