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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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August 2016

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

    Date: Monday, August 15, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm
    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 Parent to the IEP,” to help participants understand how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet the child’s needs. Parents need to bring a copy of their child’s most current IEP.

  • 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.
  • Parent Leadership Summit on Children’s Mental Health

    Date: Friday, August 19, 2016
    Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
    PACER’s Children’s Mental Health and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders Project will hold a Parent Leadership Summit on Children’s Mental Health on Aug. 19. Family members will receive training on state and local mental health issues, learn how to work with policymakers, and receive information and training on how to participate in policy committees. Participants will also create a personal action plan. Space is limited. To learn more about this unique opportunity, contact Renelle Nelson at (952) 838-9000.
    Location: PACER Center
  • Planning for Educational Inclusion: A Viewing of “Including Samuel”

    Date: Monday, August 22, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Please join us for a screening of “Including Samuel”, a documentary by filmmaker Dan Habib about educational inclusion. He documented his family’s efforts to include their son Samuel in all facets of their lives, a journey that transforms each of them. Q & A with a PACER advocate will occur before and after the film.
  • Getting Ready for School: Is your Child’s IEP in Good Shape?

    Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop will provide parents with an overview of the importance of Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and a discussion about how to make sure that the current IEP addresses the necessary supports and services needed for a child to be successful in school or other early learning environment. Parents are invited to bring their child’s current IEP.
  • Getting and Keeping the First Job

    Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Competitive employment is the cornerstone of a successful transition to adult living for youth with disabilities. This workshop will provide youth and parents with answers to important questions about preparing for and keeping a job.
  • Hot Tips on the Individualized Education Program: Is your child’s IEP individualized and appropriate?

    Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how to use the 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 need to bring a copy of their child’s most recent school special education evaluation report and current IEP.

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