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December 28, 2016
Consider making a difference this Holiday Season Just one person can inspire tremendous change in the lives of those around them... and it all starts with you. You can make a difference!! Nevada PEP is asking for your support this holiday season by giving a charitable donation. Your end of year tax-deductible donation will support the many programs and services we provide to families who have children with special needs. If you have already sent in your tax deductible donation to Nevada PEP, thank you, we are so grateful for your support. If you have not yet donated please know that it is not too late. By keeping our children in schools, advancing their skills, and being successful in the workforce, we are making a difference, helping our children to be a part of and included in our community and helping to build strong families. Your donation provides much-needed support to families with children with special needs. Specifically, your support will help Nevada PEP: Ensure that parents who have children with disabilities are empowered with the support, information and resources they need to become their child's best advocate. Continue the Hand in Hand Together We Can Appreciation Program recognizing exceptional people who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of families and children with disabilities. Reach more pre-school children and teachers and educate them on disabilities and bullying prevention through the art of puppetry.We are counting on you for your support, please donate TODAY.
Click below to donate! Respectfully, Bryce Loveland Board Chair Your donation to Nevada P.E.P., Inc. may be tax deductible, please consult your tax advisor. Happy New Year! Go to donation.nvpep.org
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Justice Department Reaches Agreement with Princeton University to Resolve Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Review
On December 19, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice reached an agreement with Princeton University with respect to the treatment of a students with mental health disabilities and policies, practices of students, accommodations and modifications, withdrawals, and filing a leave of absence. In the agreement, the university will strengthen their policies, practices, and training to benefit current students and future students with disabilities. The revision of policies will be consistent with the regulations implemented in Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In addition, annual trainings on Title III will be provided for all staff members who evaluate requests for accommodations. You can read about the entirety of the agreement and about how the university is helping to fulfill the promise of the ADA Here . . .

Appreciating Diversity and Keeping Schools Safe
Media coverage of social issues has a profound impact on how communities understand and address problems. Research and expert opinion suggest that certain trends in media coverage of bullying have the potential to do harm. In fact, an analysis of media articles has shown that certain elements of bullying stories are often missing key information, which can lead to misrepresentation of the facts. And, news stories may not be an indication of a trend--journalists are often reporting local incidents.
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Accommodations for College/Career Ready Tests
The College Board has overhauled its request process for testing accommodations, making it easier for eligible students to receive the support they need on College Board assessments.Beginning January 1, 2017, the vast majority of students who are approved for and using testing accommodations at their school through a current Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan will have those same accommodations automatically approved for taking the SAT®, PSAT™10, PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT Subject Tests™, and AP® Exams.
To learn more, Click Here . . .

ACT Announces Improvements to the ACT® Test Accommodations System
Students who apply for accommodations on the ACT test due to diagnosed disabilities will soon benefit from a new system that will simplify and speed up the application process. ACT announced a new Test Accessibility and Accommodations System that will pilot in June 2016. The new system will streamline the process, providing a faster and more user-friendly experience for students who apply for accommodations on the college readiness test.
To learn more, Click Here . . .

Introducing Youth M.O.V.E. Nevada!
An exciting update from Aric and Roslyn, your Youth Facilitators! We are now a chapter within Youth M.O.V.E. (Motivating Others Through Voices of Experience) National and would like to introduce Youth M.O.V.E. Nevada, our official statewide chapter! Youth M.O.V.E. is a youth led organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development in youth. This is done through peer support by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health. We want to sincerely thank Nevada System of Care, Nevada PEP, the youth involved with effort; and of course, Youth M.O.V.E. National! The support we received from you made Youth M.O.V.E. Nevada a reality! For more information contact our office and ask for your youth facilitator or check out Youth M.O.V.E. Nationals website at www.youthmovenational.org

Advice To Young Adults From Young Adults About Policy
Are you currently participating in or interested in youth-led policy change? So are we! For tips to help ensure success in policy change in the mental health system, check out this tip sheet provided by Pathways RTC. This resource is designed for use by youth and young adult led organizations that include young people with lived experience in the mental health system. Your voice can make the difference! To learn more or to get involved with local systems change activities contact Nevada PEP and ask to talk with one of our Youth Facilitators.

