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Tony Records from TRA Consulting will be holding
TOWN HALL MEETINGS to gather information to update the
Olmstead Assessment to help determine planning needs for the future.

WHERE:
Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living
999 Pyramid Way
Sparks, NV 89431

WHEN:

· Monday, December 1, 2014
o 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (for organizations and parents)
o 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (for self-advocates)

· Tuesday, December 2, 2014
o 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (for self-advocates)
o 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (for organizations and parents)

For all disability organizations, self-advocates and parents.

 

Bullying of Students with Disabilities Addressed in Guidance to America’s Schools

As part of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued guidance to schools reminding them that bullying is wrong and must not be tolerated – including against America’s 6.5 million students with disabilities.

The Department issued guidance in the form of a letter to educators detailing public schools’ responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of Americans with Disabilities Act regarding the bullying of students with disabilities. If a student with a disability is being bullied, federal law requires schools to take immediate and appropriate action to investigate the issue and, as necessary, take steps to stop the bullying and prevent it from recurring.

Since 2009, OCR has received more than 2,000 complaints regarding the bullying of students with disabilities in the nation’s public elementary and secondary schools. This guidance builds upon anti-bullying guidance the Department has issues in recent years concerning schools' legal obligations to fix the problem.

Help is available for those who are either targets of disability bullying or know of someone who might be, such as:

  • A fact sheet for parents on schools’ obligations under federal law to address bullying. The fact sheet is also available in Spanish.
  • Visiting the federal Web site, www.stopbullying.gov, which provides useful information on bullying prevention and remedies.
  • Asking to meet with the student’s team that designs his or her individualized education program – the IEP or Section 504 teams.
  • Asking to meet with the principal or school district’s special education coordinators to have the school address bullying concerns.
  •  Seeking help from OCR. The office investigates complaints of disability discrimination at schools. To learn more about federal civil rights laws or how to file a complaint, contact OCR at 800-421-3481 (TDD: 800-877-8339), or ocr@ed.gov. OCR’s Web site is www.ed.gov/ocr. To fill out a complaint form online, go to http://www.ed.gov/ocr/complaintintro.html.

To view OCR's guidance detailing public schools’ responsibilities regarding the bullying of students with disabilities in Spanish, click here.


 

4 days until event!
Sent Date: September 23, 2014

The End of Bullying Begins with You,


Join Us as Nevada PEP gears up for the 3rd Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying 5k & 1.5 mile Event.

Last year you supported the Run Walk Roll event and our community by raising Bullying Awareness. This year we are asking for your support again!

You can raise even more awareness this year! Start a team of 5 or more friends, family members or co-workers to participate and everyone gets a team discount!

Registration is fast and easy.
www.nvpep.org/bullying.html

We look forward to seeing you there,
Nevada PEP


Southern Nevada
Northern Nevada
Southern Nevada Flyer | SPANISH Southern Flyer
Northern Nevada Flyer | SPANISH Northern Flyer
    Southern Nevada PSA with
    Professional BMX Rider Ricardo Laguna
    Northern Nevada PSA

Did You Know?

• More than 160,000 U.S. students stay home from
    school each day from fear of being bullied

• Over 14 percent of high school students have
    considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it

• 43% fear harassment in the bathroom at school

Nevada PEP's Social Networks

Statewide Central Office Satellite Office
Toll-Free 800-216-5188 2101 South Jones Blvd, Suite 120 4600 Kietzke Lane, Suite I-202
www.nvpep.org Las Vegas, NV 89146 Reno, NV 89502
pepinfo@nvpep.org Phone: 702-388-8899 Phone: 775-448-9950
  Fax: 702-388-2966 Fax: 775-448-9603
Nevada PEP provides links and references to information and applications for your own use and is not able to offer any warranty regarding their use or application. Visitors that download information from this site do so at their own risk.
 
 
 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW . . .

DOWNLOAD FLYER HERE

 

 

 

     

 

Nevada PEP is partnering with

 

For the Grand Opening of

DOWNTOWN SUMMERLIN MACY’S!

