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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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Live:Web Streaming available

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 register. All events are free. 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 when we post new events.

Links to the handouts will be posted on the event page. Certificates of attendance are available for attending the live event stream and can be accessed by completing a workshop evaluation after the event.

May 2018

June 2018

  • Tech for Girls Club : Lego Robotics

    Date: Saturday, June 02, 2018 — 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Building 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 focusing 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.
  • Special Events : PACER’s 14th Annual Housing Resource and Information Fair

    Date: Saturday, June 02, 2018 — 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Families can meet with service providers, state and county representatives, along with representatives from referral organizations to discuss housing options, services, supports, and related issues for children and young adults with disabilities.

  • Live Stream Event available

    APPY Hour : Apps for Independent Living – Managing Money, Budgets, and Shopping

    Date: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 — 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    This “APPy Hour” will be a fast-paced overview of mobile apps that can help youth with disabilities live on their own. The focus will be on the essential independent living skills of creating a budget, managing money, and shopping for groceries. A variety of apps will be discussed for both smart phone and tablet devices (including Apple’s iOS and Android). The presentation will include demonstrations of as many apps as time allows. Apps will include money calculators, tracking of money spent, managing a budget, and creating a shopping list.
  • Employment-focused Transition Planning

    Date: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 — 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Learn about career planning options for in-school and out-of-school youth with disabilities and where you can find help launching your youth on their path to employment. This workshop will highlight what families can do to build employment skills at home, how to begin a career path in high school, Vocational Rehabilitation Services for youth with disabilities, new MN WorkForce Center Career Pathway programs available to youth with disabilities ages 16 to 24.
  • Tech for Teens Club : Programming Robots

    Date: Saturday, June 09, 2018 — 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    In this workshop, teens with disabilities will learn some of the fundamentals of robotics by programming a Finch robot to interact and respond to its environment. Students will use Snap!, an online tool, to program a Finch robot’s lights, movement and reaction to obstacles. This workshop is designed for students with basic computer skills, but no previous coding knowledge is required. Students of all abilities are encouraged to attend.
  • Big Imaginations: Encouraging Early Literacy with UDL Tools

    Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 — 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    Developing literacy skills at an early age is crucial to becoming a motivated learner and good adult reader. But when a disability creates a barrier to early literacy, sometimes simply because of a lack of access, it can be hard to develop the necessary skills. Join us to explore Universal Design for Learning (UDL), how it relates to early literacy and practical strategies to make your classroom more inclusive for all children. Participants will adapt a board book using UDL principles and create a Do-It-Yourself phonics phone to support the diverse learning styles of their students.

  • Live Stream Event available

    Paths to Employment: Exploring the Options

    Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018 — 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    A panel of representatives from Minnesota's Special Education, Career and Technical Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, and WorkForce Center systems will share information to help youth with disabilities get started on a career path, ways the programs work together, and how youth can access these services. Information will primarily address options available to in-school youth, but some information about programs for out-of-school youth will also be presented.
  • Tech for Teens Club : Building Websites

    Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 — 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    This workshop will introduce teens with disabilities to the basics of coding for the internet with HTML and CSS. Students will create their own unique website and publish it on the Internet using Mozilla Thimble. Students will be able to experiment with code and see the results online in real time. This workshop is designed for students with basic computer skills, but no previous coding knowledge is required. Students of all abilities are encouraged to attend.

July 2018

August 2018


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