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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

Register Now


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!

Video: This I Believe

Five high school students read an adaptation of an essay written by a 14-year-old, who shares what it is like to experience bullying and to be misunderstood as he tries to figure life out. We are grateful to this young author, who asked to remain anonymous, for courageously providing a glimpse into his world and for reminding each of us to be more kind to each other.


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 ctdinstitute.org

Categories / Programs

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Workshops / Live Stream Events

Register for  Building Websites
Jun
23

Tech for Teens Club : Building Websites

Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST

Location: PACER Center

 
Register for Becoming an Active Partner in Your Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
Jul
10

Becoming an Active Partner in Your Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM CST

Location: PACER Center

Live Streaming Available
Register for A Star Wars 3D Printed Universe
Jul
14

Tech for Teens Club : A Star Wars 3D Printed Universe

Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM CST

Location: PACER Center

 
Register for Too Many Apps for That? How to Find, Choose, and Evaluate Mobile Apps to Meet Your Needs
Jul
19

Too Many Apps for That? How to Find, Choose, and Evaluate Mobile Apps to Meet Your Needs

Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM CST

Location: PACER Center

Live Streaming Available
Register for Creatures of the Ocean
Jul
21

Tech for Girls Club : Creatures of the Ocean

Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM CST

Location: PACER Center

 
Register for Off to College: What You Need to Know Before You Go
Jul
24

Off to College: What You Need to Know Before You Go

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CST

Location: PACER Center

 

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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.

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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.