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October 2014

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

DON’T MISS “RAISE A GLASS – A TOAST TO PACER” NOV. 21 IN MINNEAPOLIS

Sample the best 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. 21, at 6 p.m., at the Muse Event Center in Minneapolis. Get your friends together for a fun evening in support of PACER’s programs for children with disabilities and their families. Tickets include a signature tasting glass and are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Tickets for non-drinkers are $15. Purchase tickets online or call (952) 838-9000. Attendees must be 21 or older.

STUDENTS, SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES GO ORANGE ON OCT. 22 FOR UNITY DAY AND NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH

Wednesday, Oct. 22 is Unity Day, when people across the country will wear orange in support of those who have been bullied. Students, educators, families, and other supporters of bullying prevention across North America will wear orange T-shirts, ribbons, shoelaces, hats, and more to unite against bullying. PACER began Unity Day in 2011 as part of National Bullying Prevention Month, which was launched by PACER in 2006. Be sure to ‘attend’ and ‘share’ the Unity Day Facebook event page (#UnityDay2014) and visit PACER.org/bullying to learn more about how you can ‘Make it Orange, Make it End!”

PACER AND GALDERMA BAND TOGETHER TO RELEASE POWERFUL NEW SONG “I’M GOOD” TO DISCOURAGE BULLYING

Teens across the country are speaking out about bullying in a unique way during PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month with the release of “I’m Good,” a powerful bullying prevention song by renowned producer Clinton Sparks and hit recording artists The Mowgli’s and Kylie Morgan. The song was inspired by creative contributions about bullying from teens as part of the “Band Together to Banish Bullying Campaign,” a partnership between PACER and Galderma Laboratories, L.P., the makers of Epiduo® Gel. The song is now available for free download on #BTProject YouTube channel for those who say something kind via Twitter. Watch the official lyric video!

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS ISSUES NEW GUIDANCE FOR DIAGNOSIS OF INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

An American Academy of Pediatrics clinical report provides doctors with updated guidelines for diagnosing intellectual and developmental disabilities using genetic and metabolic testing, diagnostic imaging, and referrals to specialists. Precise diagnoses will help doctors create more appropriate treatment plans, and help families manage expectations, advocate for their child, and obtain services and supports. The guidance also emphasizes the doctors’ responsibility to help connect families with special education and developmental services. Learn more

CHANGES TO MINNESOTA LAW MAKE IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TO VOTE IN NOV. 4 ELECTIONS

Changes to Minnesota law will make it easier for people with disabilities to vote on or before Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Individuals with disabilities, and those under guardianship, have the right to vote, but inaccessible polling places and a sometimes lengthy voting process have been a deterrent for some people. Now, online voter registration and simpler absentee voting requirements give people with disabilities more accessible options to cast a ballot, unless they have been declared incompetent by a judge. Learn more

Save the Date!
PACER’s 33rd ANNUAL BENEFIT IS SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015

Mark your calendars now for PACER Center’s 33rd Annual Benefit on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Past Benefit performers have included Diana Ross, Sheryl Crow, Jay Leno, and many others. For information on corporate sponsorship, or to donate to the Silent Auction, please e-mail [email protected] or call (952) 838-9000.

REPORT RECOMMENDS INCREASED MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS INTERVENTION TRAINING FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

In most states, police offers receive little or no mental health training, but their role in responding to complex mental health crisis calls is increasing. A new California report recommends additional mental health crisis intervention training for officers, and involving law enforcement, county mental health, and people with mental health disabilities and their families in developing and implementing the training. PACER provides mental health training for officers in Minnesota, and information and resources on children’s mental health and emotional and behavioral disorders for parents and professionals.

SUPPORT PACER BY PARTICIPATING IN SURVEY MONKEY CONTRIBUTE

Showing your support for PACER is as easy as taking the occasional survey. More than 26,000 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

PACER RESOURCES

New videos help families prepare for independent living and housing for their youth
Will you be ready when the time comes for your son or daughter to move to a place of his or her own? Most parents aren’t sure how to begin planning for this transition, but PACER offers a variety of resources to help, including publications, workshops, and a housing fair. Two new videos are now available online: “Housing: Starting the Journey,” provides information on how to get started planning for your youth; “A Home for Devin” offers one parent’s perspective about planning housing and services for her daughter. Learn more about PACER’s housing resources at PACER.org/housing or call (952) 838-9000.

New! Latest edition of the Pacesetter is available free of charge
“Pacesetter” is PACER’s primary publication for parents and professionals, and is published three times each year. Don’t miss the Fall 2014 Edition, which contains feature articles on PACER’s TIKES program that helps young children make the most of assistive technology; creative approaches to dispute resolution; the story of how PACER’s EX.I.T.E camp inspired one young student’s career choice; and much more. The Pacesetter is available free of charge by calling (952) 838-9000. Preview the latest edition online at PACER.org/newsletters.

WORKSHOPS

Smartphones, Smart Students, and Smart Ideas: How Your Smartphone Can Be a Boost to Your Education, Career Readiness, and Daily Life
Smartphones can be used for more than just games and texting; iPhone and Android devices can also be a helpful tool for children and young adults as part of a larger strategy to increase independence, organization, and time management skills. Learn more at this workshop for students with disabilities (middle school through college) and their parents. It is on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at PACER Center. Register online or by calling (952) 838-9000. Visit PACER.org/workshops to learn more about upcoming workshops.

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 [email protected] or call (952) 838-9000. Learn more

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