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June 27, 2016
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Parents Guide to Phone Apps
Potential Predator Apps & Potential Bullying Apps
Summary: Provides an overview of some of the most popular apps used by children, including those that present potential risks. Many of the app descriptions include links to articles or other resources that describe the app in greater detail. Internetmatters.org includes many other resources for parents to keep children safe online.

English Guide . . .
Spanish Guide . . .
 
 
 
IQ Safari MATH Free App
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Level up your mathematics skills with progressive difficulties. Together with Leo you can learn the four basic operations, optimized for children from preschool up to third grade.

Playing IQ Safari Math is a lot of fun and offers a wide range of features:
- Multi user for families and school classes
- Challenging operations through nine exiting chapters
- Card collecting for engaging and long lasting game play
- Customizable avatar with unlockable elements
- Relaxing mini games (Memory cards, Treasure Hunting, Bubble pop)
- Testing your skills against time and other players

The game also includes an Admin Mode for parents and teachers where you can:
- View each individual student's achievement
- Lock and unlock lessons and chapters for each student

      -Happy Apping

Download IQ Safari MATH Free App by Mabozo AB:
Download IQ Safari MATH Free App in the Apple Store by clicking the button here                     Download IQ Safari MATH Free App in the Google Play Store by clicking the button here

 
 
PEP Webinars
 
These webinars allow you to take a short break to get the information you need without leaving your home or work. Click the links below to get a description and register for these amazing webinars.
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>>Help Support Your Child to Focus on Learning
    Date: Thursday, 07 July 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
>>Ayude a su Hijo a Concentrarse en el Aprendizaje
    Date: Thursday, 14 July 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
 
 

Know Your Rights: Parity for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits
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This document gives an overview of Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. It lists some of the common limits placed on mental health and substance use disorder benefits and services, and includes resources for additional information on parity. Download your digital version by Click Here . . .

 
 
2016 Nevada Summer Learning Challenge
Governor Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction are working together to encourage parents and students to access free online tools designed to promote reading, maintain math skills and inspire summer learning. Here are some FREE reading and mathematics resources parent and families can use with their children.

 
 
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Proposed ESSA Regulation Supports Well-Rounded Education, Protects All Students
In a major step toward implementing the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and providing important clarity for parents, students, and educators about the new law, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. announced proposed regulations to implement the law’s accountability, data reporting, and state plan provisions. The regulations would replace the narrow, one-size-fits-all approach that defined ESSA’s predecessor, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), with new flexibility for states and districts; a more holistic approach to measuring a quality education that will help prepare all students for success; and strong protections to ensure the progress of all students. Click here to read more . . .

This act provides the opportunity for states and districts to implement evidence-based, locally designed solutions to support and improve struggling schools. U S Department of Education is encouraging parents to comment on these proposed regulations until July 31, 2016. Click here to make your voice heard . . .
 
 
 
The System that Cares: A System of Care

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As a youth, what comes to mind when you think of "advocacy" and "strength based?" Is it the ability to speak up for yourself and your fellow peers? Is it recognizing your own talents and skills and the ability to use them to achieve your dreams? If you answered yes to this question, then you are on the right track to becoming your own best advocate, and may be interested in a philosophy called a "System of Care."

What is a System of Care? First and foremost, it is a set of values and principles that provides for systems reform on behalf of children, youth, and families. For youth, the System of Care philosophy is focused on helping families and their children or youth and young adults get the proper services and support they need to live their lives to the fullest potential and addresses the needs of the families.

Naturally, youth will grow up to be adults and will have to learn and apply the skills of self-advocacy and self determination to craft the life they want to live. Systems of Care approaches can be invaluable to a young man or women in their journey to adulthood and can provide connections to Youth Peer Mentors that will guide youth down a positive path and inspire them to share their lived experiences with each other. At Nevada PEP, we hold the values of a System of Care philosophy as a foundation in every element of our work. Remember, “No one system controls everything, every system controls something, think outside of your silo.” Learn more about Systems of Care Click Here . . .

 
 
The Guide for Transition and Mental Health
The transition for high school into adulthood is a step that is incredibly important for all students, especially those who experience mental health issues. In the document from the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition, "Quick Guide: Mental Health-Secondary Transition," the Center offers valuable resources and answers to frequently asked questions on helping high school students who experience mental health issues to complete high school and transition into post secondary education and employment.

For a successful transition, participation from a broad range of supports, including administrators, school-level practitioners, mental health practitioners, and others is very helpful for positive outcomes. Most importantly, parent involvement and participation is essential. Learn more about strategies and resources here:

Click here to view the document . . .
 
 
 
SAMHSA launches Parity Website
This resource allows "stakeholders to submit comments on their experience with mental health and substance use disorder parity requirements; and provides research and materials that may be helpful in understanding and using behavioral health benefits that should be at parity with general healthcare." Additional resources available through this site include:



SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Service Locator
Find a Health Center
Information on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

For More Information Click Here . . .
 
 
 
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Affordable Care Act Dramatically Improved Health Insurance Coverage For People Living In Rural Areas
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an analysis of how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has benefited rural America. The findings, which examine independent studies and other data, show that health coverage in rural counties increased by eight percentage points between late 2013 and early 2015, and the share of rural Americans unable to afford needed care dropped by almost six percentage points.
Press Release . . .
 
Health Coverage For Homeless And At-Risk Youth
This fact sheet outlines options for healthcare coverage under the ACA for homeless and at-risk youth.
View Fact Sheet Here . . .
 
Making Healthcare Better Series On Mental Health: Video
The White House is hosting a five-part series entitled, "Making Health Care Better" to highlight the significant progress made in improving the health system over the past seven years. This iteration of the series will focus on advancements in mental health research, quality of care, delivery of and parity in services, and coverage.
Join Five-Part Series Here . . .
 
 
 
 
6th Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying Save The Date Saturday September 24 in Las Vegas and Join us as we kick off National Bullying Prevention Month and Bring an End to Bullying
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Family Members of Children with Special Needs/ Behavioral Healthcare Needs
Your unique parenting experience combined with your passion to help other families navigate the maze of programs and services for their children, makes you an ideal candidate for a rewarding position with Nevada PEP. Apply Here . . .

