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NOV. 18 PACER OPEN HOUSE: CREATING COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND BEHAVIORAL CHALLENGES
PACER’s Center for Children’s Mental Health and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders will host its first open house for families and teens on Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at PACER Center. Providers of community-based resources, services, and supports will be on hand to offer information, and participants will have an opportunity to network with other parents, teens, and professionals. PACER’s Youth Advisory Board will do a presentation about their personal experiences as teens with mental health challenges. Register online or call (952) 838-9000.
FRIDAY, NOV. 21: “RAISE A GLASS – A TOAST TO PACER”
Salut! Skål! Cheers! No matter how you say it, you’ll want to attend “Raise a Glass – A Toast to PACER,” a beer and wine tasting event to support PACER’s Simon Technology Center, which works to make assistive technology more accessible to children and young adults with disabilities. This Friends of PACER event, organized by PACER’s Young Professionals Advisory Board, is Friday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m., at the Muse Event Center in Minneapolis. Tickets include a signature tasting glass and are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, or $15 for non-drinkers. Purchase tickets online or call (952) 838-9000. Attendees must be 21 or older.
MEET JOSEPH IN THE LATEST ‘AT IN ACTION’ VIDEO
Assistive Technology (AT) devices can be highly effective tools to help individuals with disabilities participate fully in school, at home, and in the community. The ‘AT in Action’ video series offers real-world examples of how AT is making a difference in the lives of children and young adults. Viewers will meet Joseph, an 11th grade student who has dyslexia and dysgraphia. He uses the audio book apps Read2Go and Learning Ally to more easily access books. This fully captioned video series, funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), is produced by PACER in conjunction with the Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD). Watch the video
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ISSUES NEW GUIDANCE ON BULLYING OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
As part of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month in October, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued new guidance to schools reminding educators that bullying must not be tolerated, including bullying of America’s 6.5 million students with disabilities. The guidance was issued in the form of a letter detailing public schools’ responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. These federal laws require schools to take immediate and appropriate action to investigate the issue, stop the bullying, and prevent it from recurring. Learn more
MNSURE HEALTH PLAN OPEN ENROLLMENT IS NOW UNDERWAY
Minnesota families can enroll, renew, or change health care plans in the MNsure Marketplace from Nov. 15, 2014 to Feb. 15, 2015. Families should carefully review all plans for changes to premiums, in-network providers, and benefits. The Department of Human Services (DHS) will contact individuals or families currently enrolled in Minnesota’s Medical Assistance (MA) program (Medicaid) by the end of 2014 if they need to renew. MNsure accepts Medical Assistance applications year-round for eligible individuals, including children with disabilities, and children may be eligible even if the parent is not. Visit mnsure.org for more information.
AND THE SURVEY SAYS… USE SURVEYMONKEY TO SUPPORT PACER
Helping PACER is as easy as taking simple surveys. More than 26,000 PACER supporters have signed up with SurveyMonkey Contribute to receive occasional e-mail questionnaires on a variety of interesting subjects. The web-based surveys are quick, easy, and all information is confidential. SurveyMonkey makes a donation to PACER for each survey completed. Sign up today!
U.S. ACCESS BOARD ISSUES GUIDANCE ON ACCESSIBLE PLAYGROUND SURFACES
The presence of physical barriers on the playground can prevent children with disabilities from participating with other children, and restrict parents with disabilities from interacting with their own children. The U.S. Access Board has issued new guidance for playground owners on selecting and installing playground surfaces. Developed by the National Center on Accessibility (NCA) at Indiana University, the guide outlines key considerations and steps in selecting, installing, and maintaining playground surfaces to ensure accessibility and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Architectural Barriers Act (ABA), and other standards.
Newly revised: Children in Need of Surrogate Parents
Updated: Families are Important! An Early Childhood Guidebook for Families of Young Children
GREAT HOLIDAY OPPORTUNITIES
Send best wishes this year with PACER’s holiday greeting cards
Shop Amazon this holiday season and throughout the year to support PACER!
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