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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Six Advocacy Tips that Turn No’s into Yes’s!
Friday, 6 January 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Procedural Safeguards
Friday, 20 January 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Equity in IDEA Final Regulations Published in Federal Register
The U.S. Department of Education published, in the Federal Register, the final regulations to improve equity in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and to address widespread disparities in the treatment of students of color with disabilities.








Final Regulations: PDF (587KB)
Changes Between the NPRM and the Final Regulations
Fact Sheet: Equity in IDEA

OSEP funds Technical Assistance centers that provide support to states on issues related to disproportionality and equity in education. Supports on this topic can be accessed here.

Tips for Service Providers: Achieving Cross-System Collaboration to Support Young People in the Transition Years
Are you a service provider working with transition age youth? If so, check out this resource provided by Pathways Transition Training for tips on reaching across fragmented services and systems to build constructive working relationships that will assist young people in achieving their goals. This guide reviews tips for collaboration with youth and service systems to better engage and serve the unique needs of young people both on an individual-level and on a system-level by utilizing a holistic approach.
Read Tip Sheet Here . . .

Guidance for School Resource Officers
School Resource Officers (SROs) are a part of most school campuses. For some community members and parents, there have been increasing concerns about school resource officers involvement in administrating discipline in schools. These concerns are at the national level, as well. The U.S. Secretary of Education released a Dear Colleague Letter in September identifying his concerns “about the potential for violations of students' civil rights and unnecessary citations or arrests of students in schools, all of which can lead to the unnecessary and harmful introduction of children and young adults into a school-to-prison pipeline.” Along with his concerns he announces a new resources created by the U.S. Department of Education and Justice called the Safe, School-based Enforcement through Collaboration, Understanding and Respect (SECURe) Rubric. This can help schools that use SROs, revise their policies so that they are aligned with “common sense action steps” and create a healthy partnership between schools and law enforcement.
To read more Click on the link . . .


Nevada High School Graduation Rate For Class Of 2016 Rises
Nevada Department of Education (NDE) released the statewide cohort graduation rate for the class of 2016. Statewide, the public high school graduation rate rose more than 2.5 percentage points over the previous year – from 70.77 percent in 2015 to 73.55 percent, Nevada schools graduated 1,060 more students in 2016 than in 2015. The graduation rate for Nevada's students with disabilities was 29.29%. To learn more about the rate by school district and by subgroup, click on the cohort summary.


New OJJDP Resource Helps Schools Implement Evidence-Based Bullying Prevention Programs
While research on evidence-based programs is helpful in guiding school personnel toward solutions that have been shown to work in the past, it sheds little light on how those programs or practices were implemented in schools, or on the institutional processes, faculty and student body characteristics that made them work. The new School-based Bullying Prevention I-Guide from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) aims to fill that gap.
View Guide Here . . .

Helping Kids Overcome Trauma: Changing Minds Campaign
This blog post summarizes a conversation with Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr.; Assistant Attorney General Karol V. Mason; and Joe Torre, Founder and Chair of the Safe at Home Foundation, on the launch of the Changing Minds national public awareness campaign. Changing Minds is a public education campaign to raise awareness about children’s exposure to violence and to inspire public action to address it.
Learn About Education Campaign Here . . .

Webinar: Health And Other Discrimination Protections For The LGBTQ Community
January 10, 2017, 10:00 AM PST
This HRSA webinar will address health care, housing, and employment protections for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. Presenters will highlight specific nondiscrimination laws, information about how to file a complaint, and examples of positive outcomes for LGBTQ individuals resulting from these protections. The webinar will inform participants about protections and the remedies available if discrimination based on their LGBTQ status has occurred.
Register Here . . .