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Volunteer!
We need your help statewide. If you are interested in making a positive difference in the lives of others and yourself at the same time, we highly suggest that you volunteer at Nevada PEP. Click Here . . .

 
 
 
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June 10, 2016
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Olmstead in Action: Time to Celebrate

Seventeen years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Olmstead v. L.C. (Olmstead) that under the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities cannot be unnecessarily segregated and must receive services in the most integrated setting possible. It is because of the Olmstead decision that people with disabilities, across the lifespan, are able to live, work, and recreate inclusively in the community.

From June 6 through June 24, 2016, to celebrate the Olmstead decision, we can all spread the word on social media by using the hashtag #OlmsteadAction to share individual stories of transitioning into the community and/or what your organization does to promote independent and community living for older adults and people with disabilities. To learn more on Olmstead and multimedia resources, Click HERE . . .
 
 
 
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Raising Mental Health Awareness and Creating Art in May

May, or Mental Health Awareness Month, has gone by as quickly as it arrived! At Nevada PEP, our Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day was a fabulous opportunity to raise awareness.

We celebrated Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day with PeaceLove Studios with our closing ceremony on May 4, 2016. Our talented participants who attended were given the opportunity to talk about their artwork and celebrate their successes in the studio. We even created a Nevada PEP canvas for Children's Mental Health Awareness Day during the celebration!

We hope you learned and had as much fun as we did during Mental Health Awareness Month and we look forward to continuing to increase awareness about this very important issue in our country. We can’t wait to May of 2017 to raise even more awareness!
 
 
Assistive Technology Solutions: Creating Independence

In the modern world of today, assistive technology (AT) is often an essential element of your child's independence at home or in school. Assistive technology covers a broad range and is any item, piece of equipment or product that can be used to help someone with a disability successfully function at home, in school, at work, and in the community. The summer months offer a terrific opportunity for families to try out different AT options. To provide helpful support, parents can start off with“Assistive Technology Solutions,” from the Family Center on Technology and Disability that offers the rights questions to ask when picking out an AT device; gives examples of the many different AT devices; illustrates high-tech AT, mid-tech AT, or low-tech AT options; and even provides a product list with vendor information. To read more, Click HERE . . .
 
 
 

 
6th Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying Save The Date Saturday September 24 in Las Vegas and Join us as we kick off National Bullying Prevention Month and Bring an End to Bullying
 
 
 
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Child Care Options for Military Families With Special Needs
You want the best care options for your child with special needs. You want a good fit for your child, but you wonder if you will be able to find the right kind of care. The good news is the military offers quality, affordable child care options, both on the installation and off. Not all child care providers are familiar with caring for a child with special needs, but some of these options could be the perfect fit for you and your family. Here are some common questions and answers to help you make the best child care decision for your child with special needs.
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Math Climber HD App
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Math Climber was designed and developed by a group of math teachers in order to sharpen and reinforce students' math skills. Test your math skills as you speed climb up a 70ft wall or race against another climber. Through multiple skill levels you can test your knowledge in 18 topics. Practice problems at your own pace in the fitness room to get your muscles in shape before climbing. The more problems you answer correctly the more coins you receive. Use your coins to customize your climber and if you get a 100% watch them break out into 1 of 5 crazy dances.

The goal of Math Climber is to encourage students to hone and develop their math skills and to achieve greater confidence in their math abilities in a fun and engaging manner.

      -Happy Apping
Download Math Climber HD App By John Crandall
Download Math Climber HD App in Apple App Store     Download Math Climber HD App in the Google Play Store

 
 
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A Online Resource for Strengthening Relationships
ParentFurther is an online resource to help families strengthen relationships through shared activities. Family relationships provide the foundation from which young people can develop the motivation and skills to overcome challenges and thrive. ParentFurther is a resource of Search Institute, a nonprofit research and development organization.

Check out the key features of ParentFurther’s approach which include:

Tap strengths in all families
Discover and use family’s strengths
Focus on family activities rather than parenting strategies
Learn and grow by trying things
Connect with others for inspiration and support
 
 
 
PEP Webinars
 
These webinars allow you to take a short break to get the information you need without leaving your home or work. Click the links below to get a description and register for these amazing webinars.
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>> ¡Seis Consejos de Abogacía que Gira de un No a un Sí!
    Fecha: Miércoles, 22 de Junio 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
>>Considering College? Learn What’s Available and How to Get It
    Date: Friday, 24 June 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
 
 
 
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How do Deaf Centers help Nevadans?

Deaf Centers of Nevada strives to empower and enhance the quality of life for all Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals through our three main areas of focus.
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Support individuals to attain independent living.
Strive for equal communication access in all aspects of daily life.
Provide educational outreach through community events and social service advocacy programs.

Deaf Centers of NV recently was awarded a grant through the Aging and Disability Services Division to provide Communication Services to be funded with “the telecommunication device for the deaf” surcharge through the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2017. The purpose of the funds are to provide access to statewide services (previously called advocacy services), equipment and assistive technology, training related to equipment, and information and referral regarding resources in the community, for persons who are culturally Deaf, late-deafened, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, and persons with speech disabilities. In addition, with the passage of legislative bill, AB200, emphasis was placed on increasing access to education, employment and health and social services for consumers of the program. These services empower individuals to gain or maintain a level of independence, while influencing individuals to achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency. The program also provides information to state and local entities about communication disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
To learn more about Deaf Centers of Nevada's growth plan and expansion in Las Vegas and Reno visit the Deaf Centers of NV facebook page.

 
 
 
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My name is Aarius White. After being referred to Nevada PEP by a friend, I started volunteering with them in September of 2015. Because my plan for the future is to help families of children with disabilities, I recently did a five-week Community Based Assessment as part of my case with Vocation Rehabilitation.

