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All workshop times are listed in the central time zone (CST) unless otherwise noted.

In the event of inclement weather, PACER Center may cancel workshops. If you are registered for a workshop, we will contact you about cancellations. Also, please check this site the day of the workshop for a possible cancellation due to weather problems.

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Live:Web Streaming available

Workshops with this notice means that this workshop offers an off-site attendance option: a video-streaming service will broadcast the workshop live over the Internet so people who can’t attend the workshop in person can view the presentation live on their computer or tablet. The link to the Livestream channel is in the workshop confirmation you receive after you sign up. If this is your first time attending a Livestream event when you click on the link it will ask you to sign up for a free Livestream account. Please do this before the event.

You will receive an e-mail about one week before the workshop with handouts and reminders. A link to the handouts will also be posted in the notes section of the event.

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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September 2015

  • STC Family Fun Day & Tech Expo

    Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
    Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
    From 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 & 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. Enjoy hands-on activities with technology, a live band, food offerings, create spin-art, tie-dye a shirt, enjoy a meet-and-greet with super heroes and more . Children can create their own super hero cape. Capes are not required but provided at the door to the first 150 kids. The event is free but advance registration is required.
  • Ready for Life After High School? Employment and Support Strategies for Youth with Disabilities

    Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Planning for employment is an important step in preparing your young adult with a disability for life after high school. This new workshop will provide information on career exploration and planning, along with strategies for finding and keeping a job. Parents will gain knowledge about how to help prepare their youth for employment, and will hear from agencies that provide employment services and supports. Parents of students in the 9th grade and beyond are encouraged to attend.

  • Live Stream Event available

    Going to School: Telepresence and Robotics in the Classroom

    Date: Monday, September 28, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    For students with a disability or a special health care need that prevents them from attending school, telepresence and robotic technology can offer access to learning and the classroom. This workshop will explore telepresence and robotic technologies for students, discuss challenges that may arise, and offer success stories.
  • Planning for Educational Inclusion

    Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Parents 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.

October 2015


  • Live Stream Event available

    Let’s Write a Story: Tools for Creating Social Stories

    Date: Thursday, October 01, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Social stories help learners understand the world and prepare for the unexpected. Workshop participants will learn about a variety of tools that can be used to create a social story.

  • Live Stream Event available

    Leveraging Technology to Improve Executive Function

    Date: Thursday, October 08, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Executive function skills are vital for daily living. Challenges with these abilities may appear at any age and can change over time. This workshop will explore tools and strategies to help with attention, memory, planning, organization, time management, and self-monitoring. A person-first framework will be used to consider and select the right tools to help individuals with disabilities move toward independence in a variety of settings including education and employment for transition ages.
 

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