NIMH Webinar: Irritable Kids: What The Research Teaches Us
January 12, 2017, 10:00-11:00 AM PST Are you concerned about your child’s irritability? Does your child have severe temper tantrums or "rages?" Join this webinar and learn about severe irritability and disruptive mood dysregulation in children and youth with Kenneth Towbin, M.D., Chief of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the NIMH Emotion and Development Branch. Dr. Towbin will discuss common signs and severity of symptoms, how parents can help a child with severe irritability, what treatment options exist, and ongoing research about irritable children conducted at NIMH in Bethesda, MD.
To Register Click 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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December 9, 2016
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Consider making a difference this Holiday Season Just one person can inspire tremendous change in the lives of those around them... and it all starts with you. You can make a difference!! Nevada PEP is asking for your support this holiday season by giving a charitable donation. Your end of year tax-deductible donation will support the many programs and services we provide to families who have children with special needs. By keeping our children in schools, advancing their skills, and being successful in the workforce, we are making a difference, helping our children to be a part of and included in our community and helping to build strong families. Your donation provides much-needed support to families with children with special needs. Specifically, your support will help Nevada PEP: Ensure that parents who have children with disabilities are empowered with the support, information and resources they need to become their child's best advocate. Continue the Hand in Hand Together We Can Appreciation Program recognizing exceptional people who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of families and children with disabilities. Reach more pre-school children and teachers and educate them on disabilities and bullying prevention through the art of puppetry. Thank you in advance for your generous donation. We would like to wish you and your family a joyous holiday season and the very best in 2017. Go to donation.nvpep.org
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Holiday Crafts for Kids With Motor Skills Issues
By Lexi Walters Wright
Traditional holiday crafts can be tough for kids who have issues with fine motor skills. If your child has trouble drawing, cutting or gluing, consider these fun alternatives. Some even can help build motor skills!
Click Here for 10 Holiday Crafts . . .
 
Early Childhood Inclusion
Preschool Matters Today
Today the benefits of high quality early childhood experiences are not available to all, and especially to those children who are most in need of them, such as children that struggle with behaviors. This blog, Questions of Access and Equity: Suspension and Expulsion in PreK, looks at the barriers children may experience in order to access inclusive preschool environments. The writer emphasizes that expulsion is a punishment no preschooler should have to experience.
 
Assistive Technology and Independence for Students with Learning Disabilities
Learn how your child with a Learning Disability (LD) can increase their independence through Assistive Technology (AT)! With technology advancing every day, it has become easier for students with Learning Disabilities to be more independent in managing schoolwork, reading and writing, and focus and time management. AT can be very helpful to support your child transition toward greater independence! Learn More Here . . .
 
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Holidays and Children with Special Needs
A popular song describes the holidays as “the most wonderful time of the year.” But the holidays can also add an extra layer of stress on families. If you have a child with special needs, the unfamiliar sounds, smells and visitors can be disruptive. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize the stress and make the holidays more enjoyable for you and your children. The key is preparation. Here is How . . .
 
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Be a FORCE for Children's Mental Health" Video Contest
May 4, 2017 is designated National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day by The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration! The Clark County Children’s Mental Health Consortium is hosting the “Be a FORCE for Children’s Mental Health – Youth Video Contest” for youth aged 18 and younger. The video must be three minutes or less and focus on and promote positive mental health. The deadline for video submissions is Friday, February 24, 2017 and winners will be announced in April and recognized at a public screening on May 4th as part of the celebration. For more information about the contest, official rules and how to enter you can head over to SurveyMonkey or you can contact us at Nevada PEP, also, keep your eyes on our Twitter (@NevadaPEP), Facebook (@nevada.pep), and Instagram (@nevadapep) accounts for updates as well! May the force inspire you!
 
New OJJDP Resource Helps Schools Implement Evidence-based Bullying Prevention Programs
While research on evidence-based programs is helpful in guiding school personnel toward solutions that have been shown to work in the past, it sheds little light on how those programs or practices were implemented in schools or on the institutional processes, faculty and student body characteristics that made them work.
Continue Reading . . .
 
