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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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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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March 2016

April 2016

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

    Date: Thursday, April 07, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    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.
    Location: North Branch
  • PACER’s 12th Annual Housing Resource and Information Fair

    Date: Saturday, April 09, 2016
    Time: 9:00am-Noon
    Families can meet with service providers, state and county representatives, and resource and referral organizations to discuss housing options, services, supports, and related issues for children and young adults with disabilities.
  • Six Skills for Effective Communication

    Date: Monday, April 11, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Parents will explore six skills they can use to become more effective advocates for their child with a disability, including understanding the child’s disability, using effective communication, becoming well-organized, and knowing how to resolve disagreements.
    Location: Lino Lakes
  • Hot Tips on the Individualized Education Program: Is your child’s IEP individualized and appropriate?

    Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Parent participants 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. Participants must bring a copy of their child’s most recent school special education evaluation report and current IEP.
    Location: Austin
  • The Bridge to Work: Supplemental Security Income and Employment Planning

    Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop will provide information on how parents of youth with disabilities can apply for Supplemental Security Income and Vocational Rehabilitation Service benefits for young adults at age 18. Parents will learn how Social Security, the Ticket to Work program, and Vocational Rehabilitation can help their youth meet his or her goals for postsecondary education, training, employment, and independent living.
    Location: Cloquet

  • Live Stream Event available

    Acquiring Assistive Technology

    Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
    Assistive technology (AT) can be a powerful tool for young children with disabilities. In this workshop, we will discuss a variety of ways to acquire, fund, and reuse AT.
  • Early Childhood Family Leadership Summit

    Date: Saturday, April 16, 2016
    Time: 8:30am-3:30pm
    The Family Leadership Summit is a free event for parents of young children ages birth to 7 with developmental delays or disabilities . This dynamic, interactive, one-day training will help parents enhance their communication and leadership skills. It includes skill-building sessions and networking opportunities. Please contact Judy Swett for more information. E-mail
  • Transition: Pathway to the Future

    Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2016
    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 their youth plan for life after high school. Parents of students in the 9th grade and beyond are encouraged to attend.
  • Early Childhood Development and Strategies to Support Early Learning Skills

    Date: Monday, April 25, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop is for parents of children ages birth to 5 with developmental delays or disabilities. Participants will learn about the typical stages of child development and strategies to support emerging learning skills so they can become more involved in their child’s early education. There will also be networking opportunities with other parents.

May 2016

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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