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PURCHASE TICKETS NOW FOR PACER’S ANNUAL BENEFIT FEATURING CROSBY, STILLS & NASH
More than four decades since Crosby, Stills & Nash first harmonized together in Southern California, its members continue a creative partnership that is one of the most influential and enduring in music. David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash have each been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. See them live at PACER’s 33rd Annual Benefit on Saturday, May 2 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Visit PACER.org/benefit or call (952) 838-9000 to reserve tickets, donate to the silent auction, or learn about corporate sponsorship opportunities.
PACER’S UNITY AWARDS WILL HONOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND TO PREVENT BULLYING
The Unity Awards were created to honor and celebrate students and community members who have gone above and beyond to make communities, schools, and the Internet kinder, more accepting places. Outstanding individuals who have made a positive impact to prevent bullying will be recognized on Tuesday, June 9 in Bloomington, Minn. The awards will be presented by the Faces of Change, the Youth Advisory Board of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. The nomination deadline is April 30. Learn more at PACER.org/bullying.
RESEARCH INDICATES THAT STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES RECEIVE OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSIONS AT TWICE THE RATE OF TYPICAL PEERS
Nearly 1 in 5 students with disabilities were given out-of-school suspensions during the 2011-12 school year (latest available information) according to new analysis of data collected by the U.S. Department of Education, a rate that is about twice that of typical children. The numbers vary greatly depending on where the child lives. Florida has the highest suspension rate of students with disabilities at 37 percent. North Dakota had the lowest rate at 5% while the rate in Minnesota was 13 percent. Read the report.
REGISTER NOW FOR PACER’S HOUSING RESOURCE FAIR APRIL 11
It’s important for parents of children and young adults with disabilities to explore options for independent living and housing as early as possible. Learn more at the Housing Resource and Information Fair on Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at PACER Center. Families can meet service providers and discuss housing options, services, and supports. State and county representatives, and resource and referral organizations, will be available to answer questions. E-mail email@example.com for more information or call (952) 838-9000. Register now.
AWARD GIVEN FOR DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN SUPPORT OF SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) has announced the 2015 recipients of its annual awards for best practice, professional achievement, writing, and research. Among the winners were PACER collaborators Mary Brownell and Paul Sindelar of the University of Florida, who received the award for Distinguished Achievement in Teacher Education. Brownell and Sindelar are co-founders of the University of Florida’s Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR) Center.
APPLY NOW FOR PACER’S EX.IT.E CAMP FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS
Middle-school girls with disabilities won’t want to miss the 13th Annual Exploring Interests in Technology and Engineering (EX.I.T.E) Camp coming this summer to PACER Center, where students will discover how much fun science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can really be. Applications for the free five-day camp are due May 1, and enrollment is limited. Visit PACER.org/stc for more information and application forms. You can also apply online or call PACER’s Simon Technology Center at (952) 838-9000.
MEMBERS OF PACER’S MENTAL HEALTH YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD WILL SHARE THEIR STORIES IN MAY
PACER’s Youth Advisory Board is helping to reduce the stigma associated with mental health diagnoses, educating the public on the issues youth face, influencing children’s mental health policy changes, advocating for better services, and providing peer support. The students will present a panel discussion and share their personal stories at the “Moving from Anxiety to Optimal Wellness” event on Saturday, May 9. It is from 9 a.m. to noon at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave. S, in Minneapolis, Minn. Register online or contact Andrea Brown (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-767-2209) for more information.
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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