Featured News and Events
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PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center is proud to partner with Disney during National Bullying Prevention Month in October
Tune into a special, themed episode of “Austin & Ally” on Sunday, September 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and an all-new episode of “Girl Meets World” on Friday, October 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, both in support of Disney Channel’s “Choose Kindness” campaign. Check out the special t-shirt designed by 13-year-old Alex Angelo, host of Radio Disney's "Saturday Night Party" with Alex Angelo (Saturdays, 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. PT). A portion of sale proceeds donated to PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is a partner of "Choose Kindness", a bullying prevention campaign created by Disney ABC Television Group's efforts to encourage children and parents across the nation to help put an end to bullying by choosing kindness.
Want to prevent bullying in your community? Learn what you can do >>>
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
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 >>>
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.
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Categories / Programs
Upcoming Workshops - Register for a Workshop
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
Hot Tips on the IEP: Is your child’s IEP individualized and appropriate?Date: Tuesday, October 07, 2014 - 6:30pm-8:30pmLocation: International Falls
Planning for Independence: A roadmap for parents and youth with mental health, emotional, or behavioral needs during the transition yearsDate: Tuesday, October 07, 2014 - 6:30pm-9:00pmLocation: Detroit Lakes
Transition: Pathway to the FutureDate: Tuesday, October 07, 2014 - 6:30pm-8:30pmLocation: PACER Center
Special Education: What Do I Need to Know?Date: Thursday, October 09, 2014 - 6:30pm-8:30pmLocation: Mora
Simon Technology Center’s Family Fun Day and Tech ExpoDate: Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 10:00am-2:00pmLocation: PACER Center