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Introducing our Special Education Evaluation Pocket Guide

Our latest pocket guide covers the evaluation process in special education. The guide covers the basic steps of the evaluation process, key terms and acronyms, notes of reevaluation, and more. This guide is a companion to our previous guide, Special Education Process Pocket Guide.

If you're interested in obtaining a copy of this guide, contact us at 701.837.7500 or by email at If you're in the Minot area, you can also stop by our office for a copy.

North Dakota News
5th Annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference

The 5th Annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference is scheduled for October 24 & 25, 2018 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND.  Anne Carlsen will be hosting the conference. This is an event intended to educate parents, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, and first responders about autism.

Whether you are new to autism or steeped in its many complexities, this conference has something for everyone.

Learn more here:

Early Childhood
IDEA Early Intervention Family Guides

These four family guides are designed to explain the dispute resolution options under Part C of the IDEA: mediation, written state complaints and the due process complaint and hearing procedures specific to families with infants or toddlers with disabilities (Birth through Age 2). The companion resource, "Quick Guide to Early Intervention Dispute Resolution Processes for Infants & Toddlers (Birth through Age 2)" offers a side-by-side look at dispute resolution options under Part C of the IDEA.  

CADRE developed the four Family Guides and the Quick Comparison Chart with the support of OSEP and Parent Leaders from across the country. 

Get the guides here:

In This Issue
Quick Links
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Would you like support through the early intervention process?

Follow the link below to get support or to refer a parent to the program.

 Library Focus
See and Learn First Word Pictures cover
See and Learn First Word Pictures
by Down Syndrome Education USA

See and Learn First Word Pictures is the first step in a series of activities specially developed to help children who have Down syndrome learn to talk and to read. It is designed for children who are at the first stage of learning language, with activities and resources to help children learn 60 common first words using pictures.
 Elementary Students
Pumpkins with painted smiling faces
Creating an Inclusive Halloween

Halloween is one of the most universally celebrated holidays in the United States today. Each year, children pour over costume ideas, dream about the treats they'll collect and enjoy fun, fall-themed activities at school and at businesses and organizations throughout the area. But Halloween isn't easy for every child. Children with food allergies and feeding issues struggle with treats they cannot enjoy. Children with anxiety battle fears and worries connected with sometimes too-spooky events. Children with social skills or communication issues may not have the ability to say "trick-or-treat!" or "thank you." Still others may struggle with finding a costume that fits with a wheelchair or mobility device.

This resource guide offers tips and additional information to help our families and the surrounding communities create a more inclusive Halloween.

Go to the guide:

  Youth & Young Adults
Save the Date - 10th Annual Independent Living Fair
10th Annual Independent Living Fair

Independence Inc. will host the 10th Annual Independent Living Fair on Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. at the Clarion Hotel & Convention Center in Minot.

The fair will feature agencies and organizations from across the Western North Dakota region committed to supporting individuals with disabilities. Vendors will be available to provide information on services such as recreation, health care, housing, employment, independent living, social programs, education, transportation, veteran assistance, aging care, legal aid and so much more.

The event is an excellent occasion for people to gather information and connect with valuable resources. Admission is free of charge and open to the public. People with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities and service providers are encourgaed to attend the event.

Visit their site:

National Bullying Prevention Month
October is National Bullying Prevention Month

National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign in the United States founded in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. Initially held the first week in October, the event was expanded in 2010 to the entire month.

Children with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers. The following site has many articles about the bullying and harassment of students with disabilities, inclding 'Top 10 facts that parents, educators and students should know', 'Rights and Policies', 'Self-Advocacy', and more.

Visit the site:

  Training Opportunities & Upcoming Events

National Disability Employment Awareness Month
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ADHD Awareness Month
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National Dyslexia Awareness Month
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ND Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference
Oct 4-5
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Oak Park Theater (Oct 4)
Sleep Inn & Suites (Oct 5)
Minot, ND
VariesMore Info
Amy Szarkowski, PhD (Speaker)
Oct 5
8:30 am to 2:30 pm
ND School for the Deaf
1401 College Dr N
Devils Lake, ND
More Info
Papa's Pumpkin Patch (ND Hands & Voices)
Oct 6
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Papa's Pumpkin Patch
5001 Fernwood Dr
Bismarck, ND
See LinkMore Info
World Cerebral Palsy Day
Oct 6Everywhere
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Party with the Pumpkins (ND Hands & Voices)
Oct 7
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Berry Acres Pumpkin
4605 County Road 15 W
Minot, ND
See LinkMore Info
2018 ND Fall Educators Conference
Oct 10-12Bismarck Event Center
315 S 5th St
Bismarck, ND
$200More Info
2018 NDECA Fall Conference
Oct 13
9:00 am to 3:15 pm
Alerus Center
1200 S. 24th St
Grand Forks, ND
VariesMore Info
Lil' Bitz Pumpkin Patch (ND Hands & Voices)
Oct 13
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Lil' Bitz Pumpkin Patch
7414 40th Ave N
Fargo, ND
See LinkMore Info
Nelson's Pumpkin Patch (ND Hands & Voices)
Oct 14
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Nelson's Pumpkin Patch
2448 20th Ave NE
Emerado, ND
See LinkMore Info
Trunk or Treat Fargo (FVND)
Oct 21
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Dakota Medical Foundation
4141 28th Ave S
Fargo, ND
FreeMore Info
5th Annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference
Oct 24 & 25
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Alerus Center
1200 S 42nd St
Grand Forks, ND
VariesMore Info
Care Coordination Training Part 1 (FVND)
Oct 25
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Anne Carlsen
218 4th St NW #4
Devils Lake, ND
FreeMore Info
Prairie Grit Wheelchair Basketball Clinic
Oct 27
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Minot Family YMCA
3515 16th St SW
Minot, ND
FreeMore Info
Trunk or Treat Bismarck (FVND)
Oct 27
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Gateway Mall Parking Lot
2700 State St
Bismarck, ND
FreeMore Info
Trunk or Treat Grand Forks (FVND)
Oct 28
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Lincoln Drive Park Parking Lot
120 Euclid Ave
Grand Forks, ND
FreeMore Info

All listed times are in Central Time.
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