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February 9, 2017
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Southern Nevada Challenger Little League is starting the 26th season!
Everyone who participates enjoys Challenger Little League.
To learn more about Challenger and to sign-up:
Nevada PEP 7211 W. Charleston Blvd.
Late sign ups end February 13, 2017.
For more information call Nevada PEP (702) 388-8899

Northern Nevada Challenger Little League is starting the 28th season! To learn more about Challenger and to sign-up:
Reno, NV contact Kathy Crawford by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sparks, NV online registration www.SparksCentennialLittleLeague.com
Or call Jim Gann (775) 971-4949
Carson City contact: CarsonCityLittleLeague on Facebook
Monday, January 5th to Wednesday, March 1st 2017.
 
The New Nevada Plan
For those interested in plugging in and engaging to improve Nevada's education system, 2017 is the year for you! Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), each state must develop a new educational plan. The initial draft for the Nevada's State Education Plan is open for public comment until March 1, 2017 and will be submitted to the U. S. Department of Education in April. Read It Here . . .
The plan includes new educational programs that will prepare Nevada students to be successful in the classroom and will give them the skills they need to better prepare them for post-secondary education and the workforce.
Please Add Your Voice Here . . .
 
Conversations About Including Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology (AT) is constantly evolving to provide more support for students with disabilities. In TIKES: Conversations about Including Assistive Technology, the PACER Center offers details about the federal laws regarding AT and helpful strategies that parents and professionals can use to advocate for AT in IFSP or IEP meetings. Ultimately, in school and beyond, AT helps bridge the educational gaps and enables student to be more successful in the classroom and within the community.
 
Work Matters!
Leaders from around the country are working to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities! Work Matters: A Framework for States on Workforce Development for People with Disabilities offers insight into the development of a policy framework, getting and accessing work opportunities and supporting self-employment and entrepreneurship. Additionally, can learn more about the development of career and education plans called individualized learning plans (ILPs). Read The Report Here . . .
 
Nevada PEP joins Nevada Big Give on March 23, 2017 click here to get a reminder email now
 
Get Involved…
As a concerned member of your community you CAN make a difference. Reach out to your decision makers. Your voice is very powerful.
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Open Your ABLE Account Today!
Great news! As of January 26, 2017, ABLE Accounts for Nevadans with disabilities, whose disability began before they were 26 years, can now be opened! Through the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, individuals are able to save money through a special savings account for related expenses such as education, housing, transportation, employment, health care, assistive technology and other approved expenses. The first $100,000 in an ABLE account will not count against the $2000 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) resource limit, nor will it count against asset limits other programs, such as Medical Assistance. Learn More Here . . .
Open an ABLE Account Here . . .
 
You and Your Family are invited! Free Trip to Carson City, NV! Ride with us to Carson City on a FREE charter bus and help kick off Children's Week at the Nevada Legislature. Las Vegas Leaving: Sunday, March 12 at 9am Returning: Monday, March 13 Late Evening. All meals are provided, limited number of free hotel rooms available. The bus will leave Cason City around 5pm on Monday ad arrive in Las Vegas between Midnight and 2am. Reno Leaving: Monday, March 13 7 am Returning: Monday, March 13 6 pm. Things to remember: Experience nevada's capital city! Meet with legislatures and their staff! Kids can make crafts and march in a parade! Breakfast and lunch are provided! Advocacy training provided! Help raise awareness of children's issues and remind elected officials that Nevada's youngest citizens should be priority! Bus seats are limited! Sign up today! Call 702-895-1040 or complete our on-line registration form at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017CWBus For more information visit: nic.unlv.edu/childrensweek
 
Military-Connected Children News
Enhancing Family Travel Screening
Military families relocating to remote or OCONUS locations must participate in family member travel screening. Each service currently uses its own set of distinct travel screening forms and processes, which can create challenges for families, particularly at joint-base and sister-service installations. To address these challenges, appointed medical representatives from the four services have been working together with the Office of Special Needs, under the Office of the Secretary of Defense, to develop standardized forms to enhance the family travel screening experience for all families.
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CamScanner App
Turn your mobile device into a portable scanner with the CamScanner app. Simply take a photo of the page you wish to digitize, and the app will give you the option to convert it into a PDF/JPEG file, store in the cloud, and even print or fax the document. Best of all, it can extract the scanned text (Optical Character Recognition) and make your PDF files searchable.