Keeping Parents Informed - Evidenced Based Practices in Education
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Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), The IRIS Center has assembled an impressive collection of Evidence-Based Practice Summaries of research about the effectiveness of various instructional strategies and interventions. The summaries include links to research reports, information about an intervention’s level of effectiveness, and the age groups for which it is designed. These summaries help parents learn about effective programs in the areas of Behavior, Math, Reading and other important topics.
 
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
>> Considering College? Learn What’s Available and How to Get It
    Date: Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
>> Bullies, Acosados y Espectadores: Respuestas que Funcionan
    Fecha: Jueves, 15 de Diciembre 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
 
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How is United Way helping the Community?
United Way Worldwide advances the common good by creating opportunities for all. Our focus is on education, income and health—the building blocks for a good quality of life and a strong community. Learn about the work that the national is doing in editorial article, Investing in education: United Way plays pivotal role in child development.
United Way of Southern Nevada unites our community to improve people’s lives. With the support of a committed group of strategic partners, they create bold and positive change for Southern Nevada’s most vulnerable populations through innovation, leadership and collaboration. Check out their recently released strategic plan for 2016-2021.
United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra and our community partners are working to develop long-term solutions in the areas of strengthening families, early learning and development, kindergarten readiness and early literacy, and early grade success.
 
ESSA Regulations Released
The final regulations for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) have been released after helpful feedback from parents, teachers, and school leaders from all over the country. U.S. Secretary of Education John King explains these new regulations “ [Gives] states more time and flexibility to provide every student with a high-quality, well-rounded education while ensuring that states and districts keep the focus on improving outcomes and maintaining civil rights protections for all of our children, particularly those who need our support the most.” The new regulations include ways to ensure that parents and people out in the community have access to clear information to how their students and schools are performing and gives states the opportunity to think of ways to ensure all students are given a well-rounded education and work with stakeholders to choose “locally designed, evidence-based strategies” to help improve schools. Read More . . .
 
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The Roadmap To Transition
The transition from school to adulthood is a journey and, like any journey, a roadmap is helpful. Roadmap to Transition: A Handbook for Autistic Youth Transitioning to Adulthood is a great resource guide published in November 2016 to help navigate smoothly and successfully through the transition process. Along “The road map” you can read the guide in its entirety or you can search the table of contents for links to the stand alone chapters of your interests. Chapters focus such topics as self-Determination and self-advocacy, making the transition plan, post-secondary education and employment, housing and independent living, as well as national and state resources that may be utilized. Take a ride with the Roadmap to Transition!

Online Tools and Resources to Help
At Nevada PEP, we make an effort to keep our network updated with the best resources and tools for the transition from high school into adulthood. For parents of transition-aged youth, advocates and professionals, two online technical assistance hubs have comprehensive and supportive resources for transition planning. Both the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition and the Transition Coalition have a wealth of important information, complete with recorded webinars, transition tips and resources and guidance on subjects such as graduation and post school success. Be sure to check these great tools for transition!
 
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Supporting Young Children And Families Experiencing Homelessness
Today there is an increased awareness that homelessness affects families and families with young children, and an increased understanding of the impact that homelessness has on families and especially on young children. This blog post describes the special provisions in the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 and the Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014 for serving children and families experiencing homelessness. View Blog Post Here . . .
 
A Chance For LGBTQI-GNC And Two-Spirit Youth
All children deserve a chance to be safe, to be educated, and to be themselves. Many of these youth are rejected by their families and bullied by their peers. This StopBullying.gov blog post describes the challenges these youth face, and efforts by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to help them succeed. Read Blog Post Here . . .
 
Text, Talk, Act For Families
December 1-31, 2016
In partnership with SAMHSA's Voice Awards, families can come together in a Text, Talk, Act conversation about how to strengthen their family's emotional well-being through hope and help. Here's how it works: family members gather together with a cell phone. They text FAMILY to 89800 and then receive a series of text messages that guides their family through a conversation on how they can support each other and strengthen their emotional well-being. Learn More Here . .
 
