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September 22, 2016
It's This Coming Saturday! Got Tickets? 6th Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying Saturday September 24 in Las Vegas and Join us as we kick off National Bullying Prevention Month and Bring an End to Bullying Register Now Register now by clicking here for the 6th Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying Saturday September 24 in Las Vegas
 
KnowBullying App,
the free app from SAMHSA that can prevent bullying
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Research shows that parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child can build the foundation for a strong relationship and help prevent bullying. The time you spend will help boost your children’s confidence and build effective strategies for facing bullying—whether children are being bullied, engaging in bullying, or witnessing bullying. KnowBullying has simple conversation starters to begin a discussion with your child.

-Happy Apping
Download Know Bullying App, by: SAMHSA
Download KnowBullying App in the Apple Store by clicking the button here Download KnowBullying App in the Google Play Store by clicking the button here

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PACER ‘s National Bullying Prevention Center: Mobile and Online Safety
Today’s children are the first generation to experience cyberbullying, and today’s parents are the first that must determine how to respond to it. Remember, giving children access to technology is much like sending them to a mall or school dance. Set the rules, establish the parameters, and learn the technology
Click Here.
Justice Department Sues Georgia for Unnecessarily Segregating Students with Disabilities
"On August 23, 2016, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia alleging that its treatment and segregation of students with disabilities in the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) Program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The lawsuit alleges that the State has violated Title II of the ADA by unnecessarily segregating thousands of students with behavior-related disabilities and providing them unequal educational opportunities and by placing other such students at risk of such segregation, when they could be served in general education settings. Read more from the DOJ press release . . .
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
>>How is My Child Reading?
Date: Thursday, 29 September 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
>>Planning for Change - School to Adult Transition
Date: Monday, 3 October 2016, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
>>¡Seis Consejos de Abogacía que Gira de un No a un Sí!
Fecha: Viernes, 7 de Octubre, 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
HIPAA Turns 20

HIPAA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 turned twenty-years old in August. This important law has provisions for how our private health care information is protected and insures that our electronically stored health information is secure. Read more here . . .
Unity Day: Stop Bullying

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Be sure to wear orange on October 19, 2016, to support Unity Day, a nation-wide effort to stop bullying. Whether it is It an orange T-shirt, tie, hat, wristband, socks, or even shoelaces, you will be letting others know that you believe in a safe and secure community and that bullying is wrong. Join us here . . .
Survey on Adolescent Health

The Division of Public and Behavioral Health, along with other State agencies, is seeking input on ways to improve insurance coverage and access to yearly well-care visits for adolescents ages 15-18. These medical visits include physical, emotional, and mental health screenings, as well as tips on how to stay healthy. Take Survey Here . . .

Updates From Our Youth Facilitators Aric and Roslyn:

The Language of a Youth MOVEment
As Youth Facilitators at Nevada PEP, we are hard at work developing our youth guided efforts. We are based in both our central (Aric) and satellite (Roslyn) offices. In our work, one of the most important parts of authentic youth involvement is using the language of the Youth MOVEment. Read More about how to promote positive communication, increased understanding and mutual respect between our community's youth and the systems we utilize.

Direct Connect National Learning Community for Young Leaders - October
For youth looking to develop professional skills while connecting with your peers to bring about systems change, check out the Direct Connect National Learning Community for Young Leaders, a virtual forum that meets online. The next session is scheduled on October 19th from 1:30 to 3:00 pm PST, and is hosted by Youth M.O.V.E. National. The forum will focus on social marketing and will help you understand the best strategies for reaching your peers and other youth through social media. Sign Up Here . . .

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U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance to Schools on Ensuring Equity and Providing Behavioral Supports to Students with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) issued guidance in August in the form of a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) that emphasizes the requirement that schools provide positive behavioral supports to students with disabilities who need them. Ask your child's school about how positive behavioral supports are being implemented to help students with disabilities!
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Suicide Prevention Webpage Update
The NIMH suicide prevention webpage has been updated and now includes a section entitled, Five Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain.
Learn More Here . . .
Archived Virtual Conference: The Prevalence Of Trauma In Families And Community
This SAMHSA Addiction Technology Transfer Center network virtual conference webinar began with a presentation on understanding that trauma is the expectation, rather than the exception in families and communities referred for behavioral health care services.
View Webinar Here . . .
Preventing Suicide Through A Comprehensive Public Health Approach
This report based on a CDC grand rounds presentation outlines ways a public health suicide prevention approach adds a complementary, wider, and prevention-oriented focus that increases attention to the many factors across the lifespan that contribute to circumstances that promote suicidal thinking and suicide attempts.
View Report Here . . .
Treating Disruptive Behavior Disorders In Children And Teens
A companion publication to the clinician guide, Psychosocial and Pharmacologic Interventions for Disruptive Behavior Disorders in Children and Adolescents, is available for parents and caregivers.
Check Out Guide Here . . .
Webinar: Are You Concerned About Your Child's Irritability
SEPTEMBER 29, 2016, 12:00-1:00 PM ET
Join this webinar to 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. This webinar is free and open to the public.
Join Webinar Here . . .
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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!)