      -Happy Apping
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Download CamScanner App in the Apple Store     Download CamScanner App in the Google Play Store
 
Be a FORCE for Children's Mental Health" Video Contest
May 4, 2017 is designated National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day by The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration! The Clark County Children’s Mental Health Consortium is hosting the “Be a FORCE for Children’s Mental Health – Youth Video Contest” for youth aged 18 and younger. The video must be three minutes or less and focus on and promote positive mental health. The deadline for video submissions is Friday, February 24, 2017 and winners will be announced in April and recognized at a public screening on May 4th as part of the celebration. For more information about the contest, official rules and how to enter you can head over to SurveyMonkey or you can contact us at Nevada PEP, also, keep your eyes on our Twitter (@NevadaPEP), Facebook, and Instagram (@nevadapep) accounts for updates as well! May the force inspire you!
 
Early Childhood Inclusion
This issue of Resources within Reason: The Evidence for Inclusion features resources that will help parents and professionals quickly pull up definitions, research findings, and access essential examples of the evidence for inclusion. These materials may be used to raise awareness, support planning, offer strategies, and hopefully, change attitudes…”
Resources within Reason is a bi-monthly publication from the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC) available at no charge. All resources are evidence-based, readily available, and free. Resources within Reason may be freely shared or reproduced.
 
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Dyslexia in the Classroom
Along with parents, many elementary school teachers have limited resources related to dyslexia and other learning differences. Dyslexia in the Classroom: What Every Teacher Needs to Know was developed in 2017 by the International Dyslexia Association to help educators and parents better understand dyslexia. There are help resources on: Signs and symptoms of dyslexia; Classroom strategies, tips and tools; Components of effective reading instruction; and Screening, evaluation, and diagnosis. Another helpful publication is the DA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know. Sharing and using this information may help families and educators work together to help children who struggle with dyslexia. Ask your child's teacher about the programs and strategies that will help your child make improvements in their reading.
 
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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>> Considering College?
    Date: Friday, 17 February 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
>> Introduction to IEP
    Date: Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
 
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Scouting Builds Skills for an Inclusive Community
Girl Scouts of the USA and its local councils and troops value diversity and inclusiveness and do not discriminate. Learn about the long history of providing opportunities for girls with disabilities to be a Girl Scout and the benefits of learning with their peers. Girl Scouts of Southern NV and Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada are dedicated to inspire through the mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, providing programs for young people that build character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness. Check out the Disability Awareness resources to learn more how boys with disabilities are included in Boy Scouts. Click here to learn more Nevada Area Council in Reno and Boy Scouts of America Las Vegas.
 
Help Develop Children's Interactive Learning Games and Educational Television Programs
WestEd, a non-profit educational research organization,is currently working on a research project related to special education and the use of educational technology. We are soliciting parent feedback to find out what people find helpful and/or challenging about children's interactive learning games and educational television programs. Our goal is to advise a developer of these types of programs on how to make them as helpful as possible for students with different learning needs and abilities.
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Are You Willing To Talk With UNR Researchers About Your Child’s Diet Or Eating Habits?
Who is needed: Parents of children with intellectual disabilities (ID) or ID paired with other diagnoses (such as autism, cerebral palsy, genetic conditions, epilepsy etc.)
Why: To help us understand lived experiences of parents with their child’s eating habits. Research shows that there are sometimes issues with diet and health with children with ID, but we want to find out why children choose the foods they do and how parents and families experience these choices.
Learn More . . .
 
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A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities
We know the structure of the transition from school to postsecondary education and employment is often confusing. so check out this new guide from the United States Department of Education if you want any questions answered or a quick refresher about transition (Click Here). The Guide's aims to ensure students with disabilities have the skills and knowledge to be engaged in the workforce and to support families and their children with disabilities in the development and pursuit of their goals in adult life. There's even information about transition service requirements under IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act; the different programs available and strategies for supporting transition decisions made by students with disabilities.
 
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Reaching Out To Help: New PSAS For Latino Communities
This blog post describes recently released public service announcements (PSAs) to raise awareness among Hispanic/Latino communities about the five signs of emotional distress and where to go for help. View Blog Post Here . . .
 
Bullying Prevention In Indian Country
This fact sheet provides information and resources related to the specific bullying prevention needs for AI/AN communities. It highlights effective school-based anti-bullying prevention strategies.
View Fact Sheet Here . . .
 
