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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Life Planning for People with Disabilities (Guardianship)Date: Monday, May 09, 2016Time: 6:30pm-8:30pmParticipants will learn about guardianshipconservatorship laws, power of attorney, trust, and other life planning issues. Plan to attend both sessions on 5/9 and 5/19 as they cover different information.
Everything You Need to Learn Before Your Child Turns 3Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016Time: 6:30pm-8:30pmFamilies of children with disabilities ages 2-3 will learn about the transition process from Part C Early Intervention services to Part B preschool services. Topics include transition requirements, Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), Inclusion, and Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and objectives.
Keyboards for All LearnersDate: Wednesday, May 18, 2016Time: 6:30pm-8:00pmKeyboarding is an essential skill in today’s world. For some students with disabilities, typing on a traditional keyboard can be challenging. In this workshop, we’ll explore Bluetooth keyboards for tablets, keyboard apps for the iPad, and alternative keyboards for the computer to help support students.
Life Planning for People with Disabilities (Trusts)Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016Time: 6:30pm-8:30pmParticipants will learn about guardianshipconservatorship laws, power of attorney, trust, and other life planning issues. Plan to attend both sessions on 5/9 and 5/19 as they cover different information.
Youth with Challenging Behaviors and the IEP: How to Plan for Graduation and BeyondDate: Monday, May 23, 2016Time: 6:30pm-8:30pmPlanning for graduation and beyond is an important step for youth. This interactive workshop is for parents and transition-age youth (ages 14 to 21) with mental health, emotional, or behavioral needs. The workshop will provide strategies to develop an effective transition IEP for youth with challenging behaviors. Youth are invited to attend and bring their IEP.
Technology for Girls: STEM Club, Web Design on WeeblyDate: Saturday, June 04, 2016Time: 9:00am-10:30amBring your creativity to PACER and learn how to design a website using Weebly. In this hands-on lab session the Green Girls robotics team will lead middle school girls with disabilities through the basics of web design. Participants will learn how these critical technology skills can be applied in the real world and will create a website using the drag-and-drop website editor Weebly. Beginners welcome.
Technology for Girls: Digital Sandbox, Learn the CodeDate: Saturday, June 11, 2016Time: 10:30am-1:00pmJoin us for a day of play in a digital sandbox! Middle school girls with disabilities are invited to join mentors from the University of Minnesota’s MnDrive program to see how fun programming can be. Join us to explore and learn about programming and wiring using a SparkFun Digital Sandbox. Learn the ins and outs of programming and help mentors build a robotic hand from 3D printed parts following instructions based on code you write! No experience necessary.
Apps for Little TikesDate: Thursday, July 21, 2016Time: 6:00pm-8:00pmApps for learning have become a large part of our lives. In this presentation we’ll explore apps and their appropriate use for children with disabilities ages birth to 5.
Managing Life the Smart Way with Technology for TeensDate: Thursday, August 18, 2016Time: 6:30pm-8:30pmDoes 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.