When I started, they gave my own desk and computer. I worked in the Transition Department where I learned about Transition Services. I learned about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and its purpose. I also saw a webinar on Supplemental Security Income (SSI). In addition to my own experience with SSI when I was 16 years old, I learned about the application process.

Also, I was able to present at a training workshop for parents on Transition for their youth with disabilities after graduating from high school. They also gave me the opportunity to learn about and try out new Assistive Technology. Even though I am familiar with different computer adaptations to accommodate my visual impairment, I did learn some new programs, such as IBooks and Key Note. Thank you, Nevada PEP!
 
 
Persistent Disparities Found Through Comprehensive Civil Rights Survey Underscore Need for Continued Focus on Equity, King Says

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on June 7, 2016 unveiled new data from the 2013–2014 school year showing gaps that still remain too wide in key areas affecting educational equity and opportunity for students, including incidents of discipline, restraint and seclusion, access to courses and programs that lead to college and career readiness, teacher equity, rates of retention, and access to early learning.

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. said that, despite significant work from districts across the country, the persistent disparities shown in the new Civil Rights Data Collection—which collected data from all public schools and school districts nationwide for the 2013–14 school year—highlight the need for a continued focus on educational equity, especially in the implementation of the new Every Student Succeeds Act. To make these data more accessible and useful for parents, educators, policymakers and others, for the first time, the whole data file is available online at CRDC.ed.gov.

Check out the press release and the full report to learn more about the data on Nevada schools and how this data compares with other schools in the nation.
 
 
 
Nevada Department of Education Is Looking For Active Stakeholders

STEVE CANAVERO, Ph.D. - Superintendent of Public Instruction is asking for parents, teachers, administrators, district level personnel, business leaders and other community stakeholders to assist us in aligning the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to our state plan. Six ESSA Work Groups (Accountability, Assessment, English Learners, Teaching & Leading, School Improvement, and Funding Streams) will meet 2-3 times between June - December 2016 and draft recommendations to assist the Nevada Department of Education in developing strategies to ensure that all students are college, career, and community ready.
To express interest in participating in one of these Work Groups, please submit responses below NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, JUNE 10. Work Groups will be confirmed by WEDNESDAY, June 15 and members will be notified via email of dates. Click HERE to get involved
 
 
 
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Nine Tips To Help Teens Core With Stress
Even when times are generally good, sometimes teens may feel stress building up from pressure at school, at work, or in relationships with family and friends. NIDA provides these tips for teens for managing both ongoing stress and a single stressful event. Get Tips HERE . . .
 
For Young Adults, The Affordable Care Act Means Just That – Affordable Care
Due to the ACA provision which allows young adults to remain on their parents’ health insurance until age 26, an estimated three million young adults were able to gain or keep health insurance coverage. As a result, more young adults reported getting help for behavioral health conditions after the ACA. This SAMHSA blog post describes a study examining whether young adults’ better access to treatment also had a positive effect on the finances of young adults receiving health care – especially those with mental and substance use disorders. Knowing this could help determine whether this provision of the ACA has been effective at protecting individuals from large out-of-pocket expenses. Read Blog Post Here . . .
 
Webinar: Special Enrollment Periods And Resources For The Uninsured
JUNE 14, 2016, 3:00 PM ET
Getting married or graduating from college this spring? The health care law has created special enrollment periods for those who experience special circumstances such as graduating from college and losing health insurance, getting married and needing coverage for a spouse, losing employer insurance, or turning 26 and losing coverage on a parent’s health plan. Join this HHS webinar to learn more about special enrollment periods and how to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. For those who are uninsured and don’t qualify for the special enrollment period, learn what resources are available and when to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Join the Webinar Here . . .
 
 
 
 
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Volunteer!
We need your help statewide. If you are interested in making a positive difference in the lives of others and yourself at the same time, we highly suggest that you volunteer at Nevada PEP. Click Here . . .

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Family Members of Children with Special Needs/ Behavioral Healthcare Needs
Your unique parenting experience combined with your passion to help other families navigate the maze of programs and services for their children, makes you an ideal candidate for a rewarding position with Nevada PEP. Apply Here . . .

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Shop & Give This Year!
When you use your existing Amazon.com account to shop through AmazonSmile, 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to Nevada PEP.

You Shop. Amazon Gives.
Go to http://amazonsmile.nvpep.org
 
 
 
 
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Pledge 1 or 5 dollars to Mental Health Awareness and we will put your name on a green ribbon at PEP! May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Health Matters Put your Name here!
Pledge $1 HERE   |   Pledge $5 HERE

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MyFirstApp Ltd. - Learning Games for Kids, Education Brain Games

This game is one of a series of educational games for kids by MyFirstApp.com. With the touch pads revolution young children can now enjoy colorful, exciting new games, helping them acquire new cognitive and fine motor skills. Matrix Game helps bring this new and enriching world to the curious little fingers of young children.

“Matrix Game 1“ is designed for children aged 4+
“Matrix Game 2“ is designed for children aged 5+
“Matrix Game 3“ is designed for children aged 6+

      -Happy Apping

Download Amazing Matrix Game 1, 2 & 3 Apps:
Learning Games for Kids, Education Brain Games by MyFirstApp Ltd.
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PEP Webinars
 
These webinars allow you to take a short break to get the information you need without leaving your home or work. Click the links below to get a description and register for these amazing webinars.
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>>Bullies, Targets, and Bystanders: Responses that Work
    Date: Thursday, 02 June 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
>>Making the Most Out of Your Baby’s Early Intervention Services
    Date: Tuesday, 07 June 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
 
 


Goals + Planning + Interests + Life: Success!

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For families and youth with disabilities, nothing encourages high expectations better than a role model. Ashlee Kephart, a young lady with Dyslexia from Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, is an example of the power of a role model for other youth with disabilities. Ashlee was the recipient of the “Most Caring American” award and was selected as one of 20 U.S. torchbearers for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Inspired by a poster which featured Albert Einstein, she said: “I was very little when I found out about my disability, and I felt pretty bad. Then one day in sixth, I saw a poster at school of one of my favorite historic figures: Albert Einstein! And even Einstein, the poster read, had trouble in math classes. He had dyslexia. What’s your reason?’” To learn more about Ashlee's journey, here is a link to her profile. http://www.pacer.org/transition/stories/?id=17.

