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November 2015

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

FRIDAY, NOV. 20 – RAISE A GLASS AND SUPPORT PACER’S PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Sample the best that Minnesota’s local brewers and winemakers have to offer at “Raise a Glass – A Toast to PACER,” a beer and wine tasting event Friday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m., at the Muse Event Center, 107 Third Ave. N. in Minneapolis. It’s not too late to gather your friends together for a fun evening in support of PACER’s programs for children with disabilities. Tickets, which include a signature tasting glass, are available for $35 in advance or $40 at the door ($15 for non-drinkers). Advance tickets may be purchased until noon Nov. 20 by calling (952) 838-9000. All attendees must be 21 or older.

SUPPORT PACER BY ENTERING TO WIN A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME “STAR WARS” EXPERIENCE IN LONDON OR LOS ANGELES TO ATTEND THE PREMIERE

The world premiere of the new Star Wars film “The Force Awakens” will take place in December and PACER supporters have the opportunity to win an all-expenses-paid trip for four people including airfare and luxury accommodations to either London or Los Angeles for this special premiere. The winner will walk the red carpet, meet cast members, and experience the magic of Star Wars on a silver screen for the first time in 10 years. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is being orchestrated by Omaze, which raises money and awareness for charitable initiatives by offering amazing experiences that are not available for purchase. Actress Carrie Fisher nominated PACER’s Children’s Mental Health and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders project as a beneficiary of the campaign. Learn how you can participate and support PACER at Omaze.com/starwars.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE SCHOOLS CONFERENCE JAN. 22 IN ST. PAUL

Registration is now open for the Minnesota Safe and Supportive Schools Conference on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 in St. Paul. This one-day conference, presented in partnership with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, will bring together educators, school support staff, parents, student leaders, and others to increase knowledge about bullying prevention and how to create a positive school climate. The event is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Anderson Center on the campus of Hamline University. The cost is $20 in advance or $30 after Jan. 4. Learn more

REPORT EXPLORES RISING RATES OF INCARCERATION FOR YOUTH WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Although juvenile crime and incarceration has declined overall, the incarceration rate for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities is rising. The National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability worked with PACER and others to produce a report that highlights emerging issues and promising practices from across the country. These include parent involvement in the juvenile justice system, strategies for parents and advocates, the school-to-prison pipeline, restraint and seclusion in schools, and more. The report is available for free download. To learn more about PACER’s juvenile justice resources, visit PACER.org/jj.

FEDERAL GUIDE SPELLS OUT RULES AIRLINES MUST FOLLOW WHEN THEIR PASSENGERS HAVE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

The busiest travel season of the year is coming soon, a stressful time for travelers that can be especially challenging for individuals with disabilities who are using commercial airlines. A new guide from the U.S. Department of Transportation spells out the rules air carriers must follow under the Air Carrier Access Act when their customers have autism or other developmental disabilities. The guide answers questions frequently asked by travelers with disabilities and their families and provides practical advice for fliers. Read more.

JOIN TOGETHER AGAINST BULLYING™, DONATE, AND TAG IT FORWARD!

TAG, now you’re it! Together Against Bullying™ is a new campaign for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, inspired by the performer Carrot Top. Visit the website togetheragainst.org to donate, receive both virtual and paper stickers to TAG your friends, and share on social media. Your support means one less student being bullied, one more person speaking out, or one more child knowing that he or she is not alone. Donate today!

JOIN THE FUN IN DECEMBER: PACER’S FUN TIMES PROGRAM BRINGS YOUTH TOGETHER FOR SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Since 2003, PACER’s Fun Times program has been connecting youth (ages 15 to 25) with and without disabilities to share fun activities in the community in an inclusive setting. Participants do popular teen activities – bowling, movies, sporting events, and more – and volunteers are needed to help out. The next Fun Times event is coming up in December and there will be more activities in 2016. Visit PACER.org/funtimes to learn more about the program, or contact Andrea Moore ([email protected] or 952-838-9000).

AND THE SURVEY SAYS… SIGN UP FOR SURVEY MONKEY CONTRIBUTE

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

GREAT HOLIDAY OPPORTUNITIES

Shop Amazon this holiday season and throughout the year to support PACER!
Are you buying gifts from Amazon this holiday season? Begin your shopping trip at smile.amazon.com and you’ll be supporting PACER with every purchase! AmazonSmile is a wonderful charitable program that lets you donate a portion of the cost of your purchase to PACER. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know – same products, same prices, and the same service – but with a generous twist. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s a great way to support children and families this holiday season and beyond. Start shopping now

Send best wishes this year with PACER’s holiday greeting cards
The holidays are coming and what better way to send best wishes to family and friends than with the 2015 PACER greeting card, which features the winning design from PACER’s 10th Annual Creative Kids Contest. “How to Train Your Dragon” is the name of the special creation by Amanda, a nature-loving 12-year-old who enjoys books about dinosaurs, and animals of all types. Click here to see the cards and order online, or call (952) 838-9000 to purchase a set of eight greeting cards for just $10. Proceeds support important PACER programs.

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. Learn more

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