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PEP Takes Steps to UNITE AGAINST BULLYING!

UNITY DAY Oct. 12, 2011 See picture

 

 

Nevada PEP provided Bozarth Elementary, Long Elementary, Park Elementary, Jydstrup Elementary, Robert Taylor Elementary, Mathews Elementary, and Depaoli Middle School with bullying prevention bulletin boards, pledge bookmarks and other resources to help stop bullying.

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Nevada PEP's 1st Parking Lot Sale
When: Saturday Sept. 17th, 2011
From: 8am - 12pm
Location: 2101 S. Jones blvd, Las Vegas, NV

Bring the family!
And Come Find a Treasure!

2011 Challenger Little League World Series 1st Pitch

Tom Taycher threw out the Opening 1st Pitch @ 2011 Challenger Little League World Series and was accompanied by his son Kenny Taycher. Tom Taycher has been the Director of the Southern Nevada Challenger Little League for 20 years!

Words are Important

By: Karen Taycher

The disability community celebrates a bill passed by the 2011 Nevada Legislature.  SB149 brought Rosa’s Law to Nevada.  This Federal Law removed the term “mental retardation” from federal policy and replaced the term with people first respectful language “individual with and intellectual disability”.  

It all began when Rosa's elementary school changed the coding on her education plan from "health impaired" to "mentally retarded.”   Her family strongly believed that the term negatively impacted the expectations people would have of Rosa.  The family worked with the Maryland Legislature and then US Senator. Barbara Mikulski introduced Rosa’s Law in Congress.  President Obama signed bill S.2781 into federal law on October 5, 2010.   

Rosa’s brother who became a champion and at 14 years old, Nick testified in congress, "Words are important. What you call people is how you treat them”.   Nevada leaders understand language is important and in 2007 our Nevada Legislature passed a bill to incorporate “People First” language into Nevada law.  

 

Senator Barbara Cegavske, who has been a long time champion of people with disabilities, took the lead on the bill and all of Nevada’s 21 Senators joined as sponsors of the bill.  The support for this language change was advanced by compelling testimony by individuals from People First of Nevada, Nevada PEP families and the northern Nevada Pi Kappa Phi members whose message is “Building leaders for tomorrow, by serving people with disabilities today”.

 

Parents and community members should soon start seeing the move to the term Intellectual Disability on forms, policies, agency names and classroom designations.  If you come across the use of the “old” terminology please share what you know about Rosa’s law and ask that the terminology be updated to meet Nevada and National laws. 

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Nevada PEP is partnering with BJ’s Restaurant. Come and join us and show your support for PEP.

Enjoy an evening of fun and good food. Please print out flyer and present it to server.