Additionally, Ashlee even started her own non-profit named Kids for a Better World, to educate and engage youth in volunteerism. To read more: http://kidsforabetterworld.com

 
 

At a Glance: What Anxiety Looks Like in Kids
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Children with learning and attention issues deal with challenges their peers may never think about. This makes them more prone to anxiety. Learn about signs to watch for in your child.

What’s Next

• Learn how to help your child manage fears and when it might be necessary to seek outside help.
• Find out how anxiety is different from stress.
• And if your child is experiencing anxiety, Parenting Coach could be a good resource for you. It offers expert tips for helping your child deal with fear and anxiety.
Continue Reading . . .

 
 

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Getting Ready for Summer Learning Opportunities!
To graduate with a Standard High School Diploma in Nevada, currently a 2015-2016 student must have 22 1/2 credits and pass four high school proficiency exams. Students who receive special education services are eligible to receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) until they complete the graduation requirements or turn the age of twenty two, whichever comes first. Nevada Department of Education has published an Informational Pamphlet to help families be familiar with the phase-out of high school proficiency exams and have advised schools that students can continue to take proficiency exams through the year 2020. Extended School Year (ESY) for special education students or Summer School classes are a great opportunities for students to catch up, maintain skills, get ahead or prepare for the following school year or high school proficiency testing. For families that might be looking at the summertime to help their child acquire high school credits, take a look at the following summer programs.

Washoe County School District
Click on Washoe Extended Studies and Summer School to learn more

Clark County School District
For answers to frequently asked questions about programs
Click here to learn about Summer School
Click here to learn about Extended School Year
For more information on CCSD Summer High School Proficiency Schedule, click here

All districts, including rural districts are required to provide students Extended School Year services if their Individualized Educational Program (IEP) team determines the need for those services.

For the rural districts that are not providing summer school programs, families could consider having their child attend an online summer school program. Online charter school, Beacon Academy offers a summer program for high school students an opportunity to earn credit. Contact your child's school counselor or special education teacher for additional information on Extended School Year or Summer School programs.
 
 
 
If you are a Military Family, we need you! Help us by filling out this short survey.
On April 1, 2016 TRICARE ABA cut reimbursement rates as much as 15%. These cuts may affect the access to care and quality of life for our children. We would like to know how you will be or could be impacted by the decrease in reimbursement rates for ABA services.

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Recruitment for NvLEND 2017
Are you….a graduate student or health professional in a field related to neurodevelopmental disabilities such as autism, intellectual disability or Down’s Syndrome? Are you…a parent of a person with a neurodevelopmental disability? Are you…passionate about expanding your expertise and becoming a leader to help those with neurodevelopmental disabilities?

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More Young Children With ADHD Could Benefit From Behavior Therapy; Behavior Therapy Recommended Before Medicine For Young Children With ADHD
More young children two to five years of age receiving care for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) could benefit from psychological services – including the recommended treatment of behavior therapy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest Vital Signs report urges healthcare providers to refer parents of young children with ADHD for training in behavior therapy before prescribing medicine to treat the disorder.
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AHRQ Report: Access And Affordability Of Health Insurance
According to a new Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) report, more people have healthcare coverage, a usual place to go for medical care, and can more easily afford medical bills after the Affordable Care Act’s provisions have taken effect. The 2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and 5th Anniversary Update on the National Quality Strategy reflects gains in enrollment in qualified health plans through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace as well as expanded Medicaid coverage that became available in more than half of the states. The report found that the rate of uninsured Americans under age 65 decreased from 18 percent to 10 percent. Hispanics showed the biggest gains in having a usual place to go for medical care, climbing from 77 percent in 2010 to 83 percent in the first half of 2015. The cost of healthcare coverage, meanwhile, became more affordable as fewer people reported having trouble paying medical bills within the past year.
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Blog Post: What's Good For Mental Health Is Good For The Economy
SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services Director Paolo del Vecchio describes research about the costs of mental illness on the global economy that were released at a recent World Bank Group and World Health Organization meeting of international leaders. There is growing recognition that providing necessary treatment and services to people with mental illness brings a significant return on investment. Every dollar spent on mental health programs results in $3-$5 in new economic contributions and years of healthy life.
View Blog Post Here . . .
 
Webinar: Integrating Community Resources Into Person-Centered Plans
JUNE 14, 2016, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
This SAMHSA Recovery to Practice webinar will introduce participants to the importance of developing community connections for supporting and sustaining a life in recovery. It will challenge the common practice of using segregated behavioral health venues for social, occupational, and other pursuits in favor of a “community first” approach that uses mainstream community activities to help meet people’s needs. The webinar will present a practical, person-directed, community-based approach to helping people build their preferred lives with focus on community resources and 'natural' supports.
Register Here . . .
 
Webinar: Special Enrollment Periods And Resources For The Uninsured
JUNE 14, 2016, 3:00 PM ET
Getting married or graduating from college this spring? The healthcare law has created special enrollment periods for those who experience special circumstances such as graduating from college and losing health insurance, getting married and needing coverage for a spouse, losing employer insurance, or turning 26 and losing coverage on a parent’s health plan. Join this HHS webinar to learn more about special enrollment periods and how to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. For those who are uninsured and don’t qualify for the special enrollment period, learn what resources are available and when to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Register Here . . .
 
 
 

 
6th Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying Save The Date Saturday September 24 in Las Vegas and Join us as we kick off National Bullying Prevention Month and Bring an End to Bullying
 
 
 

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Family Members of Children with Special Needs/ Behavioral Healthcare Needs
Your unique parenting experience combined with your passion to help other families navigate the maze of programs and services for their children, makes you an ideal candidate for a rewarding position with Nevada PEP. Apply Here . . .

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Quick Guide on Making School Climate Improvements from Safe Supported Learning

Our schools and communities are contending with many factors that affect the conditions for learning, such as bullying, harassment, violence, and substance abuse. The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students.

