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September 2014

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

TAKE ACTION IN OCTOBER DURING PACER’S NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, which was developed by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in 2006 to raise awareness for the issue and show support for those who have been bullied. Community members can take action in several ways: Use PACER’s free online resources, participate in a Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying event, wear orange Oct. 22 on Unity Day, become a ‘Champion’ for the cause, or make a donation to support PACER’s work. Students and others can plan events and activities using PACER’s free step-by-step event planning guide, which was developed in collaboration with Facebook. Learn more.

DON’T MISS PACER’S RUN, WALK, ROLL AGAINST BULLYING SATURDAY, SEPT. 20

It’s not too late to register for the Friends of PACER’s Fifth Annual Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying on Saturday, Sept. 20. The 4-mile run and 2-mile walk/roll, presented by American Dairy Queen, is at Normandale Lake Park in Bloomington, Minn. Check-in and on-site registration is at 9 a.m. at the bandshell, and free parking is available in the 8500 Tower Ramp located across W. 84th Street. The run and walk/roll begin at 10 a.m., followed by live entertainment, family activities, and appearances by Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders and Viktor the Viking mascot. Visit PACER.org/bullying or call (952) 838-9000 for more information.

PACER, PARTNERS LAUNCH CENTER ON TECHNOLOGY AND DISABILITY

PACER Center, the American Institutes for Research, and the Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) have partnered to create the new Center on Technology and Disability (CTD). The Center is designed to help children and youth with disabilities, their families, and educators access and use assistive technology (AT) and instructional technology (IT). Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the CTD will offer a library, learning center, and online discussion forums. Sign up to receive updates on the launch of CTD’s website.

WEAR ORANGE ON UNITY DAY: CUSTOM INK’S FOURTH ANNUAL ‘BE GOOD TO EACH OTHER’ T-SHIRT CAMPAIGN SUPPORTS PACER

Make plans to wear orange on Unity Day (Wednesday, Oct. 22) in a show of support for those who have been bullied. PACER partner CustomInk’s fourth annual Be Good to Each Other bullying prevention campaign supports Unity Day and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month in October. The campaign encourages students, groups, and others to take a stand for kindness and tolerance by designing and wearing custom bullying prevention T-shirts. Official Unity Day T-shirts are available now for $12, and CustomInk donates all profits (at least $9 per shirt!) to PACER. Order by Oct. 6 for guaranteed arrival in time for Unity Day.

WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT WILL OPEN DOORS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

The signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 will create more job opportunities for people with disabilities according to U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan. In a statement, Duncan said that the new law creates a blueprint for job growth, and makes key improvements to the nation’s workforce development system. “For the unemployed, the new law offers hope; for the young, it offers encouragement; and for people with disabilities, it brings opportunity,” Duncan said. WIOA will become effective on July 1, 2015. Learn more

NOW BOOKING SHOWS: PACER PUPPETS LEAVE A LASTING IMPRESSION ON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

Capturing the attention of young children isn’t easy, but PACER’s endearing, life-size puppets have a way with elementary school students that leaves a lasting impression. PACER is currently booking shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area for the COUNT ME IN® (disability awareness) and KIDS AGAINST BULLYING (bullying prevention) puppet programs. The innovative, interactive presentations use charming, multicultural puppets to share age-appropriate messages, enabling children to learn through dialogue and question and answer. To learn more, visit PACER.org/puppets, e-mail puppets@PACER.org, or call (952) 838-9000.

SATURDAY, OCT. 11: FAMILY FUN DAY AND TECH EXPO AT PACER’S SIMON TECHNOLOGY CENTER

Discover the exciting possibilities of assistive technology (AT) for individuals with disabilities during the Family Fun Day and Tech Expo at PACER’s Simon Technology Center. This free event is on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at PACER Center, and advance registration is required. Children with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who serve them can explore and try AT that supports play, learning, work, and more, while enjoying a variety of hands-on fun for the whole family. Register now or call (952) 838-9000 for more information.

PACER RESOURCES

The Lending Library at PACER’s Simon Technology Center now offers a long-term loan program that enables members to borrow select assistive technology (AT) devices for more than four weeks at a time. The program works well for individuals who need temporary use of a device while their own is being repaired, or to provide a long-term accommodation. Items need to be renewed every three months to ensure the device is in good working order, but the length of the loan is open-ended depending on individual needs. For more information, e-mail stclibrary@PACER.org or call (952) 838-9000.

WORKSHOPS

PACER Center is offering more than 20 workshops in communities across Minnesota during October and November for parents of children with disabilities and professionals working with families. Topics include the Individualized Education Program (IEP), early intervention, transition planning for teens and young adults, emotional and behavioral challenges, assistive technology, and more. Visit PACER.org/workshops to see a complete list of workshops and register to attend. Be sure to sign up for e-mail notifications of future workshops.

GREAT OPPORTUNITIES

Support PACER by signing up for 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

Contribute to PACER through United Way Campaigns
The United Way makes it easy for employees who would like to support PACER Center. United Way pledge cards have a Donor Choice location where you can write PACER’s name and address (PACER Center, Inc., 8161 Normandale Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55437). For more information on how to support PACER through the United Way or other workplace charity campaigns, call PACER’s development office at (952) 838-9000 or visit PACER.org

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

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