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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Ninth Annual PACER Symposium About Children & Young Adults With Mental Health & Learning DisabilitiesDate: Thursday, August 07, 2014Time: 8:00am-4:30pmOutstanding learning opportunity for general education teachers, administrators and parents! The symposium is designed to enhance awareness and identify strategies for responding to mental health and learning disabilities in children and young adults from the perspective of teachers and parents. The symposium will provide high quality professional and parent development for Minnesota educators and parents regarding children's mental health and learning disabilities, and effective treatment planning, proactive, positive teaching strategies and intervention. The 6 clock hours offered are designed to meet the requirement for Minnesota teachers renewing their teaching license in understanding the key warning signs of early-onset mental illness in children and adolescents. Local re-licensure committees, however, have final approval. There is a registration fee of $25. Lunch will be provided.Location: Minneapolis - Map and Address
Tips for Talking with School StaffDate: Tuesday, August 12, 2014Time: 6:30pm-8:30pmLearn skills to communicate with school staff and how to resolve differences in effective ways. This workshop will provide parents of special education students with practical tips and interactive problem solving experience.Location: Forest Lake - Map and Address
Parent Leadership Summit on Children's Mental HealthDate: Friday, August 22, 2014Time: 9:00am-4:00pmPACER’s Children’s Mental Health Project will hold a Parent Leadership Summit on Children’s Mental Health Aug. 22. Family members will receive training on state and local mental health issues, how to work with policymakers, and how they can participate on policy committees to impact the mental health system of care for children and their families. Space is limited. Please contact Renelle Nelson at (952) 838-9000 to be considered for this unique opportunity. The deadline to apply is Aug. 1st.
Bully Prevention: Everyone's ResponsibilityDate: Monday, August 25, 2014Time: 6:30pm-8:30pmParticipants will learn about the dynamics of bullying (types of bullying, who is bullied, why children are bullied), how to intervene when bullying happens, and how to encourage students who witness bullying to take action. This session will also cover the roles schools play, laws and policies, and bullying prevention strategies.
Social Security and Benefit Planning for Transition-age Youth: Ticket to WorkDate: Thursday, September 11, 2014Time: 6:30pm-8:00pmThis workshop will provide information on how parents of youth with disabilities can apply for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for young adults at age 18. Parents will learn how Social Security Work Incentives can help their youth meet his or her postsecondary education, training, and employment goals.Location: Owatonna
Use the IEP to Help Your Child: A Guide for Minnesota Parents to the IEPDate: Thursday, September 11, 2014Time: 6:30pm-8:30pmThis workshop will use the PACER booklet, “Guide for Minnesota Parents to the IEP,” to lead parents through the development of each required part of the Individualized Education Program (IEP). Parents will gain knowledge about how to effectively participate at the annual IEP meeting.
Planning for Educational InclusionDate: Tuesday, September 30, 2014Time: 6:30pm-8:30pmIn this workshop, parents of children with disabilities will learn more about educational inclusion. Topics include least restrictive environment, access to the general education curriculum, and participation in state and district-wide assessments.
Simon Technology Center’s Family Fun Day and Tech ExpoDate: Saturday, October 11, 2014Time: 10:00am-2:00pmChildren with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who serve them can discover the latest in assistive technology (AT), and take part in a variety of hands-on fun during the Simon Technology Center’s Family Fun Day and Tech Expo! During this free event, participants will be able to touch, see, and try a variety of assistive technology, including AT that supports play, learning, working, and more. From simple apps to high-tech gadgets, this event enables families to explore the exciting possibilities of assistive technology, and have fun at the same time. The activities are appropriate for all ages, and the event will showcase technology options for infants and toddlers, children, teens, and adults. Registration required