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REGISTER FOR 11TH ANNUAL NATIONAL PACER SYMPOSIUM ON CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH & LEARNING DISABILITIES AUGUST 9
Parents, teachers and other education professionals can now register for the 11th Annual PACER National Symposium About Children & Young Adults with Mental Health and Learning Disabilities. It is on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Lunch is included in the $30 admission price. This year’s nationally-recognized speakers include:
Register online or call PACER at 952-838-9000.
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 34th Annual Benefit a tremendous success. The legendary Idina Menzel gave an amazing performance, and the Live and Silent Auctions were wonderful. Read more about the Benefit and see pictures in an article by the Star Tribune’s Jon Bream.
2016 CREATIVE KIDS CARD NOW AVAILABLE!
Since 2006, PACER has held the CREATIVE KIDS contest, inviting children with disabilities to use their imaginations to express themselves through various mediums and vibrant colors. This year’s artwork focused on themes of unity, inclusion, kindness and friendship. Isabella created the 2016 design, and the cards are now on sale for $10 per box. The adorable hands and heart design will be a favorite for the entire year, including teacher’s appreciations gifts and the ten-year anniversary of National Bullying Prevention Month in October.
SAVE THE DATE: PACER’S 2016 RUN, WALK, ROLL AGAINST BULLYING IS OCTOBER 1, 2016
Mark your calendar now for PACER’s Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying on Saturday, Oct. 1. The event marks the beginning of National Bullying Prevention Month, 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 4 mile run and a 2 mile fun walk/roll followed by live music, inspirational speakers, and family activities. Learn more
CHECK OUT PACER’S PARENTING BLOG
PACER is partnering with Disney’s parenting blogsite, Babble, to share exciting content about children’s mental health issues with a wider audience. PACER posts a new blog monthly. Check it out
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:
TRAVELING THIS SUMMER? ARRANGE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR AIRPORT SECURITY SCREENING AHEAD OF TIME
With the summer travel season now here, families of children and young adults with disabilities may be concerned about dealing with airport security screenings. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which manages U.S. airport security, encourages families to contact the TSA for help. Calling a few days before their departure to ask for appropriate accommodations can help make the process go more smoothly. For more information, visit TSA.gov or call the TSA Cares line at (855) 787-2227.
“WHY I TEACH”: SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS SPEAK OUT ON U.S. DEPT. OF EDUCATION BLOG
In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) asked Special Ed teachers the simple question, “Why do you teach?” One teacher said, “I believe in the power of education to transform lives.” Another responded, “To see my students soar to their greatest potential.” Read their remarkable, funny and heartwarming answers
PACER WORKSHOPS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS
Middle school girls with disabilities can have fun with mentors while learning valuable Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills at PACER workshops:
To register for either or both, call PACER at (952) 838-9000 or register here. In Greater Minnesota, call (800) 537-2237 (toll free).
THE CENTER ON TECHNOLOGY AND DISABILITY LAUNCHES NEW HOMEPAGE
The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) provides parents and professionals with needed information on assistive technology via free webinars, an extensive online library and e-learning opportunities. Their new homepage features a fresh modern design and entry points with specially selected materials for different audiences, including parents! Visit CTD Institute to start learning!
LEARN ABOUT ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY SUPPORTS AND STRATEGIES FOR DYSLEXIA
On June 2, join assistive technology specialists Diana Petschauer and Kelsey Hall to learn about leading assistive technology, learning strategies and accommodations to support students with Dyslexia. Participants will learn how assistive technology can personalize learning for students with dyslexia. This free webinar is offered through the Center on Technology and Disability (CTD). Register here
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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.