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August 2011

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

Join the Movement! October is PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month

This October is PACER’s sixth annual National Bullying Prevention Month, and throughout the month, students, parents, and schools across the country can find plenty of ways to show their support for bullying prevention! On Oct. 12, students and schools can raise awareness of bullying prevention by wearing orange and celebrating Unity Day. Then, on Oct. 26, anyone can dance, sing, and make a statement against bullying by joining PACER’s Unity Dance Day. You can also show your support during the month by becoming a national partner or champion against bullying. For more information on PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month and how you can be involved, visit PACER.org/bullying.

Save the Date!
PACER’s Second Annual Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying is Oct. 1

Mark your calendars for PACER’s second annual Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying on Saturday, Oct. 1, part of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month of October. The four-mile run or 1.5-mile walk or roll will take place at Mt. Normandale Lake in Bloomington, Minn. The entry fee is $20 per person, and each participant will receive a complimentary T-shirt. Participants can also gather pledges from family, friends, co-workers, or local businesses. All proceeds from the event will go toward PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, which educates communities nationwide to prevent bullying through creative and interactive resources. Register now!

Save $1 on Secret Deodorant and Support PACER!

During its “Mean Stinks” campaign, Secret Deodorant is partnering with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center by donating a portion of proceeds from select Secret Clinical Strength purchases to its prevention efforts. Just fill in the online form and Secret will send you a coupon for $1 off any Secret Clinical Strength product. For every coupon redeemed, Secret will donate $1 to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. For more information, visit Facebook.com/MeanStinks.

Obama Administration Recommits to Protecting Civil Rights for Americans with Disabilities

On the 21st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in July, the Obama administration announced new efforts that will increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The administration’s strategic plan will improve compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, which requires that federal agencies’ electronic and information technology be accessible to all people with disabilities. Making electronic and information technology, such as websites, 508 compliant will ensure that all applicants have equal access to apply for jobs. More

Minnesota Legislature Keeps Special Education Funding Intact in Final Budget

There was good news for special education programs in Minnesota this summer. Although special education funding was originally cut in the Minnesota Legislature’s delayed budget for 2012-13, it remained intact in the final budget. Minnesota’s new education bill maintains special education’s growth factor of 4.6 percent, allowing for an increase in program costs for the large number of students receiving services. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was clear throughout the budget negotiations that he did not support a cut to special education funding. You can send him a thank-you note here and stay up-to-date on special education policy at PACER.org/legislation.

Study Finds Children with Disabilities Bullied More at School

Children with disabilities are more likely to be the targets of bullying at school, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. The study also found that children with disabilities missed more days of school, had lower grades, and were less likely to feel safe in school. The study, “School Outcomes of Children with Special Health Care Needs,” looked at more than 1,450 students in fourth through sixth grades from three school districts. More

NCLD Releases 2011 Edition of “State of Learning Disabilities”

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) recently released its biennial report “State of Learning Disabilities: Facts, Trends and Indicators.” The publication provides a national and state-by-state snapshot of learning disabilities in the United States and their impact on students and adults to achieve educational success and employment. Among the key findings, the report states that more students with learning disabilities are graduating with a regular high school diploma (64 percent) than a decade ago (52 percent), but that students with learning disabilities attend postsecondary education at lower rates than their peers without disabilities. Download the full report here.

Give a Car, Help a Child through PACER Program

Help children with disabilities and earn a tax deduction by donating your used car or other motor vehicle to PACER’s Give a Car, Help a Child program. Your donation will raise money that supports PACER programs and services for children with disabilities. Donors can drive their car to PACER or arrange for the vehicle to be picked up from their home. More

New Paper Summarizes Importance of Medicaid for Families of Children with Special Health Care Needs

In a recently released paper by Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, researchers review the current data on children with special health care needs and Medicaid, summarize the routes to Medicaid coverage, and outline state-level policy options that would increase these children’s accessibility to Medicaid. Throughout the paper, “Medicaid and its Role for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs: A Family Perspective,” family stories tell the reality of what children and their families experience and how vital Medicaid is to their survival. More

Check Out the Simon Technology Center’s Blog on Assistive Technology

Want quality, current, and in-depth information on assistive technology? Visit “PACER Center’s Simon Technology Center Blog,” which offers popular features on assistive technology, including early childhood corner, app corner, communication corner, product spotlight, and more. More

Survey for Parents Will Assess Community Services for Children with Special Needs

The newly founded National Center for Ease of Use of Community-Based Services is conducting a survey for parents of children with special needs on the effectiveness of community-based services. Results from the survey will be used to help the Center identify what’s working, what’s not, and how it can better help children receive the health care services they need. Take the survey here.

PACER Publications

Accessible Instructional Materials: Basics for Families
This new PACER booklet helps parents decide whether their child needs accessible instructional materials (AIM), what specialized format the student needs, how to access these materials, and what supports the student needs to use AIM. Free to Minnesota families of children with disabilities. Order STC-23. More

EZ AT 2: Simple Assistive Technology Ideas for Children Ages Birth to Three
This new PACER guide for parents and professionals highlights assistive technology that can help infants and toddlers with disabilities participate more fully in daily activities. Free to Minnesota families of children with disabilities. Order STC-24. More

Great Opportunities

United Way and CFC Can Support PACER
PACER Center is eligible for donations made through United Way campaigns and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the workplace charity campaign for federal civilian, military, and postal employees. PACER is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

United Way
The United Way accommodates employees wanting to support PACER. United Way pledge cards have a Donor Choice location in which to write PACER’s name and address (PACER Center, Inc., 8161 Normandale Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55437).

CFC
Look for PACER in your local campaign booklet under the Children’s Charities of America (CCA) heading or alphabetically. You can also see a video about a PACER program by visiting cfcvideospeakersbureau.org and entering PACER as the keyword. To designate your gift to PACER, use code 12272. This code is unique to PACER and will be needed under any heading where you see PACER’s name listed.

For information on how to support PACER through the United Way, CFC, or other workplace charity campaigns, call PACER’s development office at (952)838-9000 or visit PACER.org

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