Protecting Youth From Bullying: The Role Of The Pediatrician
This blog post describes how pediatric health care providers are an important, front line, family-trusted group that can not only detect the warning signs of victimization, but are also in a position to advise parents and advocate for their patients. It is important for health care providers to be prepared to screen and counsel children for bullying during both routine health maintenance exams and illness visits. Pediatricians can remind parents to be vigilant regarding changes in their child’s behavior or mood and keep channels of communication open.
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Webinar: How To Help a Child Who Worries Too Much
February 16, 2017, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Worry is a normal part of a child’s life. A child might feel anxious before taking a test or making an important decision. But for many children, anxiety involves more than temporary worry. These children experience excessive worry for months or years about a variety of everyday things. Some children find it difficult to control the worry, and the feelings interfere with daily activities such as school work and social activities. Join this NIMH webinar and learn to identify the signs and symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder and separation anxiety disorder, and specific evidence-based techniques that can help children learn different ways of thinking and reacting to anxiety provoking situations.
Sign-Up 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.
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Family Members of Children with Special Needs/ Behavioral Healthcare Needs
Your unique parenting experience combined with your passion to help other families navigate the maze of programs and services for their children, makes you an ideal candidate for a rewarding position with Nevada PEP. Apply Here . . .

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

You Shop. Amazon Gives.
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January 26, 2017
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Youth & Family Mental Health Engagement Summit:
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 from 10 am to 1 pm
Youth M.O.V.E Nevada here with an update from your Youth Facilitator’s Aric and Roslyn- Looking to make a difference in your community? You know that’s what we’re all about! Take part in the development and expansion of family and youth involvement in substance use and mental health treatment and recovery services in Nevada by attending the Youth & Family Mental Health Engagement Summit taking place in Reno and Las Vegas on January 28th, 2017 from 10am-1pm. We will be facilitating the event and representing our commitment to our values here at Youth M.O.V.E Nevada! Check out the flyer for locations and additional information to get involved. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Stephanie Tau at 775-203-6659 to RSVP if you would like to attend! Together, we can enhance service delivery statewide and create a model for others to follow! We hope to see you there!
Download Las Vegas Flyer   |   Download Reno Flyer
Southern Nevada Challenger Little League is starting the 26th season!
Everyone who participates enjoys Challenger Little League.
To learn more about Challenger and to sign-up:
Nevada PEP
7211 W. Charleston Blvd.
Monday, January 2nd to Friday, February 10th 2017.
For more information call Nevada PEP (702) 388-8899

Northern Nevada Challenger Little League is starting the 28th season! To learn more about Challenger and to sign-up:
Reno, NV contact Kathy Crawford by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sparks, NV online registration www.SparksCentennialLittleLeague.com
Or call Jim Gann (775) 971-4949
Carson City contact: www.CarsonCityLittleLeague.com
Monday, January 5th to Wednesday, March 1st 2017.
Nevada Health Link
Nevada Health Link, supported by the state agency Silver State Health Insurance Exchange, is an online health insurance marketplace offering plans based on income. The Exchange also provides qualified individuals with federal tax credits and subsidies to help cover the cost of health insurance premiums. Fact Sheet
Southern Nevada Flyer English & Spanish
Northern Nevada Flyer English & Spanish

My Study Life App
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School life is complicated. To help you stay on top of your schedule and often conflicting deadlines, My Study Life is more than just a day planner and school calendar — the app even sends reminders to your mobile device whenever you have upcoming deadlines. As one of the few ad-free agenda apps on the market, My Study Life’s colorful interface gives you all the info you need regarding your day at a glance.

-Happy Apping
Download My Study Life App, by: My Study Life, Ltd.
CLick to Download in the Apple Store     Click to download it from Google Play
Children's Week at the Legislature
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JOIN US! A free bus is available from Las Vegas and Reno on certain dates.
Sign up for this great experience on the website listed below.
Have an organizational table during the week.
Sponsor a breakfast or lunch, or travel for youth to attend events during the week.
SPREAD THE WORD! Have as many families and children be a part of Children’s Week at the Legislature as possible.
VOLUNTEER! Volunteer in Carson City during the week.
Sign-up Here   |   Download Flyer
Be a FORCE for Children's Mental Health" Video Contest
May 4, 2017 is designated National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day by The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration! The Clark County Children’s Mental Health Consortium is hosting the “Be a FORCE for Children’s Mental Health – Youth Video Contest” for youth aged 18 and younger. The video must be three minutes or less and focus on and promote positive mental health. The deadline for video submissions is Friday, February 24, 2017 and winners will be announced in April and recognized at a public screening on May 4th as part of the celebration. For more information about the contest, official rules and how to enter you can head over to SurveyMonkey or you can contact us at Nevada PEP, also, keep your eyes on our Twitter (@NevadaPEP), Facebook, and Instagram (@nevadapep) accounts for updates as well! May the force inspire you!   Download Flyer Here . . .
Equity In the Individuals with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education has released a new Dear Colleague letter and final regulations published on the issue of promoting equity for students of color in special education. The letter and regulations highlight issues related to "significant disproportionality in identification, placement and discipline of students with disabilities based on race and ethnicity." The letter identifies ways to address these issues starting with “ensuring the right services get to the right students in the right way.” To read more, consult the Fact Sheet Here . . . Also, review the Dear Colleague Letter Here . . .