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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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September 9, 2016
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6th Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying Saturday September 24 in Las Vegas and Join us as we kick off National Bullying Prevention Month and Bring an End to Bullying Register Now Register now by clicking here for the 6th Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying Saturday September 24 in Las Vegas
 
 
WIOA Rules and Resources
Excitingly, on August 19, 2016, the final rules for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act were published in the Federal Register. The rules reinforce the standards for American Job Centers and Vocational Rehabilitation to help youth with disabilities prepare for and achieve competitive integrated employment.
Read the Rules Here . . . and learn more about WIOA here . . .
 
 
 
Early Childhood Inclusion in the US
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Learn about the current status and future directions of early childhood inclusion in the United States from the perspective of 4 key goals: access, accommodations and feasibility, developmental progress, and social integration. Click here to access this recently released article to encourage families and professionals to consider how inclusive preschool environments help all children.
 
 
 
Waiting List Placements May Violate ADA
Being on a waiting list for community-based services may be evidence enough that an individual with developmental disabilities is at risk for institutionalization in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Read More Here . . .
 
 
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Remembering 9/11
The tragic events of 9/11 instilled in Americans a renewed sense of patriotism and the incentive to serve others. Although people pay tribute in different ways, our need to reflect and heal connects us as a nation. The events of 9/11 inspired many of today's service members, veterans and wounded warriors to serve.
Continue Reading Here . . .
 
Exceptional Improvements
Military families with special needs should receive the same level of access to Exceptional Family Member Program services regardless of their location or military service affiliation.
Learn More Here . . .
 
 

BeSpecular App
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The BeSpecular app is a great app for persons who are blind or visually impaired. The app lets the user send a picture to a person who is sighted so they can describe what is in the picture by voice or by text. This is one more app that improves the life of a person with a visual impairment.

      -Happy Apping
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Download BeSpecular App in the Apple App Store     Download BeSpecular App in the Google Play Store

 

The ESSA and Students with Disabilities
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) offers new opportunities for state boards of education to promote the educational success of students with disabilities. This policy brief from the National Association of State Boards of Education provides strategies, including "High Expectations" and "Family Engagement," to address the needs of students with disabilities. Read the Brief Here . . .

 

Evidence-Based Practices

Keeping Parents Informed
The IRIS Center Peabody College Vanderbilt University has put together summaries of research about the effectiveness of instructional strategies and behavioral interventions. Click here to access the links to research reports and include information about an intervention’s level of effectiveness and the age groups for which it is designed.

 
 

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

>> Evaluation & Response to Intervention
    Date: Monday, 12 September 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
>> Planning for Change - School to Adult Transition
    Date: Wednesday, 14 September 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
>> Introduction to IEP
    Date: Friday, 16 September 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
 
 
 
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What are Protection and Advocacy Centers?
The Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System and Client Assistance Program (CAP) comprise the nationwide network of congressionally mandated, legally based disability rights agencies. P&A agencies have the authority to provide legal representation and other advocacy services, under all federal and state laws, to all people with disabilities.All P&As maintain a presence in facilities that care for people with disabilities, where they monitor, investigate and attempt to remedy adverse conditions. A P&A/CAP agency exists in every U.S. state and territory.

Nevada has a Protection and Advocacy group called Nevada Disability Law and Advocacy Center. This statewide center is a non-profit organization that serves as Nevada's federally-mandated protection and advocacy system for human, legal, and service rights for individuals with disabilities. Click here to learn about the programs that NDALC are responsible for implementing in NV.
 
 
 
Eye-Opening Video Will Make Adults Reconsider The Way They Talk To Children
A powerful video is highlighting the way kids’ interactions with adults may affect their education.

The Atlanta Speech School released “Every Opportunity,” a video that shows a day at school from the perspective of one young student. While he begins his day with enthusiasm, his interactions with educators and other adults leave him feeling discouraged.Watch Here . . .
 
