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PACER Symposium about Children and Young Adults with Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Event Date: Monday, August 12, 2019

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The symposium is designed to enhance awareness and identify strategies for responding to mental health and learning disabilities in children and young adults from the perspective of teachers and parents.

The symposium will provide high quality professional and parent development for Minnesota educators and parents regarding:

  • children's mental health and learning disabilities
  • effective treatment planning
  • proactive, positive teaching strategies and interventions


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Your Comprehensive, Online Guide to the IEP

We’ve converted PACER’s popular book, A Guide to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for Minnesota Parents, into an intuitive, mobile-friendly web version. With the right information, parents can play a major role in shaping services for their child with disabilities. This online resource provides Minnesota parents with a complete breakdown of the IEP, the processes behind it, and how to use the IEP to help every child reach their full potential.

A Guide to the Individualized Education Program

National Bullying Prevention Center

Unity Awards

Recipients will be announced during the May 22 Unity Awards celebration

Thank you to everyone around the country who nominated individuals or groups for the 5th annual Unity Awards. It is wonderful to see what individuals and groups are doing to create a kinder, more accepting and inclusive world.

Unity Awards History

PACER's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment

College Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Explore helpful information from PACER Center and Think College about inclusive, postsecondary education programs for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Children's Mental Health and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders Project

Does My Child Have an Emotional or Behavioral Disorder?

What to Look for: Among all the dilemmas facing a parent of a child with emotional or behavioral problems, the first question-whether the child's behavior is sufficiently different to require a comprehensive evaluation by professionals-may be the most troublesome of all. Even when a child exhibits negative behaviors, members of a family may not all agree on whether the behaviors are serious.

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Categories / Programs

Special Education Information / IEP / 504 Plans National Bullying Prevention Center National Parent Center on Transition and Employment Children's Mental Health and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders Project Simon Technology Center Health Information Center Early Childhood Family Information Housing Newsletters Publications

Workshops / Live Stream Events

Register for Building a Robot

Tech for Teens Club : Building a Robot

Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST

Location: PACER Center

Register for Supplemental Security Income (SSI): First Steps

Supplemental Security Income (SSI): First Steps

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM CST

Location: St. Paul

Register for Assistive Technology to Support Employment: Tools That Bring Accessibility to the Workplace

Assistive Technology to Support Employment: Tools That Bring Accessibility to the Workplace

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM CST

Location: PACER Center

Live Streaming Available
Register for Robot Wrestling

Tech for Girls Club : Robot Wrestling

Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM CST

Location: PACER Center

Register for Supplemental Security Income (SSI): First Steps

Supplemental Security Income (SSI): First Steps

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM CST

Location: Duluth

Register for The ABCs of the IEP: Making the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Work for Your Child

Back to School Series : The ABCs of the IEP: Making the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Work for Your Child

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM CST

Location: PACER Center


Help Support PACER & Others

Facebook Buy & Sell Group - MN Special Needs Equipment for Sale

Find equipment and assistive technology after its initial use. Items such as, communication devices, walkers, adaptive switches and toys, motorized cars (that can be adapted), adapted keyboards, etc. Join Today!

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PACER is excited to announce our partnership with SurveyMonkey Contribute and a new way for anyone to support PACER programs! Sign up and you will receive surveys by e-mail from SurveyMonkey customers who need your opinion. For every survey you take, SurveyMonkey will donate $0.50 to PACER, and you'll get a chance to win $100 in an instant-win game.

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In The News

The Beach Boys Make a Splash at PACER’s 37th Annual Benefit

Posted: 5/30/2019

On Saturday, May 11, PACER Center hosted its Annual Benefit featuring an iconic live performance from The Beach Boys. Guests were on their feet and tossing beach balls for one of the most exciting Benefit performances yet!

Before the performance, guests perused and bid on around 2,000 items in PACER’s legendary silent auction. For the first time ever, the silent auction featured mobile bidding, allowing guests to easily find, track, and bid on their favorite items from the convenience of a smartphone.

WCCO-TV’s Frank Vascellaro was back again to act as auctioneer for the live auction in the concert hall. Audience members leapt to place bids on spectacular packages, including a VIP trip for four to Disneyworld and a week-long stay at a secluded villa in idyllic Bucerias, Mexico.

The Benefit’s emcee was none other than Andrew Zimmern, celebrity chef, TV personality, writer, and a dear friend of PACER. Zimmern introduced an inspiring video for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, announced the winner of this year’s Otto Bremer Award, honored PACER’s executive director, Paula Goldberg, and the hardworking staff and volunteers who made the night possible, and readied the crowd for The Beach Boys.

Check out the Star Tribune’s coverage of this year’s PACER Annual Benefit in Scene + Heard.

The National Bullying Prevention Center’s 5th Annual Unity Awards is May 22

Posted: 5/14/2019

Bullying is an issue that no child should ever have to endure. Fortunately, there are people who care and are work toward making our schools, communities, and the web kinder, more accepting places. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is proud to host the 5th Annual Unity Awards on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at PACER Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, to recognize those who do this important work.

The Unity Awards ceremony, first held in 2015, is an evening of celebration to gather and recognize those who are helping to create a world without bullying—whether it’s building awareness of bullying prevention, inspiring and empowering others to take positive action, or advocating for those who need support.

Nominations come in from around the country and have included teachers who have touched the lives of students, individuals or groups who have been active in their communities, and those who simply made someone feel that they were not alone.

The Unity Awards are presented by The Faces of Change, the Youth Advisory Boards of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. These inspiring young people are encouraging their generation to increase kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Their goal is to promote bullying prevention and inspire students to support one another. Their work exemplifies how student involvement can create positive change that results in stronger relationships, safer schools, and more supportive communities.

Learn more about NBPC’s Unity Awards.

‘I Feel Amazing’: Teen Touts Transformative Help from PACER

Posted: 4/24/2019

Recently, 16-year-old Darcey Hayes joined PACER staff and supporters at PACER’s Day at the Capitol. When she arrived at the Minnesota State Capitol, she marched in to meet her state representative, Ron Kresha.

The sophomore from Upsala is the president of the PACER Youth Advisory Board. Though not able to lobby or talk about legislation, she can share how special education works and her experience with it.

Hayes feels like a totally different person thanks to PACER.

“I feel amazing. I mean, I have friends, which I never really thought I would have,” Hayes said. “I’m doing really good in school. I’m able to do extracurricular things. I’m in my robotics team, I’m in knowledge bowl, I’m in FFA. I mean, I do so many things that I never thought I would be able to do.”

“When we can find groups like PACER that really get to those child issues and help them with their potential and really being who they can be, that’s something we need to keep pushing for in St. Paul,” Representative Kresha said.

Read and watch the full story from WCCO-TV.

Students organizing to create a world without bullying

Posted: 4/18/2019

On March 26, 315 students packed Elkins Auditorium at Pepperdine University to hear the Pepperdine Waves Debate Team and students from the Woodlake Elementary “Let’s Argue” class debate the question, “Can we create a world without bullying?”

Every attendee at the debate reported that they “learned something new” about bullying prevention, and 77.8% said that the event “expanded my understanding of what bullying can look like.”

Congratulations and many thanks to Dr. Abi Smith, debate professor, coach of the Waves, and creator of the Woodlake “Let’s Argue” class, as well as Juan Carlos Hugues, Tiffany Hall, and the Waves team for organizing the event. Special thanks to Dr. Luisa Raynal and Andres Phillips from the School of Public Policy for their participation.

Read more about PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in Los Angeles.