Webinar: Questions And Answers On The ACA
December 14, 2016, 2:00 PM ET
If you have questions about the ACA and the Health Insurance Marketplace, this is the webinar for you. This webinar will provide a brief presentation on how to sign up for health insurance and pick a plan, and will answer questions. View Webinar Here . . .
 
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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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When you use your existing Amazon.com account to shop through AmazonSmile, 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to Nevada PEP.

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November 28, 2016
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Calm Kids with Mamaphant App
In four educational and interactive activities for young children, Mamaphant a loving mother elephant teaches mindful breathing as a way to help little ones to concentrate, relax, cope with uncomfortable emotions and have fun.

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27th Annual Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Conference
In November, the 27th Annual Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (FFCMH) Conference was held in Phoenix, Arizona . This annual conference is a national conference dedicated solely to issues impacting children and young adults with behavioral health challenges and their families. This year FFCMH introduced a new award for a Parent Support Provider that demonstrates overall excellence in the provision of support to families who are parenting children and youth experiencing behavioral health challenges. The award is named for a pioneer in the movement of family peer support, Jane Adams who was there with her daughter to present the Jane Adams Peer Support Award to Magdalena Ruiz, CPSP, Family Facilitator for Nevada PEP.

Magdalena has demonstrated extraordinary skills and dedication in the provision of support to the families she serves; Nevada PEP joins the Federation of Families in recognizing not only her accomplishment, but also her empathy and genuine caring for the families that she works with. Congratulations Magdalena!



Info Briefs Supporting Student Success in Community Colleges by Connecting Activities
For many students with lived experience with mental health needs who attend community colleges, access to services, support and health care is important. The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth has created a series of Info Briefs to raise awareness about connecting students to services while in community college. Read the Briefs HERE . . . One Brief focuses specifically on mental health services, covering topics such as sharing mental health needs, access to counselors and care, and the transition into the adult mental health care system, in addition to resources and examples from specific community colleges: Read More 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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Introduction to IEP
Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Making the Most Out of Your Baby’s Early Intervention Services
Thursday, 1 December 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Behavior & Discipline in School
Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm



Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2017:
“Be a FORCE for Children’s Mental Health”
May 4, 2017 is designated National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day by The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration! The Clark County Children’s Mental Health Consortium is hosting the “Be a FORCE for Children’s Mental Health – Youth Video Contest” for youth aged 18 and younger. The video must be three minutes or less and focus on and promote positive mental health. The deadline for video submissions is Friday, February 24, 2017 and winners will be announced in April and recognized at a public screening on May 4th as part of the celebration. For more information about the contest, official rules and how to enter you can head over to SurveyMonkey or you can contact us at Nevada PEP. May the force inspire you!



Update from Aric and Roslyn, Your Youth Facilitators:
It was an amazing Federation of Families Conference!
Your Youth Facilitators learned a lot at the 27th annual Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on November 10 to 13, 2016! There were many exciting takeaways from the conference. Notably, we had the privilege of attending the Youth Policy and Advocacy Institute: Using Your Advocate Voice to Shape Policy, which was hosted by Johanna Bergan, Youth M.O.V.E. National’s Executive Director, and Hayley Winterberg, a program manager for a young adult youth center. The Institute was about strategically sharing your story to help end the stigma around mental health issues and talking to legislatures to create systems change. Here is a resource from the Institute on how to tell your story in the most effective way possible!




Champions of Inclusion
December 5-9, 2016
This year, the Inclusive Schools Week’s theme focuses on the concept of being a hero. This is particularly fitting because the definition of a hero, a person noted for courageous acts of nobility of character, resonates with all of the students, parents, teachers, principals and community leaders who take courageous steps forward each day to promote acceptance for all. As we celebrate inclusion you may want to download some special wallpapers to your computer or device!
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HHS Launches 2017 Open Enrollment, Encourages Americans To Shop For Affordable Coverage On Healthcare.gov
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Health Insurance Marketplaces are open for business, and Americans can again shop for high-quality, affordable coverage on an open, transparent market. This year, most Marketplace consumers will again have plan options for less than $75 per month, thanks to financial assistance.
Press Release Here . . .