 
 
Assistive Technology and Independence
When we discuss assistive technology, parents often ask: “How can Assistive Technology increase my child’s independence to be successful in high school and college?” This video from PACER Center offers parents three strategies to support them to use assistive technology as a tool to help students with dsiabilities become more independent in high school and adult life. Watch the Video Here . . .
 
 
 
9 Back to School Pro Tips
Back to school time can be a hectic time for both parents and children. Check out these Back to School Pro Tips to get off to a good start in the school year!
 
 
 
Tip Sheets for Families, Caregivers and Early Learning Educators
US Department of Education has developed various tip sheets in English and Spanish to assist families, caregivers and early learning educators. Using Talk, Read and Sing strategy, families can teach about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) and develop language skills.
 
 
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Voices, Choices and Results . . . Youth in the Spotlight at the 2016 Nevada Transition Conference
Youth will be in the spotlight at the 2016 Nevada Transition Conference (NTC) on October 14 and 15, 2016 at the Nugget in Sparks, Nevada. The NTC brings together national speakers, state and local experts, parents and transition-aged youth to learn about the transition from high school to adulthood. Register Here . . .
Transition and Developing Financial Capability
An important part of the transition to adulthood is financial capability. This includes knowledge in how to save, borrow, spend, protect and invest money. A new brief from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability provides information, tips, and resources on how to prepare your child to make good decisions regarding their finances. Read More . . .
 
 
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Words Have Power! People First!
The language used to refer to people can exert a powerful impact on both perceptions and expectations. Find out about a new Addiction Technical Transfer Center (ATTC) Network initiative promoting the use of "people first" language in this blog post. Click Here . . .
 
Webinar: Bullying Prevention And Intervention
SEPTEMBER 14, 2016, 3:00-4:00 PM ET
In this HRSA-funded Children’s Safety Network webinar, presenters will focus on models of effective prevention and intervention, including those that are implemented in schools and community-based programs, that address factors related to bullying such as aggressive behavior and mental health. Register Here . . .
 
Webinar: Are You Concerned About Your Child's Irritability?
SEPTEMBER 29, 2016, 12:00-1:00 PM ET
Join this webinar to 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. This webinar is free and open to the public. Join 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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August 26, 2016
6th Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying Saturday September 24 in Las Vegas and Join us as we kick off National Bullying Prevention Month and Bring an End to Bullying Register Now Register now by clicking here for the 6th Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying Saturday September 24 in Las Vegas
 
Bad Poetry Day
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There was laughter, fun, and excitement at Nevada PEP’s peer-to-peer led activity on August 18, 2016, National Bad Poetry Day! Bad Poetry was the name of game, and if you weren’t there that’s a shame, but we still care about you all the same, and hit us up next time so we don’t forget your name! As you can tell, the worse your poetry is, the “better” it is. If you would like to know more about our youth led activities here at Nevada PEP, keep your eye out for our future articles!
Khan Academy App
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Khan Academy is an app where are students can learn from a wide range of subjects. Students can look over what they learned in class or explore other topics that excite them. Khan Academy has over 10,000 videos and explanations at your fingertips in math, science, economics, history, and much, much more.

-Happy Apping
Download Khan Academy App: by Khan Academy
Download Khan Academy App in the Apple Store by clicking the button here Download Khan Academy 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.
- Presented by Nevada PEP
>>Making the Most Out of Your Baby’s Early Intervention Services
Date: Thursday, 8 September 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
>>Evaluation & Response to Intervention
Date: Monday, 12 September 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Using People First Language

Children with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied than their peers without disabilities. Respectful language is an important first step. When we speak to someone who has a disability, put the person first, then the disability. Here's an example: "A youth with ADHD." The following link has more examples of people first language. Read More Here . . .
Mobile Crisis

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The Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) was created to provide crisis intervention and support to Nevada families dealing with a behavioral or mental health crisis. For so long, families have had no choice but to go to the emergency room due to lack of resources or knowledge of available resources. MCRT is here to help. They're mobile so they come to you. They also provide help over the phone.
Northern Nevada 775-688-1670
Southern Nevada 702-486-7865
www.knowcrisis.com
Survey on Adolescent Health

The Division of Public and Behavioral Health, along with other State agencies, is seeking input on ways to improve insurance coverage and access to yearly well-care visits for adolescents ages 15-18. These medical visits include physical, emotional, and mental health screenings, as well as tips on how to stay healthy. Take Survey Here . . .