Join us on Saturday, October 4th during Charity Shopping Day at:

Macy’s Summerlin

2075 Festival Plaza Drive

Las Vegas- 89135

 

Your Charity Shopping Day Passes is available now for $5.00

100% of your $5.00 donation benefits Nevada PEP

DONATE TODAY!

For more information contact Nevada PEP- 702-388-8899

 

You will receive:

- Special savings offers valid only at Macy’s Summerlin

- A chance to win a $500 Macy’s gift card

- Music and entertainment for the whole family

 

                      Your donation to Nevada P.E.P., Inc. may be tax deductible please consult your tax advisor. #88-030113

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 days until event!
Sent Date: September 23, 2014

The End of Bullying Begins with You,


Join Us as Nevada PEP gears up for the 3rd Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying 5k & 1.5 mile Event.

Last year you supported the Run Walk Roll event and our community by raising Bullying Awareness. This year we are asking for your support again!

You can raise even more awareness this year! Start a team of 5 or more friends, family members or co-workers to participate and everyone gets a team discount!

Registration is fast and easy.
www.nvpep.org/bullying.html

We look forward to seeing you there,
Nevada PEP


Southern Nevada
Northern Nevada
Southern Nevada Flyer | SPANISH Southern Flyer
Northern Nevada Flyer | SPANISH Northern Flyer
    Southern Nevada PSA with
    Professional BMX Rider Ricardo Laguna
    Northern Nevada PSA

Did You Know?

• More than 160,000 U.S. students stay home from
    school each day from fear of being bullied

• Over 14 percent of high school students have
    considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it

• 43% fear harassment in the bathroom at school

Nevada PEP's Social Networks

Statewide Central Office Satellite Office
Toll-Free 800-216-5188 2101 South Jones Blvd, Suite 120 4600 Kietzke Lane, Suite I-202
www.nvpep.org Las Vegas, NV 89146 Reno, NV 89502
pepinfo@nvpep.org Phone: 702-388-8899 Phone: 775-448-9950
  Fax: 702-388-2966 Fax: 775-448-9603
Nevada PEP provides links and references to information and applications for your own use and is not able to offer any warranty regarding their use or application. Visitors that download information from this site do so at their own risk.
 
 
 

Elko Town Hall Meeting 

 

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Sent Date: August 12, 2014



To discuss the service needs of individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

Sponsored by:

State of Nevada Aging & Disability Services Division

Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center

State of Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation

Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living


Did You Know?

• According to the US Census, Nevada has seen roughly a 28% increase in
  the number of people who are blind or visually impaired since 2008

• There are almost 65,000 blind or visually impaired individuals in
  Nevada 89% (58,000) are over the age of 18

• There hasn’t been an increase in blind/visually impaired service providers and services:
    - Life Skills
    - Mobility
    - Qualified trainers

• Not all services and supports are covered by insurance

What are the gaps in services across the LIFESPAN (youth, students, adults, senior and retirees) for people who are blind or visually impaired?

If this information is of interest to you, a family member, a friend or someone you know,
the State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division,
Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center,
State of Nevada Department of Employment Training & Rehabilitation,
Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living,
and the National Federation of the Blind Nevada,
in conjunction with the Statewide Independent Living and Assistive Technology Councils, welcomes interested persons to join the Town Hall Meeting

Participation and suggestions at the community level will be used to develop what is needed to effectively meet the needs for Nevadans who are blind or have visual impairments.

NOTE: We are pleased to make reasonable accommodations for members of the public who have disabilities and wish to attend the meeting. If special arrangements for the meeting are necessary, please notify Dianna DeBisschop at (775) 777-1590 as soon as possible and at least five days in advance of the meeting. If you wish, you may e-mail her at Dianna@ndalc.org.



Nevada PEP's Social Networks

Statewide Central Office Satellite Office
Toll-Free 800-216-5188 2101 South Jones Blvd, Suite 120 4600 Kietzke Lane, Suite I-202
www.nvpep.org Las Vegas, NV 89146 Reno, NV 89502
pepinfo@nvpep.org Phone: 702-388-8899 Phone: 775-448-9950
  Fax: 702-388-2966 Fax: 775-448-9603
Nevada PEP provides links and references to information and applications for your own use and is not able to offer any warranty regarding their use or application. Visitors that download information from this site do so at their own risk.
 
