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Posted: 10/19/2018

PACER’s Simon Technology Center (STC) Loan Library is here to meet your assistive technology needs with over 1,500 items in inventory!  Based on use and demand, the Loan Library has new open hours: Tuesdays 12 pm to 7 pm, Thursdays 9 am to 1 pm, and the following Saturdays for 2018: September 22, October 20, November 17 and December 15. Appointments may also be scheduled to visit the library during business hours by calling 952-838-9000 or email [email protected] at least a day in advance. STC’s Library entrance is located on the north side of the PACER building.

PACER’s National Symposium on Children’s Mental Health and Learning Disabilities is August 8

Posted: 7/6/2018

Parents, teachers and other education professionals can now register for the 13th Annual PACER National Symposium about Children & Young Adults with Mental Health and Learning Disabilities. It is on Wednesday, August 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for teachers and administrators. Keynote speakers are:

  • Steven Schlozman, M.D. Child and adult psychiatrist and associate director of the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital, and assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He will speak on depression and suicide.
  • Rosemarie Allen, Ed.D. President and CEO for the Institute for Racial Equity and Excellence, the lead agency for ensuring equity in educational practices throughout the nation, and assistant professor in the School of Education at Metropolitan State University in Denver. She will address social emotional competence and bringing out the best in every child.
  • David Stember, Ph.D., a recognized expert in cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety, learning, and behavioral disorders. He is a clinical psychologist and maintains faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital. His topic is childhood and adolescent anxiety.

PACER’s Mental Health and Emotional Behavioral Disorders Youth Advisory Board will give a panel presentation on “The Power of Youth Participation” and will also host a resource table for parents and professionals throughout the symposium.

Now Accepting Applications for Project KITE

Posted: 7/6/2018

Project KITE (Kids Included through Technology are Enriched) is an assistive technology training program for teams of Minnesota parents and educators. Project KITE works to increase the independence and inclusion of 3 to 8-year-old children with disabilities through valuable trainings and resources including the loan of an iPad with useful apps, and a free one-year membership to the Simon Technology Center’s lending library.

PACER is now accepting applications for Project KITE from teams of Minnesota parents, educators, and support professionals for our fall 2018 session. Submit an application or learn more about this unique opportunity. For more information, email Terri Rosen or call (952) 838-9000. Deadline for applications is September 30, 2018.

Choose Kind: WONDER Movie Official T-shirt and Sweatshirt Benefits PACER

Posted: 7/6/2018

Join more than 40,000 people and Choose Kind! WONDER, first a New York Times bestseller, now a major motion picture, shares the inspiring take-away message to always CHOOSE KIND. Every shirt sold benefits PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. How can you help? Easy! Order your shirt today. Wear kind, do kind, and most of all, choose kind.

Education Resource Booklet for Parents of Children with Mental Health, Emotional, or Behavioral Disorders Now Available

Posted: 7/6/2018

Educating Your Child with Mental Health, Emotional, or Behavioral Disorders: Information for Parents will help parents participate effectively in special education planning. Each chapter includes a set of questions to consider when thinking about developing the Individualized Education Program (IEP), including school discipline policies, placement options, and behavioral and emotional support needs. Updated 2018.  $5 | 10+ copies, $4 each | PHP-a21

MinnPost story features PACER's Transition Project

Posted: 7/6/2018

MinnPost looked at why some special-ed students in Minnesota opt to continue past their senior year of high school. The story features PACER advocate Rachel Pearson and co-director of PACER's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment Barb Ziemke. The complete story is here.

Posted: 3/2/2018

Schools generally organize themselves according to categories: They divide students by age, grade, and often by academic progress or lack thereof. But what about students who don't fit into those categories?

That's the problem junior Brendan Olson and senior Joey Firestone faced.

On a recent morning, they sat with about a dozen other students in a classroom at Lionsgate Academy in Minnetonka. The class is specifically for students who are called "twice-exceptional," meaning they have a disability and qualify as intellectually gifted. Brendan and Joey are on the autism spectrum.

Students started discussing a book about leadership, and Brendan spoke up first.

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Posted: 2/14/2018

On January 10, 2018, the U.S. Department of Education has approved Minnesota’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan. The plan provides a framework for the state’s testing and accountability framework with a goal of ensuring all students, including those with disabilities, are successful. Read more

Posted: 2/14/2018

Emagine Willow Creek in Plymouth, MN hosts “Secret Cinema” at 7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month and a portion of the proceeds support PACER. The film is a secret - you won’t know what you’re watching until the lights go down and the movie starts rolling! Each movie is selected by local film professors, critics, and industry professionals, and a Q&A session follows each screening. Admission is just $6 and, best of all, $1 of each ticket purchase benefits PACER! The next Secret Cinema is March 8.
For information, visit Emagine Willow Creek.

PACER offers helpful resources for alternative dispute resolution

Posted: 2/14/2018

One of the most important jobs of parents is helping their child with disabilities receive an appropriate education. Sometimes, families and school districts disagree about special education. PACER provides extensive dispute resolution resources, including the Minnesota Due Process Options brochure that outlines the options available to parents along with key contacts. The brochure is available for free download.

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