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October 2016

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

RAISE A GLASS | A TOAST TO PACER

Join Friends of PACER at Surly Brewing Co. in Minneapolis on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. for a wonderful evening that supports PACER’s projects.

  • Friend Ticket: $20 Includes appetizers and 1 drink token.
  • Patron Ticket: $35 Includes tour of Surly, appetizers, and 2 drink tokens.
  • Ticket Add-on: $5 Surly Tasting For an additional $5 donation, guests will have the opportunity to taste a variety of Surly beers.

Tickets for non-drinkers are $15. Purchase tickets or call (952) 838-9000. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. This event is organized by PACER’s Young Professionals Advisory Board.

TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD: SHAPING THE FUTURE!

SYMPOSIUM FOR PARENTS, PROFESSIONALS IS NOVEMBER 29 
Parents and professionals are invited to join experts on early childhood development and assistive technology (AT) at the Center for Technology and Disability’s national symposium in Washington, D.C. Remote attendance is available for the first 500 registrants. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), this conference will provide valuable lessons drawn from evidence-based research, research to practice, and family advocacy. More information is available on the website of the Center for Technology and Disability, a PACER partner.

COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE

Join PACER at Lela Restaurant at Sheraton Bloomington Hotel (formerly Sofitel), 5601 W. 78th St. on Wednesday, November 2, for “Cocktails for a Cause,” a happy hour with a purpose. The event begins at 6:00 p.m., with PACER Executive Director Paula Goldberg as celebrity bartender. The custom “Fire in the Orchard” cocktail was created for PACER, with $6 of the price going directly to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

TIPS FOR VOTERS WITH DISABILITIES

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission has released “10 Tips for Voters With Disabilities”, a tip sheet created to assist voters with disabilities in voting privately and independently. The Commission was created after passage of the 2002 Help America Vote Act, and is an independent bipartisan organization.

IRA CHARITABLE ROLLOVER NOW PERMANENT

People who are age 70 1/2 or older can now make gifts of up to $100,000 directly from their IRA accounts to a qualified charity without paying federal income tax on the withdrawal. To contribute to PACER, call Debbie Andrews at 952-838-9000.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL IN RECORD NUMBERS

For the fourth year in a row, the high school graduation rate for students with disabilities has increased. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 64.6 percent of students with disabilities graduated in 2014-2015. In the past four years, the graduation rate for students with disabilities has climbed by 5.6 percent.

GREAT OPPORTUNITIES

VOTE FOR PACER TO WIN $10,000 PRIZE
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is one of five nonprofits competing for a $10,000 prize given by Random House Children’s Books. In conjunction with the release of the newest nonfiction book in The Cat In the Hat Learning Library, ONE VOTE, TWO VOTES, I VOTE, YOU VOTE, Random House Children’s Books has launched a campaign for children to participate in the upcoming Presidential election by voting for The Cat in the Hat – and for a nonprofit.  Vote here for PACER. There is no limit of the amount of times an individual can vote. The contest runs through Election Day, November 8.

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, fun, 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
Support PACER at Amazon.com, or 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.

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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