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Notes from the Director
Hello, I would like to let all of our members know that I attended the OSEP Leadership Conference in July that was held in Washington DC. I found it to be very informative and it allowed me to interact with staff from other Parent Training Information Centers.

The Executive Directors from Wyoming, South Dakota, and PEAK in Colorado gave me great ideas on how to expand our client reach. There was an excellent breakout session providing instruction on how to reach a large portion of the state through webinars and trainings using up-to-date technology. All in all, the conference was a success and helped this Executive Director interact with other PTI staff which resulted in a few new partnerships. I hope you all had a great summer and enjoy the little bit that is left.

Tim Starks
Executive Director

Pathfinder booth at the North Dakota State Fair
Pathfinder Services of ND Summer Happenings

This July, Pathfinder had booths at both the 2017 North Dakota State Fair in Minot and at the North Dakota Indian Education Summit in Bismarck.

The North Dakota Indian Education Summit was a great opportunity to network with families and professionals from across the state.

At this year's North Dakota State Fair, we took part in their Nonprofit Day, which promoted local nonprofit agencies with fun activities for local families. 
News from North Dakota State Agencies
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NDDHS Offers Support for Caregivers of Special Needs Children

Licensed and self-declared early childhood service providers who care for children with special needs, ages birth through 12 years, can apply for funding for additional support and resources for their programs through the Inclusion Support Program offered by the North Dakota Department of Human Services. Providers can use the funding to support staffing needs, purchase equipment or materials that support inclusive early childhood programming, or modify a child care setting by building ramps or widening doors to accommodate children with diverse abilities and needs.

The Inclusion Support Program also provides technical assistance to licensed and self-declared child care providers including educational resources, connections to community resources, on-site observations, and helpful strategies for meeting the unique needs of children. This assistance is offered through Child Care Aware of North Dakota at no cost to providers. All licensed and self-declared early childhood service providers can apply for the funding. These include childcare centers and school-aged programs, preschool programs, and family and group child care providers.

Providers must be licensed/regulated by the Department of Human Services to be eligible to apply for the funding. Applications will be accepted from Aug. 1 to Oct. 31, 2017.

Additional details, including an application, are online at:

In This Issue
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Library Spotlight
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Do Not Tweet at an IEP Meeting
by Anne Treimanis

Attorney Anne Treimanis shares effective advocacy tips for families who have children with disabilities. She is unable to represent every student receiving special education services, so the best of what she knows is right here! These strategies are designed for families, advocates, and attorneys.

North Dakota Happenings
Zot Artz For All 
(Peace Gardens)

Anne Carlsen Center and artist Dwayne Szot present an inclusive art event with universal tools so all participants can be successful no matter your ability.

This activity is free, but admission to Peace Gardens is $20 per vehicle.

Raising Elementary Students - Back to School Special
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Back to School

As autumn approaches, many children are heading back to school. Because children spend much of their time in classrooms, schools are an ideal setting to teach and model healthy behaviors. As children across the country get ready to return to school, parents and staff can gear up to improve the health of students and help them achieve academic success. 

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How to Get Your Child with ASD Ready for a New School Year Using Visual Information

Starting a new school year can be full of anxiety for any student or parent, but for individuals on the autism spectrum, the anxiety can be much more severe. This article describes the visual information a parent/professional can use to help a student with an Autism Spectrum Disorder prepare for the new school year.

Read the article here:  
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Back-to-School Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs

A new school year means a new grade, new teachers, new goals, and maybe even a new school! In order to help you and your child with special needs be as successful as you can be, Reading Rockets has put together a list of eight helpful back-to-school tips that we hope will make the transition into a new school year a little easier for you and your child.

Read the eight tips here: 

Life With Teens
Got Transition? Webinar Series: FREE For Youth, Families & Educators

The PEAK Parent Center is offering a three-part afternoon webinar series focused on successful transitions. These webinars are free, but space is limited so register now!

Assistive Technology Tools for Transition and Beyond
Presented by Therese Willkomm
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 1:00-2:00 pm Central
Tools to help assure success in college, careers, and employment.

Person-Centered Transition Planning
Presented by Beth Gallagher
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 1:00-2:00 pm Central
Strategies for assuring that transition planning is authentically centered on the student.

Starting the School Year off Right
Presented by PEAK Parent Center
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 1:00-2:00 pm Central
Tips for successful transitions: from preschool to elementary, to middle school, to high school, and beyond!

Multicultural Spotlight
Bullying: What American Indian and Alaska Native Parents Need to Know

Bullying has become a significant problem for youth, parents, school counselors, and many others. This paper from the Native American Parent Technical Assistance Center (NAPTAC) provides general information about bullying, and specific information about bullying of Native youth and those with disabilities. It also offers action steps for parents to take.

Training Opportunities & Upcoming Events

Assistive Technology Tools for Transition and Beyond (Webinar)August 16
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
OnlineFreeMore Info
Person-Centered Transition Planning (Webinar)August 23
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
OnlineFreeMore Info
Zot Artz For All
(* requires Peace Garden admission)
August 25
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
International Peace Garden
10939 Highway 281
Dunseith, ND

More Info
Starting the School Year off Right (Webinar)
August 30
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
FreeMore Info
Free Early Development Screenings from Anne Carlsen Center
Sept. 1
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
TNT Fitness
2800 Main Ave
Fargo, ND
FreeMore Info

All listed times are in Central Time.
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