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Special Education Process Pocket Guide Now Available from Pathfinder Services of ND

Our new resource, Special Education Process Pocket Guide, is now available from Pathfinder!

This handy folded guide easily fits into a pocket, folder, or purse. It contains quick tips and information on the special education process in North Dakota, including important terms and acronyms. The inside details the ten steps of the special education process.

To request a copy of this resource, contact Pathfinder Services of ND at 701.837.7500.

News from ND Department of Human Services
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Families Can Apply for the Autism Spectrum Disorder Voucher Program Beginning June 1

Families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) ages three to 17 can apply, beginning June 1, for autism voucher program services for the upcoming state fiscal year that starts July 1. New and participating families are encouraged to apply during the annual enrollment period.

Participation is currently limited to 53 children per year. Families are served on a first come, first served basis, and must apply annually.

Vouchers help pay for respite care for family caregivers, assistive technology such as sensory or safety equipment, caregiver training, and other support services such as tutoring. The purpose of the voucher program is to enhance the quality of life of qualifying children and to meet the unique needs of their families. It also fills a gap by providing resources for non-therapy related services for families who do not qualify for other help.

For more information about the program and how to apply: NDDHS Press Release

In This Issue
Quick Links
Library Spotlight
Early Intervention Games
by Barbara Sher

This resource provides a wide selection of fun and novel games to do at home or in the classroom, including a variety of games to play in water.
Pathfinder Services of ND - Experienced Parent Program
Experienced Parent

Have you heard about our Experienced Parent Program? 
To learn more, click below:

Getting Them Off to a Good Start
Early Childhood Education From Birth to Age 7
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Right Track Program

Right Track is a free program for all North Dakota children, birth to three years of age. 

Right Track Consultants can meet with you in the privacy of your own home and can provide: Developmental Screenings; Ideas on stimulating your child's development; and Information and referrals to local, state, and national organizations.

Raising Elementary Students
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ADA Q & A: Summer Fun

The arrival of spring prompts parents to begin the search for summer activities for their children. Besides extended school year special education services designed by school districts and a few programs that serve the needs of children with disabilities exclusively, parents of children with disabilities often have a difficult time finding social and recreational activities for their kids to participate in their community.  

However, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should make more options available to families by ensuring their right to participate in community and neighborhood programs in integrated settings. School districts, park boards, community centers, libraries, and science, history and art museums that offer summertime classes, day camps, recreation programs, art activities, or nature hikes must make their programs accessible to individuals with disabilities. Parents should know that they can expect these kinds of programs to meet their child's needs, too. 

From the Pacer Center, here are some examples of how the ADA affects such programs

Life With Teens
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Transition and Youth Leadership Conference

The ND Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health are hosting their Annual Transition and Youth Leadership Conference on July 15 - July 16. The conference will take place at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck. The keynote will be Youth Move National, a youth-driven organization dedicated to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.

For information, call ND Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health at 701-222-3310 or visit the event page at:

Multicultural Spotlight
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5th Annual North Dakota Indian Education Summit

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI),Office of Indian/Multicultural Education and the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission announces the 5th Annual North Dakota Indian Education Summit (NDIES). 

This two-day summit will be held from July 12-13 in the Brynhild Haugland Room at the North Dakota State Capitol. The NDIES is open to all educators and designed to provide professional development and best practices in Indian Education.
For more information, including registration and agenda, visit their site:

Training Opportunities & Upcoming Events

Mental Health Apps (SAMHSA Webinar)
June 5
11:00am - 12:00pm
FreeMore Info
Community Leadership Academy (CLA) Session 4
June 7
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Minot Public Library, South Room
825 E. Beaton Drive
Minot, ND
--More Info
2018 NDAB Convention
June 8-10Bismarck, ND
?More Info
8th Annual ND MTSS Conference
June 11-13Holiday Inn Fargo
3803 13th Ave. South
Fargo, ND
VariesMore Info
Community Leadership Academy (CLA) Session 5
June 14
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Minot Public Library, South Room
825 E. Beaton Drive
Minot, ND
--More Info
Make a Splash Summer Camp (ND School for the Deaf)
June 11-15Triangle YMCA Camp
Near Garrison, ND
$150More Info
NDAD Escape to the Lake
June 16
10:00 am to ??
Nelson Lake Recreation Area
FreeMore Info
Community Leadership Academy (CLA) Session 6
June 21
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Minot Public Library, South Room
825 E. Beaton Drive
Minot, ND
--More Info
TechnoCamp 2018: "Walking with Dinosaurs" (ACC Youth Activity)
June 24-29Camp Grassick
833 Grassick Ln
Dawson, ND
?More Info

All listed times are in Central Time.
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