Transition to 2017: Keeping it all together
Happy New Year and all the best for a productive and rewarding 2017! We have shared a great number of releases with you over the past couple of months, which may have been difficult to keep up with around the holidays. For ease of reference, we have compiled the resources, guidance, and other documents in one place.





The Department released several documents related to the rights of students with disabilities attending public charter schools, including a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), a Know Your Rights factsheet, and FAQ documents relating to Section 504 and IDEA. Stay tuned for details on a webinar presenting the guidance package, available next week!
Nevada PEP joins Nevada Big Give on March 23, 2017 click here to get a reminder email now
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
Behavior & Discipline in School
Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Considering College?
Friday, 17 February 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Promoting Social and Emotional Development:
New Resources for Communities and Families with Young Children
Building on prior successful partnerships to promote early brain and language development and early STEM education, today, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services are joining with Too Small to Fail to release a Fostering Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Young Children Toolkit on social and emotional development. All of the resources feature examples of simple actions to take, some of which caregivers might be doing already, such as maintaining consistent routines for young children. Check out the following new resources to help families learn more about social emotional needs in young children.







A tip sheet for parents and families of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers
A tip sheet for infant, toddler, and preschool providers and educators
A milestones chart with key information on social and emotional development from birth to age 5
A fact sheet on the research behind social and emotional development in early childhood and lifelong outcomes
A “Let’s Talk About Feelings” poster
Getting Ready for Statewide Testing!
Statewide testing is important because it helps ensure all public school students, no matter where they go to school, receive a quality education. The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) develops or selects and administers all state assessments. Student Assessment Calendar for the 2016-2017 School Year gives projected dates when schools are required to test students.

Talk with your child's school about the types of Universal Tools, Designated Supports and Accommodations that are needed for your child to participate in Smarter Balanced and End of Course exams. The Usability, Accessibility and Accommodations Guide will help to identify the supports that students have access to on state tests. Parents may want to review the Supplementary Aids and Services section of the IEP to see what accommodations are working for the student. That information can be transferred to the Testing Accommodations for Students in Special Education and 504 Programs form. Accommodations ensure access for students and provide opportunities for them to demonstrate learned information.
Adding Better Mental Health Care To Primary Care; A New Era Of Behavioral Health Integration
Many people visit a primary health care provider to treat physical diseases and injuries; however, it is also common for patients to see a primary care provider because of behavioral health issues, including mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, or problems with alcohol use. It also summarizes an analysis of the new CMS behavioral health integration policy by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and CMS staff.
Science Update . . .
HHS Selects Eight States For New Demonstration Program To Improve Access To High Quality Behavioral Health Services
HHS announced the selection of eight states for participation in a two-year Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration program designed to improve behavioral health services in their communities. The eight states HHS selected for this demonstration program include Minnesota, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.
Press Release . . .
Research To Practice: Building Supportive And Inclusive Programming For American Muslim Youth
In today’s environment, incidents of bullying against Muslim youth have risen, resulting in concern for schools and youth organizations. This blog post summarizes an interview with Sameera Ahmed, Ph.D., Director of The Family and Youth Institute and a leading researcher on American Muslim youth, about what mentoring practitioners can do to build supportive and inclusive programs that meet the needs of Muslim youth and families, while promoting the safety and inclusion of all participants.
Research For Supportive Inclusion Programs 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 . . .

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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Toll-Free (800) 216-5188 7211 West Charleston Blvd. 4600 Kietzke Lane, Suite I-202
www.nvpep.org Las Vegas, NV 89117 Reno, NV 89502
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January 12, 2017
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Southern Nevada Challenger Little League is starting the 26th season!
Everyone who participates enjoys Challenger Little League.
To learn more about Challenger and to sign-up:
Nevada PEP 7211 W. Charleston Blvd.
Monday, January 2nd to Friday, February 10th 2017.
For more information call Nevada PEP (702) 388-8899

Northern Nevada Challenger Little League is starting the 28th season! To learn more about Challenger and to sign-up:
Reno, NV contact Kathy Crawford by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sparks, NV online registration www.SparksCentennialLittleLeague.com
Or call Jim Gann (775) 971-4949
Carson City contact: www.CarsonCityLittleLeague.com
Monday, January 5th to Wednesday, March 1st 2017.
 