Webinar: ACA 101 For Individuals And Families
DECEMBER 6, 2016, 2:00 PM ET
This presentation will discuss what the ACA is and the Health Insurance Marketplace, how to enroll in health insurance, key websites, and resources on the law. The open enrollment period has started with coverage available as soon as January 1, 2017 for those who enroll by December 15, 2016.
Register Here . . .

Webinar: Questions And Answers On The ACA
DECEMBER 14, 2016, 2:00 PM ET
If you have questions about the health care law, the ACA Health Insurance Marketplace, this is the webinar for you. This webinar will provide a brief presentation on how to sign up for health insurance and pick a plan, and will answer questions.
Register Here . . .

The All Of Us Research Program Seeks Feedback From The Community
The All of Us Research Program will create a community of one million or more people from across the U.S. to improve the future of health. Those who join the program will contribute their health, environment, and lifestyle information over an extended period of time. The research program developers want to hear from everyone about their thoughts and ideas for how to make All of Us a success. Ideas on topics such as participant engagement and communications, health information data security, and the type of data to be collected are welcome from researchers, health care providers, patients, or anyone who wants to contribute to greater knowledge.
Get Involved Here . . .




Smith's Community Rewards Program
Helping Nevada PEP is easy!
Simply enroll you rewards card online at SmithsCommunityRewards.com. Once you're successfully enrolled, choose Nevada PEP as your organization of choice. A portion of your purchase will be dontated from Smith's. (Does not affect your normal Smith's card rewards!)


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 . . .


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 . . .


Statewide Central Office Satellite Office
Toll-Free (800) 216-5188 7211 West Charleston Blvd. 4600 Kietzke Lane, Suite I-202
www.nvpep.org Las Vegas, NV 89117 Reno, NV 89502
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November 11, 2016
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A Sweet Way to Give Back!
 

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Champions of Inclusion
December 5-9, 2016
This year, the Inclusive Schools Week’s theme focuses on the concept of being a hero. This is particularly fitting because the definition of a hero, a person noted for courageous acts of nobility of character, resonates with all of the students, parents, teachers, principals and community leaders who take courageous steps forward each day to promote acceptance for all. As we celebrate inclusion you may want to download some special wallpapers to your computer or device!
 
 
Early Childhood Inclusion
Friendship might look like an inspired moment, but there’s a science to planting the seeds that encourage connections to bloom. The National Inclusion Project has created a model that builds inclusive friendships for all children, called the Science of Friendship. Check out this is a step-by-step guide, which helps adults connect children of all abilities to help them build friendships.
 
 
Early Childhood Check-In: Baby IDEA is 30!
OSEP celebrated the 30th Anniversary of IDEA's early childhood provisions earlier this month, sharing perspectives from families, researchers, policy makers, advocates and more. Visit the 30th Anniversary page for access to our video playlist-- including a wonderful message from ED Secretary John King. From this page, you can also view the Google Hangout, which featured practitioners who highlighted the importance of PL 99-457. Don't forget to visit the OSERS Blog and Twitter (#babyIDEAis30) for some amazing stories and resources! Read More . . .
 
 


Military-Connected Children News
 
Helping to Keep Your Family Strong During Military Family Month
Military service is characterized by hard work and sacrifice, and families give service members the love and support they need to function well and stay mission ready. November is Military Family Month, and we salute the strength and vibrancy of our military families. There are also many services through the DoD and Military OneSource to help keep families healthy and strong.
Here are some highlights . . .
 
 
Geoboard App
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Geoboard is a tool for exploring a variety of mathematical topics introduced in the elementary and middle grades. Learners stretch bands around the pegs to form line segments and polygons and make discoveries about perimeter, area, angles, congruence, fractions, and more.

This virtual version of the manipulative is an open-ended educational tool, ideal for elementary classrooms and other learning environments. It also is a great app for learning how to navigate different devises.

