Champions for Children with Disabilities
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PACER Center offers free workshops throughout Minnesota to parents of children with disabilities and the professionals working with families.
Workshop topics include areas of interest in special education, including information on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) program, early childhood, the area of transition for students 14-21 (housing, post secondary, employment, and community), assistive technology, and many more!
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Technology for Girls: Lego RoboticsDate: Tuesday, June 09, 2015Time: 6:00pm-8:00pmBuilding with LEGO is a lot of fun, but have you ever tried to make a motorized machine using the colorful blocks? Don’t miss this exciting hands-on workshop for middle school girls with disabilities that will focus on building techniques, basic programming, and simple machines using LEGO. Led by the Green Girls – a team of middle school students from Eagan Robotics – this workshop will give participants the opportunity to design and build something cool that moves on its own. Come discover the basics about robotics and programming, and learn about LEGO Mindstorm kits and how to start a LEGO Robotics team.
The Device is on – Now What? Practical Implementation Strategies to Support Individuals with Complex Communication Needs on AAC SystemsDate: Thursday, June 11, 2015Time: 6:30pm-8:00pmThe augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device may be turned on, but is the user truly maximizing its capabilities? Participants will learn how to take an AAC user’s experience to the next level through practical implementation strategies, including modeling and simple techniques that can improve language outcomes for individuals with complex communication needs.Location: PACER Center
Using the iPad to Enhance Summer LearningDate: Monday, June 15, 2015Time: 6:00pm-7:30pmParticipants will learn how to use the iPad and apps to keep children in grades 3 to 7 engaged and learning throughout the summer. You’ll discover strategies to use the iPad as a fun summer learning tool, as well as apps to help students keep their skills fresh.
My Child’s Strengths and NeedsDate: Thursday, June 18, 2015Time: 6:30pm-8:30pmThis workshop will provide parents of children ages birth to 5 with tips on how to talk with early childhood professionals about their child’s strengths and needs, as well as the opportunity to talk and connect with other parents to share experiences and lessons learned along the way.
Work is Possible: Understanding the Emerging Landscape of EmploymentDate: Thursday, June 18, 2015Time: 5:30pm-7:30pmThis innovative workshop helps families learn about emerging employment philosophy and policy changes, such as Employment First and Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan. It will also address myths around disability employment, highlight parent experiences, and offer valuable information on the role of benefits planning. Optional benefits estimator sessions will be offered by the state’s DB101 program between 5:00pm-5:30pm and 7:30pm-8:00pm. Please call the Disability Linkage Line® at 1-866-333-2466 for more information or to reserve a time slot.Location: Burnsville - Map and Address
The Journey to Adulthood: What Parents of Children with Disabilities Need to KnowDate: Thursday, June 25, 2015Time: 6:30pm-8:30pmThis workshop will provide parents with information about the changes that occur to every child, with or without a disability, during adolescence and puberty. Participants will feel more comfortable and confident as they help their youth navigate this important transition from childhood to adulthood.
STC Family Fun Day and Tech ExpoDate: Saturday, September 19, 2015Time: 10:00am-2:00pmFrom high-tech gadgets to technology that supports everything from play to learning to employment, there will be plenty to explore and try at the Simon Technology Center Family Fun Day and Tech Expo. Children with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who serve them can explore the possibilities of assistive technology and enjoy interacting with a variety of devices for infants, toddlers, children, teens, and adults. Children can test drive a robot, ride adaptive bikes, stop by the photo booth, or visit the do-it-yourself technology station. The event is free but advance registration is required.
Planning for Educational InclusionDate: Tuesday, September 29, 2015Time: 6:30pm-8:30pmParents of children with disabilities will learn more about educational inclusion. Topics include least restrictive environments, access to the general curriculum, and tips for social inclusion at school.