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August 2014

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

REGISTER NOW! PACER’S RUN, WALK, ROLL AGAINST BULLYING IS SEPT. 20

Now is the time to register for the Friends of PACER’s Annual Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying on Saturday, Sept. 20, presented by American Dairy Queen. This fun, family event will take place at Mt. Normandale Lake Park in Bloomington, Minn., and features a four-mile run and two-mile walk/roll followed by entertainment, prizes, and activities. Sponsor a participant online and ask your friends on Facebook and other social media (hashtag #runwalkroll) to join in. This event kicks off PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month (October) which encourages everyone to take action to prevent bullying.

PACER PARTNERS WITH BABBLE.COM TO PROVIDE INFORMATION FOR PARENTS ON CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH AND BEHAVIOR ISSUES

PACER is now a regular contributor to Babble.com, the highly acclaimed online magazine and blog network published by the Walt Disney Company for parents. Babble is partnering with PACER to help parents better understand and navigate the needs of children with mental health and behavior issues. This month’s blog post – “Understanding Challenging Behaviors: What Your Child Is Really Trying to Tell You” – offers practical information and advice on dealing with emotional outbursts by young children. Read PACER’s post on Babble.com.

WEAR ORANGE ON UNITY DAY: CUSTOM INK LAUNCHES ITS FOURTH ANNUAL ‘BE GOOD TO EACH OTHER’ T-SHIRT CAMPAIGN IN SUPPORT OF PACER

Make plans to wear orange on Unity Day (Wednesday, Oct. 22) in a show of support for those who have been bullied. PACER partner CustomInk has launched its fourth annual Be Good to Each Other bullying prevention campaign in support of Unity Day and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month in October. The campaign encourages students, groups, and others to take a stand for kindness and tolerance by designing and wearing custom bullying prevention T-shirts. Official Unity Day T-shirts are available now for $12, and CustomInk donates all profits (at least $9 per shirt!) to PACER. Order by Oct. 6 for guaranteed arrival in time for Unity Day.

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ISSUES NEW GUIDANCE ABOUT STUDENT DATA TRANSPARENCY

The U.S. Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has released new guidance to help school districts and educators keep parents and students better informed about what student data is collected and how it is used. The guidance urges districts and schools to be proactive in communicating with parents about data collection practices to help alleviate confusion and avoid misunderstandings. A website has also been developed to provide parents with additional resources and information about their privacy rights. Learn more

SAVE THE DATE: SIMON TECHNOLOGY CENTER’S FAMILY FUN DAY IS OCT. 11

Stop by PACER’s Simon Technology Center on Saturday, Oct. 11 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for free family fun, and explore the latest in assistive technology (AT) for people with disabilities. From simple apps to high-tech gadgets, participants will be able to touch, see, and try a variety of assistive technology, and connect with community resources. Discover technology options for infants and toddlers, children, teens, and adults and join in activities for all ages. Register now

FEDERAL EMPLOYEES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO PACER THROUGH THE COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN

Attention federal employees! You can donate to PACER through the 2014 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the workplace charity campaign for federal civilian, military, and postal employees. Look for PACER in your local campaign booklet under the “Children’s Charities of America” heading. To designate your gift to PACER, use code 12272. This code is unique to PACER and should be used under any heading where you see PACER’s name listed. For information on how to support PACER through the Combined Federal Campaign, the United Way, or other workplace charity campaigns, call PACER’s development office at (952) 838-9000. More

STATE OF MINNESOTA MAKES HIRING OF WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES A PRIORITY

Minnesota workers with disabilities will have more opportunities for state employment in the future. Gov. Mark Dayton recently signed a directive ordering state agencies to increase hiring of people with disabilities to at least 7 percent of the state government workforce by August 2018. The percentage of Minnesota state employees self-identified as having a disability declined from approximately 10 percent in 1999 to less than 4 percent in 2013. State government is the largest employer in Minnesota. Learn more

SUPPORT PACER BY SIGNING UP FOR SURVEY MONKEY CONTRIBUTE

Showing your support for PACER is as easy as taking the occasional survey. More than 26,000 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

TRAIN TO BE A VOLUNTEER PACER PUPPETEER

Would you like to be part of the fun, creative team of PACER puppeteers? PACER’s acclaimed KIDS AGAINST BULLYING and COUNT ME IN® puppet programs feature endearing, child-size puppets that address bullying prevention and disability awareness in a thoughtful, entertaining way. No experience is needed to be a puppeteer. Volunteers receive training to learn puppet and presentation skills and do hands-on rehearsals. Puppeteers present at schools in the Twin Cities metro area two or three times a month. To learn more, call PACER at (952) 838-9000 or e-mail puppets@PACER.org.

PACER RESOURCES

Children’s Mental Health & EBD E-news
For families of children with mental health and emotional or behavioral needs, it can be complicated trying to navigate multiple systems of care to receive supports and services for their child. PACER provides parents with practical resources to help overcome these challenges, including the new “Children’s Mental Health & EBD E-news.” This free electronic newsletter contains helpful information on resources for families, changes in systems of care, special events, and PACER initiatives. To subscribe, e-mail pacer@pacer.org.

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