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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Hot Tips on the IEP: Is your child’s IEP individualized and appropriate?Date: Monday, December 01, 2014Time: 6:30pm-8:30pmParents 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. Parents attending need to bring a copy of their child’s most recent school special education evaluation report and their child’s current IEP.Location: Little Falls - Map and Address
Bullying Prevention - Everyone's Responsibility: What Parents Can DoDate: Tuesday, December 02, 2014Time: 6:30pm-8:30pmThis workshop is designed for parents to explore the dynamics of bullying, and to learn what they can do to help children, including those with disabilities, address this issue.Location: Grand Rapids - Map and Address
Technology for Girls: EngineeringDate: Saturday, December 06, 2014Time: 10:00am-11:30amMiddle school girls will work together as an engineering team to design and build an inflatable creature. Each group will transform plastic bags into 3D sculptures using imagination, teamwork, and the power of wind. Presenter Amelia Hansa is a dynamic educator in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), who currently collaborates with Twin Cities Public Television’s “SciGirls” program to bring unique, hands-on STEM activities to girls.
iBaby: Navigating Mobile Technology & Apps for Infants, Toddlers, and Pre-KDate: Tuesday, December 09, 2014Time: 6:30pm-8:00pmCan mobile technology be an appropriate solution to help young children with disabilities learn and grow? This workshop will address this hot topic and share information about specific mobile technologies that can help.
Challenging Behaviors at School: Tips for parents and the IEP team on developing effective Positive Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP)Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014Time: 6:30pm-8:00pmChallenging behaviors at school can be difficult to change. This workshop will explore the purpose of behavior, and offer strategies and tips to address challenging behaviors through the Individualized Education Program (IEP). Special attention will be given to understanding and using a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA), and development of an effective Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP). Topics include: Behavior as communication, understanding how a Functional Behavioral Assessment can work to address unmet behavioral needs, creating a Behavior Intervention Plan using positive strategies and support.
Special Education: What Do I Need to KnowDate: Thursday, December 11, 2014Time: 6:30pm-8:00pmThis workshop helps parents understand special education, learn how to resolve disagreements, and discover the role of parents in the process.Location: Rush City - Map and Address
Innovative Technology Tools and Strategies for StudentsDate: Monday, December 15, 2014Time: 6:30pm-8:00pmWhether it is used at the library, in the community, or online, technology can make finding, understanding, and using information more effective and fun for students with disabilities. Participants will explore tablet, smartphone, and other technology options for research. This workshop is ideal for students from middle school through college who are working on their reading, note taking, organizational, and critical thinking skills.
Three-part Housing Workshop Series: Part 1- First Steps to Independent LivingDate: Monday, February 09, 2015Time: 7:00pm-9:00pmWill you be ready when the time comes for your son or daughter to move to a place of their own? Most parents aren’t sure how to begin planning for this transition, but this workshop will help you get started. Participants will receive an overview of the housing and services options that are available and the person-centered planning concepts to help your son or daughter develop their vision for independent living, housing, and services.
Three-part Housing Workshop Series: Part 2- Housing Eligibility and FundingDate: Monday, February 23, 2015Time: 7:00pm-9:00pmParents 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.
Three-part Housing Workshop Series: Part 3- Individualized Housing and Services OptionsDate: Monday, March 02, 2015Time: 7:00pm-9:00pmThis 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 providers will share their journey through the housing process.