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September 2015

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

DON’T MISS PACER’S RUN, WALK, ROLL AGAINST BULLYING SATURDAY, OCT. 3

Make plans to take part in PACER’s Sixth Annual Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying coming up this Saturday, Oct. 3 at Mt. Normandale Lake Park in Bloomington, Minn. Register now, gather pledges, and share the Facebook page for this special event, presented by the Friends of PACER and American Dairy Queen. It features a four-mile run and a two-mile fun walk or roll followed by presentations, and live music. In an exciting new addition this year, PACER will host the first bullying prevention InstaMeet where people can meet at the event to take photos and videos together and share them on the popular social media platform Instagram. The Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying, marks the beginning of National Bullying Prevention Month which was launched by PACER in 2006. Download pledge forms and register online at PACER.org/bullying or call (952) 838-9000.

MAKE PLANS TO WEAR ORANGE ON UNITY DAY OCT. 21 AND SHOW SUPPORT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN BULLIED

PACER has partnered with CustomInk for its fifth annual ‘Be Good to Each Other’ campaign in support of Unity Day and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month in October. The campaign encourages students, groups, and others to take a stand for kindness, respect, and inclusion by designing and wearing custom bullying prevention t-shirts. Official Unity Day t-shirts are available for purchase at customink.com/stopbullying. They are $12 each, and CustomInk will donate all profits ($8 per shirt) back to PACER. Order by Oct. 8 for guaranteed arrival in time for Unity Day.

PACER’S SIMON TECHNOLOGY CENTER OFFERS LONG-TERM LOANS OF ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

The Lending Library at PACER’s Simon Technology Center offers a long-term loan program that enables members to borrow select assistive technology (AT) devices, including the VGo robots, for more than four weeks at a time. The program works well for individuals who need temporary use of a device 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.

PACER OFFERS TIPS FOR PARENTS ON HELPING THEIR CHILD WITH DISABILITIES OR SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS BE SUCCESSFUL IN SCHOOL

Students across the country have returned to school in September and there are many important steps parents can take to help their child with a disability or special health care need be more successful this school year. PACER recently shared a variety of tips to help reduce the stress and anxiety associated with school for both children and families. Read these helpful tips and the perspective of experienced parents.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO PROVIDE MORE RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS TRANSITIONING TO POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION

The U.S. Department of Education plans to provide more resources for students with disabilities as they transition to or attend post-secondary education. The Department will establish a national center to provide technical assistance and information on best practices for families, and to help colleges and universities better accommodate students with disabilities. PACER offers an array of transition resources for youth and families through its National Parent Center on Transition and Employment. This includes videos, an interactive learning center, a resource library, and inspirational success stories. Learn more at PACER.org/transition

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CLARIFIES RIGHTS OF PARENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Child welfare agencies and the courts have the responsibility to protect children from abuse and neglect, but these needs often infringe upon the rights of parents and prospective parents who have disabilities. The federal government recently issued guidance to assist state and local agencies so that parents with disabilities are not discriminated against due to stereotypes or unfounded assumptions about their parenting abilities. The document offers specifics on how agencies can better serve parents with disabilities while still protecting children from harm. Read the guidance

PACER RESOURCES

New! Read the Fall 2015 edition of “Pacesetter”
“Pacesetter” is a free newsletter published three times a year by PACER for parents and professionals. Don’t miss the Fall 2015 edition, which includes articles on PACER’s international bullying prevention movement and National Bullying Prevention Month; teens with mental health challenges who are speaking up in the community; resources for families and educators from diverse communities; and the story of one very special high school graduate. Call (952) 838-9000 or e-mail PACER@PACER.org to be added to the mailing list.

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 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

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

WORKSHOPS

PACER Center is offering more than 30 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); transition planning for teens and young adults; emotional and behavioral challenges; special health care needs; 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.


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 PACER@PACER.org or call (952) 838-9000. Learn more

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