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May 2016

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

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:

  • 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.

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.
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 calendar for next year’s PACER Benefit on May 13, 2017.

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.

Learn more about Isabella, her new design and how to purchase these beautiful cards

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:

  • 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

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:

  • June 4: Technology for Girls: STEM Club, Web Design on Weebly
    Girls learn the basics of web design using the drag-and-drop website editor Weebly. Mentors from Eagan’s Green Girls Robotics Club will lead girls in learning the basics in a hands-on computer lab session. Girls will create a website using the drag-and-drop website editor Weebly. Beginners are welcome. Admission is free; advance registration is required. The workshop will be held on Saturday, June 4 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd in Bloomington, Minn.
  • June 11: Technology for Girls: Digital Sandbox, Learn to Code
    Girls have the chance to see how much fun programming can be. Mentors from the University of Minnesota’s MnDRIVE program will help girls explore and learn about programming and wiring using a SparkFun Digital Sandbox. Girls will learn the ins and outs of programming and build a robotic hand from 3D printed parts!  No experience is necessary for this free workshop. It will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd. in Bloomington, Minn.

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

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. Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/41-1306304. 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.

CONNECT WITH PACER ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM
Stay up-to-date with all of the latest PACER news and events through social media. ‘Like’ PACER on Facebook and, ‘follow’ us on Twitter (@PACERCenter) and Instagram (link) to receive ongoing updates.

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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