Focus Group Opportunities for Transition Aged Youth with Disabilities

If you are a youth with disabilities between the ages of 16 to 24 and you've used Vocational Rehabilitation services to find employment and you would like to talk about your experiences, then sign up for this one-hour teleconference to talk about how the process went for you! And, if you participate in the call,you will receive a gift card! Here's a link to the survey Click Here . . .

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Back to School and Transportation
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) includes transportation within its definition of “related services.” This means that students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) have the right to receive specialized transportation services if it is needed. The handout Transportation for Students with Disabilities could be helpful to parents as students start back to school. To learn more about transportation click on Nevada Department of Education School Transportation webpage and the Frequently Asked Questions from US Department of Education. Contact your child's school or visit one of these district sites if you have specific questions or concerns about transportation.

View all 17 Counties in Nevada Here . . .
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Healthreach: Health Information In Many Languages: Mental Health
HealthReach, a project of the National Library of Medicine, is a national collaborative partnership that has created a resource of multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency. HealthReach has compiled multilingual patient handouts, audio, and video on many mental health topics.
Learn More Here . . .
Understanding Child Trauma
This brochure gives parents and caregivers an overview of the types of traumatic stress that commonly affect children and details on the effects these events have on their physical and psychological health. It includes a list of resources for assisting with recovery.
View Brochure Here . . .
Sexual Identity, Sex Of Sexual Contacts, And Health-Related Behaviors Among Students In Grades 9–12 — U.S. And Selected Sites, 2015
Significant health disparities exist between sexual minority and non-sexual minority youth. These data highlight the need for accelerated action to protect the health and wellbeing of vulnerable youth.
Learn More About Data Here . . .
Bystanders Can Help Limit The Hurtful Effects Of Cyberbullying
This StopBullying.gov blog post provides questions adults can pose to young people as conversation starters about cyberbulling and the kinds of strategies they can use as bystanders who witness online forms for bullying.
View Blog Post Here . . .
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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 dontated from Smith's. (Does not affect your normal Smith's card rewards!)

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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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www.nvpep.org Las Vegas, NV 89117 Reno, NV 89502
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August 12, 2016
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26 Years of Americans with Disabilities Act: A Time to Celebrate
This past July 26, people with disabilities celebrated the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To read more Click HERE . . . To raise awareness of the importance of ADA to people with disabilities, the Department of Justice published "Beyond the Cases: 26 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act The Lives, Faces, and Stories Behind the ADA” which showcases case highlights and anecdotal stories about the positive impact of the ADA on the lives of people with disabilities in employment, financial services, education, transportation, voting, healthcare criminal justice, access to recreation, accessible design, and Accessible technology.
 
 
 
Early Childhood Inclusion
Achieving Inclusion: What Every Parent Should Know When Advocating For Their Child is a great resource provided by The Peal Center out of PA to help parents work with the school to place children in inclusive settings.
 
 
 
Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center Priorities Survey
It’s that time of year again where NDALC asks the community and concerned citizens to share their thoughts with them about the work that NDALC does and how they can serve our state and community better.

This year’s survey can be accessed at:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ndalc
A plain-text version can be accessed at:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ndalc-plain
 
 

6th Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying Saturday September 24 in Las Vegas and Join us as we kick off National Bullying Prevention Month and Bring an End to Bullying Register Now Register now by clicking here for the 6th Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying Saturday September 24 in Las Vegas
 
 
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School Questions? Military OneSource Education Consultants Can Help
Whether you're looking for the perfect preschool or wondering how to pay for college, the education consultants at Military OneSource can connect you with education resources to help you and your family.

Read More Here . . .
 
 
Simplenote App - Keep notes, lists, ideas and more!
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Simplenote is an easy way to keep notes, lists, ideas and more. Your notes stay in sync with all your devices for free. Share notes with other users to collaborate on a project together or to access the same list. Simplenote is one of the easier note taking apps; students enjoy the simple design and interface.

      -Happy Apping
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A World of Assistive Technology
Whether it is explaining complex topics in easy-to-understand language, demonstrating assistive technology solutions, or featuring role models with assistive technology, this blog has videos of personal examples and valuable information on how assistive technology can improve the lives of people with disabilities in transition and throughout the lifespan. Enter a World of Assistive Technology from the PACER Simon Technology Center's video playlists. Check it out Click HERE . . .

