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February 2016

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

DON’T MISS AN EVENING WITH IDINA MENZEL LIVE AT THE PACER BENEFIT

Tony Award-winning icon Idina Menzel, whose career traverses stage, film, television, and music, will bring her amazing talents to Minneapolis on Saturday, April 30 where she will be the headline performer at PACER’s 34th Annual Benefit, presented by Starkey Hearing Technologies. Menzel, the voice behind Elsa in Disney’s global box office smash Frozen, and powering the multiplatinum Oscar-winning hit “Let it Go,” will perform live at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Tony Award-winning star has appeared on Broadway in Wicked, Rent, and If/Then, and on the TV show Glee. Reserve your tickets now at PACER.org or call (952) 838-9000.

MARCH 16 IS ‘BE A CHAMPION FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES DAY’ AT THE MINNESOTA STATE CAPITOL

Parents of children with disabilities will have their voices heard in St. Paul, Minn., on ‘Be a Champion for Children with Disabilities Day’ at the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Participants will attend a dynamic workshop led by advocacy and education leaders and legislators to hear about potential legislation affecting special education, education funding, school discipline reform, mental health, and more. Parents will learn how to effectively share their stories before meeting with their state legislators. Space is limited for this important event. Register online or call (952) 838-9000.

PACER’S NATIONAL PARENT CENTER ON TRANSITION AND EMPLOYMENT LAUNCHES NEW “INSPIRING POSSIBILITIES” E-NEWSLETTER

PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment will publish a new e-newsletter beginning next month featuring important national news and resources on transition planning, employment, postsecondary education for youth and young adults with disabilities, and other related topics. Click here to subscribe. Thanks to the Richard M. Schulze Foundation for their support. Learn more about PACER’s excellent transition and employment resources, including the innovative online learning center, at PACER.org/transition.

PACER’s “YOU’RE NOT ALONE” CAMPAIGN INSPIRES STUDENTS, ADULTS, AND COMMUNITIES THROUGH CONVERSATION AND EDUCATION

Students who are bullied often say they feel like nobody understands what they are going through, that no one cares, and they feel all alone. Developed by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, the “You’re Not Alone: We’re Here for You” campaign was designed to assure young people that they are not alone, that others do care, and they are willing to help. The campaign inspires students, adults, and communities through conversation and education, a classroom activities toolkit, an event toolkit, and an online gallery. Learn more.

PACER CENTER HAS THE PAUL ADELMAN COLLECTION AT THE SIMON TECHNOLOGY CENTER

Having the right assistive technology (AT) can be life changing for children and young adults with disabilities, and PACER’s Simon Technology Center has the latest AT available. PACER has added many new pieces of cutting edge technology, including devices to support reading, communication, and home automation that can help children and young adults with disabilities be more independent. Visit PACER.org/stc for a complete list of available devices, or call (952) 838-9000.

APPLY NOW: PACER CENTER’S EX.I.T.E CAMP FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS WITH DISABILITIES

Middle-school girls with disabilities won’t want to miss the 14th annual Exploring Interests in Technology and Engineering (EX.I.T.E) Camp in August 2016 at PACER, where they will discover the magic of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Enrollment is limited for this popular learning opportunity. Visit PACER.org/stc for more information and application forms, or call PACER’s Simon Technology Center at (952) 838-9000.

WORKSHOPS

Challenging Behaviors, Positive Supports, and School Success
Children with challenging behaviors often struggle to be successful in school, but adults can influence better outcomes by understanding a child’s behavior, knowing how to respond effectively, and proactively shaping needed services and supports. Presented by PACER’s Children’s Mental Health and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders project, this workshop will offer information, strategies, and tips for parents of children with challenging behaviors. Advance registration is encouraged. Register online at PACER.org/workshops or call (952) 838-9000.
Thursday, March 17, 2016, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at PACER Center (also available via Livestream)

PACER RESOURCES

New! Family Fun Math Activity Cards now available in four languages
These activity cards will help your child develop math skills that are important for learning success. You can do these fun skill-builders at home, in your neighborhood, and on the go! Now available in Spanish, Hmong, Somali, and English, these cards are for children grades K to 3. Sets of activity cards are $4 each for 1 to 10 copies; $2.50 each for 11-100 copies; and $2 each for 100+ copies. One copy is free to Minnesota parents or guardians of children with disabilities and to Minnesota young adults (14 and older) with disabilities. Call (952) 838-9000 and order item PHP-a46. See more PACER publications and resources at PACER.org/publications.

GREAT OPPORTUNITIES

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

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. Learn more

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