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April 2016

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

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE: DON’T MISS IDINA MENZEL AT THE PACER BENEFIT APRIL 30

Time is running out! Purchase tickets now for PACER’s Annual Benefit Saturday, April 30 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, presented by Starkey Hearing Technologies. Tony-Award winner Idina Menzel is the voice behind Elsa in Disney’s global box office smash Frozen, and the powerful multi-platinum Oscar-winning hit “Let it Go.” Tickets start at $70 and include silent and live auctions. Proceeds support programs for children with disabilities and children who are bullied. Go to http://www.pacer.org/benefit or call (952) 838-9000 to reserve your seats today.

MAY 25 PACER’S UNITY AWARDS HONOR THOSE WHO HAVE MADE OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO PREVENT BULLYING

Individuals who have gone above and beyond to prevent bullying will be recognized by PACER Center on Wednesday, May 25 in Bloomington, Minn. The Unity Awards were created to honor and celebrate outstanding students and community members who have helped make their communities, schools, and the internet kinder, more accepting places. The awards will be presented by the Faces of Change, the Youth Advisory Board of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Find information on our Unity Awards web page, or call (952) 838-9000.

REGISTER TODAY FOR GIRLS SUMMER STEM CAMP

Registration closes on May 2 for PACER’s Exploring Interest in Technology and Engineering (EX.I.T.E.) Camp for middle girls with disabilities. Participants have the opportunity to make new friends and experiment with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The free five-day camp, held in August, allows hands-on learning in a supportive environment. Girls work with mentors and industry professionals. Visit PACER.org/stc for more information and application forms. You can also call PACER’s Simon Technology Center at (952) 838-9000.

REGISTRATION BEGINS IN MAY FOR THE 11TH ANNUAL PACER SYMPOSIUM

Teachers, parents, and administrators are invited to attend this year’s 11th Annual National PACER Symposium about Children & Young Adults with Mental Health and Learning Disabilities on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The symposium brings together 1,100 teachers, administrators, and parents for a daylong event, and features outstanding national keynote speakers and breakout workshop presenters. Keynote speakers include L. Read Sulik, M.D.; BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, Ph.D.; and Adam Levy, Ph.D.

Registration opens May 10. The cost is $30 and includes lunch. For more information or to register, go to http://www.pacer.org/help/symposium/ or call (952) 838-9000.

FAMILY FUN MATH ACTIVITY CARDS NOW AVAILABLE IN FOUR LANGUAGES

Help your young child develop math skills that are important for learning success with these fun skill-builders. Use these cards at home or on the go! Now available in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish, these cards are for children grades K-3. One copy is free to Minnesota parents or guardians of children with disabilities. Purchase additional sets at $4 each for 1 to 10 copies, $2.50 each for 11-100 copies, and $2 each for 100+ copies. Call (952) 838-9000 and order item PHP-a46. See more PACER publications and resources at PACER.org/cultural-diversity/resources-for-parents.asp.

PACER WORKSHOPS

Life Planning for People with Disabilities – Guardianship and Trusts
This is a two-part workshop on life planning for people with disabilities. Participants will learn about guardianship and conservatorship laws, power of attorney, trust, and other life planning issues. Attend both sessions, as they cover different information. Register online or call (952) 838-9000.

  • Monday, May 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Both sessions are at PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd., in Minneapolis, Minn.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: TRAIN TO BE A PACER PUPPETEER

Would you like to be part of the fun, creative team of PACER puppeteers? Attend a training session on May 11 (at PACER in Minneapolis) or May 24 (in Saint Paul) to learn how PACER’s puppet programs – KIDS AGAINST BULLYING and COUNT ME IN® – use child-size puppets to help children learn about bullying prevention and disability awareness. No experience is required. Individual training is also available. To learn more, visit PACER.org/puppets, call PACER at (952) 838-9000, or e-mail [email protected].

SUPPORT PACER BY JOINING SURVEY MONKEY CONTRIBUTE

Showing your support for PACER is as easy as taking the occasional survey. More than 27,000 people have signed up with SurveyMonkey Contribute in support of PACER. Participants receive periodic e-mail surveys on a variety of subjects. The web-based questionnaires are quick, easy, and confidential, and SurveyMonkey makes a donation to PACER for each survey completed. Thank you for participating! Sign up today

CONTACT PACER FOR ASSISTANCE AND INFORMATION

PACER Center is a national nonprofit organization that provides services to families of children and young adults with any disability, as well as resources to prevent bullying through PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. For assistance and information, please contact us via e-mail at [email protected] or call (952) 838-9000. Learn more

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PETER FRAMPTON AT THE STATE THEATRE JULY 13

Peter Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. His fifth solo album, the electrifying "Frampton Comes Alive!" is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and remains one of the top-selling live records of all time. Frampton’s latest album "Acoustic Classics" is available now, featuring stripped-down versions of his classic hits including “Baby, I Love Your Way,” “Lines On My Face,” “Do You Feel Like I Do,” “Show Me The Way,” and more. Don’t miss him live at the State Theatre on July 13. Tickets and information available here.

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