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You will receive an e-mail about one week before the workshop with handouts and reminders. A link to the handouts will also be posted in the notes section of the event.

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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September 2015

October 2015

  • 10 Topics to Help Your Child Succeed in Special Education

    Date: Thursday, October 01, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Parents who participate in this interactive workshop will learn about 10 important areas in special education, and acquire skills and knowledge they can use to help their child with disabilities be more successful. Parents will also be provided with several useful tools.

  • Live Stream Event available

    Let’s Write a Story: Tools for Creating Social Stories

    Date: Thursday, October 01, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Social stories help learners understand the world and prepare for the unexpected. Workshop participants will learn about a variety of tools that can be used to create a social story.
  • Special Education: What Do I Need to Know?

    Date: Thursday, October 01, 2015
    Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
    This workshop helps parents understand special education, learn how to resolve disagreements, and discover the role of parents in the process
  • Helping Your Child with a Disability Succeed in School (SPANISH)

    Date: Monday, October 05, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop, presented in Spanish, will help parents of children with disabilities be more successful in school. Topics include the importance of parent involvement, understanding the U.S. education system, the special education process, tips for communication, and parent rights and responsibilities in the special education process.
    Location: Gaylord
  • Special Education: What Do I Need to Know

    Date: Monday, October 05, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop helps parents understand special education, learn how to resolve disagreements, and discover the role of parents in the process.
    Location: Gaylord
  • Six Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy

    Date: Tuesday, October 06, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Parents will explore six skills they can use to become more effective advocates for their child with a disability. These include: understanding the child’s disability, using effective communication, becoming well-organized, and knowing how to resolve disagreements.

  • Live Stream Event available

    Leveraging Technology to Improve Executive Function

    Date: Thursday, October 08, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Executive function skills are vital for daily living. Challenges with these abilities may appear at any age and can change over time. This workshop will explore tools and strategies to help with attention, memory, planning, organization, time management, and self-monitoring. A person-first framework will be used to consider and select the right tools to help individuals with disabilities move toward independence in a variety of settings including education and employment for transition ages.
  • Parent Talk

    Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop will provide parents of children ages birth to 5 with tips on how to talk with early childhood professionals regarding their child's strengths and needs. This is also an opportunity for participants to talk with other parents to share experiences and tips learned along the way.
  • Everything You Need to Learn Before Your Child Turns 3

    Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
    Time: 9:00am-11:00am
    This workshop will help families understand the transition process from Part C early intervention services to Part B preschool services or other community options. Topics include transition requirements, Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), inclusion, and Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and objectives
  • The ABC’s of the IEP – A Guide for Minnesota Parents to the IEP

    Date: Monday, October 19, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm
    This workshop will help parents understand how to use the IEP to benefit their child. Presenters will use the PACER booklet, “Guide for Minnesota Parents to the IEP,” to help participants understand how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet the child’s needs.
    Location: Moorhead
  • Self-advocacy: Tools You Can Use

    Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    An advocate can be broadly defined as “someone who speaks up to make things better.” The goal of this workshop for transition-age students and their families is to help them learn about the importance of self-advocacy and to develop and learn to use some helpful tools.
    Location: Brainerd
  • The ABC’s of the IEP – A Guide for Minnesota Parents to the IEP

    Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm
    This workshop will help parents understand how to use the IEP to benefit their child. Presenters will use the PACER booklet, “Guide for Minnesota Parents to the IEP,” to help participants understand how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet the child’s needs.
    Location: Waconia
  • Care Coordination: Empowering Families

    Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
    Time: All day event
    Participants will learn how to define and expand their child’s health care team, navigate health care and insurance systems, improve communication skills, and find reliable resources. Parents of children with genetic conditions and complex health care needs will learn advocacy skills, coping strategies, and ways to organize information from multiple health care providers to enhance the caregiving ability of the family, and maximize the potential of their child. To obtain an application, contact Linda Goldman Cherwitz at Linda.Cherwitz@pacer.org.
    Location: Twin Cities metro area
  • 10 Topics to Help Your Child Succeed in Special Education

    Date: Monday, October 26, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Parents who participate in this interactive workshop will learn about 10 important areas in special education, and acquire skills and knowledge they can use to help their child with disabilities be more successful. Parents will also be provided with several useful tools.
    Location: New Ulm
  • Understanding and Addressing Challenging Behaviors in Your Young Child

    Date: Monday, October 26, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Parents of young children with developmental delays and/or disabilities will learn about brain development and behavior, different temperament types, stages of development, and strategies to provide children with acceptable ways to have their needs met.
  • 10 Topics to Help Your Child Succeed in Special Education

    Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Parents who participate in this interactive workshop will learn about 10 important areas in special education, and acquire skills and knowledge they can use to help their child with disabilities be more successful. Parents will also be provided with several useful tools.
    Location: Morris
  • Planning for Educational Inclusion

    Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Parents of children with disabilities will learn more about educational inclusion. Topics include least restrictive environments, access to the general curriculum, and tips for social inclusion at school.
    Location: Owatonna
  • Ready for Life After High School? Employment and Support Strategies for Youth with Disabilities

    Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Planning for employment is an important step in preparing your youth with a disability for life after high school. This new workshop will provide information on career exploration and planning, along with strategies for finding and keeping a job. Parents will gain knowledge about how to help prepare their youth for employment, and will hear from agencies that provide employment services and supports. Parents of students in the 9th grade and beyond are encouraged to attend.
    Location: Alexandria

November 2015


  • Live Stream Event available

    Challenging Behaviors and the Individualized Education Program (IEP): Making a plan that works

    Date: Thursday, November 05, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Children and youth with challenging behaviors often struggle to be successful in school. This workshop will discuss what challenging behavior in school may look like, why those behaviors are so hard to change, and offer suggestions on how to use the IEP to make a plan that works to support school success.
  • Hot Tips on the Individualized Education Program: Is your child’s IEP individualized and appropriate?

    Date: Monday, November 09, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how to use the valuable information in their child’s special education evaluation report to determine how well the Individualized Education Program (IEP) addresses the child’s unique needs. Parents must bring a copy of their child’s most recent school special education evaluation report and current IEP to the workshop.
    Location: Red Wing
  • Special Education and the Important Role You Play for Your Child

    Date: Monday, November 09, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Parents play an important role in the special education process. Participants in this workshop will learn how parents can use their rights and abilities to advocate for their child and work effectively with the school. This workshop will also provide valuable information for surrogate parents, foster parents, and the professionals who work with them on behalf of children in special education
    Location: Little Falls
  • Hot Tips on the Individualized Education Program: Is your child’s IEP individualized and appropriate?

    Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how to use the valuable information in their child’s special education evaluation report to determine how well the Individualized Education Program (IEP) addresses the child’s unique needs. Parents must bring a copy of their child’s most recent school special education evaluation report and current IEP to the workshop.
    Location: Waseca
  • Special Education and the Important Role You Play for Your Child

    Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Parents play an important role in the special education process. Participants in this workshop will learn how parents can use their rights and abilities to advocate for their child and work effectively with the school. This workshop will also provide valuable information for surrogate parents, foster parents, and the professionals who work with them on behalf of children in special education.
    Location: Duluth
 

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