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PACER Symposium about Children and Young Adults with Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Registration now open

The symposium is designed to enhance awareness and identify strategies for responding to mental health and learning disabilities in children and young adults from the perspective of teachers and parents.

The symposium will provide high quality professional and parent development for Minnesota educators and parents regarding:

  • children's mental health and learning disabilities
  • effective treatment planning
  • proactive, positive teaching strategies and interventions

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CHOOSE KIND: Official T-shirt from the film WONDER benefits PACER

Join the more than 45,000 others and choose kind!

WONDER, first a New York Times bestseller, now a major motion picture, shares the inspiring take-away message to always CHOOSE  KIND. Every shirt sold benefits PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. How can you help? Easy! Just wear kind, do kind, and most of all, choose kind.

Order your shirt today!

EX.I.T.E. Camp (EXploring Interests in Technology and Engineering)

A 5-Day Camp in August for middle school girls (6th-9th grades in the fall) with disabilities.

It's FREE, you just need transportation and a box lunch each day.

Camp runs each day from 9 AM to 4 PM at PACER Center in Bloomington.

Do amazing experiments, make friends that will last a lifetime, discover how science, technology, engineering and math can be cool and exciting.

Register Today!

Facebook Buy & Sell Group - MN Special Needs Equipment for Sale

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 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

Categories / Programs

Special Education Information / IEP / 504 Plans National Bullying Prevention Center National Parent Center on Transition and Employment Children's Mental Health and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders Project Simon Technology Center Health Information Center Early Childhood Family Information Housing Newsletters Publications

Workshops / Live Stream Events

Register for Lego Robotics

Tech for Girls Club : Lego Robotics

Saturday, June 02, 2018 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM CST

Location: PACER Center

Register for PACER’s 14th Annual Housing Resource and Information Fair

Special Events : PACER’s 14th Annual Housing Resource and Information Fair

Saturday, June 02, 2018 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST

Location: PACER Center

Register for Apps for Independent Living – Managing Money, Budgets, and Shopping

APPY Hour : Apps for Independent Living – Managing Money, Budgets, and Shopping

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CST

Location: PACER Center

Live Streaming Available
Register for Employment-focused Transition Planning

Employment-focused Transition Planning

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM CST

Location: Worthington

Register for Programming Robots

Tech for Teens Club : Programming Robots

Saturday, June 09, 2018 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST

Location: PACER Center

Register for Big Imaginations: Encouraging Early Literacy with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Tools

Big Imaginations: Encouraging Early Literacy with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Tools

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM CST

Location: PACER Center


Help Support PACER

Join Survey Monkey Contribute today!

PACER is excited to announce our partnership with SurveyMonkey Contribute and a new way for anyone to support PACER programs! Sign up and you will receive surveys by e-mail from SurveyMonkey customers who need your opinion. For every survey you take, SurveyMonkey will donate $0.50 to PACER, and you'll get a chance to win $100 in an instant-win game.

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In The News

MPR News - For students with both gifts and disabilities, choices are few

Posted: 3/2/2018

Schools generally organize themselves according to categories: They divide students by age, grade, and often by academic progress or lack thereof. But what about students who don't fit into those categories?

That's the problem junior Brendan Olson and senior Joey Firestone faced.

On a recent morning, they sat with about a dozen other students in a classroom at Lionsgate Academy in Minnetonka. The class is specifically for students who are called "twice-exceptional," meaning they have a disability and qualify as intellectually gifted. Brendan and Joey are on the autism spectrum.

Students started discussing a book about leadership, and Brendan spoke up first.

Read More

Minnesota’s ESSA Plan

Posted: 2/14/2018

On January 10, 2018, the U.S. Department of Education has approved Minnesota’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan. The plan provides a framework for the state’s testing and accountability framework with a goal of ensuring all students, including those with disabilities, are successful. Read more

PACER partners with Emagine Willow Creek for monthly ‘Secret Cinema’

Posted: 2/14/2018

Emagine Willow Creek in Plymouth, MN hosts “Secret Cinema” at 7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month and a portion of the proceeds support PACER. The film is a secret - you won’t know what you’re watching until the lights go down and the movie starts rolling! Each movie is selected by local film professors, critics, and industry professionals, and a Q&A session follows each screening. Admission is just $6 and, best of all, $1 of each ticket purchase benefits PACER! The next Secret Cinema is March 8.
For information, visit Emagine Willow Creek.

PACER offers helpful resources for alternative dispute resolution

Posted: 2/14/2018

One of the most important jobs of parents is helping their child with disabilities receive an appropriate education. Sometimes, families and school districts disagree about special education. PACER provides extensive dispute resolution resources, including the Minnesota Due Process Options brochure that outlines the options available to parents along with key contacts. The brochure is available for free download.