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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pacer e-News


DON’T MISS PACER’S RUN, WALK, ROLL AGAINST BULLYING ON OCT. 5

The Friends of PACER’s Fourth Annual Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying is Saturday, Oct. 5, and it’s not too late to register and gather pledges for this special event that kicks off PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month
. The 4-mile run and 1.5-mile walk/roll, sponsored by American Dairy Queen, will take place at Normandale Lake Park in Bloomington, Minn. Check-in is at 9 a.m. and the races begin at 10 a.m., followed by live entertainment, fun family activities, and prize presentations. ‘Join’ and ‘share’ the Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying Facebook event page
,  sponsor a participant
, or sign up now
 to take part!

OCTOBER IS NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH: MAKE IT ORANGE, MAKE IT ENDOCT. 9 ON UNITY DAY

Wednesday, Oct. 9, is Unity Day, when people across the country will wear orange in support of those who have been bullied. You can show your true colors on Unity Day
, and throughout National Bullying Prevention Month, by wearing the“Official” Unite Against Bullying T-shirt
. PACER is partnering on this initiative with CustomInk, the “design online” custom T-shirt company, as part of its “Be Good to Each Other Campaign.”
 T-shirts are $12 and all profits from the campaign support PACER’s bullying prevention programs. Learn more
 about National Bullying Prevention Month, which was launched by PACER in 2006 to raise awareness of this important issue. Be sure to ‘join’ and ‘share’ theUnity Day Facebook event page
.

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, visitPACER.org/puppets
, e-mail puppets@PACER.org, or call (952) 838-9000.

SCHOOLS, ORGANIZATIONS CAN APPLY FOR FREE SCREENINGS OF THE EDUCATIONAL DOCUMENTARY “WHO CARES ABOUT KELSEY?”

Want to support teens who struggle in school? Schools and organizations can apply for a free education DVD kit of “Who Cares About Kelsey?” The film documents the emotional and behavioral challenges of a high school student with ADHD, who is dealing with homelessness, substance abuse, and self-destructive behaviors. It also explores the innovative educational approaches, including implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), that ultimately helped Kelsey graduate while improving the overall school culture and climate. Visitwhocaresaboutkelsey.com
 
 to learn more or PACER.org/pbis
 for information on PBIS.

NOW IS THE TIME TO GIVE TO PACER THROUGH UNITED WAY AND THE COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN

Corporations nationwide are currently conducting United Way campaigns, and you can designate PACER Center as the direct recipient of your donation. United Way pledge cards have a ‘Donor Choice’ designation where you can write in ‘PACER Center, Inc., 8161 Normandale Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55437.’ Many employers also provide matching funds. Federal civilian, military, and postal employees can donate to PACER through the 2013 Combined Federal Campaign.
 
 Look for PACER in your local campaign booklet under the “Children’s Charities of America” heading or alphabetically. To designate your gift to PACER, use code 12272. To learn more about giving opportunities, visitPACER.org
 or call (952) 838-9000.

SUPPORT PACER BY TAKING SIMPLE SURVEYS

Showing your support for PACER is as easy as taking the occasional survey. More than 5,000 supporters have enrolled with SurveyMonkey Contribute through PACER. They receive periodic e-mail surveys on a variety of interesting subjects. The web-based questionnaires are quick, easy, and confidential, and SurveyMonkey makes a donation to PACER for each survey completed. Sign up today

“BACKPACK CONNECTION” HANDOUTS HELP YOUNG CHILDREN DEVELOP SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SKILLS, REDUCE CHALLENGING BEHAVIOR

“Backpack Connection” handouts are a great way for teachers to work with parents and caregivers to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior. Handouts on more than 20 topics are available, including three new pieces to help children learn about sharing, learning to trade, and managing time and understanding expectations. Produced by the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention (TACSEI), the handouts can be sent home in a student’s backpack whenever a new strategy or skill is introduced in class. Learn more
 about these tools or visit PACER.org/ec
 for additional early childhood resources.

WORKSHOPS

PACER Center is offering 20 different workshops in 12 communities across Minnesota during October for parents of children with disabilities and professionals working with families. Topics include the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Individualized Education Program (IEP), early intervention, transition planning for teens and young adults, assistive technology, bullying prevention, and more. Visit PACER.org/workshops
 to see a complete list of workshops and register to attend.

PACER RESOURCES

New Handout! Your Child with a Disability Can Take Part in Extracurricular Activities
Extracurricular activities are an important part of a child’s educational experience. Federal law says that all children with disabilities should have the same opportunity as other students to take part in school-sponsored nonacademic and extracurricular activities, such as clubs, sports, or student jobs. This handout serves as a brief guide for parents to help their children be included. Free for download
 
. Printed copies are $1.50 each, or $0.50 apiece for orders of 10 or more. Call (952) 838-9000 or (800) 537-2237 and order item ALL-70

New! “Early Childhood Connection” newsletter
Want to learn about parenting a child with a disability from the dad’s perspective? Read about it in the new edition of PACER’s “Early Childhood Connection” newsletter as three fathers share their experiences and offer tips for other dads. Other topics include do-it-yourself assistive technology, helping your child learn to share, and an extensive list of practical resources for parents of young children with disabilities. Free for download
. Printed copies are available by calling (952) 838-9000 or (800) 537-2237.

CONNECT WITH PACER ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

Stay up-to-date with all the latest PACER news and happenings on Facebook
 and Twitter (@PACERCenter
) no matter where you are.

PACER Center is a Minnesota nonprofit organization that provides services to families of children and young adults with any disability. More




PACER Center: Champions for Children with Disabilities
PACER Center, Inc.  8161 Normandale Boulevard  Minneapolis, MN 55437-1044
952.838.9000 (voice)  800.53.PACER (toll-free)  952.838.0199 (fax)
PACER enews is paid for with private funding.

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