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April 2012

PACER e-news: Resources and information for children with disabilities and their families

Tickets Still Available for PACER’s May 5 Benefit Featuring Earth, Wind & Fire

Time is running out! Purchase your tickets today for PACER Center’s 30th Annual Benefit on May 5 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. You won’t want to miss Earth, Wind & Fire live in concert as they perform their enduring hits like “Let’s Groove,” “Shining Star,” “Boogie Wonderland,” and more. Don’t forget the Live Auction and Silent Auction which will be amazing as always. Purchase tickets online or by calling (952) 838-9000.

Enroll Now for EX.I.T.E Camp for Middle School Girls with Disabilities

Register today for the 10th Annual Exploring Interests in Technology and Engineering (EX.I.T.E) Camp for middle school girls with disabilities. Do amazing experiments, make new friends, and discover how exciting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can be. This free five-day camp enables girls to learn hands-on in a supportive environment, and boost their skills and confidence working alongside industry professionals. Registrations are due May 1 and space is limited. For more information, call (952) 838-9000 or visit PACER.org.

May 9 is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day reminds Americans about the importance of children's mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth. The focus of the May 9 event is on the message that young people, with the help of caring adults, can build resilience following traumatic experience. Learn more

Registration Begins May 14 for Seventh Annual Mann Foundation Symposium

Minnesota teachers, parents, and administrators are invited to attend the Seventh Annual Ted and Roberta Mann Foundation National Symposium about Children’s Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, sponsored by PACER Center. The event is Monday, Aug. 6 at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington, Minn., but registration opens May 14. Speakers will address a variety of subjects on children’s mental health and learning disabilities, and will offer proactive, positive teaching strategies and interventions. The cost is $20. Learn more

President Obama Endorses Legislation on Bullying

President Barack Obama has officially endorsed the proposed federal Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) and the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA), which would target discrimination and bullying against students based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. The “Bully” movie was shown at the White House on April 20 to key Obama Administration staff, including Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. More

PACER’s Paula Goldberg Honored with E-chievement Award

PACER Center Executive Director Paula Goldberg received the E-chievement Award April 1 in recognition of PACER’s national bullying prevention efforts. The award is presented by the syndicated “e-Town” radio program, which educates, entertains, and inspires its audience through live music and conversation. Nominated by listeners, winners are cited for making a positive difference in their communities and beyond. The pre-recorded episode featuring the award presentation will air May 16-22 on 300 stations across North America. More

“Autistic License” on Stage at Illusion Theater in Minneapolis

Stacey Dinner-Levin’s play “Autistic License” offers an intriguing look at the complex world of a family living with autism. It will be presented Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m. at the Illusion Theater in Minneapolis. Inspired by the playwright’s personal experience, the show presents audiences with a glimpse of the joys, terrors, rewards, and struggles of raising a child with autism. Purchase tickets

Support PACER Center by Shopping Online

Looking to purchase flowers, magazines, or even a vacation package? You can now shop online at a virtual ‘mall’ and a portion of all sales will be donated to PACER Center. Located on the ‘Make a Donation’ page at PACER.org, this new online tool offers excellent value. For example, you can order a 12-month magazine subscription for $26 and PACER will receive a $7 contribution. Visit the ‘mall’

“Bully” Movie is Impacting Students and Enjoying Box Office Success

PACER is a partner in the “Bully” movie (now rated PG-13) which is enjoying success at the box office since its national release on April 13. It is currently among the top 10 films in the country in revenue per theater. Large numbers of schools are doing field trips to see “Bully” and more than 6,500 teens attended a special screening at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. PACER was a partner in the development of the Special Needs Toolkit that is available on the Bully Project website. More

Workshops

PACER Center offers free workshops for parents of children with disabilities and professionals working with families. Workshop topics cover areas of interest in special education, including information on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Individualized Education Program (IEP), early childhood, transition planning for students age 14-21, assistive technology, and more. There are 12 PACER workshops scheduled in May. Learn more

PACER Center is a Minnesota nonprofit organization that provides services to families of children and young adults with any disability. More

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