 
Evidence-Based Practices

Learning about Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS)
The Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is established by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to define, develop, implement, and evaluate a multi-tiered approach to Technical Assistance that improves the capacity of states, districts and schools to establish, scale-up and sustain the PBIS framework. Emphasis is given to the impact of implementing PBIS on the social, emotional and academic outcomes for students with disabilities. Driving Innovation, Improving Outcomes: Special Education Research Raises Expectations for Individuals with Disabilities video provides information on the ongoing research on PBIS. The Family Resource page has a videos, publications and information on ways to encourage school wide PBIS implementation in your child's school.

 
 
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

>> Introduction to IEP
    Date: Friday, 19 August 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
>> Introducción al Curso del IEP
    Fecha: Jueves, 25 de Agosto 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
 
 
 
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What are Charter Schools?
Nevada Charter Schools are public schools funded by the state. As public schools, charter schools have the opportunity and obligation to serve students with disabilities. Nevada Charter School Association provides a myths and facts list to help parents understand charter schools. The responsibility to make a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) available to all students with disabilities applies to all public schools including charter schools under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Facts on Charter Schools and Students with Disabilities can help families understand how charter schools provide services and assist families as they make school decisions. Click here to view the Nevada Department of Education Charter School List. Click on Parent Resources section and check out questions to ask, school performance rating and a resource entitled What to do If I Have a Problem?
 
 
 
Transforming Interest into a Career
Meet Jordyn Castor, a young lady with a knack for technology, a visual impairment and a dream job. Click Here to read more. Following her interest in assistive technology for people with visual impairments, she now works full-time as an engineer at Apple on the accessibility design and quality team after an initial internship. The twenty-two year old says: "I could help make technology more accessible for blind users. I could help change the world for people with disabilities.”
 
 
 
New Standards for the Transition to Employment
For transition-aged youth, as well as workers of all ages with disabilities, the month of July 2016 has brought about new requirements under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) related to subminimum wages. In addition to other changes, workers who are 24 or younger have expanded options (transition services, vocational rehabilitation and career counseling) designed to improve their access to competitive integrated employment. Read more about these new standards for high expectations from the United States Department of Labor: https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs39h.pdf
 
 
 
Competencies, College and Career Readiness
To promote college success and career read­iness for students with disabilities, families can focus on two areas:
1. Student development of personal skills and
2. College support and activities to enhance these personal skills. In this resource from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, steps to achieve these two objectives are addressed.
To view more Click HERE . . .
 
 
 
Has Nevada Improved Services For Individuals With Disabilities?
Dear Families, Advocates and Community Stakeholders,

Planning is underway to develop a five-year, integrated Strategic Planning and Accountability Plan that will address key issues and strategies to guide Nevada toward accessible, person/family-centered systems that provide services when they are needed. To aid the planning process we would like your input to review goals from the 2002 and 2003 Aging and Persons with Disabilities plans to identify objectives and strategies that will continue into the next plan. The survey is comprised of two questions and should take five minutes to complete. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Please access the survey by following this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8L2BMLZ
 
 
 
Every Student Succeeds Act
Efforts to bring Nevada's State Plan and the Every Student Succeeds Act together are underway, most notably through both the creation of an Advisory Group by the Nevada Department of Education composed of parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, students, and business groups. The Six Focus Area Work Groups are: School Improvement; Assessment; Funding Streams; English Language Learners; Teaching and Leading; and Accountability. Some Focus Area Work Groups are already in motion. All meetings are open for members of the public, so mark your calendars! Read more about the ESSA Advisory Group and Work Group Meetings Click HERE . . .
 
 
 
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Creative Minds: Helping More Kids Beat Anxiety Disorders
NIH Director Francis Collins describes the research of an NIH Director’s Early Independence awardee seeking to bridge the gap between basic neuroscience and clinical interventions to treat children and adolescents with persistent anxiety and stress-related disorders. Continue Reading HERE . . .
 
Webinar: Shared Decision Making: Changing The Conversation
AUGUST 16, 2016, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
This SAMHSA webinar will provide an overview of shared decision making as a concrete example of recovery-oriented behavioral health practice. Participants will learn how shifting from giving information to collaborative dialogue impacts relationships and outcomes for all involved. Register Here . . .
 
Webinar: Shared Decision Making Dialogues: Engaging Individuals And Families In Decision Making
AUGUST 30, 2016, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
The presenters will highlight how they use the framework of shared decision making to guide services delivery and engage people using their services to become active in all aspects of their healthcare. Join Webinar 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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July 27, 2016




Chipotle Partners with Nevada PEP

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Las Vegas on Thursday, July 28
from 12:00pm to 8:00pm.
Bring in the Las Vegas FLYER & come into any of the 4 Chipotle locations.

