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July 2016

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

DON’T MISS OUT! PACER’S 11TH ANNUAL NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH & LEARNING DISABILITIES IS AUGUST 9

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend PACER’s 11th Annual National Symposium About Children & Young Adults with Mental Health and Learning Disabilities! Parents, teachers and other education professionals may now register here to attend. The Symposium is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Lunch is included in the $30 admission price; CEUs are available. This year’s nationally recognized speakers include:

  • L. Read Sulik, M.D., is a pediatrician, child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and popular national speaker.
  • BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, Ph.D., is nationally recognized for her work in mental health issues among ethnically diverse populations.
  • Adam Levy, activist, educator and leader of The Honeydogs rock band, who became active in public conversations on mental illness after his son’s suicide.

Workshop session topics include eating disorders, supporting young children with social and emotional needs, schooling for children with dyslexia, wellness assistive technology for teens, breaking the cycle of ineffective learning habits, medications and concussions.

Register online or call PACER at 952-838-9000 or, in greater Minnesota, toll free at 800-53PACER.

PARENT LEADERSHIP SUMMIT ON CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH

Friday, August 19, PACER Center
Parents who participate in PACER’s Parent Leadership Summit on Children’s Mental Health will receive training on state and local mental health issues, and learn how to work with policymakers and participate on policy committees to impact the mental health system of care for children and families. The summit is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at PACER Center. Space is limited. Please contact Renelle Nelson (e-mail rnelson@pacer.org  or call 952-838-9000 or, toll-free, 800-53-PACER) to learn more about this unique opportunity.

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 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 Today!

PROJECT KITE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2016 SESSION

Deadline for applications is September 30
Project KITE (Kids Included through Technology are Enriched) is a free assistive technology training program for Minnesota parents and educators. Project KITE increases the independence and inclusion of young learners, ages 3-8, with disabilities, by using assistive technology. Participants have access to valuable trainings and resources including the loan of useful assistive technology apps for the duration of the program, and a free one-year membership to the Simon Technology Center’s lending library with more than 3,000 assistive technology hardware and software titles. Project KITE travels to selected participants’ locations and conducts trainings on dates and at times selected by participants. Parents and educators learn about and use assistive technology to benefit their students during collaborative workshops.

PACER is now accepting applications for the Fall 2016 session of Project KITE from teams of Minnesota parents, educators, and support professionals of students ages 3 to 8 with special needs. Click here to submit an application or learn more about this unique opportunity. For more information, contact Terri Rosen (email Terri.Rosen@PACER.org) or call (952) 838-9000.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROJECT HELPS CHILDREN RECEIVE APPROPRIATE EDUCATION

Helping a child with disabilities receive an appropriate education is one of the most important jobs a parent has. A parent and their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team may or may not agree on everything. Disputes and disagreements do occur. PACER’s website can help parents become informed on a variety of topics and develop skills to help manage disputes in a positive, productive way. Visit the Dispute Resolution Section

PACER LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE RESOURCE FOR EDUCATORS WORKING WITH CULTURALLY DIVERSE FAMILIES

Educators and school administrators can find tips and tools for engaging families from diverse cultures. Training videos, research literature, as well as practice guides and tools are offered for educators and school administrators to build effective home-school communication and promote meaningful family engagement.

Educators can also find tools and resources created for parents to share with families they are working with, translated into Spanish, Somali and Hmong.

Training videos, research literature, as well as practice guides and tools are offered for educators and school administrators to build effective home-school communication and promote meaningful family engagement.

Visit the new Working with Culturally Diverse Section

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Everything You Need to Learn Before Your Child Turns Three
Monday, July 25, 2016, PACER Center
This workshop will help families understand the transition process from Part C early intervention services to Part B preschool services or other community options. Topics include transition requirements, Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), inclusion, and Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and objectives. The workshop is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is free; advance registration is requested.

“Appy Hour”
Wednesday, July 27, 2016, PACER Center
In this fast-paced, informal event, staff from the Simon Technology Center will demonstrate apps for writing. For some students, writing can be a difficult task. Whether it’s the physical act of handwriting, or getting thoughts down on paper, there are many apps available to help students of all ages improve their writing. Do you have an app that you would like to share? Send the link to stc@pacer.org along with what you like about it, and we’ll demonstrate it during the event. This event will be held twice: from 10:00-11:00 a.m. and from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Web Streaming is available; choose Livestream Option during registration.

PACER workshops are free; registration is requested. Register for upcoming PACER workshops

GREAT OPPORTUNITIES

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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 articles also appear on the Huffington Post. Babble is partnering 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

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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.

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