The way students, families, teachers, and other school staff experience the school and school-related activities affects student attendance, learning, and achievement. Students who learn in positive learning environments that are safe, supportive, and engaging are more likely to improve academically, participate more fully in the classroom, and develop skills that will help them be successful in school and in life. Ask your child's school about their school climate and encourage the staff to use this new study guide to raise awareness on the importance in improving school climate.
 
 
 
***Please Give Your Input by Completing This 3-Minute Survey***

Your help is urgently needed. Our goal is to make sure every child with autism in Nevada has access to quality evidence-based treatment. Please help us improve access to treatment utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Completing this survey will help to educate and inform state Legislators and decision-makers about what is truly going on in Nevada. On May 18th, the Legislative Committee on Health Care will include Autism, Medicaid and ATAP on their agenda, we plan to present the results of this survey. The committee members need to know if the newly ABA medicaid coverage is working for your child and how the changes within ATAP are affecting your child.

Please complete survey by Thurs., May 12.
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Special Needs Trust & Survivor Benefits
Consider setting up both the Survivor Benefit Plan and a special needs trust if you're planning for your family's long-term financial future:

• The Survivor Benefit Plan allows military members or retirees that go to their family or other identified beneficiaries after death.

• A special needs trust is a legal document describing how to use funds, protects your child's eligibility for benefits like Medicaid.
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Let's Name Things Fun Deck
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This colorful educational vocabulary App has a deck of 52 cards for your child to identify. Select the cards you want your child to see and they will learn vocabulary, categorizing, and thinking skills. The app will prompt them by asking them to identify things in a certain category, like things that live in the ocean. This app comes with a number of features for you to track progress and see where your child needs extra help.

      -Happy Apping
Download Let's Name Things Fun Deck App by Super Duper Publications
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Just Released! ED-HHS Policy Statement on Family Engagement
The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services have released on May 5, 2016, the final version of their joint policy statement on Family Engagement: From the Early Years to the Early Grades (May 2016). It is the Departments' position that strong family engagement is central to promoting children's healthy development, school readiness, and academic achievement in elementary school and beyond. When families and the programs where children learn work together in meaningful ways, children have more positive attitudes toward school, stay in school longer, have better attendance, and experience more school success.
To read a summary of this statement, click here
 
 
 
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>>Planning for Change - School to Adult Transition
    Date: Thursday, 12 May 2016, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
>>Introducción al Curso del IEP
    Fecha: Miercoles, 18 de Mayo 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
>>How is My Child Reading?
    Date: Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
 
 
 
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What are Aging and Disability Resource Centers?

Nationally, many individuals and their families find locating and accessing the right long term services and supports (LTSS) a daunting task. The No Wrong Door (NWD) System, including Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC), represents a collaborative effort of the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), to support state efforts to streamline access to LTSS options for all populations and all payers. A No Wrong Door System can provide information and assistance to individuals needing either public or private resources, professionals seeking assistance on behalf of their clients, and individuals planning for their future long term care needs. Click here for the No Wrong Door Fact Sheet

Nevada is working on creating a No Wrong Door system by using Nevada's Care Connection and Aging and Disability Resource Centers which have a single point of entry for families to obtain the long term services and supports. The philosophy of the ADRC program is to make sure consumers and their families have accurate information about their choices in their communities and can easily access programs and benefits for which they qualify.

The following are the Nevada Care Connection sites in Nevada.
Nevada Senior Services (covers Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln and Nye)
Phone: 702-364-2273702-364-2273
901 N. Jones Boulevard | Las Vegas, NV 89108

Access to Healthcare Network (Covers Carson, Esmeralda, Storey and Washoe)
Phone: 877-861-1893877-861-1893
4001 S. Virginia Street, Suite F | Reno, NV 89502

Access to Healthcare Network (Covers Elko, Eureka, Humbolt, Lander and White Pine counties)
Phone: 877-861-1893877-861-1893 FREE FREE
05 Idaho Street, Suite 214 | Elko, NV | 89801

Churchill County Senior Center (covers Churchill and Pershing counties)
Phone: 775-423-7096775-423-7096
310 E. Court Street | Fallon, NV 89406

Lyon County Human Services (covers Lyon county)
Phone: 775-577-5009775-577-5009
1075 Pyramid Street | Silver Springs, NV 89429

To learn more about Nevada Care Connection and Nevada's Aging and Disability Resource Centers visit www.nevadaadrc.com

 
 
 
Inclusion and High Expectations Includes Parenting

The goal of inclusion of all individuals with disabilities and vision of the disability movement "nothing about us without us" applies to all aspects of life, including the role of parent. As of this spring, parents with disabilities now have another essential resource to assist and guide with the creation of the Disabled Parenting Project, an online community created by and for parents and prospective parents with disabilities. The Project is free to join and offers resources, peer-to-peer support and videos and photos of techniques for parenting with any disability.

With roughly 4 million parents with disabilities in the country, Nevada PEP and other Parent Training and Information Center, are focused on ensuring that parents with disabilities have the same opportunities and access of all parents. Learn more about the Disabled Parenting Project with this blog entry by one of the founders of the Project: https://usodep.blogs.govdelivery.com/2016/04/13.

Visit the Project with this link: http://disabledparenting.com
 
 
 
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WEBINAR: Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Strategies in Tribal Communities: A Focus On Child Safety
MAY 19, 2016, 2:00-3:30 PM ET
This Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) webinar will present participants with considerations and methods for conducting outreach, prevention, and intervention in tribal communities. Several community safety topics are addressed within tribal communities; however, the messages are not always well received. This webinar will discuss common outreach, prevention, and intervention program failures surrounding child safety and how to improve these approaches. Participants will also identify strategies that include partnerships and technology to increase child safety messaging.Register for the Webinar HERE . . .
 
