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TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR CROSBY, STILLS & NASH LIVE AT THE PACER BENEFIT
More than four decades since Crosby, Stills & Nash first harmonized in Southern California, and played their first-ever concert as a trio at the legendary Woodstock festival, its members continue a creative partnership that is one of the most influential and enduring in music. Don’t miss David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash performing live at PACER’s 33rd Annual Benefit on Saturday, May 2 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Visit PACER.org or call (952) 838-9000 to reserve tickets, donate to the silent auction, or learn about corporate sponsorship opportunities.
ABLE ACT WILL ALLOW INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES TO CREATE TAX-FREE SAVINGS ACCOUNTS UP TO $100,000
President Barack Obama recently signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, legislation that will allow people who acquired a disability before age 26 to create tax-free savings accounts of up to $100,000 without risking eligibility for Social Security and other government benefits. Medicaid coverage will not be affected, and funds deposited in ABLE accounts can be used to pay for education, health care, and other expenses. Learn more
REGISTER NOW FOR PACER’S CREATIVE KIDS CONTEST FEB. 28
Children with disabilities (ages 4 to 17) are invited to participate in a morning of imagination, creativity, and fun with art at PACER’s 10th annual Creative Kids Contest. It is a wonderful family event, and the winner will have his or her design made into the 2015 PACER greeting card, which will be sold online and at PACER’s Annual Benefit. The Creative Kids Contest is on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon at PACER Center. To register or donate art supplies, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (952) 838-9000. Space is limited.
PACER PARTNERS WITH BABBLE.COM TO PROVIDE INFORMATION FOR PARENTS ON CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH AND BEHAVIOR ISSUES
PACER is a monthly 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. Read PACER’s posts on Babble.com.
BOOK NOW TO BRING THE PACER PUPPETS TO YOUR SCHOOL IN 2015
Capturing the attention of young children isn’t easy, but PACER’s endearing, life-size puppets leave a lasting impression with elementary students. PACER is now booking shows in the Twin Cities for the innovative, interactive COUNT ME IN® (disability awareness) and KIDS AGAINST BULLYING (bullying prevention) puppet programs. To learn more about the program and how to become a volunteer puppeteer, visit PACER.org/puppets, e-mail puppets@PACER.org, or call (952) 838-9000.
NEW LENDING PROGRAM LETS FAMILIES TEST DRIVE A VGO ROBOT
Children who can’t attend school because of a serious health problem or disability can now receive instruction at home and socialize with peers using a VGo robot from PACER’s Simon Technology Center. PACER has created a lending program that enables families and professionals to borrow a VGo for up to four weeks to experience this breakthrough technology first-hand. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call (952) 838-9000. Watch a brief video about the VGo.
GOING GOOGLE: LEARN HOW GOOGLE CHROME CAN BE USED AS AN ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY DEVICE FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
PACER is a partner with The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD), which is offering a free collaborative E-learning series using Google Apps for Education. The first of three sessions is on Feb. 3, 2015 from 1 to 2 p.m. (Central). Participants in this online event will experience first-hand how the Chromebook computer and the Chrome web browser can be used as free or low-cost assistive technology tools for students with disabilities. Learn more about this and other CTD events and resources.
DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AT EX.I.T.E CAMP FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS
Attention middle-school girls with disabilities! Did you know that science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can be really fun? See for yourself at the 13th Annual Exploring Interests in Technology and Engineering (EX.I.T.E) Camp at PACER Center this August. Conduct amazing experiments alongside industry professionals, make new friends, and do some really cool stuff! Visit PACER.org to apply, or call (952) 838-9000. Applications are due May 1.
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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 PACER@PACER.org or call (952) 838-9000. Learn more