Featured News and Events
Tickets are on Sale Now for November 21st
Raise A Glass — A Toast to PACER!
Join us in raising a glass to support PACER’s Simon Technology Center, which works to make assistive technology more accessible to children with disabilities. Local duo The Cactus Blossoms will be performing while attendees sip on local beer and wine from a signature tasting glass. To buy tickets and for more information on which breweries and wineries will be attending, go to PACER.org/RaiseAGlass. Cheers!
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 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).
Autism Diagnostic Information Brief
This new resource from the IRIS Center compares the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) definition of autism with the diagnostic criteria from the DSM-5 and DSM-IV-TR. Download the brief >>>
Help Support PACER
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Categories / Programs
Upcoming Workshops - Register for a Workshop
Making the Move from Early Childhood Special Education to KindergartenDate: Saturday, November 01, 2014 - 9:00am-11:00amLocation: PACER Center
The ABC's of the IEP: Making the Individualized Education Program Work for Your ChildDate: Monday, November 03, 2014 - 6:30pm-9:00pmLocation: PACER Center
Creating and Using Visual Supports with Young ChildrenDate: Tuesday, November 04, 2014 - 6:30-8:00pmLocation: PACER Center - also availible via online streaming
Smartphones, Smart Students, and Smart Ideas: How Your Smartphone Can Be a Boost to Your Education, Career Readiness, and Daily LifeDate: Wednesday, November 05, 2014 - 6:30pm-8:00pmLocation: PACER Center - also availible via online streaming
Tips for Talking to School StaffDate: Thursday, November 06, 2014 - 6:30pm-8:30pmLocation: PACER Center
Hot Tips on the Individualized Education Program: Is Your Child's IEP Individualized and Appropriate?Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 6:30pm-8:30pmLocation: PACER Center
An Overview of Technology for Self-Sufficiency and IndependenceDate: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 6:30pm-8:00pmLocation: PACER Center - also availible via online streaming