WEBINAR: Helping Educators and Counselors Prevent Bullying of and Discrimination Against Our Nation's Musliim Youth
MAY 23, 2016, 2:00-3:30 PM ET
This OJJDP webinar will discuss civil rights, bullying and harassment, basic cultural competence, behavioral health implications of bullying, and resources for protecting America's Muslim youth. Register for the Webinar HERE . . .
 
 
 
 
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April 26, 2016



 
Pledge $1 and we will put your name on a green ribbon at PEP! May is Childrens Mental Health Awareness Month CHildrens Health Matters Put your Name here!
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Amazing Coin App
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Amazing coins is a great way to teach our children about money and math all at the same time. This app is full of ways to count add and subtract. Amazing coins helps children to recognize money and helps them to make change. This is a great app to get our students counting all while having fun doing it.
      -Happy Apping

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Educational Money learning & counting games for kids free by Joy Preschool Game
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>>Six Advocacy Tips that Turn No’s into Yes’s!
    Date: Friday, 6 May 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
>>Planning for Change - School to Adult Transition
    Date: Thursday, 12 May 2016, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
 
 


"Supporting Families of Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary Education: Learning from the Voices of Families": A New Brief

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“Banning the parent from the process is a dangerous idea and often places roadblocks in the student’s way that didn’t need to be there.”

Just because a student turns 18 doesn’t mean the student is now equipped and have all the correct answers – or even know the questions to ask. And, that's where the parent comes in. A parent is often the most valuable resource for a student with a disability embarking on the journey of attending college.

With the conclusion of the school year comes thoughts about both higher education and higher expectations as students are accepted to college. There is no better time to think about ways in which you, as a parent, can remain engaged in your young adult's education.

This new brief, published by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth), offers insight into the best places to start on this exciting next step. To read more, go to: http://www.ncwd-youth.info/sites/default/files/InfoBrief41-Supporting-Familes-of-Students-with-Disabilities-in-Postsecondary.pdf

 
 

GIVE Partnership with PeaceLove and Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
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As the month of April concludes, our Southern Nevada GIVE Partnership with PeaceLove Studios is winding down. So far, we have had three sessions of creative and artistic expression for youth. Our participants have found the experience meaningful, thoughtful, and most importantly, fun!

For those who would still like to create their own canvas free of charge, you have one more chance on Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 6 pm to 8 pm. If you are interested, RSVP is required contact Aric Neumann at our office at 702-388-8899.

Also, in honor of Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, Nevada PEP and PeaceLove Studios invites our community to the studio on May 4th, 2016 from 4 pm to 6:30 pm to celebrate our artists and raise awareness about mental health.

PeaceLove Studios is an empowered organization on a mission to change how people think about mental health by helping people find their voice, make meaningful connections, and discover the tools for wellness. For more information about PeaceLove Click HERE.

 
 

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Upcoming Changes in Nevada's Individualized Educational Programs (IEP's)
There are five special factors that IEP teams must consider when developing, reviewing, or revising your child's IEP? The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regulations require:
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(5)
behavior consider how the behavior impedes learning or learning of others
limited English proficiency, consider the child's language needs and provide services to meet these needs.
blind or visually impaired, decide about teaching the child to use Braille.
deaf or hearing impaired or has communication needs, meeting the child's communication and language needs. *updated with questions to insure teams consider effective communication services
assistive technology devices and services

In the 2015 legislative session, Nevada passed legislation that added a six factor by developing questions about dyslexia. Check out the Nevada Department of Education Technical Assistance Guidelines to learn more about these changes.
Ask your school about these changes and consider attending a Nevada PEP IEP Clinic workshop. Click here to register for a Nevada PEP training.
 
 
 
UNLV ADHD Study
Children and their parents are being asked to participate in a study being conducted by Daniel N. Allen, Ph.D., from the Psychology Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The purpose of this study is to examine strengths and weaknesses in children’s social thinking and social skills. We are specifically looking at Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Results of this study may help in the development of future intervention strategies to target social skills development. Additional information about the research laboratory is available at https://faculty.unlv.edu/dallen/Allen.htm.

To be eligible, the child must be between the ages of 7 and 13 and have been diagnosed with ADHD by a psychologist, psychiatrist, neurologist, or pediatrician. Participants will be asked to do various tests, which will take approximately 3 - 4 hours, and will be compensated with $40 for participation. Assessments take place at the PRACTICE, a community mental health clinic on the UNLV campus. Parents can also receive a brief report with your child’s results including Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children Fifth Edition (WISC-V), Behavior Assessment System for Children – Second Edition (BASC-2), and subtests from the Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement Fourth Edition (WJ ACH-IV), social and emotional measures, and resources for children with ADHD. Contact Elyse Parke at the UNLV Psychology Department at 702-895-3314 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested or would like additional information.
 
 
 

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Recruitment for NvLEND 2017
Are you….a graduate student or health professional in a field related to neurodevelopmental disabilities such as autism, intellectual disability or Down’s Syndrome? Are you…a parent of a person with a neurodevelopmental disability? Are you…passionate about expanding your expertise and becoming a leader to help those with neurodevelopmental disabilities?

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Correctional Education in Juvenile Justice Facilities
Letter to Chief State School Officers and State Attorneys General
December 8th letter from Attorney General Holder and Secretary Duncan on the importance of providing high-quality correctional education For a PDF version of the letter, please go here.

Learn More about the Guidance Package Here.
 
 
 
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Video: LGBTQ Youth: Voices Of Trama, Lives Of Promise
This 13-minute video features five lesbian, gay, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth who discuss details of their trauma experiences related to their respective LGBTQ identities, how they gained resilience, and how professionals helped them in this regard.
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An Open Door And A Helping Hand For Homeless Young People
HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell describes Federal efforts to help the many homeless young people in our communities, including the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness comprehensive (USICH) Federal plan to end homelessness called, “Opening Doors.” This post announces the launch of a new public service announcement encouraging runaway and homeless youth to seek help. Learn More Here . . .
 
WEBINAR: Got Coverage? Next Steps In Using Your Health Insurance
APRIL 27, 2016, 2:00-4:00 PM ET
Many people now have health insurance, but may not know how to use it. This HHS webinar will highlight From Coverage to Care health insurance literacy tools and how to use them. The importance of preventive benefits and primary care will also be discussed. Guest speakers will highlight how they use the materials. Sign-Up Here . . .
 
