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December 2014

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

PACER NEEDS YOUR HELP THIS MONTH!

There are 7 million children with disabilities in America. More than 13 million children are bullied each year. PACER is helping children and families by providing assistance and information to make sure children are safe and can reach their full potential. Your support is very important for all children! Please click here to make a tax deductible contribution now in time for the end of 2014. Thank you.

PACER PARTNERS WITH VERIZON AND THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS ON BULLYING PREVENTION

The Minnesota Vikings have teamed with Verizon and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to offer “Viktor’s Quest to S.T.O.P. Bullying,” a bullying prevention program for Twin Cities elementary schools during the 2014-2015 school year that includes free school assemblies and accompanying educational workshops. Verizon is participating in the program as part of the company’s commitment to building healthy relationships. Through its HopeLine® device recycling program, the company funds awareness and prevention efforts in Minnesota and nationwide. Watch a video about the campaign

Save the Date!
LEGENDARY BAND TO HEADLINE PACER’S ANNUAL BENEFIT MAY 2, 2015

Make plans to see one of the most iconic bands in American music on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at PACER Center’s 33rd Annual Benefit at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Benefit headliners, who are the only musicians to be elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, will be announced shortly. Tickets start at $70 and make a wonderful holiday gift. Visit PACER.org or call (952) 838-9000 to purchase tickets, donate to the silent auction, or learn about corporate sponsorship opportunities.

SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK ON THE QUALITY OF POSTSECONDARY PROGRAMS SERVING STUDENTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABLITIES

The number of postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities has grown significantly following the passing of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008, but the quality of these programs can vary greatly. Longtime PACER partner Think College is creating a set of model standards that postsecondary programs can use to ensure the programs meet acceptable levels of quality. Students, parents, educators, and community members are being asked to provide feedback until Dec. 20 on draft standards, and assist in creating final standards. Take the survey

THREE-PART WORKSHOP SERIES HELPS FAMILIES PLAN FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING AND HOUSING

Will you be ready when the time comes for your son or daughter to move to a place of their own? Most parents aren’t sure how to begin planning for the transition, but this three-part housing workshop series will help you get started. These free workshops will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 9, Feb. 23, and March 2 at PACER Center. Topics will include first steps to independent living, housing eligibility and funding, and individualized housing services and options. Parents are encouraged to attend all three workshops, and advance registration is required. Register online or learn about other workshops at PACER.org.

SUPPORT PACER BY PARTICIPATING IN 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

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS CONDUCTING A STATEWIDE NEEDS ASSESSMENT OF CARE FOR MOTHERS AND BABIES, CHILDREN, AND YOUTH

Every five years, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) completes a statewide needs assessment of mothers and babies, children, and youth, including those with special health care needs. The needs assessment identifies priorities that will guide MDH in the following years, as well as barriers, strengths, disparities, and gaps in service and care. Minnesotans can participate in the needs assessment by sharing their thoughts and concerns in an online survey before Jan. 4, 2015. Learn more

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 [email protected].

EZ AT 2 iBooks Edition
PACER’s popular “EZ AT 2” book is now available in an iBooks edition. Complete with video, picture examples, an interactive glossary, and the full support of iPad’s built-in accessibility features, “EZ AT 2” brings creative ideas to life to help children ages birth to 3 with disabilities use assistive technology (AT) to participate more fully in daily routines and activities. Designed for newer generation iPads, the “EZ AT 2” iBooks edition can be downloaded free at the iTunes store.

GREAT OPPORTUNITIES

Shop Amazon this holiday season and you can support PACER!
Are you buying gifts from Amazon this holiday season? Begin your shopping trip at smile.amazon.com and you’ll be supporting PACER with every purchase! AmazonSmile is a wonderful charitable program that lets you donate a portion of the cost of your purchase to PACER. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know – same products, same prices, and the same service – but with a generous twist. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s a great way to support children and families this holiday season and beyond. Start shopping now

CONTACT PACER FOR ASSISTANCE AND INFORMATION

PACER Center is a Minnesota 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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