Reno/ Sparks on Friday, July 29
from 12:00pm to 8:00pm.
Bring in the Reno/ Sparks FLYER & come into any of the 3 Chipotle locations.

Show the FLYER on your smartphone or tell the cashier you're supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Nevada PEP. Make eating a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Nevada PEP.




Insurer To Offer ABA Coverage Nationwide

The nation’s largest health insurer says it will soon include coverage of applied behavior analysis in every group plan it offers. UnitedHealthcare said that starting next year, every small and large group plan it sells across the country will feature coverage of the autism therapy. Read More Here . . .




Math Jungle Kindergarten App
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Kindergarten math is the focus of this fun and engaging game. The play based approach keeps children eager to practice. Your child will help a monkey collect bananas in a jungle by solving math problems. The game includes motivation for your child to improve their math skills.

-Happy Apping
Download Math Jungle Kindergarten App: by Little Big Thinkers
Download Math Jungle Kindergarten App in the Apple Store by clicking the button here Download Math Jungle Kindergarten 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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>>Introduction to IEP
Date: Thursday, 28 July 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
>>Bullies, Targets, and Bystanders: Responses that Work
Date: Tuesday, 02 August 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm




Check Out Nature's Video Explaining A New Map Of The Human Brain That Could Be The Most Accurate Yet

A new map of the human brain could be the most accurate yet, as it combines all sorts of different kinds of data. This might finally solve a century of disagreements over the shapes and positions of different brain areas. Watch Video Here . . .

Read more from Nature news Here . . .
Read the paper Here . . .




A Month To Raise Awareness for Minority Mental Health

Since 2008, the month of July is the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Although lived experience with mental health issues is evenly divided among racial groups, access to services to treat and identify mental illness is often unequal, not to mention that provider bias often still exists. This frequently leads to unmet needs and a lack of knowledge within minority communities about mental health care. Thanks to National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, minority communities have an opportunity to advocate for further awareness in their communities. Read More Here . . .




Want Youth Advocacy Updates?

For the most up-to-date information about System of Care, peer-to-peer supports for youth and the latest helpful resources related to mental health, be sure to stop by our Nevada PEP twitter page: twitter.com/nevadapep or search @NevadaPEP in twitter. In addition to our general posts related to our work at Nevada PEP, we post frequently about important and empowering updates for youth advocates. Also, this is an excellent way to get reminders related to our youth programs. So if you haven't already, follow us!




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Back to School Fairs and School Preparation Time!
Preparing for a new school year can be a big task for parents.Check out the following websites for your district to get questions answered and learn how to help your child have a great start to the new year!

Stop by the Nevada PEP table at the following Clark County School District/Cox Communications Back to School Fairs

View schedule of BACK TO SCHOOL FAIRS Here . . .

View all Nevada School Districts Registration information Here . . .




Public Invited to Town Hall Meetings on Proposal to Reorganize Clark County School District

Residents of Clark County are invited to participate in one of eight town hall meetings starting on Thursday, July 28th, to learn about and provide input into a proposed plan to reorganize the Clark County School District. The meetings are hosted by Clark County commissioners and are required under Nevada Assembly Bill 394. Click here for a list of meeting dates and locations.




"Youth Overcoming"

Meet Oliver, Katie, Brenda, Ryan, and Rose. They are all high school students who have different forms of mental health care needs. After reading these Success Stories, published by the PACER Center's Children's Mental Health and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders Project: Inspiring Opportunities The stories will inspire you. Read More Here . . .



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Reports Finds Gaps In Treatment For Some Behavioral Health Conditions Among Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations And People Without Health Insurance
Behavioral health issues include the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders. While gaps in treatment exist for the population as a whole, this Barometer identifies gaps that exist by health insurance status and for specific ethnic and racial populations.
Press Release . . .

Feature On Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Complementary Health
This National Center for Complementary and Integrated Health web page features tips and other resources about attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
View Website Here . . .

Text Messaging Aftercare Intervention Cuts Youths’ Risk For Relapse
An interactive mobile texting aftercare program has shown promise as a means to help teens and young adults engage with post-treatment recovery activities and avoid relapse, researchers report.
Learn More About Program Here . . .

National Minority Mental Health Month Twitter Storm
JULY 29, 2015, 2:00 PM ET
Mental health is an important component of overall good health; and racial and ethnic minorities often experience worse outcomes from mental health issues. This Twitter chat will provide an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health and to share important mental health resources and work towards improving cultural perspectives in minority communities seeking mental health services. Use hashtag #MMHMChat.