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
MAY 5, 2016
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) 2016 is Thursday, May 5. Communities across the country as well as national collaborating organizations and Federal partners are planning Awareness Day activities that will take place throughout the month of May. To support their efforts, SAMHSA will host the Awareness Day 2016 national event, “Finding Help, Finding Hope,” on May 5 in Washington, DC. The event will explore how communities can increase access to behavioral health services and supports for children, youth, and young adults who experience mental or substance use disorders and their families.Learn About Prevention Month . . .
 
 

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Youth Employment as Told By Youth

With summer on the horizon, parents of transition-aged youth are already thinking about those idle months : What will they do all summer? Will their hobbies keep them busy? Who will they spend time with? And, of course, is it time for a job? In addition to a well-earned vacation, this time may offer a great opportunity for youth to enter into employment. This publication was written by members of of the Youth Action Council and offers tips on job exploration, interview and resumes, keeping a job, disability disclosure, and potential support agencies, and is focused on including the perspectives of youth.
Read the publication here: www.ncwd-youth.info.
 
 
 
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Supporting Educational Continuity Internationally
The Department of Defense Education Activity offers educational support and financial assistance to families assigned to international locations where no DoDEA school exists. This support serves more than 3,600 students in 900 schools worldwide and provides educational continuity through a variety of options including home schooling, virtual education, private day schools and boarding schools.

Continue Reading Here . . .
 
 
 
Evernote App
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Evernote is a great note taking app that allows our students to put their notes in categories and subjects. This app can be taken with the student on their mobile device or logged into from multiple platforms. This is a great way to keep students organized. Evernote can be used several different ways; you can draw, write or speak notes to this app.

Capture notes and sync across all devices. Stay organized. by Evernote

      -Happy Apping
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2016 Needs Assessment!
Nevada is seeking YOUR input on the 2016 Statewide Community Needs Assessment. The purpose of this very brief survey is to help the State decide how to use money in the Fund for a Healthy Nevada, as well as other funding.

Take the Survey Online: www.surveymonkey.com/r/NVNeedsAssessment

Or You may print out and mail it in.
English Survey 2016 - Click Here     |     Spanish Survey 2016 - Click Here
 
 
 
Evidence-Based Practices
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Center for Literacy Learning
The goal of the Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) is to promote the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices for early childhood intervention practitioners, parents, and other caregivers of young children with disabilities.

Making Room for Literacy - Watch this short video to see how to make home rich in early literacy learning experiences. It will show you how books, posters, magnet letters, alphabet toys, games, writing and art materials, food labels, mail and computers encourage early literacy learning.

Interests Lead to Learning - Child Interests are the foundation to the CELL approach to early literacy learning. Watch this brief video to explores the two types of child interests and how to identify them.
 
 
 
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>>Making the Most Out of Your Baby’s Early Intervention Services
    Date: Friday, 22 April 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
>>Bullies, Acosados y Espectadores: Respuestas que Funcionan
    Fecha: Martes, 26 de Abril 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
 
 
 
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Early Learning
U. S. Department of Education - Early Learning Initiatives
Early Learning at ED

The goal for early learning is to improve the health, social-emotional, and cognitive outcomes for all children from birth through 3rd grade, so that all children, particularly those with high needs and or disabilities, are on track for graduating from high school college- and career-ready. ED is engaged in many efforts to strengthen the quality and availability of early learning programs, here are a few of the key early learning initiatives.

Nevada Department of Education - The Office of Early Learning and Development The focus of the Office of Early Learning and Development is to coordinate birth-3rd grade state level work in collaboration with the Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council and to improve access and quality of early childhood programs across a variety of settings. The office coordinates state level P-3 reform efforts, which are part of a national initiative to transform how children ages 0 to 8 learn. Check out the Early Childhood Special Education Information Hub that helps parents and professionals learn about best practices and resources for students with disabilities and their families.

 
 
 
6 iPad Apps to Help Students with Dyslexia
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A number of free and low cost iPad apps are helping people with dyslexia improve the process of learning. Learn more about these six programs particularly suited for students with dyslexia.
 
 
 
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Save the Date May 5th 2016
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
MAY 5, 2016
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) 2016 is Thursday, May 5. Communities across the country, as well as national collaborating organizations and federal partners, are planning Awareness Day activities that will take place throughout the month of May.Learn About the Event HERE . . .
 
New Report Shows Medicaid Expansion Can Improve Behavioral Health Care Access
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report showing that states can greatly improve access to behavioral health services for residents by expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Press Release . . .
 
April is Autism Awareness Month
Prevalence And Characteristics Of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged Eight Years Old
This report describes estimated prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among children aged eight years old. For 2012, the combined estimated prevalence of ASD among the 11 Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network sites was 14.6 per 1,000 (one in 68) children aged eight years old.
Learn More Here . . .
 
Videocast Lecture: Pathways To New Treatments In Autism Spectrum Disorder
APRIL 13, 2016, 1:00-2:00 PM ET, BETHESDA, MD (VIDEOCAST AVAILABLE)
This lecture in the NIMH Seminar Series: New Discoveries in Mental Health Research will feature Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele, M.D, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and the Mortimer D. Sackler, M.D. Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University. Join here . . .

 

 
 
 
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Your unique parenting experience combined with your passion to help other families navigate the maze of programs and services for their children, makes you an ideal candidate for a rewarding position with Nevada PEP. Apply Here . . .

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Shop & Give This Year!
When you use your existing Amazon.com account to shop through AmazonSmile, 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to Nevada PEP.

You Shop. Amazon Gives.
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March 25, 2016



 
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LAST DAY to Vote for PEP!
PLEASE take 10 seconds and Vote for PEP to Win a donation from Dee for Dentist!
PEP has provided 20 years of education, encouragement & empowerment to families of children with disabilities. Services are provided for free. The $1,500 would support Include Me Disability Awareness Program teaching children about bullying prevention, disabilities & inclusion through puppetry.