 
 
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Greetings,

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at McCarran International
Airport (LAS) invites you to a Roundtable to discuss the agency's new
initiatives affecting seniors, passengers with disabilities or medical
conditions and multicultural passengers for the State of Nevada.

The meeting will be held at LAS, 6750 Via Austi Parkway, Suite 200; Las
Vegas, NV; 89119 in the Learning Center on Thursday, July 31, 2014, from
10:00 a.m. to noon.

Speakers will include Karen Burke, Federal Security Director for Nevada,
Kimberly Bandy, TSA's Multicultural Branch Manager, and Seena Foster,
TSA's Disability Branch Manager. Ms. Bandy and Ms. Foster are both from
TSA's Office of Civil Rights & Liberties, Ombudsman and Traveler
Engagement, which is located at TSA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

AGENDA:

1. Risk-Based Security, including TSA Precheck
2. TSA Cares Help Line and Passenger Support Specialists
3. How TSA enforces civil rights and liberties
4. Q&A

We think you will find this an informative engagement and hope someone
from your organization can attend. Please RSVP with the name of the
individual and the organization you represent and accommodation requests
to Laura Renner, LAS Customer Support and Quality Improvement Manager, at:
LAScustomersupport@tsa.dhs.gov<mailto:LAScustomersupport@tsa.dhs.gov>.

We look forward to seeing you!

#NEVADA #TSA #McCarranInternationalAirport #SENIORS #PRECHECK #SUPPORT #CIVILRIGHTS #LIBERTIES

-- Please join us on August 18, 2014 for our 2nd Annual Women's Tea! Purchase
tickets at Give.EasterSealsNevada.Org

CLICK TO VIEW Press Release (and scroll down)

For Immediate Release March 21, 2014

DETR and Officials Plan Rural Town Hall Meetings

The Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation (DETR) in partnership with Nevada Broadcasters Association, will hold a series of town hall meetings April 1-April 4, 2014 in Ely, Elko, Winnemucca, and Fallon to survey residents about their feelings on issues facing the state, particularly in regards to persons with disabilities.

As part of its responsibility to community outreach, Nevada Broadcasters is providing radio advertising in the preceding weeks in advance of each stop, and has arranged for the venue and refreshments in each city, said Bob Fisher, CEO of Nevada Broadcasters.

Fisher will serve as the moderator for each meeting, and authorities on each talking point will make presentations and be available to address the concerns and questions raised at the meetings. The town hall meetings will address such topics as job placement for people with disabilities; statewide unemployment; education, business and homeland security.

“We are encouraging as many residents as possible to attend. These meetings will give us an opportunity to interact face to face with residents in these underserved communities and hear from them about what they see as important to their communities,” said Frank Woodbeck, DETR director. “We need to better understand what we can improve upon in such areas as helping people with disabilities become employed, how to help businesses be more successful, and improving the state of education for people with disabilities and the underemployed and unemployed. Feedback from each community will be used for program development to address identified needs.”

All topics from constituents are welcomed. First responders are also encouraged to attend to share their views on homeland security issues, Woodbeck said.

TOWN HALL MEETINGS SCHEDULE:
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Bristlecone Convention Center
150 Sixth Street
Ely, NV 89301

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Elko Convention Center
700 Moren Way
Elko, NV 89801

Thursday. April 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Winnemucca Inn
741 W. Winnemucca Blvd.
Winnemucca, NV 89445

Friday, April 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Fallon Convention Center
100 Campus Way
Fallon, NV 89406

THE WHITE HOUSE
OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL: REWARDING HARD WORK
 
Raising the Minimum Wage through Executive Order to $10.10 for Federal Contract Workers & Calling on Congress to Finish the Job for All Workers by Passing the Harkin-Miller Bill


Today, continuing to fulfill his promise to make 2014 a year of action, the President will sign an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for federal contract workers.

