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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Planning for the Future: Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other OptionsDate: Tuesday, May 28, 2013Time: 6:30-8:30pmAttorney Lori Guzmàn, founder of Guzmàn Law Firm, P.A. and parent of a child with multiple disabilities, will discuss what families should consider when planning to protect and assist a child with disabilities in the transition to adulthood. She will answer such questions as: What is guardianship? What is conservatorsi? When are they necessary and how are they established? What are the options for less restrictive alternatives? When are other options more appropriate?
Assistive Technology for the Blind and for People with Low VisionDate: Monday, June 10, 2013Time: 6:00pm-8:00pmMore advances in technology have resulted in more technology that is accessible for people with disabilities. What tools are available for people who are blind or have low vision and how do these tools impact their lives? This workshop for parents and professionals takes an in depth look at assistive technology for the blind and for people with low vision in four categories: work/education, day-to-day operations, socializing and navigation. Join us to learn about assistive technology for the blind and for people with low vision and for some hands on experience with these tools.
Do-It-Yourself Assistive Technology for Early Childhood and Elementary Aged ChildrenDate: Monday, June 17, 2013Time: 6:30pm-8:30pmAssistive technology (AT) does not need to be complicated or expensive. In fact, many AT devices can be made quickly and easily at home with inexpensive, common materials. In this workshop, we will showcase simple do-it-yourself (DIY) projects for a wide range of skills and needs including communication, behavior, writing, literacy, and community involvement. A make-and-take item will be created and additional DIY resources will be provided to participants. Both families and professionals are encouraged to attend.
Families Are Important: Understanding the Early Intervention Process in MinnesotaDate: Tuesday, June 18, 2013Time: 6:30pm-8:30pmAn overview of families' rights, roles, and responsibilities within the early intervention system is featured in this workshop. It also addresses services in the natural environment, the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), and child and family outcomes. This workshop is for families of children ages birth to three and for professionals.
Ready, AIM, Go: A Hands on Experience Learning About Reading AccessibilityDate: Thursday, June 20, 2013Time: 6:30pm-8:30pmImprove the reading experience; discover the power of Accessible Instructional Materials! There are many who benefit greatly from using reading content that is formatted in audio, digital, Braille, and large print. Come join us in our computer lab for a fun hands-on learning experience. You will learn about accessible instructional materials (AIM); what it is, how to find it, and how to read it. Presenters will demonstrate software and hardware options, including mobile technology options such as apps for smartphones and tablets. A variety of software will be available on the computers for hands-on exploration.
Cool Tools for Back to School: Mobile Technology and MoreDate: Tuesday, July 30, 2013Time: 6:30pm-8:30pmCome ready to be impressed by sleek and slick tools for back to school. We will cover cool tools for students in middle school through post-secondary. Android and iOS apps, software and hardware will be demonstrated for reading, writing and organization. It’s all about: smaller, lighter, faster, easier, cooler, newer and MORE FUN!
Assistive Technology for Social Skills and Behavioral Support for Early LearnersDate: Wednesday, July 31, 2013Time: 6:30pm-8:30pmWhen many people think about assistive technology (AT), they often think of tools for communication and academic skills. But did you know that AT can also be used to develop social skills and address behavioral needs? Assistive technology can be used to teach skills that children use to focus, calm and redirect themselves for positive peer interaction and behavior management. These skills are particularly important for young children who are just beginning to learn these essential skills. In this workshop, we will explore no tech, low tech, and high tech solutions for social and behavioral supports for young children and discuss how to effectively integrate this AT into your daily routines. The information presented will be appropriate for both families with young children and early childhood professionals.
Epilepsy and the IEP: Understanding IDEA Requirements and Development of the IEPDate: Thursday, September 19, 2013Time: 6:30pm- 8:30 pmThis Individual Education Program (IEP) workshop explores new IEP requirements and components of IEP development, including evaluation, resolving disagreements, and writing measurable goals with an emphasis on students affected by epilepsy. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota.
Assistive Technology for Beginners: Matching Technology with NeedDate: Wednesday, September 25, 2013Time: 6:00pm-8:00pmTechnology of all kinds can have a powerful impact in helping children reach their full potential. This workshop will introduce participants to the continuum of assistive technology options available and how to think about matching need with the appropriate technology. A range of options on the continuum of Assistive Technology in a variety of categories will be presented. A variety of AT will be on display.