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2010 " , OR " : FINANCING FOR Horn Crew 60 MO " $38,212 ~GMkC for we].l-qua.lified buyers with money down. Not =11 buyers WIU quc].ify. Residency restrictions app].y. 2010 RAM 1500 0,0% APR Ram Ouad SLT FINANCING FOR with Hemi and Trail Tow 60 MONTHS $27,995 through 6MAC for we].].~TFlalffted buyers with money down. Not ;].]. buyers wLU qualify. Residency rsstricticms apply. Thursday, ]uly 15, 2010 News Kimball, MN National Family Support Survey for caregivers Parents and caregivers of youth with disabilities asked to take part in national survey Parents or primary caregivers of young people with disabilities between 12 and 22 years old are invited to take part in a national research study by completing the National Family Support Survey at by Aug. 13. Answers to the survey questions are con- fidential and will help the U.S. Administra- tion on Developmental Disabilities, parent centers, and researchers to understand the information and support families' needs as young people with disabilities move into adulthood, The survey is available in Eng- lish and Spanish. "The information that parents and care- givers share is extremely valuable and may help to shape programs for youth with dis- abilities in the future," said Shauna McDon- ald, coordinator of the Family Advocacy and Support Training (FAST) Project, which is conducting the survey. "We hope many peo- ple will participate in the survey by the final day of Aug. 13, so we can better serve youth with disabilities as they transition to the adult world." The FAST Project is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration on Development Disabili- ties as a Project of National Significance. It is a project of PACER Center in Minnesota. PACER works in collaboration with parent centers throughout the United States and its territories, and with the help of the Univer- sity of Minnesota. PACER Center is a National Parent Center for families Of children and youth with any disability. For information about PACER, call (952) 838-9000 (voice); (952) 838-0190 (TTY) or (888) 248-0822 (toll-free); visit or e-mail . For more information about the survey, call Shauna McDonald at (952) 838-9000_ Animal contact in public settings: facts you need to know By Kathy Brandt,, U of M Extension It'sthetimeofyearwhenMinnesotanshave many opportunities to have contact with ani- mals in public settings, such as petting zoos, fairs and farm tours. These contacts provide a tremendous learning opportunity about ani- mals and animal husbandry. Be aware of the risks involved and plan ahead. Groups at high-risk for serious infection include children less than 5 years of age, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems. The behaviors and actions of people are significantly related to the risk of infection. Among these are inad- equate hand washing, large numbers of chil- dren among attendees, a lack of close super- vision of children, and hand-to-mouth activ- ities (e.g. use of pacifiers, bottles, sippy cups, thumb sucking, eating) in the animal area. The primary way transmission occurs is the fecal-oral route, Since animal fur, hair, skin, and saliva can become contaminated with fecal germs, transmission may occur when people pet, touch, or are licked by animals. Exposure can also occur through contact with an animal's living area, its bedding, fence rails, or objects such as food and water dishes. Recommendations for animal contact: Leave food and beverages outside the animal areas. Leave toys, blankets, pacifiers, baby bottle and ippy cup jn fl designated area or the car. For all children, animal contact should be carefully supervised to discourage hand-to- mouth contact and to insure hand washing. If feeding animals is permitted, only food sold by the venue for that purpose should be allowed. Food sold should not be provided in containers that can be eaten by people such as ice cream cones. Thoroughly wash hands when leaving the animal area.