The Executive Order the President will sign today will benefit hundreds of thousands of people working under contracts with the federal government who are making less than $10.10 an hour. It will also improve the value that taxpayers are getting from the federal government’s investment. Studies show that boosting low wages will reduce turnover and absenteeism, while also boosting morale and improving the incentives for workers, leading to higher productivity overall. These gains improve the quality and efficiency of services provided to the government.

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama pledged to both take executive action wherever he can and work with Congress to increase opportunity for all Americans. Consistent with that pledge, the President will continue to work with Congress to finish the job to raise the minimum wage for all Americans and pass the Harkin-Miller bill so that all workers can be paid at least a $10.10 minimum wage.

Click HERE for >> Details of the Executive Order

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The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Research Prioritization Task Force is excited to announce that the finalized document—A Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives—is now available for download online. You can access it by visiting
www.suicide-research-agenda.org.
 
The Agenda outlines 30 research pathways that could help decrease the number of both suicide attempts and deaths in the United States. In addition to input from a Stakeholder Survey, the Agenda also was developed based on a literature review, portfolio analysis, mapping of the burden of suicide, and input from over 70 researchers in the field who examined what research areas show the most promise in reducing the suicide rates in the U.S.
 
The goal is for this Agenda to be used by funding organizations to help guide them in their funding decisions, as well as the researchers themselves regarding the types of research they conduct in the future. And we encourage family members, policymakers, and other interested individuals to use the Agenda to help advocate for the field of suicide prevention research.
 
We hope that this Agenda will help to move the suicide prevention research field forward and to save lives!
 
Research Prioritization Task Force
National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

What Do Military Families Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act?

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, includes a requirement for most Americans to carry health insurance. This requirement is often referred to as “the individual mandate.” 

Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act requires individuals to maintain a minimum level of health insurance, known as “minimum essential coverage” (MEC), for themselves and their dependents. Individuals who fail to have MEC may be required to pay a penalty (called a “shared responsibility payment”) when they file their tax returns.

If you are a service member, retiree, family member, or survivor covered by TRICARE, you have MEC. There is no need to purchase additional health insurance. If you are using any of the following health plan options, you have the coverage required by the Affordable Care Act:

  • TRICARE Prime
  • TRICARE Prime Remote
  • TRICARE Prime Overseas
  • TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas
  • TRICARE Standard and Extra
  • TRICARE Standard Overseas
  • TRICARE For Life
  • US FamilyHealth Plan
    • Martin’s Point Health Care
    • Brighton Marine Health Center
    • Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York
    • Johns Hopkins Medicine
    • Christus Health

You also meet the coverage requirement if you purchase one of the following plans. Unlike the TRICARE plans listed above, these plans require you to pay a monthly premium to obtain coverage. If you have purchased one of the plans listed below and are paying the monthly premium, you have MEC:

  • TRICARE Reserve Select
  • TRICARE Retired Reserve
  • TRICARE Young Adult

 

Finally, you have MEC if you have TRICARE through either of these transitional health plans after you leave military service:

  • Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP): premium free, 180 days
  • Continued Health Care Benefit Program (CHCBP): if purchased, 18-36 months

Keep your DEERS information up to date. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will use information from the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) to verify your TRICARE coverage. It is important for sponsors to ensure that all of their dependents’ social security numbers are accurate in DEERS. You can do this by contacting the DEERS office online or at 1.800.538.9552.

For additional information on TRICARE and the Affordable Care Act, please visit the TRICARE website.

 

**Dear Aging and Disability Services Division community partner,

I am very excited to share with you our continuing efforts to create a lifespan service system that promotes community living for Nevadans ages 60 and older and those living with a disability. Our efforts include developing strategies to ensure necessary services and supports are available when needed, are responsive and effective and are easy to access. We are committed to building a service system which values individuals and their families, is consumer friendly and pays special attention to creating a seamless system of care throughout the lifespan.

As you know, the staff and providers of ADSD services are critical to the success of the ADSD integration. As such, we would like to solicit your input on the draft critical issues and goals prior to drafting the strategic plan.

In July- September, a series of focus groups took place all across the state with individuals and their families to identify critical issues that must be to achieve the vision that, “Nevadans will enjoy self-sufficiency, independence, and safety with opportunities for a meaningful life that respects the person’s dignity and right to self-determination”.

