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International Activities

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No matter where in the world they live, parents of children with disabilities share a common bond: they want their children to succeed, and they work with hope and commitment to make it happen. PACER Center's services are available in Minnesota and the United States. The PACER International web site is offered to international visitors as a resource of program ideas and practices that can improve the lives of children with disabilities.

PACER Center, long recognized as a leading U.S. parent advocacy organization, has become increasingly involved in international exchange activities focused on empowering the parents of children with disabilities in other countries. Although PACER has had informal global connections for many years, PACER recently embarked on several international initiatives as a means of improving the lives of children with disabilities and their families around the world.

Exchange opportunities for parent leaders

Parents and professionals from other parts of the world often arrange to visit PACER Center when they are in the United States. Promoting information exchange among parent leaders from different countries has its roots in the parent-to-parent philosophy at the heart of PACER programs.

The following topics have been popular international exchange opportunities: Parent Advocacy and Strategies, the Puppet Program, Simon Technology Center and PACER Internships.

Recent examples of other PACER international activities include:

  • Meeting with visiting parent leaders and professionals from Afghanistan, Australia, Cameroon, Chile, China, Cyprus, Greece , Guam, Guatemala, Iceland, India, Japan, Netherlands, Peru, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan.
  • Co-sponsoring India’s first National Conference on technology for children and adults with disabilities with India’s National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped.
  • Providing technical assistance and support to a new center on assistive technology for children and adults with disabilities in Bangalore, India.
  • Hosting a Fulbright Fellow from India and providing internship opportunities for international scholars.
  • Sharing information with families in Malaysia in formal and informal ways.
  • Replicating PACER’s COUNT ME IN puppet program, a disability awareness program for elementary school children, for schoolchildren in England, Japan, and Australia.
  • Serving on an advisory committee to the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, a resource center for people with disabilities, exchange professionals, and disability staff interested in international exchange opportunities. PACER Executive Director Paula Goldberg serves on this committee and has been invited to join an advisory committee for the National Association of Software and Services Companies in India.
 

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