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REGISTER FOR 10th ANNUAL NATIONAL PACER SYMPOSIUM ON CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH & LEARNING DISABILITIES AUGUST 4
Teachers, parents, and school administrators can now register for the 10th Annual National PACER Symposium About Children & Young Adults with Mental Health and Learning Disabilities. It is on Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This year’s wonderful national presenters include award-winning writer, speaker, and educator Brad Cohen, author of the book, “Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had.” He will be joined by technology pioneer Steven Koppel, who created Expressive Digital Imagery (EDI) as a tool to help youth with mental health concerns, and ADHD expert Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, an acclaimed author, speaker, trainer, and coach. Six hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for educators. Tickets are $30 each and include lunch. Register online at PACER.org/symposium or call (952) 838-9000.
PACER’S NEW NATIONAL PARENT CENTER ON TRANSITION AND EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE OFFERS RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES, YOUTH, EDUCATORS, AND EMPLOYERS
For families of youth with disabilities, the transition from high school to employment, postsecondary education, and life in the community presents a variety of challenges. PACER’s innovative National Parent Center on Transition and Employment has launched its ground-breaking new website to provide important information and resources to support families, youth, educators and employers as they help teens and young adults with disabilities reach their goals in adulthood. Discover the practical tools, reliable research, and interactive training at PACER.org/transition.
THANK YOU FOR BEING CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN!
PACER extends a heartfelt thank you to all of the volunteers, sponsors, donors, and supporters who helped make PACER’s 33rd Annual Benefit a tremendous success. The legendary band Crosby, Stills & Nash gave an amazing performance, and the Live and Silent Auctions were wonderful as always. Funds raised from the Benefit support many PACER programs that provide free services to families of children and young adults with and without disabilities. Mark your calendars for next year’s PACER Benefit on April 30, 2016.
Q.CUMBERS AND KAT PERKINS PRESENT AN OUTDOOR PICNIC AND CONCERT TO BENEFIT PACER’S NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION CENTER
Join ‘The Voice” singing sensation Kat Perkins for an evening of great music, great food, and a great cause Friday, June 12 at Centennial Lakes Park in Edina, Minn. This special event is presented by Q.Cumbers Restaurant as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations. Q.Cumbers was founded by long-time PACER supporter Dermot Rowland. Tickets are $30 each and include a picnic dinner and live outdoor concert. Proceeds benefit PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Tickets are available at qcumbers.com.
SAVE THE DATE: PACER’S 2016 RUN, WALK, ROLL AGAINST BULLYING IS OCTOBER 3
Mark your calendars now for PACER’s Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying on Saturday, Oct. 3. The event marks the beginning of National Bullying Prevention Month, which was initiated by PACER in 2006. Organized by the Friends of PACER, the Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying is at Normandale Lake Park in Bloomington, Minn., and includes a four-mile run and a 2-mile fun walk/roll followed by live music, inspirational speakers, and family activities. Learn more.
TRAVELING THIS SUMMER? CALL TSA AHEAD OF TIME TO ARRANGE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR AIRPORT SECURITY SCREENING
With the summer travel season now here, families of children and young adults with disabilities may be concerned about the challenges of dealing with security screening at the airport. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which manages U.S. airport security, encourages families to contact the agency a few days before their departure to ask for appropriate accommodations that can help make the process go more smoothly. For more information, visit TSA.gov or call the TSA Cares line at (855) 787-2227.
PACER ANNOUNCES 2015 CREATIVE KIDS CONTEST WINNER
Congratulations to 12-year-old Amanda, the winner of PACER’s 10th annual Creative Kids Contest for children with disabilities. Amanda is a nature-lover who enjoys books about dinosaurs and animals of all types, especially reptiles. She has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Her winning artwork will be featured on PACER’s 2015 greeting cards, which are available for purchase at PACER.org or by calling (952) 838-9000. The cost is $10 per box, and all proceeds support important PACER programs.
June 9: Don’t Wait to Communicate – Why your child needs Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
There are many different types of technology available to help children whose disabilities affect their ability to speak verbally. In this webinar, parents and professionals will hear Dana Nieder, author of the popular special needs blog ‘Uncommon Sense,’ tell how her daughter grew into a confident communicator using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). The webinar is Tuesday, June 9 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Central). It is presented by The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD), a PACER partner that promotes the use of assistive technology (AT) and instructional technology (IT). Register online at ctdinstitute.org.
June 20: ‘Appy Hour at PACER’S Simon Technology Center
Now that you have an iPad or other mobile device, how do you know what assistive technology (AT) apps are right for your child or young adult with a disability? Parents and educators can find out Saturday, June 20 during ‘Appy Hour at PACER’s Simon Technology Center. Discover how to identify the best apps for writing for ages 2 to 11, 12 to 18, and 18 and over. Each age group will be demonstrated in a one-hour time slot using a variety of tablets. Advance registration is required and attendance is limited. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (952) 838-9000.
How well do you know your children’s mental health facts?
There are many misconceptions about mental health that can lead to stigma for children and adults who have mental health challenges or emotional or behavioral disorders. How well do you know the facts about mental health? Test your knowledge at PACER.org/cmh where you will find many helpful resources available from PACER’s Children’s Mental Health and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders project. The website provides resources and support for parents, youth, professionals, and the community on conditions such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
PACER NOW PART OF THRIVENT FINANCIAL’S CHARITABLE GRANT PROGRAM
Attention members of Thrivent Financial! PACER Center is now part of the Thrivent Choice charitable grant program that enables members to recommend where some of the organization’s contributions go. Members can now select PACER from a list of preferred organizations. Since 2010, Thrivent members have used the program to direct more than $225 million to nonprofits across the country. Learn more about Thrivent Choice at Thrivent.com or call (800) 847-4836.
IT’S EASY TO SUPPORT PACER BY DOING SIMPLE SURVEYS
Showing your support for PACER is as easy as taking the occasional survey. More than 26,000 people have enrolled 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
PACER Center is a Minnesota nonprofit organization that provides services to families of children and young adults with any disability. More