In addition, key informants from across the state provided input on critical issues, potential goals and strategies that should be included in the integration plan. Now, we need the feedback of the people who make services possible every day. Please forward this survey to all staff and providers of ADSD. Their input is critical.

The survey should take approximately 20 minutes and can be accessed by clicking on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/X7HCKG9

The survey should take approximately 15 minutes and can be accessed by clicking on this links:

-English Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/T55M3VV

-Spanish Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HVS9SL5

We would like all surveys completed by November 8, 2013.

The surveys are available for download below and can be printed and completed as a hard copy of faxed or emailed back to apark@socialent.com or 775-324-4941. If you need copies made and sent to you to distribute, please email apark@socialent.com and indicated how many you need in English and/or Spanish. Thank you so much for your help. CLICK TO VIEW DOWNLOADS...

  

10575 Siena Monte Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89135
10575 Siena Monte Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89135

Approximately one out of every four Americans is a caregiver for a parents, child, spouse or relative who has a disability, is elderly or is chronically ill. Family caregivers are the backbone of military families and their work is especially important druing times of deployment.... Continue reading here

 

Click to READ MORE Military One Source

 

Starting October 1, 2013, Americans who are uninsured or who buy their own health insurance will have a new way to shop for insurance: the Health Insurance Marketplace

Sign Up for Health Care Coverage HERE

White House briefing: Enrollment in affordable health insurance options through the Health Insurance Marketplaces, created under the Affordable Care Act, begins on October 1st. Stakeholders from a cross section of organizations attended to hear about the ways the health care law will provide more affordable, better quality health insurance for children and their families. The participants learned about the enrollment process and how ACA expands access to mental health and substance use disorder benefits and what community based organizations can do to help others enroll beginning October 1st. .Affordable Care Act Briefing for the Mental Health Community.

 

 
 

 


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 GUESTS

Carol Broadbent, parent of twin four-year-old girls

Lori Hoffman, grandmother to a boy with learning problems

Karen Goodwin, mother of a son with learning difficulties

Stephanie Vrsnik, Community and Development Director, Nevada PEP

Robin Kincaid, Training Director, Nevada PEP

BY IAN MYLCHREEST -- Parenting ordinary children can be tough enough but special needs children are something else. Teachers and schools often cannot find exactly what they need. Programs like Nevada PEP can often help.

It’s a statewide parent-training organization, PEP Training Director Robin Kincaid says. Most of all, PEP helps families find ways to communicate and collaborate with schools.

Children with special needs or disabilities do create problems that need individual solutions. Carol Broadbent’s twins, for example, suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome. That has left them with significant developmental delays and behavioral problems. “Every day’s battle with stuff,” Broadbent said.

Just getting them into school was problematic and they felt abandoned once Nevada Early Intervention finished providing the initial help. Broadbent and her husband just read a lot but felt they were “just kind of stuck.” The girls’ aggressive behavior made it difficult to find a pre-school that would take them. By the same token, the pre-K school program has helped them. It is a special education class of eight students with a teacher and two aides.

“They’ll always struggle. I know that,” says Broadbent. But, she added, she was happy PEP was able to help her.

Lori Hoffman’s grandson was born with Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome, a condition, which required he be born at 35 weeks because of tumors on his kidneys. Numerous surgeries followed to reduce an abnormally large tongue, correct growth abnormalities and deal with intestinal problems. He struggled in school and was finally diagnosed as having a “written expression disorder,” said Hoffman.

“He would just sit there and not do his work. You could ask him and he could tell you everything but he would not write at all, he just wouldn’t do it,” she said. After three years of struggling with this problem, counselors from PEP were able to work with Hoffman to get her son an iPad. Using that at summer school has allowed him to catch up with grade level work.

The first place to begin is the the “individual education program” or IEP. That program is individualized to the special education needs of each child, said Stephanie Vrsnik, Community and Development Director of Nevada PEP.  All special education students must have an IEP, she added. Nevada PEP offers parents clinics and special training in what they need to know to make sure their IEP is working.

 

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