Updates from the US Department of Education:
New Steps to Create Better, Fairer and Fewer Tests
With the changes in the Every Student Succeeds Act, the US Department of Education has issued updated guidance for education agencies and members of the public about related to the improvement of assessments, and the elimination of unnecessary and low-quality tests. The letter highlights elements of President Obama's Testing Plan and the principles for high-quality assessment systems and the use of funds to support these systems. Examples of how education agencies can use federal funds to support fewer, smarter, high-quality tests include making assessments results more usable and understandable for parents, using assessment data to improve teaching and learning and offering professional development on creating better local assessments. Read the letter Here . . .
 
Early Childhood Inclusion
The Technology Solutions for Early Childhood...The Future is NOW Symposium
Assistive technology helps children with disabilities (ages birth to 5) participate in everyday activities in order to grow and learn. In November 2016, Center on Technology and Disability hosted the Technology Solutions for Early Childhood Symposium. The symposium brought together educators, parents, thought leaders, researchers, and practitioners in early childhood development and assistive technology (AT).
Participants learned about evidence-based practices, current research, and ways in which families are successfully using technology to support the developmental and learning needs of their children. Check out these activities that can help children fully participate in early childhood inclusive classrooms.

”The real miracle of technology may be the capacity it has to remove previously insurmountable barriers faced by persons with disabilities” (Simon, 1991).
 
U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services Award $247.4 million in Preschool Grants to 18 States
U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. announced today that 18 states (including Nevada) will receive more than $247.4 million in awards under the Preschool Development Grant program to continue their work in expanding access to high-quality preschool for children from low- to moderate-income families.
 
Military-Connected Children News
Tax Breaks for Families With Special Needs
There's no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and the odds of winning the lottery aren't exactly in your favor. Tax breaks, though, may be something you can bank on. If you are filing taxes on behalf of yourself or a family member with special needs, you may be eligible for certain tax breaks.
Here are some tips for military families with members who have special needs:
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Breathing Bubbles App
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Breathing Bubbles is an app that helps kids practice releasing worries and focusing on good feelings. This may be especially helpful for kids who struggle with labeling emotions, moving beyond an event that's causing anxiety, or handling stress in an appropriate manner.

      -Happy Apping
Breathing Bubbles, By Momentous Institute
Download Breathing Bubbles App in the Apple Store     Download Breathing Bubbles App in the Google Play Store
 
Be a FORCE for Children's Mental Health" Video Contest
May 4, 2017 is designated National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day by The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration! The Clark County Children’s Mental Health Consortium is hosting the “Be a FORCE for Children’s Mental Health – Youth Video Contest” for youth aged 18 and younger. The video must be three minutes or less and focus on and promote positive mental health. The deadline for video submissions is Friday, February 24, 2017 and winners will be announced in April and recognized at a public screening on May 4th as part of the celebration. For more information about the contest, official rules and how to enter you can head over to SurveyMonkey or you can contact us at Nevada PEP, also, keep your eyes on our Twitter (@NevadaPEP), Facebook, and Instagram (@nevadapep) accounts for updates as well! May the force inspire you!
 
Youth M.O.V.E. Nevada Updates:
Get Your Voices Heard at the First Youth and Family Mental Health Engagement Summit!
Looking to make a difference in your community? You know that’s what we’re all about! Take part in the development and expansion of family and youth substance use treatment and recovery services in Nevada by attending the Youth & Family Mental Health Engagement Summit taking place at The Center in Las Vegas (401 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89101) and Northern Nevada HOPES (580 W. 5th St., Reno, NV 89503) on January 28th, 2017 from 10am-1pm. We will be facilitating the event and representing our commitment to our values here at Youth M.O.V.E Nevada! Check out the flyer for locations and additional information to get your voices heard. Together, we can enhance service delivery statewide and create a model for others to follow! See you there!
 
Keeping Parents Informed - Evidenced Based Practices in Education
About IES: Connecting Research, Policy and Practice
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is the statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Education. Their mission is to provide scientific evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and to share this information in formats that are useful and accessible to educators, parents, policymakers, researchers, and the public. Using filters, parents can find out about the latest programs that have evidence of effectiveness for students with disabilities in K-12 grades. Ask your child's school about these programs to see how they could be included in your child's special education program.
 
