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PACER Programs

PACER has programs for children and young adults with all disabilities, their parents and families, and the professionals working with the families.

Programs for Parents | Programs for Professionals | Programs for Children and Young Adults with Disabilities |
National Centers | National Partnerships

  • American Indian Project
    Individual assistance and information for American Indian parents of children who have or are at risk for developing emotional or behavioral disorders.

  • Bullying Prevention
    PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center unites, engages, and educates communities nationwide to prevent bullying through creative, relevant, and interactive resources. |

  • COUNT ME IN Puppet Show
    Begun in 1979 as a program to foster understanding between children with and without disabilities, the Count Me In teams of volunteers present puppet shows for preschool and elementary aged children, teachers, and adults.

  • Dispute Resolution
    Information, resources, and training opportunities to help parents resolve disagreements concerning special education with public schools.

  • Dropout Prevention
    Information and training for families to reduce the risk of their youth dropping out.

  • Early Childhood Family Information and Resources Project
    Services and support for families of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with special needs.

  • Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)
    Works with state and local systems to ensure that young children with disabilities (birth through 5 years) and their families receive high-quality, research-based, culturally appropriate, and family-centered supports and services.

  • Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (EBD) and Children’s Mental Health Services
    Assistance on education, social services, and mental health or correctional issues for parents of youth with EBD.

  • EX.I.T.E. (Exploring Interests in Technology and Engineering)
    A summer camp for middle school girls with disabilities to increase their interest in math, science, and technology. Additional workshops occur throughout the year. High school girls serve as mentors.

  • EX.I.T.E. Internship
    High school girls can explore their opportunities in entering a career in science, technology, engineering, or math and to build upon their knowledge base and leadership skills to start them on their path.

  • Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD)
    PACER is a partner on this national project that provides assistive technology information to parents, educators, and organizations serving children and youth with disabilities.

  • For Youth Only
    FOR YOUTH ONLY is a resource for youth with disabilities. Here you will find information to help you to develop self-advocacy skills and gain a better understanding of how you can more effectively participate to increase your success in the classroom, at home, and in the community. Youth who understand their disability and its impact on their everyday life have a better chance of improving their life and the systems of care that serve them.

  • Fun Times
    Social events and other activities for high school teens with and without disabilities to build relationships that benefit all participants.

  • Grandparent to Grandparent Program
    Information and services for grandparents of children with disabilities.

  • Health Information Center, Family-to-Family
    Information about the health care system, resources, and advocacy for families of children and youth with special health needs and disabilities.

  • Housing Project
    Information and referral for parents of youth with disabilities to understand their independent living and housing options for the future.

  • International Activities
    An international Web site for parents of children and youth with disabilities, conferences, exchanges, and other opportunities.

  • Juvenile Justice
    Training to help individuals identify the needs of youths whose disabilities may place them at risk for involvement in the justice system.

    The KIDS AGAINST BULLYING Puppet Show helps children in grades 1-3 learn about bullying prevention. The presentation is interactive and includes opportunities for the students to share their ideas and ask questions.

  • Leadership Academy
    An academic year program for students with disabilities in grades ninth through eleventh. Students, Parents, and educational staff participate in trainings on assistive technology software and technologies that can enhance academic and transition success.

  • Let’s Prevent Abuse, Puppet Show
    Begun in 1984, the LPA program focuses on identifying abuse, sources for help, and preventing abuse of young children. The presentation, written for children in grades 1-4 along with their teachers, social workers, and other adults at schools, is no longer available to be performed, but puppets and scripts can be purchased as a PACER Puppet Package for your organization.

  • Minnesota Parent Center (MN PIRC)
    Information and resources to help parents be strong partners in their children’s education in ways that lead to improvements in student achievement.

  • Multicultural Services
    Bilingual workshops and publications focusing on issues facing families from diverse backgrounds.

  • National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)
    NCWD/Youth is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities. Our partners — experts in disability, education, employment, and workforce development — strive to ensure you will be provided with the highest quality, most relevant information available.

  • National Parent Technical Assistance Center
    PACER is the national technical assistance center for over 100 federally funded parent centers across the country under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

  • National Post-School Outcomes Center (NPSO)
    Provides technical assistance to develop state systems to collect and analyze post-school outcome data improving outcomes for youth with disabilities.

  • Opening Doors for Children and Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs
    PACER works with this national center for children and youth with disabilities based at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) in Massachusetts, a partnership between Children's Hospital Boston and University of Massachusetts Boston, to promote more effective interventions for underserved children with disabilities in three areas: the transition to adulthood; access to community recreational activities; and screening and early identification of young children with disabilities.

  • Parent Leadership in Special Education
    Parents can use their experience and expertise to influence change in local special education advisory committees, interagency collaborations and public policy.

  • Parents Helping Parents
    Workshops, one-on-one training, and information on special education, communication skills, and other issues affecting children with disabilities.

  • Project KITE (Kids Included through Technology are Enriched)
    Training for parents and early childhood educational staff to use software and technology that enable children with disabilities to interact with their peers.

  • Project PRIDE (PACER’s Rehabilitation Act Information & Disability Education)
    Information and training about the Rehabilitation Act for youth with disabilities, their families, and professionals.

  • Puppet Program
    PACER Center offers three puppet shows for schools. The COUNT ME IN show, for preschool to fourth grade, promotes inclusion of children with disabilities and highlights disability awareness. The KIDS AGAINST BULLYING show is for students in first through third grade and deals with issues related to bullying. The Let's Prevent Abuse puppet show helps students in first through fourth grade learn about abuse. The PACER puppets and scripts are available for sale.

  • School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SW-PBIS)
    Information and training on a new state initiative to help schools successfully educate all students and especially those with challenging behaviors.

  • Simon Technology Center (STC)
    Helping make the benefits of assistive technology available to parents and professionals via workshops, webinars, trainings, services and projects. The STC includes a software and device lending library.

  • Statewide Assessment Project
    Information, resources, and training opportunities to help parents participate in Individualized Education Program (IEP) planning for your child’s involvement in statewide assessment.

  • Surrogate Parent Services
    Training and suggestions for selection of surrogate parents to represent children with disabilities in the special education process.

  • Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act (TATRA)
    PACER serves as the national center to provide education assistance for parent centers that train individuals with disabilities and their families about the services and rights available under the Rehabilitation Act.

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