Featured News and Events
Registration Now Open for the 2017 Creative Kids Art Contest
Saturday, February 25th 10a.m. - 12p.m.
Children with disabilities and their families are invited to join PACER for a morning of creativity, fun, and exploration around the themes of unity, inclusion, kindness and friendship. Kids will use their imaginations to express themselves through various mediums and vibrant colors.
Find equipment and assistive technology after its initial use. Items such as, communication devices, walkers, adaptive switches and toys, motorized cars (that can be adapted), adapted keyboards, etc. Join Today!
The STC Lending Library has launched a new modern online catalog of items!
The Simon Technology Center Lending Library allows you to try assistive technology before making a purchase decision and is open to Minnesota residents. Families, educators, and consumers who become library members benefit from personalized assistance, convenient hours and services. As a member, you can:
- Receive personal assistance in selecting and checking out materials.
- Try out devices and software.
- Reserve, check-out, or renew items online, by phone, email or in person.
- Schedule quick pick-up during regular business hours or library open hours.
- Have items mailed to you for free if you live in Greater Minnesota.
School Refusal Is a Real Thing — Here’s What You Can Do
It began almost out of the blue, and Lucy couldn’t figure out why. On a Monday morning early in the school year, her 10-year-old daughter Victoria insisted that she wasn’t going to school.
Has this ever happened to you? It’s common for a child to occasionally not want to go to school. They may not be ready for a test, have missing homework, or just want to watch TV or play instead.
The Center on Technology and Disability
helps parents explore assistive technology online
PACER Center has partnered with the Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) to offer parents a variety of high-quality resources on assistive technology, including webinars, an online library, and Elearning courses. Learn more at ctdinstitute.org and sign up for CTD updates to learn about upcoming events.
We are excited to announce the launch of our newest campaign for PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center
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In The News
New documents released in Intervention IDEAs series
The Office of Special Education Programs , of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), has announced the release of three documents as part of the new Intervention IDEAs information brief series.
These documents provide information on interventions to address academic and behavioral challenges in infants, toddlers, children, and youth impacted by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) , lead exposure , and opioids .
Each brief includes a description of the issue, examples of practices associated with the interventions, quality indicators, or measures of the positive impacts that may occur as a result of the intervention, and links to additional resources.
Guidance released on civil rights of students with disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education recently released three new sets of guidance to assist the public in understanding how it interprets and enforces federal civil rights laws protecting the rights of students with disabilities. These guidance documents clarify the rights of students with disabilities, and the responsibilities of educational institutions in ensuring that all students have the opportunity to learn.
The guidance released today includes a parent and educator resource guide ; a Dear Colleague letter (DCL) and question and answer document on the use of restraint and seclusion in public schools; and a DCL and question and answer documents on the rights of students with disabilities in public charter schools.
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Categories / Programs
Upcoming Workshops - Register for a Workshop
Afternoon Session: ‘Appy Hour’: Apps to Support Social and Emotional Development of Young ChildrenDate: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 3:00pm-4:00pmLocation: PACER Center - also available via online streaming
Anxiety at school: Making a plan that worksDate: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 6:30pm-8:00pmLocation: Golden Valley
Going to School: Telepresence and RoboticsDate: Monday, January 30, 2017 - 6:30pm-8:00pmLocation: PACER Center - also available via online streaming
Planning for Educational InclusionDate: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 6:30pm-8:30pmLocation: PACER Center
Transitioning to EmploymentDate: Thursday, February 02, 2017 - 6:30pm-8:30pmLocation: Faribault
Technology for Girls: A Digital Game of Simon SaysDate: Saturday, February 04, 2017 - 9:00am-10:30amLocation: PACER Center
Becoming an Active Partner in Your Child’s IEPDate: Monday, February 06, 2017 - 6:30pm-8:30pmLocation: PACER Center - also available via online streaming
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