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
>> Procedural Safeguards
    Date: Friday, 20 January 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
>> Understanding Section 504 – A Civil Rights Law
    Date: Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
 
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How Can Families Get Involved in the Upcoming Legislative Session?
Children need caring adults in their life to help make decisions about their future. Those adults include parents, grandparents, child care providers, teachers, education administrators, business owners and the community at large. Each group has a stake in our future generation and can become advocates for children. By getting involved you can influence public policies that support children in a variety of ways.

The 79th (2017) Session of the Nevada Legislature will begin on Monday, February 6, 2017. Using this search engine constituents can find out who their legislators are that represent your district or your child's school -
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Learning about the Bill Draft Requests (BDR) can help you become informed about what is being proposed. Your input can and should shape legislation for Nevada. Make your voice heard by contacting your legislator and possibly testifying at a hearing. Tips for Giving Your Testimony handout may be helpful in preparing your testimony. Your testimony can make a difference in whether a bill is passed or put to rest.
 
US Department of Ed Announces Guidance on the Rights of Students With Disabilities
Today the Department released a suite of resources which assist educators, parents, and students in understanding how the Department interprets and enforces federal civil rights laws protecting the rights of students with disabilities.
Guidance documents include:
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Dear Colleague Letter, Know Your Rights Factsheet, and questions and answers (Q&A) documents making clear to stakeholders the rights of student with disabilities in public charter schools under IDEA and Section 504;
Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools; and
Dear Colleague Letter and Q&A document which offer information about the legal limitations on use of restraint or seclusion to assist school districts in meeting their obligations to students with disabilities.
 
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Preparing for College: The Campus Visit
For students considering postsecondary education, an important step in planning for college is a campus visit. To get the most out of the experience, the PACER Center has created a list of helpful activities for your university or college visit. Some of the tips include setting up a tour of the campus, visiting the financial aid office and talking to current students attending the school. In addition, there are links to references online, including suggested questions for your visit to the Disability Resource Center. Importantly, these tips can help students find out which college is the right fit. For more information, Click Here . . .

TechEnabled: Independence, Skill and Success for All
Technology is advancing every day for people with disabilities. Because of these innovations, many people with disabilities are able to benefit in all aspects of life. In “Tech Enabled,” a series of stories illustrate how assistive and accessible technology have offered new opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Read More Here . . .
 
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New Report Details Impact Of The Affordable Care Act; Millions Of Americans Have Gained Coverage, And Millions More Have Had Their Coverage Substantially Improved
HHS released an extensive compilation of national and state-level data illustrating the substantial improvements in health care for all Americans in the last six years. The uninsured rate has fallen to the lowest level on record and 20 million Americans have gained coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Press Release . . .
 
Services For Transgender Youth
This resource focuses on how professionals can best serve transgender youth, particularly those in foster care. It includes articles covering the following topics: how to support transgender youths’ mental health and well-being, sexual health issues for transgender youth, five things transgender youth need, and a transgender male's experience in foster care. The issue also includes a glossary of terms to assist professionals when working with transgender youth.
View Resource Here . . .
 
Webinar: Understanding Depression In Teenagers
JANUARY 19, 2017, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Join Dr. Argyris Stringaris, Chief of the NIMH Mood, Brain and Development Unit for a webinar on depression in teenagers. Depression is one of the leading causes of the global burden of disease, more so than major physical illnesses such as cancer or cardiovascular disease. During this webinar, the following questions and topics will be addressed: how common and impairing is depression; what are the most sensitive phases of development for young people; why do some children become depressed while others are resilient in the face of stress; is there a role for psychological treatments; and how good are the current treatments for youth depression and what are we still lacking. Register Here . . .
 