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Zap Zap Math App
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Zap Zap Math delivers a set of free, higher order thinking games that cover comprehensive math subjects from kindergarten all the way through 6th grade. Games that focus on counting, addition/subtraction, fractions, ratios, geometry and more. This is a app that can be used when the student has free time to practice their math all while having fun.
      -Happy Apping

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Rethinking Discipline
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has developed three videos as part of their Inclusion - Equity - Opportunity series to help schools and parents understand how widespread suspension is and discipline disparities that exist across the country. Click on the videos to learn best practice strategies and ideas that schools can use in the classroom to help students stay in school. Watch Here . . .

 
 
 
PEP Webinars
 
These webinars allow you to take a short break to get the information you need without leaving your home or work. Click the links below to get a description and register for these amazing webinars.
- Presented by Nevada PEP
>>Getting that First Job
    Date: Tuesday, 29 March 2016, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
>>Introduction to IEP
    Date: Tuesday, 5 April 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
 
 


Roles and Responsibilities in Dual Enrollment Program Development
Think College
Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 3PM-4PM Eastern Presented by: Maria Paiewonsky, Think College and Tina Raeke and Mary Price, Bridgewater State University

Developing inclusive postsecondary education initiatives for students with intellectual disabilities is best executed when partners, including a college liaison, school personnel, community rehabilitation providers, staff agency staff, parents and students understand the roles and responsibilities they can take. With one person taking the lead in planning, a scope of work with timelines and a clear division of labor will result in a seamless transition to college for students. This webinar will review the specific roles and responsibilities that partners take to plan for inclusive postsecondary education initiatives.

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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
Think College
To kick off Children’s Mental Health Awareness week, Nevada PEP is proud to partner with PeaceLove Studios! PeaceLove Studios is an empowered organization on a mission to change how people think about mental health by helping people find their voice, make meaningful connections, and discover the tools for wellness. For more information about PeaceLove go HERE. Nevada PEP will be PeaceLove Studios' GIVE partner, receiving donated art canvases to create beautiful expressive art. We invite you to join us and Create Peace of Mind. Contact our Las Vegas office and we will register and fill you in with all the details! Limited to the first 25 individuals.

 
 

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Understanding Read By GRADE THREE Legislation (Senate Bill 391)
Nevada passed a legislative bill (SB391) in the 2015 session that will be used to support activities found to be effective in improving the academic achievement of students in reading in grades Kindergarten through third grade (e.g., literacy coaches, grants, contracts, etc.). Learn about how this new law may affect students with disabilities. Check out the New Nevada Department of Education Guidance which discusses topics like; reporting the number of retained students, the grade retention process, role of learning strategist, charter schools adopting retention regulations, progress monitoring, "good-cause" retention decisions, parent notifications and how the school may offer extra services to help students improve reading skills. Creating Literacy Plans, Parent Notification, Progress Monitoring Plans, Developing Reports, and making learning strategist available are effective as of July 1, 2015. The balance of the requirements will be implemented by July 1, 2019.
 
 
 
Disproportionality in Special Education
On March 24, 2016 the U.S. Department of Education posted a notice of proposed rulemaking, the agency is seeking comments by May 16, for states to help ensure that minority students aren’t overrepresented in the identification, placement, and discipline of students with disabilities. The proposed rule would require states to use a standardized approach to assess representation in special education across racial and ethnic groups. In cases where school districts have a “significant disproportionality,” the rule would allow more flexibility in how they use funding allocated under IDEA.
 
 
 

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Recruitment for NvLEND 2017
Are you….a graduate student or health professional in a field related to neurodevelopmental disabilities such as autism, intellectual disability or Down’s Syndrome? Are you…a parent of a person with a neurodevelopmental disability? Are you…passionate about expanding your expertise and becoming a leader to help those with neurodevelopmental disabilities?

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The Temple University Collaborative needs student volunteers for our research study!
Temple University is doing a research study to learn more about how we can support students with mental health issues to help them succeed in school. Students who enroll in the study may have a chance to work with someone who will help them to set goals related to their education, relationships, mental health and campus life, and receive encouragement and support to achieve their goals.

If you are interested in participating in this study, you may contact research staff at 215-204-3257 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit this website: http://bit.do/SES15
 
 
 
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A Child's First Eight Years Critical for Substance Abuse Prevention: NIH Releases Summary of Research on Early Childhood Risk and Protective Factors
An online guide about interventions in early childhood that can help prevent drug use and other unhealthy behaviors was launched by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The guide offers research-based principles that affect a child’s self-control and overall mental health, starting during pregnancy through the eighth year of life. It recognizes that while substance use generally begins during the teen years, it has known biological, psychological, social, and environmental roots that begin even before birth.
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NICHD: Anti-Bullying Curriculum Asks Bystanders to Take Action
To reduce bullying, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has released an online curriculum which emphasizes that bullying is not just a simple interaction between the bully and the student being bullied, and aims to engage bystanders to stake a stand against bullying. Learn More Here . . .
 
Health Care, Family, and Community Factors Associated With Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders in Early Childhood — U.S., 2011–2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a new study looking at health care, family, and community factors related to mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders (MBDDs) among children aged two to eight years in the U.S. Researchers found that one out of seven children aged two to eight years were reported to have a diagnosed MBDD. Study findings highlight specific health care, family, and community factors that could be addressed through collaborative policy and programmatic efforts at national, state, and local levels. Go Here . . .
 
Health Observance: National Child Abuse Prevention Month
National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country. Learn About Prevention Month . . .
 
 

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Family Members of Children with Special Needs/ Behavioral Healthcare Needs
Your unique parenting experience combined with your passion to help other families navigate the maze of programs and services for their children, makes you an ideal candidate for a rewarding position with Nevada PEP. Apply Here . . .

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Volunteer!
We need your help statewide. If you are interested in making a positive difference in the lives of others and yourself at the same time, we highly suggest that you volunteer at Nevada PEP. Click Here . . .

 
 
 
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