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Nevada PEP's 1st Parking Lot Sale
When: Saturday Sept. 17th, 2011
From: 8am - 12pm
Location: 2101 S. Jones blvd, Las Vegas, NV

Bring the family!
And Come Find a Treasure!

2011 Challenger Little League World Series 1st Pitch

Tom Taycher threw out the Opening 1st Pitch @ 2011 Challenger Little League World Series and was accompanied by his son Kenny Taycher. Tom Taycher has been the Director of the Southern Nevada Challenger Little League for 20 years!

Words are Important

By: Karen Taycher

The disability community celebrates a bill passed by the 2011 Nevada Legislature.  SB149 brought Rosa’s Law to Nevada.  This Federal Law removed the term “mental retardation” from federal policy and replaced the term with people first respectful language “individual with and intellectual disability”.  

It all began when Rosa's elementary school changed the coding on her education plan from "health impaired" to "mentally retarded.”   Her family strongly believed that the term negatively impacted the expectations people would have of Rosa.  The family worked with the Maryland Legislature and then US Senator. Barbara Mikulski introduced Rosa’s Law in Congress.  President Obama signed bill S.2781 into federal law on October 5, 2010.   

Rosa’s brother who became a champion and at 14 years old, Nick testified in congress, "Words are important. What you call people is how you treat them”.   Nevada leaders understand language is important and in 2007 our Nevada Legislature passed a bill to incorporate “People First” language into Nevada law.  


Senator Barbara Cegavske, who has been a long time champion of people with disabilities, took the lead on the bill and all of Nevada’s 21 Senators joined as sponsors of the bill.  The support for this language change was advanced by compelling testimony by individuals from People First of Nevada, Nevada PEP families and the northern Nevada Pi Kappa Phi members whose message is “Building leaders for tomorrow, by serving people with disabilities today”.


Parents and community members should soon start seeing the move to the term Intellectual Disability on forms, policies, agency names and classroom designations.  If you come across the use of the “old” terminology please share what you know about Rosa’s law and ask that the terminology be updated to meet Nevada and National laws. 

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Nevada PEP is partnering with BJ’s Restaurant. Come and join us and show your support for PEP.

Enjoy an evening of fun and good food. Please print out flyer and present it to server.



Shriners Hospitals for Children Supports Nevada PEP

Event Dates: September 26th-October 2nd, 2011

Shriners Hospitals for Children is dedicated to helping families and children, and is reaching out to the Las Vegas community to support our local causes. Nevada PEP is partnering with the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in the Tickets for Charity program to raise funds and awareness for their ongoing mission to empower families of disabled children through education, skill building, and collaboration.  

Nevada PEP is offering “Good Any One Day” grounds access vouchers to this PGA TOUR event which allows fans to follow their favorite golfer, visit the fan enhancement zone to improve their swing, or try to catch a glimpse of Timberlake and his celebrity friends during the Championship Pro-Am. Each voucher costs $20, and Nevada PEP will receive 50% of their profits. The other half supports the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Shriners Hospitals for Children® is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Children up to the age of 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for admission and receive all care in a family-centered environment regardless of the patients' ability to pay.

The Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is truly a world-class event that you won’t want to miss. Many of the best golfers in the world will participate in this PGA TOUR competition while enjoying the signature flair that Las Vegas has to offer. Purchase your tickets now and support Nevada PEP and Shriners Hospitals for Children.

To purchase tickets, visit and click “Buy Tickets.” Enter “NVPEP” in the “Charity/School Fundraising Grounds Admissions” for Nevada PEP to receive credit for the sale. Or, contact Stephanie Vrsnik at 702-388-8899 or .Tickets must be purchased by September 7th, 2011.

Challenger Little League 20 Year Anniversary

On June 17th, 2011 Challenger Little League of Southern Nevada celebrated their 20 year anniversary with an awards banquet at the 51’s game.  All the players and their families enjoyed the game, while also receiving trophies, awards, and recognitions.  The team work, sense of accomplishment, and excitement about the 2011 season was evident when each player received their trophy with a big smile in their face.  They were all winners of the season, and they proudly showed their trophies to family and friends. 

At the event, a letter of nomination that Challenger Director Tom Taycher received for the International Challenger Little League Award was displayed.  He will receive the award for 20 years of volunteer service in Southern Nevada.  Challenger Little League deserves recognition for 20 years of dedication helping children with disabilities enjoy the game of baseball. Click for more pictures

Thank you Challenger Little League for giving every child an opportunity to play ball!