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July 2015

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

LIMITED SEATS REMAIN FOR PACER’S NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH AND LEARNING DISABILITIES

The 2015 PACER National Symposium About Children & Young Adults with Mental Health & Learning Disabilities is just two weeks away on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The symposium is designed to enhance awareness and identify strategies for responding to mental health and learning disabilities in children and young adults. Some seats remain for the event, which features outstanding national speakers and practical workshops. Tickets are $30 each, including lunch. Six hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for educators. Register online at PACER.org/symposium or call (952) 838-9000.

RSVP NOW FOR THE NORDSTROM OPENING GALA IN SUPPORT OF PACER

Fashion, food, and fun will be in style 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 proceeds support PACER’s programs for children with disabilities and bullying prevention. RSVP online now.

THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) TURNS 25 IN JULY

The landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, and celebrations are being held nationwide to mark the 25th anniversary. The ADA provides equal opportunities for people with disabilities in employment, transportation, state and local government, public accommodations, and telecommunications. Its impact is obvious in everyday life: designated parking spaces, for example, curb cuts on city streets, equal access for individuals with service animals, and Braille signage in public buildings. The ada.gov website offers a variety of ADA resources for organizations and individuals.

NEW REPORT EXAMINES THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE

A new report released by the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency, examines the policies and practices that push the nation’s children out of classrooms and into the juvenile justice system at an alarming rate. The report – “Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline” – recommends that existing special education delivery and enforcement systems be improved to better meet the needs of at-risk students, particularly those with disabilities and students of color. PACER’s Juvenile Justice Project offers a variety of related resources for parents of students with disabilities and for professionals. Learn more.

MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND PACER’S SIMON TECHNOLOGY CENTER FAMILY FUN DAY AND TECH EXPO SEPT. 19

From high-tech gadgets to technology that supports everything from play to learning to employment, there will be plenty to explore 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, stop by the photo booth, 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 for more information.

WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT IS AIMED AT IMPROVING GOVERNMENT SERVICES FOR EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS

On July 1, many provisions of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) took effect. The law aims to transform the publicly-funded workforce system to better serve the needs of American business and workers, including those with disabilities. Read a summary of the legislation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS). PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment provides extensive information and resources to help youth with disabilities as they transition to postsecondary education, job training, and employment at PACER.org/transition.

REGISTER EARLY FOR PACER’S RUN, WALK, ROLL AGAINST BULLYING OCT. 3 DURING NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH

Join supporters of bullying prevention Saturday, Oct. 3 at Normandale Lake Park in Bloomington for PACER’s Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying, presented by the Friends of PACER. Register now and invite friends and family to this event which raises awareness and funds for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. It includes a four-mile run and a two-mile fun walk/roll followed by presentations, speakers, and live music. October is PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month which encourages people to take action to prevent bullying.

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PACER RESOURCES

Bullying 101: Guide for Middle and High School Students
This highly visual, age-appropriate guide provides students with the basics for talking with other students about what bullying is and isn’t, the roles of students, and tips on what students can do to address bullying situations. Published by PACER’S National Bullying Prevention Center, this 14-page guide is available online as a free download.

Children’s Mental Health and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders E-Newsletter
PACER has been helping children with mental health needs since 1984 and offers extensive resources and support for parents, youth, professionals, and the community at PACER.org/cmh. PACER also publishes a free quarterly electronic newsletter with the latest information on mental health resources for families, changes in systems of care, special events of interest to families, and related PACER initiatives. To subscribe, e-mail PACER@PACER.org.

WORKSHOPS

Top 10 Topics to Help Your Child Succeed in Special Education
Parents who participate in this interactive workshop will learn 10 important areas in the special education process that will help their child be more successful. Topics include: working with your child and the school; using special education data to help your child; effective parent and school communications; and procedures to use when parents and schools do not agree. It is on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in Anoka, Minn. Advance registration is required. Register online at PACER.org/workshops or call (952) 838-9000.


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