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August 2016

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

SIMON TECHNOLOGY CENTER FAMILY FUN DAY AND TECH EXPO

Saturday, September 17, FROM 10:00 a.m-2:00 p.m., PACER Center
From high-tech gadgets to technology that supports everything from play to learning to employment, there will be plenty to explore and try!  Attend mini sessions to see iPad app demonstrations, get creative with accessible art and do-it-yourself technology, learn about PACER’s resources, and more. This event is free but advance registration is required.

REGISTER FOR PACER’S RUN, WALK, ROLL AGAINST BULLYING OCTOBER 1

Bring your family and friends to PACER’s Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying. It will take place on Saturday, October 1 at Mount Normandale Lake Park in Bloomington, Minn. Supporters are encouraged to form teams. Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by a chip-timed four-mile run or a two-mile fun walk or roll (including strollers and wheelchairs). The event will feature speakers, entertainment, activities, prizes and more. Cost to participate is $20 for adults ages 16 and older, $10 for ages 7 to 15, and ages 6 and younger are free.  Participants receive an event t-shirt. Register here.

VOTE FOR PACER TO WIN $10,000 PRIZE

PACER Center’s National Bullying Prevention Program is one of five nonprofits competing for a $10,000 prize given by Random House Children’s Books. In conjunction with the release of the newest nonfiction book in The Cat In the Hat Learning Library, ONE VOTE, TWO VOTES, I VOTE, YOU VOTE, Random House Children’s Books has launched a campaign for children to participate in the upcoming Presidential election by  voting for The Cat in the Hat – and for a nonprofit.  Vote here for PACER. There is no limit of the amount of times an individual can vote. The contest runs through Election Day, November 8.

HEAD START IMPROVES OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Children with disabilities who participate in Head Start, the federally-funded early education program for children living below the federal poverty level, have improved literacy, math and reading skills compared to peers who are not enrolled, according to a Michigan State University study released this month.  Read more.

NEW PACER PUBLICATION HELPS PARENTS PLAN FOR TRANSITION

An updated edition of Mapping Dreams: The Transition to Adulthood is now available. Mapping Dreams, which includes a resource list, helps parents plan for their child’s transition from high school to adult employment, postsecondary education or training, and independent living. Order here.

FUN TIMES FOR YOUTHS WITH DISABILITIES

Social activities for high school teens, young adults
Fun Times, a social program that connects high school teens and young adults with and without disabilities, is gearing up for a new school year. Fun Times meets four times a year and is a great opportunity for teens with and without disabilities to hang out and socialize. Parents of teens and young adults with disabilities are encouraged to participate. For more information email Danna Mirviss or call her at 952-838-9000.

PROJECT KITE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 30

Project KITE (Kids Included through Technology are Enriched) is an assistive technology training program for teams of Minnesota parents and educators. Project KITE works to increase the independence and inclusion of 3 to 8-year-old children with disabilities through valuable trainings and resources including the loan of an iPad loaded with useful apps, and a free one-year membership to the Simon Technology Center’s lending library.

PACER is now accepting applications for the Fall 2016 session of Project KITE from teams of Minnesota parents, educators, and support professionals. Submit an application or learn more about this unique opportunity. For more information, email Terri Rosen or call (952) 838-9000.

JOIN SURVEY MONKEY CONTRIBUTE, AND SUPPORT PACER

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, fun, and confidential, and SurveyMonkey makes a donation to PACER for each survey completed. Thank you for participating! Sign up today.

SHOP AT AMAZON.COM AND SUPPORT PACER

Support PACER at Amazon.com, or go to smile.amazon.com and register PACER as your favorite charity. Then, each time you enter Amazon through the smile.amazon.com portal, .5% of your purchase will be automatically donated to PACER.

READ PACER’S BLOG ON CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH ONLINE AT BABBLE.COM

PACER is a regular contributor to Babble.com, the highly acclaimed online magazine and blog network published by The Disney Company for parents. The blog posts also appear on the Huffington Post. Babble partners with PACER to help parents better understand and navigate the needs of children with mental health and behavior issues and those who are bullied. Read PACER's latest blog about preparing your child with ADHD to go back to school.

CONNECT WITH PACER ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM

Stay up-to-date with all of the latest PACER news and events through social media. ‘Like’ PACER on Facebook and, ‘follow’ us on Twitter (@PACERCenter) and Instagram to receive ongoing updates.

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 PACER@PACER.org or call (952) 838-9000.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

BACK TO SCHOOL WORKSHOP SERIES
Hot Tips on the Individualized Education Program: Is Your Child’s IEP Individualized and Appropriate?
Thursday, Aug. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at PACER Center
Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how to use the valuable information in their child’s special education evaluation report to determine how well the IEP is addressing the child’s needs.

Challenging Behaviors and the Back to School Blues: Setting a New Course for the Year Ahead
Wednesday, August 31, 6:30-8:30p.m., at PACER Center
Going back to school can be stressful for children and youth with challenging behaviors. This workshop will offer suggestions for parents and others to help children and youth manage their emotions and build resiliency for the new school year.

Participants in this workshop will learn about how wearable technology helps people with disabilities monitor health, behavior and more.

PACER workshops are free; registration is requested. Advance registration required for livestream attendance. Register here for PACER workshops.

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