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December 28, 2016
Consider making a difference this Holiday Season Just one person can inspire tremendous change in the lives of those around them... and it all starts with you. You can make a difference!! Nevada PEP is asking for your support this holiday season by giving a charitable donation. Your end of year tax-deductible donation will support the many programs and services we provide to families who have children with special needs. If you have already sent in your tax deductible donation to Nevada PEP, thank you, we are so grateful for your support. If you have not yet donated please know that it is not too late. By keeping our children in schools, advancing their skills, and being successful in the workforce, we are making a difference, helping our children to be a part of and included in our community and helping to build strong families. Your donation provides much-needed support to families with children with special needs. Specifically, your support will help Nevada PEP: Ensure that parents who have children with disabilities are empowered with the support, information and resources they need to become their child's best advocate. Continue the Hand in Hand Together We Can Appreciation Program recognizing exceptional people who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of families and children with disabilities. Reach more pre-school children and teachers and educate them on disabilities and bullying prevention through the art of puppetry.We are counting on you for your support, please donate TODAY.
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Justice Department Reaches Agreement with Princeton University to Resolve Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Review
On December 19, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice reached an agreement with Princeton University with respect to the treatment of a students with mental health disabilities and policies, practices of students, accommodations and modifications, withdrawals, and filing a leave of absence. In the agreement, the university will strengthen their policies, practices, and training to benefit current students and future students with disabilities. The revision of policies will be consistent with the regulations implemented in Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In addition, annual trainings on Title III will be provided for all staff members who evaluate requests for accommodations. You can read about the entirety of the agreement and about how the university is helping to fulfill the promise of the ADA Here . . .

Appreciating Diversity and Keeping Schools Safe
Media coverage of social issues has a profound impact on how communities understand and address problems. Research and expert opinion suggest that certain trends in media coverage of bullying have the potential to do harm. In fact, an analysis of media articles has shown that certain elements of bullying stories are often missing key information, which can lead to misrepresentation of the facts. And, news stories may not be an indication of a trend--journalists are often reporting local incidents.
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Accommodations for College/Career Ready Tests
The College Board has overhauled its request process for testing accommodations, making it easier for eligible students to receive the support they need on College Board assessments.Beginning January 1, 2017, the vast majority of students who are approved for and using testing accommodations at their school through a current Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan will have those same accommodations automatically approved for taking the SAT®, PSAT™10, PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT Subject Tests™, and AP® Exams.
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ACT Announces Improvements to the ACT® Test Accommodations System
Students who apply for accommodations on the ACT test due to diagnosed disabilities will soon benefit from a new system that will simplify and speed up the application process. ACT announced a new Test Accessibility and Accommodations System that will pilot in June 2016. The new system will streamline the process, providing a faster and more user-friendly experience for students who apply for accommodations on the college readiness test.
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Introducing Youth M.O.V.E. Nevada!
An exciting update from Aric and Roslyn, your Youth Facilitators! We are now a chapter within Youth M.O.V.E. (Motivating Others Through Voices of Experience) National and would like to introduce Youth M.O.V.E. Nevada, our official statewide chapter! Youth M.O.V.E. is a youth led organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development in youth. This is done through peer support by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health. We want to sincerely thank Nevada System of Care, Nevada PEP, the youth involved with effort; and of course, Youth M.O.V.E. National! The support we received from you made Youth M.O.V.E. Nevada a reality! For more information contact our office and ask for your youth facilitator or check out Youth M.O.V.E. Nationals website at www.youthmovenational.org

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

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Friday, 6 January 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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Friday, 20 January 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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








Final Regulations: PDF (587KB)
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OSEP funds Technical Assistance centers that provide support to states on issues related to disproportionality and equity in education. Supports on this topic can be accessed here.

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

Guidance for School Resource Officers
School Resource Officers (SROs) are a part of most school campuses. For some community members and parents, there have been increasing concerns about school resource officers involvement in administrating discipline in schools. These concerns are at the national level, as well. The U.S. Secretary of Education released a Dear Colleague Letter in September identifying his concerns “about the potential for violations of students' civil rights and unnecessary citations or arrests of students in schools, all of which can lead to the unnecessary and harmful introduction of children and young adults into a school-to-prison pipeline.” Along with his concerns he announces a new resources created by the U.S. Department of Education and Justice called the Safe, School-based Enforcement through Collaboration, Understanding and Respect (SECURe) Rubric. This can help schools that use SROs, revise their policies so that they are aligned with “common sense action steps” and create a healthy partnership between schools and law enforcement.
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Nevada High School Graduation Rate For Class Of 2016 Rises
Nevada Department of Education (NDE) released the statewide cohort graduation rate for the class of 2016. Statewide, the public high school graduation rate rose more than 2.5 percentage points over the previous year – from 70.77 percent in 2015 to 73.55 percent, Nevada schools graduated 1,060 more students in 2016 than in 2015. The graduation rate for Nevada's students with disabilities was 29.29%. To learn more about the rate by school district and by subgroup, click on the cohort summary.


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

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

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

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

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

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



Info Briefs Supporting Student Success in Community Colleges by Connecting Activities
For many students with lived experience with mental health needs who attend community colleges, access to services, support and health care is important. The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth has created a series of Info Briefs to raise awareness about connecting students to services while in community college. Read the Briefs HERE . . . One Brief focuses specifically on mental health services, covering topics such as sharing mental health needs, access to counselors and care, and the transition into the adult mental health care system, in addition to resources and examples from specific community colleges: Read More Here . . .


