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.
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.