Featured News and Events
Register today for the Friends of PACER's Annual Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
Mt. Normandale Lake – Bloomington, MN (494 & Hwy 100)
9:00 a.m. – Registration/ Race packet pick up
10:00 a.m. – 4 Mile Run
10:00 a.m. – 2 Mile Fun Walk/Roll
11:00 a.m. – Presentation, prizes and music
Children 6 and under: Free
7-16 years old: $10.00
All others: $20.00
Featured Resources on Children's Mental Health and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders
Families of children with mental health, emotional and behavioral needs often navigate multiple systems to access necessary supports and services. Families may also face additional challenges due to stigma about mental health. PACER’s Inspiring Opportunities Project will bring together parents, youth and professionals to help families receive the resources and support their children need. This project will also promote increased understanding of children’s mental health, emotional, and behavioral need in the broader community.
- Make the Stigma Disappear
- Get the Facts
- Videos from the perspectives of parents and siblings.
New - Step by Step School Discipline Guide
Parents of children with disabilities often ask:
- Can the school send my child home before the end of the school day?
- Can the school district suspend my child?
- Can the school district expel my child?
- What happens to my child’s educational services if he or she is sent home, suspended, or expelled?
This interactive guide will answer these and many other questions. Whether your child is on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a Section 504 Plan, or if you suspect that your child has a disability that affects his or her behavior at school, this guide will help you understand the complex disciplinary process for Minnesota public school children with disabilities.
PACER’s Simon Technology Center is thrilled to add some new, cutting edge technology.
- VGo Robot
- UbiDuo Wireless Face to Face Communicator
- Tobii Eye Mobile.
“EZ AT 2” iBook now available at iTunes Store
PACER’s popular “EZ AT 2” book is now available in an iBooks edition. Complete with video, picture examples, an interactive glossary, and the full support of iPad’s built-in accessibility features, “EZ AT 2” brings creative ideas to life to help children ages birth to 3 with disabilities use assistive technology (AT) to participate more fully in daily routines and activities. Designed for newer generation iPads, the “EZ AT 2” iBooks edition can be downloaded free at the iTunes store.
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In The News
New Reports on Dropout Prevention for Students with Disabilities
The National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities has published two new publications:
- Decreasing Dropout Rates for Minority Male Youth with Disabilities from Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Backgrounds
- A Literature Map of Dropout Prevention Interventions for Students with Disabilities.
Both provide helpful information on current data and promising strategies to improve student outcomes.
Your chance to comment on WIOA!
Last month President Obama signed a law that seeks to maximize opportunities for all youth and adults to succeed in postsecondary education and in high-skill, high-wage and high-demand jobs. It's called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
You now have the opportunity to help the Department answer some questions on our minds as we work to implement this important law that holds great promise for Americans with and without disabilities.
Please check out the joint BLOG here from OSERS and OCTAE inviting comments from you until Friday, August 29, 2014.
Help Support PACER
PACER is excited to announce our partnership with SurveyMonkey Contribute and a new way for anyone to support PACER programs! Sign up and you will receive surveys by e-mail from SurveyMonkey customers who need your opinion. For every survey you take, SurveyMonkey will donate $0.50 to PACER, and you'll get a chance to win $100 in an instant-win game.
Categories / Programs
Upcoming Workshops - Register for a Workshop
Everthing You Need to Know Before Your Child Turns 3Date: Monday, September 22, 2014 - 6:30pm-8:30pmLocation: PACER Center
Career Planning: An in-depth workshop for familiesDate: Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:30pm-8:30pmLocation: PACER Center
Simon Technology Center Low Vision Open HouseDate: Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 11:00am-2:00pmLocation: PACER Center
Parent Talk: Communicating With Professionals and Connecting With Other FamiliesDate: Monday, September 29, 2014 - 6:30pm-8:30pmLocation: PACER Center
Planning for Educational InclusionDate: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 6:30pm-8:30pmLocation: PACER Center
From Naughty to Nice: The Road to Positive Behavior Interventions and SupportsDate: Thursday, October 02, 2014 - 6:30pm-8:30pmLocation: Willmar
Hot Tips on the IEP: Is your child’s IEP individualized and appropriate?Date: Monday, October 06, 2014 - 6:30pm-8:30pmLocation: Bemidji