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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July 12, 2016
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Nevada Early Intervention System Improvements

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced that the U.S. Department of Education has determined that Nevada meets the requirements and purposes of Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Part C of the IDEA establishes the requirements for the statewide system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities ages birth to three. Brenda Bledsoe, Nevada Part C Coordinator stated, “The determination of meets requirements is the highest of four possible performance levels. This is truly a crowning achievement for Nevada’s early intervention system. It is a credit to everyone who works to ensure supports are available to improve outcomes for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.” To read the entire press release Click HERE . . .
 
 
 
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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): The Crawl towards Civil Rights

On July 26, Americans celebrate the 26th anniversary of the passage of Americans with Disabilities Act. The law remains a historic achievement, protecting the rights of people with disabilities to have access to employment, public entities, transportation, public accommodations and commercial facilities, telecommunications and more. The passage of the ADA was a result of passionate planning, organizing and hard work. One of the most powerful efforts prior to the passage of the law was the “Capitol Crawl," a demonstration where activists with disabilities, crawled up the steps of Capitol Hill which focused attention to the lack of access for people with disabilities.

As we celebrate this anniversary and raise awareness about the history of disability rights, people are encouraged to share and educate others on this important occasion by spreading the word through social media.
Read more about the ADA and sharing through social media Here . . .
 
 
Parent Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Response to Intervention

As we begin the new school year, learn more about the conversation that parents can have with the school about their children who may be struggling in school. Check out this easy to read publication produced by the National Center on the Response to Intervention which is intended to help parents and families understand Response To Intervention (RTI) by answering some frequently asked questions related to its structure and essential components. It also addresses the relationship between RTI and the referral and evaluation process for special education services. Nevada PEP encourages families to ask questions and review data so they can obtain the services and support their children need to be successful in school. Learn More 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
 
 
 
Military-Connected Children News
 
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Get Ready for Your First Move
Are you a military spouse preparing for your first move? Fortunately, there are plenty of resources available to help make moving as easy and stress-free as possible:

Talk to a Military OneSource relocation consultant.
Call Military OneSource any time to schedule a consultation with a spouse relocation and transition consultant who is well versed in everything related to a military move.

Know what to expect.
Visit Move.mil to register for and plan your move. Download the "It's Your Move" pamphlet for specific information about how your move will work.

Read More Here . . .
 
 
 
DayCape App - Daily visual planning
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DayCape is an app to help children with visual structure. It very simply displays with images and visual time what tasks need to be done during the day. Also it enables a web tool for supporters to the child such as parents, teachers and mentor to plan and send tasks directly to the child’s app. This can also be used to plan the day for whole families or school classes.

This app is especially created for supporting children with diagnoses such as autism, but it’s also a great support for all children and even adults. It’s based on research, interviews and user testings with families, schools that provide special care and other support organizations.

      -Happy Apping
Download DayCape - Daily visual planning by Daimonic Creations AB
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Evidence-Based Practices

Academic Intervention
Parents want to know what academic interventions have shown convincing evidence that help children make progress in math, reading and writing. The National Center on Intensive Intervention publishes this tools chart to assist educators and families in becoming informed consumers who can select intervention programs that best meet their individual needs. To understand more about evidenced or researched based practices in school, Click HERE . . . The following four tabs include information and ratings on the technical rigor of the studies:









Study Quality
  Full Bubble Convincing evidence
  Half Bubble Partially convincing evidence
  Empty Bubble Unconvincing evidence
Study Results
Intensity
Additional Research

Parents can start the conversation with their child's school about the evidenced based programs they are currently using to meet the individualized academic needs of students with disabilities. This tool chart study can be helpful in guiding the discussion and ultimately finding the program that helps a child make progress.

 
 
 
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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>> Ayude a su Hijo a Concentrarse en el Aprendizaje
    Fecha: Jueves, 14 de Julio, 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
>>Making the Most Out of Your Baby’s Early Intervention Services
    Date: Thursday, 21 July 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
 
 
 
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Center For Independent Living

The term "center for independent living" means a consumer‑controlled, community‑based, cross‑disability, nonresidential private nonprofit agency that is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities and provides an array of independent living services.

