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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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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. You do not need a Livestream account to view our live and recorded events.  You can sign up for a free account if you would like to receive notifications when we go live or post new events.

You will receive an e-mail about one week before the workshop with handouts and reminders. If you register the day of the event you can request handouts via the chat window during the live 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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January 2016

  • The ABC’s of the IEP – A Guide for Minnesota Parents to the IEP

    Date: Monday, January 11, 2016
    Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
    This workshop will help parents understand how to use the Individualized Education Program (IEP) to benefit their child. Presenters will use the PACER booklet, “Guide for Minnesota Parents to the IEP,” to help participants understand how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet the child’s needs.

  • Live Stream Event available

    Including AT in the IFSP or IEP

    Date: Monday, January 25, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
    Assistive technology (AT) is important for many children with disabilities but it isn’t always clear how to document this need in the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individualized Education Program (IEP). In this workshop, families, teachers, and other professionals will learn how to be intentional about the process of considering AT and ensuring it is included in the IFSP or IEP.
  • Technology for Girls: STEM Club

    Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016
    Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
    Middle school girls with disabilities are invited to join PACER Center and members of the Green Girls Robotics Club from Eagan for hands-on exploration of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). From using engineering skills to build dog houses to experimenting with frozen bubbles, these workshops will have you exploring, creating, and learning about the world around you using STEM.

  • Live Stream Event available

    How Your Smartphone Can be a Boost to Your Education, Career Readiness, and Daily Life

    Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Smartphones can be used for more than just games and texting: they can also help organize one’s life, keep track of school work, and more. Workshop participants will learn how smartphones can be part of a larger strategy to increase independence, and improve organization and time management skills.

February 2016

  • Three-part Housing Workshop Series: Part 1- First Steps to Independent Living

    Date: Monday, February 08, 2016
    Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
    This interactive workshop will focus on person-centered planning concepts and tools to help your son or daughter develop their vision for independent living, housing, and services. “One-page profiles” will be shared and how they were helpful in starting to explore housing and services. An overview of the housing and services options will also be provided. Register and attend all three housing workshops in this series on 2/8, 2/22, and 3/7.

  • Live Stream Event available

    Tablet Accessibility

    Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
    Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
    Tablets are very popular devices but their built-in accessibility features are often unexplored. In this workshop, participants will learn about the many accessibility features on Apple and Android tablets that can open up new possibilities for you, your child, or your students.
    Location: PACER Center

  • Live Stream Event available

    Child-Centered AT Plan

    Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
    This workshop will walk participants through a process for considering and providing assistive technology (AT) for children ages birth to 5. The TIKES Project has created a set of planning tools to provide families, teachers, and other professionals with guidance to considering AT. Participants will receive helpful planning documents for this process.
    Location: PACER Center
  • Three-part Housing Workshop Series: Part 2- Housing Eligibility and Funding

    Date: Monday, February 22, 2016
    Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
    Parents will gain a “big picture” view of how housing is funded through federal, state, and county resources, and learn how their son or daughter can become eligible for and access funding. Topics include income supplements and budgets. Register and attend all three housing workshops in this series on 2/8, 2/22, and 3/7.

March 2016

  • Three-part Housing Workshop Series: Part 3- Individualized Housing & Services Options

    Date: Monday, March 07, 2016
    Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
    This interactive workshop will provide a more detailed explanation of individualized housing and services options so that parents and young adults can consider what might be a good fit for them. A panel of parents, young adults, and housing providers will share their journey through the housing process. Register and attend all three housing workshops in this series on 2/8, 2/22, and 3/7.

  • Live Stream Event available

    Top Reading and Writing Apps for Teens

    Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Workshop participants will discover the most versatile and effective reading and writing apps for teens. Apps for both Apple and Android devices will be demonstrated, discussed, and compared to show the many ways mobile apps support struggling readers and writers. This workshop is designed for students in middle school and up, their parents, and educators.

April 2016

May 2016

  • Live Stream Event available

    Keyboards for All Learners

    Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Keyboarding is an essential skill in today’s world. For some students with disabilities, typing on a traditional keyboard can be challenging. In this workshop, we’ll explore Bluetooth keyboards for tablets, keyboard apps for the iPad, and alternative keyboards for the computer to help support students.

July 2016

August 2016

  • Live Stream Event available

    Managing Life the Smart Way with Technology for Teens

    Date: Thursday, August 18, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Does managing your homework, time, and health sometimes feel overwhelming? There are ways technology can help! Participants will learn how today's technology, such as smartphones, tablets, and computers, can help you more independently manage your school work, time, and wellness. Family strategies for using technology to foster independence will also be discussed. This workshop is designed for students in middle school and up, their parents, and the professionals that work with them.

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