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June 2016

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

ATTEND A FANTASTIC CONFERENCE: PACER’S 11TH ANNUAL NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH & LEARNING DISABILITIES

Tuesday, August 9, Minneapolis Convention Center
Parents, teachers and other education professionals may now register for PACER’s 11th Annual National Symposium About Children & Young Adults with Mental Health and Learning Disabilities. It is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch is included in the $30 admission price; CEUs are available. This year’s nationally recognized speakers include:

  • L. Read Sulik, M.D., a pediatrician, child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, and executive director of PrairieCare Institute for Care Delivery Innovation, Education, Training and Research. Dr. Sulik is a popular national speaker on child and youth depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities.
  • BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, Ph.D., is nationally recognized for her work in mental health issues among ethnically diverse populations. She is known for her strength-based approach and comprehensive wellness and children’s mental health strategies.
  • 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. He is a well-known speaker at conferences.

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

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 or call (952) 838-9000.

THE END OF BULLYING BEGINS WITH ME

That’s the message of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month. October marks the tenth anniversary of this celebration, and it’s a time when communities can unite nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach, and education. Resources from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center make it easy to take action.

PACER offers a variety of resources to inspire, educate and involve others to join the movement and prevent bullying. Check out all of the different events and activities and make plans to become involved – and learn about the Top 10 Reasons to Celebrate National Bullying Prevention Month.

FUNDING GRANTED FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION TRAINING

On May 20, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced it would allocate $13.4 million in funding to improve special education training programs in 36 U.S. colleges and universities. Training programs for special education, early education and regular classroom teachers will receive grants.

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS RECOMMENDATION HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF SCHOOL NURSES TO STUDENT HEALTH

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a new recommendation that every school have a minimum of one full-time registered nurse on staff. The recommendation, published in the June 2016 issue of Pediatrics, noted that along with health services, school nurses provide “…chronic disease management, emergency preparedness, behavioral assessment, ongoing health education and …case management” and that “school nurses today monitor more children with special needs, and help with medical management in areas such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, diabetes, life-threatening allergies, asthma and seizures.” Read more >>>

“WHO CARES ABOUT KELSEY?” FILM SCREENING, QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

Monday, June 27 (PACER Center)
Please join PACER for a screening of “Who Cares About Kelsey?” by filmmaker Dan Habib. Kelsey Carroll was a likely high school dropout until she encountered an education revolution that’s about empowering teens with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Q & A with a PACER advocate will follow the film. The film screening and discussion is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at PACER Center. Register here or call 952-838-9000 or toll free at 800-53PACER.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

The Bridge to Work: Supplemental Security Income and Employment Planning
Tuesday, June 21, Burnsville
This workshop will provide information on how parents of youth with disabilities can apply for Supplemental Security Income and Vocational Rehabilitation Service benefits for young adults at age 18. Parents will learn how Social Security, the Ticket to Work program, and Vocational Rehabilitation can help their youth meet his or her goals for postsecondary education, training, employment, and independent living. Admission is free; advance registration is requested. The workshop is from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Best Western Premier, 1420 Nicollet Avenue, Burnsville, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Work is Possible: Understanding the Emerging Landscape of Employment
Tuesday, June 28, Sauk Rapids
This innovative workshop helps families learn about emerging employment policy changes, such as Employment First and Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan. It will also address myths around disability employment, highlight parent experiences, and offer valuable information on the role of benefits planning. Admission is free; advance registration is required. The workshop is from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Independent Lifestyles, 215 North Benton Drive, Sauk Rapids

To register for workshops, call PACER at (952) 838-9000 or register here. In Greater Minnesota, call (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 [email protected] or call 952-838-9000 or, toll-free, 800-53-PACER) to learn more about this unique opportunity.

TRANSITION RESOURCES FROM PACER

PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment, Inspiring Possibilities, provides quality information and resources for families of young adults with disabilities. At the website, funded by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, you can:

  • Find family-friendly tools and resources on transition and employment
  • View informational short videos on a variety of topics, including independent living, career development, accommodations, self-advocacy, and more
  • Attend live-streaming PACER workshops using your home computer

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FROM PACER

PACER’s Children’s Mental Health and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders Project, Inspiring Opportunities, brings together parents, youth and professionals to help families receive the resources and support their children need. This project also promotes increased understanding of children’s mental health, emotional, and behavioral needs in the broader community. Learn more at the website.

GREAT OPPORTUNITIES

JOIN SURVEY MONKEY CONTRIBUTE, AND SUPPORT PACER
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

SHOP AT AMAZON.COM AND SUPPORT PACER
With a click of your mouse, you can support PACER. You can go to smile.amazon.com and register PACER as your favorite charity. Then, each time you enter Amazon through the smile.amazon.com portal, .5% of your purchase will be automatically donated to PACER.

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. Read PACER’s contributions on Babble.

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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 [email protected] or call (952) 838-9000.

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