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August 2015

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

RSVP NOW FOR THE NORDSTROM OPENING GALA IN SUPPORT OF PACER

Don’t miss a wonderful evening of fashion, food, and fun on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the Nordstrom Opening Gala in Minnetonka, Minn. The event marks the debut of the Nordstrom Ridgedale store before it opens to the public, and offers guests the opportunity to sip cocktails, savor gourmet delights, and shop for the season’s best looks. Tickets are $100 each and include valet parking. Proceeds support PACER’s Inspiring Opportunities project for children with mental health and emotional or behavioral disorders. RSVP online today.

SEPT. 19: SIMON TECHNOLOGY CENTER’S FAMILY FUN DAY AND TECH EXPO

From high-tech devices to technology that supports play, learning, employment and more, there will be plenty to discover and try at PACER’s Simon Technology Center Family Fun Day and Tech Expo. It is on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at PACER Center. Children can test drive a robot, ride adaptive bikes, visit the do-it-yourself technology station, and more. The event is free but advance registration is required. Register online or call (952) 838-9000.

NEW PARENT CHECKLIST HELPS FAMILIES SUPPORT STUDENT SUCCESS

With 54 million American children soon returning to school, the U.S. Department of Education has released a new parent checklist with questions and resources parents and caregivers can use to help ensure their children are receiving quality education. The checklist offers key questions parents can ask at school along with tips for educational success and additional resources. The checklist is accompanied by age-appropriate guides for parents to help families work with schools.

PACER’S RUN, WALK, ROLL AGAINST BULLYING IS SATURDAY, OCT. 3

Register now and be sure to gather pledges for PACER’s Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying on Saturday, Oct. 3 presented by the Friends of PACER and American Dairy Queen. This fun family event, which raises awareness and funds for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, will take place at Mt. Normandale Lake Park in Bloomington, Minn. It includes a four-mile run and a two-mile fun walk/roll followed by presentations, speakers, and live music. Download pledge forms and register online at PACER.org/bullying.

AND THE SURVEY SAYS... SUPPORT PACER BY DOING SIMPLE SURVEYS

Showing your support for PACER is as easy as taking the occasional survey. More than 27,000 people have enrolled 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

MAKE PLANS NOW TO WEAR ORANGE ON UNITY DAY OCT. 21 AND SHOW SUPPORT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN BULLIED

PACER has partnered with CustomInk to launch its fifth annual ‘Be Good to Each Other’ 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, respect, and inclusion by designing and wearing custom bullying prevention t-shirts. Official Unity Day t-shirts will be available for purchase beginning Sept. 8 at customink.com. They are $12 each, and CustomInk will donate all profits ($8 per shirt) back to PACER. Be sure to order by Oct. 8 for guaranteed arrival in time for Unity Day.

NEW DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE GUIDE ANSWERS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RIGHTS AND ROLES OF SERVICE ANIMALS

A service animal is defined as “a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability.” Business owners and the general public are often confused about the rights and roles of service animals. The U.S. Department of Justice has published a new eight-page guide of frequently asked questions about service animals and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The guide covers 37 questions and answers and clarifies the rights and responsibilities of people with disabilities who use service animals. Read the guide.

NOW BOOKING SHOWS: PACER PUPPETS LEAVE A LASTING IMPRESSION ON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

Capturing the attention of young children isn’t easy, but PACER’s endearing, life-size puppets have a way with young students that leaves a lasting impression. PACER is currently booking shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area for the COUNT ME IN® (disability awareness) and KIDS AGAINST BULLYING (bullying prevention) puppet programs. The innovative, interactive presentations use charming, multicultural puppets to share age-appropriate messages, enabling children to learn through dialogue and question and answer. To learn more, visit PACER.org/puppets, e-mail puppets@PACER.org, or call (952) 838-9000.

PACER RESOURCES

Sign up for the “Tiny Tech” e-newsletter from PACER’s Simon Technology Center (STC)
Research shows that young children can benefit greatly from assistive technology. “Tiny Tech” is a monthly electronic newsletter published by PACER’s Simon Technology Center for parents of children with disabilities ages birth to 5. The publication includes timely information on technology, and introduces parents and professionals to assistive technology that can help young children with disabilities. Features include new technology, do-it-yourself projects, upcoming livestream workshops, and more. To subscribe, visit tinyurl.com/TinyTechSubscribe.

Online resources: Children’s Mental Health and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders
PACER offers extensive online resources for families of children with mental health and emotional or behavioral disorders to help them locate and receive the services and supports their child or young adult needs. Resources for parents, youth, professionals and the community including workshops, publications, and individual assistance, are available at PACER.org/cmh. PACER also publishes a quarterly Children’s Mental Health & EBD E-news. To subscribe to this free publication, e-mail PACER@PACER.org.

WORKSHOPS

Ready for Life After High School? Employment and Support Strategies for Youth with Disabilities
Planning for employment is an important step in preparing young adults with disabilities for life after high school. Presented by PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment, this workshop will provide parents with information on career exploration and planning, along with strategies for finding and keeping a job, and how parents can prepare their youth for employment. Parents of students in the 9th grade and beyond are encouraged to attend. Advance registration is required. Register online at PACER.org/workshops or call (952) 838-9000.
Thursday, Sept. 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Anoka-Hennepin Staff Development Center, 2727 N. Ferry St., in Anoka, Minn.


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