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Life Launch - The Road to a Good Life
Life Launch: The Road to a Good Life

Learn about The Road to a Good Life in our next workshop in the Life Launch series!

A good life is important for everyone. Understanding what that looks like for youth with disabilities and how they can attain it is the main focus of this workshop. We will talk about college options when transitioning and what your rights are, along with what is available. You will get tips on transition planning and how to assess your strengths.

The workshop will take place at Pathfinder Services of ND. We are excited to meet both youth and their families! Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please join us for this exciting new series! 

Register today (spaces are limited).

Pathfinder Services of ND
1015 South Broadway (Town & Country Center)
Suite 16
Minot, ND 

March 25 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

To attend you must register before the event. Register here:

For more information:

Ealry Intervention - Pathfinder Shortcuts
Early Intervention - Pathfinder Shortcuts Webinar

Early Intervention is the first in our Pathfinder Shortcuts webinar series. The webinars in this series are designed to be short (under 10 minutes) overviews of different topics for those who want an introduction to a topic, a summary of important details, or a quick refresher. They are available to stream at any time. 

This Shortcut will cover the eight steps in the Early Intervention process.

In This Issue
Quick Links
 Resource Focus
Dispute Resolution in North Dakota_ Using the ND Mediation Process to Resolve Disputes
Dispute Resolution in North Dakota: Using the ND Mediation Process to Resolve Disputes
Pathfinder Services of ND

This brochure will assist parents of children with special needs using the ND mediation process to resolve disputes.

Experienced Parent Program logo
Would you like support through the early intervention process?

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

North Dakota News
Proclamation document
Assistive Technology Awareness Day

Governor Doug Burgum has proclaimed March 4, 2020, as Assistive Technology Awareness Day in North Dakota.

For more information on Assistive Technology, visit the following links:

Early Childhood
Milestones in Action website
Milestones in Action

On this site from the CDC, see photo and video examples of important developmental milestones that children should reach from 2 months to 5 years of age. Parents and caregivers can click on an age to see photo and video examples of important developmental milestones. Use this library as an aid in completing the milestone checklist for your child's age.

 Elementary Students
Child playing with chalk near crutches
Your Education Rights as a Student with Multiple Sclerosis

March 8-14 is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week. Every person has a right to strive for his or her education goals despite having a disability. This brochure from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society explains the differences in rights and responsibilities both for students and the schools they attend.  

  Youth & Young Adults
ADA Requirements
ADA Requirements: Testing Accommodations

Standardized examinations and other high-stakes tests are gateways to educational and employment opportunities. Whether seeking admission to a high school, college, or graduate program, or attempting to obtain a professional license or certification for a trade, it is difficult to achieve such goals without sitting for some kind of standardized exam or high-stakes test. 

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures that individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to fairly compete for and pursue such opportunities by requiring testing entities to offer exams in a manner accessible to persons with disabilities. When needed testing accommodations are provided, test-takers can demonstrate their true aptitude. Here are the Department of Justice's regulations that clarify and refine issues that have arisen over the past 20 years and contain new and updated requirements.

  Training Opportunities & Upcoming Events

Brain Injury Awareness Month
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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
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Multiple Sclerosis Month
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National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month
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World Birth Defects Day
Mar 3Everywhere
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Assistive Technology Awareness Day (ND)
Mar 4North Dakota
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Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week
March 8-14Everywhere
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Our Families Looking to the Future 2020 - Family Weekend (ND School for the Blind)
Mar 13-14Clarion Hotel
2200 E Burdick Expy
Minot, ND 58701
$10More Info
2020 BUDS Buddy Walk
Mar 21
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Alerus Center
1200 S 42nd St
Grand Forks, ND
FreeMore Info
World Down Syndrome Day
Mar 21Everywhere
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Life Launch: The Road to a Good Life (Pathfinder Workshop)
Mar 25
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Pathfinder Services of ND
1015 S Broadway, Suite 16
Minot, ND
FreeMore Info
CARES Parent Education Night - Special Needs Preschool
Mar 26
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
The Arc, Upper Valley
2500 Demers Ave
Grand Forks
FreeMore Info
Purple Day for Epilepsy
Mar 26Everywhere
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2020 Mind Matters Conference
March 26-27Ramada by Wyndham
3333 13th Ave South
Mandan, ND
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All listed times are in Central Time.

If you have an event you would like considered for this calendar, please send the details to with the subject 'Calendar Event for Newsletter'.
Pathfinder Services of ND 
701-837-7500 | |
Town & Country Center, 1015 S. Broadway, Suite 16
Minot, ND 58701