PEP Webinars
These webinars allow you to take a short break to get the information you need without leaving your home or work. Click the links below to get a description and register for these amazing webinars.
- Presented by Nevada PEP
Introduction to IEP
Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Making the Most Out of Your Baby’s Early Intervention Services
Thursday, 1 December 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Behavior & Discipline in School
Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm



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



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




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

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

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

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




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


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

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

      -Happy Apping
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Download Geoboard App in the Apple App Store     Download Geoboard App in the Google Play Store
 
Policy Progress Report on Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Assistive Technology (AT)
Technology is an essential element for citizenship and inclusion of people with disabilities. In October, the National Council on Disability (NCD) released their annual progress report which focuses this year on Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Assistive Technology in education, employment, health and well-being, and independent living. The report provides insight into both the current barriers and the possible innovations of the future related to technology. Recommendations to leaders, the technology industry and local communities are offered, including a Technology Bill of Rights for People with Disabilities.
Read More . . .

 
Evidence-Based Practices in Education
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The National Early Childhood Transition Center's mission is to examine factors that promote successful transitions between infant/toddler programs, preschool programs, and public school programs for young children with disabilities and their families.
Visit Transition TiPS, a web-based toolkit to assist in identification of specific practices and strategies.
 
 
PEP Webinars
 
These webinars allow you to take a short break to get the information you need without leaving your home or work. Click the links below to get a description and register for these amazing webinars.
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>> Planning for Change - School to Adult Transition
    Date: Thursday, 17 November 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
>> Introducción al Curso del IEP
    Fecha: Lunes, 21 de Noviembre 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
 
 
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Programs to Help Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
If families are concerned about their infant or toddler's development, or suspect that their little one has a disability, services from early intervention provider can help a child learn many key skills to help meet their developmental milestones. The Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities, Part C of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), is a federal grant program that assists states in operating a comprehensive statewide program of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities, ages birth through age 2 years, and their families. In order for a state to participate in the program it must assure that early intervention will be available to every eligible child and its family. The federal law, IDEA Part C, requires states including Nevada to provide quality services that meet the individual needs of eligible infants and toddlers. Families can call to start the evaluation process and find out more about services from Nevada Early Intervention or from one of the seven community partners.
 
 
ESSA and Early Learners
Early education took center stage in October with the U.S. Department of Education. The Department authored guidance related to the Every Student Succeeds Act and the importance of early learning and education for all students. Key elements to the guidance include the benefits of early learning; ensuring alignment, collaboration and coordination across programs and communities; and expanding access to high- quality early learning. Early learning is an essential component to equity and educational success. Read The Guidance Here . . .
 
 
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High Expectations, Family Involvement and Post School Success
Two essential indicators for a successful transition from high school to adulthood are active parent involvement in the transition planning process and parents with high expectations for their son or daughter. In October, Nevada PEP representatives presented with transition expert Sean Roy of the PACER Center at the 2016 Nevada Transition Conference about partnering with families in the transition process and promoting high expectations. For additional information about these concepts, review this new brief that incorporates ideas from parent advocates from around the country and presents seven strategies and thirteen activities for professionals to partner with families and promote high expectations. Read The Brief here . . .
 
 
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The Negative Effects Of Cyberbullying & What We Can Do To Prevent It
This blog post describes cyberbullying and its effects. Cyberbullying should not be seen as any less of a threat as traditional bullying. Cyberbullying will evolve as new technology is used and adapted, and so should methods to not only react against cyberbullying, but also to be proactive and stop cyberbullying before it happens. Learn How To Be Proactive Here . . .
 
School Bullying And Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender Students
Bullying is a big problem for many children and teens, and especially for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students. This post outlines the available data, and how schools can address bullying through policy. Read Post Here . . .
 
Webinar: Resources, Innovatioons, And Partnership:
Supporting The Wellness Of Military Children And Their Families
NOVEMBER 22, 2016, 1:30-3:00 PM ET
This SAMHSA Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance Center webinar will provide an overview of the research on military and Veteran children and tips for supporting military families. Presenters also will discuss strategies to build partnerships and develop targeted messaging to better engage and support military and Veteran families. Participants will be able to download the mobile app, a variety of links, and innovative tools and resources to aid parents, caregivers, educators, and providers in providing the needed support to the children of our service members and Veterans. Join Webinar Here . . .
 
 
 
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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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