      -Happy Apping
Geoboard, by The Math Learning Center by Clarity Innovations
Download Geoboard App in the Apple App Store     Download Geoboard App in the Google Play Store
 
Policy Progress Report on Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Assistive Technology (AT)
Technology is an essential element for citizenship and inclusion of people with disabilities. In October, the National Council on Disability (NCD) released their annual progress report which focuses this year on Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Assistive Technology in education, employment, health and well-being, and independent living. The report provides insight into both the current barriers and the possible innovations of the future related to technology. Recommendations to leaders, the technology industry and local communities are offered, including a Technology Bill of Rights for People with Disabilities.
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Evidence-Based Practices in Education
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The National Early Childhood Transition Center's mission is to examine factors that promote successful transitions between infant/toddler programs, preschool programs, and public school programs for young children with disabilities and their families.
Visit Transition TiPS, a web-based toolkit to assist in identification of specific practices and strategies.
 
 
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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>> Planning for Change - School to Adult Transition
    Date: Thursday, 17 November 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
>> Introducción al Curso del IEP
    Fecha: Lunes, 21 de Noviembre 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
 
 
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Programs to Help Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
If families are concerned about their infant or toddler's development, or suspect that their little one has a disability, services from early intervention provider can help a child learn many key skills to help meet their developmental milestones. The Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities, Part C of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), is a federal grant program that assists states in operating a comprehensive statewide program of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities, ages birth through age 2 years, and their families. In order for a state to participate in the program it must assure that early intervention will be available to every eligible child and its family. The federal law, IDEA Part C, requires states including Nevada to provide quality services that meet the individual needs of eligible infants and toddlers. Families can call to start the evaluation process and find out more about services from Nevada Early Intervention or from one of the seven community partners.
 
 
ESSA and Early Learners
Early education took center stage in October with the U.S. Department of Education. The Department authored guidance related to the Every Student Succeeds Act and the importance of early learning and education for all students. Key elements to the guidance include the benefits of early learning; ensuring alignment, collaboration and coordination across programs and communities; and expanding access to high- quality early learning. Early learning is an essential component to equity and educational success. Read The Guidance Here . . .
 
 
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High Expectations, Family Involvement and Post School Success
Two essential indicators for a successful transition from high school to adulthood are active parent involvement in the transition planning process and parents with high expectations for their son or daughter. In October, Nevada PEP representatives presented with transition expert Sean Roy of the PACER Center at the 2016 Nevada Transition Conference about partnering with families in the transition process and promoting high expectations. For additional information about these concepts, review this new brief that incorporates ideas from parent advocates from around the country and presents seven strategies and thirteen activities for professionals to partner with families and promote high expectations. Read The Brief here . . .
 
 
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The Negative Effects Of Cyberbullying & What We Can Do To Prevent It
This blog post describes cyberbullying and its effects. Cyberbullying should not be seen as any less of a threat as traditional bullying. Cyberbullying will evolve as new technology is used and adapted, and so should methods to not only react against cyberbullying, but also to be proactive and stop cyberbullying before it happens. Learn How To Be Proactive Here . . .
 
School Bullying And Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender Students
Bullying is a big problem for many children and teens, and especially for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students. This post outlines the available data, and how schools can address bullying through policy. Read Post Here . . .
 
Webinar: Resources, Innovatioons, And Partnership:
Supporting The Wellness Of Military Children And Their Families
NOVEMBER 22, 2016, 1:30-3:00 PM ET
This SAMHSA Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance Center webinar will provide an overview of the research on military and Veteran children and tips for supporting military families. Presenters also will discuss strategies to build partnerships and develop targeted messaging to better engage and support military and Veteran families. Participants will be able to download the mobile app, a variety of links, and innovative tools and resources to aid parents, caregivers, educators, and providers in providing the needed support to the children of our service members and Veterans. Join Webinar Here . . .
 
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
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Smith's Community Rewards Program
Helping Nevada PEP is easy!
Simply enroll you rewards card online at SmithsCommunityRewards.com. Once you're successfully enrolled, choose Nevada PEP as your organization of choice. A portion of your purchase will be donated from Smith's. (Does not affect your normal Smith's card rewards!)

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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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