A Center for Independent Living
51% of staff are persons with disabilities; 51% of Board of Directors are persons with disabilities; and provides five core services:
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Information & referral
Independent living skills training
Individual and systems advocacy
Peer counseling
5. Transition: transition from nursing homes and other institutions to community-based residences; assisting individuals to avoid institutional placement; and transition of youth with significant disabilities after completion of secondary education to post-secondary life. In 2015, the Workforce Investment and Opportunities Act (WIOA) took another step toward codifying the spirit of Olmstead, adding transitions as a fifth “core service” provided by Centers for Independent Living. They are required to encourage partnership and referrals to American Job Centers as a free community based support for individuals with employment goals. Ask your center about these services and how they can support individuals with disabilities increase their independent skills and be fully integrated in their community.

 
 
 
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The Summer Months: A Great Time for Transition Planning

Whether you're in ESY, summer school, getting paid at a summer job or just enjoying the time off, the summer months provide a fantastic opportunity for families to look forward for the upcoming school year. This is especially true for transition-aged youth and long-term plans for the future. Families interested in quality transition planning that is student centered and student driven can visit the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition to learn more about what is essential for transition assessments, post secondary goals and instruction services. Also, there are case study illustrations of transition-aged youth. In addition, for those of you nearing their transition out of high school, there are helpful resources and examples of the Summary of Performance so you can begin preparation in advance before your final IEP. So, use these months wisely and read more about Transition Planning HERE . . .
 
 
Overcoming Challenges and Achieving the Dream

Preparing for life after school is very important for students with all disabilities, including those students who are deaf-blind. In addition, role models for students who are deaf-blind are an essential component for this transition. This motivational video from the National Center on Deaf-Blindness features youth who are deaf-blind with their role models and mentors and gives insight into foundational best practices for transition planning. Their stories are powerful and focus on both the everyday struggles in communicating and how youth who are deaf-blind really can achieve anything by finding strength in their disability. Youth who are deaf-blind will certainly be encouraged by the stories in this video, which settles for nothing less than high expectations and that important principle that transition is a team effort! Watch it HERE . . .
 
 
 
Learning about Inclusive Early Childhood Opportunities

"How do we make sure that kids with disabilities get the same kinds of opportunities that kids without disabilities get? The opportunity to learn and develop and thrive alongside their peers in the general curriculum gives them the best foot forward in life."
OSERS Assistant Secretary Michael Yudin speaking at the Bertha Alyce Early Childhood School.

Assistant Secretary Michael Yudin reminds us how valuable inclusive settings are for children with disabilities. As we approach the new school year, families often have questions about inclusive programs. Finding an Effective Inclusive School: Questions Every Parent Should Ask is a checklist that will help identify the key characteristics of a inclusive program and help families work with their school to ask how their child can learn in inclusive settings.

 
 
 
Every Students Succeeds Act and Assessments: Proposed Regulations

At both a federal and state level, the preparation for the shift to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), that replaces The No Child Left Behind Act, is in process with some recent updates related to assessments. The new law contains some fresh changes to the structure of education, including that states and schools districts ensure that students with and without disabilities are ready for college and career after graduation. A hallmark to this requirement is the creation of better, smarter and fairer tests. Essentially, the law maintains provisions that require states to administer to all students annual statewide assessments in reading language/arts and mathematics in grades 3-8 and once in high school, as well as assessments once in each grade span in science, and includes important protections to ensure that all students are offered appropriate accommodations when needed, and that all students are held to the same high standards.

Two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking were issued with respect to these initiatives this month, for Supporting Flexibility for States and Districts and High Expectations for All Students: Title I, Part A of the law and Promoting Innovation and Next Generation of Assessments: Title 1, Part B of the law.

To learn more about the assessment regulations from the U.S. Department of Education HERE . . .

To learn more about how to provide input for the proposed regulations and ESSA in general HERE . . .
 
 
 
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Blog Post: National Academies Releases New Consensus Report On Bullying
This blog post summarizes a new report on bullying by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. A group of federal agencies and philanthropic partners asked the National Academies to appoint a committee of experts to review the wealth of research on bullying that is now available and identify what else must be done to better understand and reduce bullying and its consequences. The committee presented its findings, conclusions, and recommendations in the report. Read Blog Post HERE . . .
 
Webinar: Got Coverage? Next Steps In Using Your Health Insurance
JULY 14, 2016, 2:00 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. Register Here . . .
 
Webinar: Special Enrollment Periods And Resources For The Uninsured
JULY 19, 2016, 3:00 PM ET
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. Questions and answers will be discussed at the end of the webinar. Join the 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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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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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.

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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!
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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 . . .
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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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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.
Read More Here . . .
 
 
 
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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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.

You Shop. Amazon Gives.
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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!
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Matrix Game 1, 2 & 3
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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.
      - Presented by Nevada PEP
>>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.
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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.
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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.
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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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