Featured News and Events
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.
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
Congress Passes ABLE Act: Major Victory for Persons with Disabilities and Their Families
The U.S. Senate has overwhelmingly passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 by a vote of 76 to 16. First introduced in 2006, and subsequent sessions of Congress, the ABLE Act will allow people with disabilities (with an age of onset up to 26 years old) and their families the opportunity to create a tax-exempt savings account that can be used for maintaining health, independence and quality of life.
For details, see the full press release from the National Disability Institute.
New Federal Guidance on Bullying of Students with Disabilities
On October 21, the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights issued new bullying guidance to schools. The Dear Colleague letter builds on previous guidance to further clarify schools’ responsibilities to respond to bullying of students with disabilities when it constitutes disability-based harassments or results in the denial of a free appropriate public education (FAPE).
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Categories / Programs
Upcoming Workshops - Register for a Workshop
All About SwitchesDate: Tuesday, January 06, 2015 - 6:30pm-8:00pmLocation: PACER Center - also availible via online streaming
Getting the Help You NeedDate: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 6:00pm-8:00pmLocation: Woodbury
Social Security and Benefit Planning for Transition-age Youth: Ticket to WorkDate: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 6:30pm-8:00pmLocation: Rochester
The ABC’s of the IEP – Making the Individualized Education Program work for your childDate: Monday, February 02, 2015 - 6:30pm-9pmLocation: Woodbury
Three-part Housing Workshop Series: Part 1- First Steps to Independent LivingDate: Monday, February 09, 2015 - 7:00pm-9:00pmLocation: PACER Center
Little Kids, Big Voices: How to be an Effective Communication Partner for Children with Complex Communication NeedsDate: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 6:30pm-8pmLocation: PACER Center - also availible via online streaming
My Child's IEP: Creating an Individualized Program that Meets Your Child's NeedsDate: Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 6:30pm-8:30pmLocation: PACER Center - also availible via online streaming