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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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October 2014

  • From Naughty to Nice: The Road to Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

    Date: Thursday, October 02, 2014
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Challenging behaviors in children and youth are often misunderstood. This workshop will explore the purpose of behavior, offer strategies and tips for changing challenging behaviors, and discuss supports and interventions that can help sustain appropriate behavior at school, at home, and in the community.
  • Hot Tips on the IEP: Is your child’s IEP individualized and appropriate?

    Date: Monday, October 06, 2014
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Parents who participate in this hands-on workshop will learn how to use the valuable information on their child’s special education evaluation report to determine how well the Individualized Education Program (IEP) addresses the child’s unique needs. Parents attending must bring a copy of their child’s most recent school special education evaluation report and their child’s current IEP.
  • Hot Tips on the IEP: Is your child’s IEP individualized and appropriate?

    Date: Tuesday, October 07, 2014
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Parents who participate in this hands-on workshop will learn how to use the valuable information on their child’s special education evaluation report to determine how well the Individualized Education Program (IEP) addresses the child’s unique needs. Parents attending must bring a copy of their child’s most recent school special education evaluation report and their child’s current IEP.
    Location: International Falls
  • Planning for Independence: A roadmap for parents and youth with mental health, emotional, or behavioral needs during the transition years

    Date: Tuesday, October 07, 2014
    Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm
    Planning for independence as a young adult includes a balance between recognizing our needs, knowing where we want to go, and being able to get there. This interactive workshop is for parents and their transition-age youth (ages 14 to 24) with mental health, emotional, or behavioral needs. Participants will learn strategies and acquire resources to create a youth-driven plan that addresses the areas of education, employment, community involvement, and wellness.
    Location: Detroit Lakes
  • Transition: Pathway to the Future

    Date: Tuesday, October 07, 2014
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop will help parents of children with disabilities understand how to use the special education transition process to help plan for life after high school. Parents of students in the 9th grade and beyond are encouraged to attend.
  • Special Education: What Do I Need to Know?

    Date: Thursday, October 09, 2014
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop helps parents understand special education, learn how to resolve disagreements, and discover the role of parents in the process.
    Location: Mora
  • Simon Technology Center’s Family Fun Day and Tech Expo

    Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
    Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
    Children with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who serve them can discover the latest in assistive technology (AT), and take part in a variety of hands-on fun during the Simon Technology Center’s Family Fun Day and Tech Expo! During this free event, participants will be able to touch, see, and try a variety of assistive technology, including AT that supports play, learning, working, and more. From simple apps to high-tech gadgets, this event enables families to explore the exciting possibilities of assistive technology, and have fun at the same time. The activities are appropriate for all ages, and the event will showcase technology options for infants and toddlers, children, teens, and adults. Registration required
  • Planning for Independence: A roadmap for parents and youth with mental health, emotional, or behavioral needs during the transition years

    Date: Monday, October 13, 2014
    Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm
    Planning for independence as a young adult includes a balance between recognizing our needs, knowing where we want to go, and being able to get there. This interactive workshop is for parents and their transition-age youth (ages 14 to 24) with mental health, emotional, or behavioral needs. Participants will learn strategies and acquire resources to create a youth-driven plan that addresses the areas of education, employment, community involvement, and wellness.
    Location: Mankato
  • Computer Based Supports for Struggling Learners

    Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
    Time: 1:00pm-3:30pm
    Large numbers of students, including those with disabilities, struggle with reading and writing, but much of the assistive technology (AT) designed to help them is still lacking. Through demonstrations and discussion, participants in this workshop will gain a better understanding of how to use AT supports such as text-to-speech, word prediction, text and picture dictionaries, annotations, and more to help students improve their reading and writing. Presented in collaboration with TextHelp.
  • Understanding and Addressing Challenging Behaviors in Your Young Child

    Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
    Time: 9:00am-11:00am
    Parents of young children with developmental delays and/or disabilities will learn about brain development and behavior, different temperament types, stages of development, and strategies to provide children with acceptable ways to have their needs met.
  • My Child’s IEP: Laying the foundation for effective early childhood special education services

    Date: Monday, October 20, 2014
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop for parents of children ages 3 to 5 will provide an overview of the early childhood special education process, including evaluation procedures, timelines, writing appropriate and functional goals, and family rights throughout the process.

  • Live Stream Event Availible

    A Process to Help Incorporate Assistive Technology into the IFSP/IEP

    Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Federal law requires that assistive technology (AT) be considered for all children receiving special education services. This workshop will introduce participants to an easy step-by-step way to be intentional when talking about AT with your child’s Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individualized Education Program (IEP) team.
  • Hot Tips on the IEP: Is your child’s IEP individualized and appropriate?

    Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Parents who participate in this hands-on workshop will learn how to use the valuable information on their child’s special education evaluation report to determine how well the Individualized Education Program (IEP) addresses the child’s unique needs. Parents attending must bring a copy of their child’s most recent school special education evaluation report and their child’s current IEP.
  • Planning for the Future: Helping Ensure Quality of Life for Your Son or Daughter with Disabilities

    Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Guest speaker Emmy Mastel from Prudential Special Needs Solutions, who is the parent of a youth with disabilities, will provide helpful information on what families should consider when planning for the future financial and care needs of their son or daughter.
    Location: PACER Center
 

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