PACER has programs for children and young adults with all disabilities, their parents and families, and the professionals working with the families.
- American Indian Project
Individual assistance and information for American Indian parents of children who have or are at risk for developing emotional or behavioral disorders.
- Bullying Prevention
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center unites, engages, and educates communities nationwide to prevent bullying through creative, relevant, and interactive resources. PACERkidsagainstbullying.org | PACERTeensAgainstBullying.org | pacer.org/bullying
- Children’s Mental Health and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders Project
Assistance on education, social services, and mental health or correctional issues for parents of youth with EBD.
- Dispute Resolution
Information, resources, and training opportunities to help parents resolve disagreements concerning special education with public schools.
- Early Childhood Family Information and Resources Project
Services and support for families of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with special needs.
- Family Engagement Center
All parents want their children to do well in school. When parents participate, children achieve. They learn more, earn higher grades, and have better school attendance. What does parent involvement mean? How can parents and schools work together to help students learn? The Minnesota Statewide Family Engagement Center can help you find answers.
- Fun Times
Social events and other activities for high school teens with and without disabilities to build relationships that benefit all participants.
- Grandparent to Grandparent Program
Information and services for grandparents of children with disabilities.
- Health Information Center
Information about the health care system, resources, and advocacy for families of children and youth with special health needs and disabilities.
- Housing Project
Information and referral for parents of youth with disabilities to understand their independent living and housing options for the future.
- International Activities
An international Web site for parents of children and youth with disabilities, conferences, exchanges, and other opportunities.
- Juvenile Justice
Training to help individuals identify the needs of youths whose disabilities may place them at risk for involvement in the justice system.
- Multicultural Services
Bilingual workshops and publications focusing on issues facing families from diverse backgrounds.
- National Parent Center on Transition and Employment
The road to adulthood for youth with disabilities is filled with opportunity, and parents play a key role. PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment is ready with the information families want, presented in a way families can use.
- Parent Leadership in Special Education
Parents can use their experience and expertise to influence change in local special education advisory committees, interagency collaborations and public policy.
- Parents with High Expectations Project
This project seeks to increase the educational engagement of parents in Minneapolis and first ring suburbs so that youth whose parents are involved with the project have the access to resources, opportunities, and caring relationships that will propel them to a successful life.
- Project KITE (Kids Included through Technology are Enriched)
Training for parents and early childhood educational staff to use software and technology that enable children with disabilities to interact with their peers.
- Project Launch
Through individual assistance, workshops, resources, and more, Project Launch helps youth and young adults with disabilities pursue meaningful careers, live as independently as possible, and enjoy inclusion at work and in the community.
- Puppet Program
PACER Center offers three puppet shows for schools. The COUNT ME IN show, for preschool to fourth grade, promotes inclusion of children with disabilities and highlights disability awareness. The KIDS AGAINST BULLYING show is for students in first through third grade and deals with issues related to bullying. The Let's Prevent Abuse puppet show helps students in first through fourth grade learn about abuse. The PACER puppets and scripts are available for sale.
- School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SW-PBIS)
Information and training on a new state initiative to help schools successfully educate all students and especially those with challenging behaviors.
- Simon Technology Center (STC)
Helping make the benefits of assistive technology available to parents and professionals via workshops, webinars, trainings, services and projects. The STC includes a software and device lending library.
- Special Education Information ( IEP / 504 )
Workshops, one-on-one training, and information on special education, communication skills, and other issues affecting children with disabilities.
- Working with Culturally Diverse Families
When schools are intentional and proactive in using culturally-competent strategies to provide information and support to families who are from diverse cultures or speak another language, they pave the way for meaningful family engagement, and better outcomes for students.
The Center on Technology and Disability helps parents explore assistive technology online
PACER Center has partnered with the Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) to offer parents a variety of high-quality resources on assistive technology, including webinars, an online library, and Elearning courses.
Learn more at ctdinstitute.org
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)
Works with state and local systems to ensure that young children with disabilities (birth through 5 years) and their families receive high-quality, research-based, culturally appropriate, and family-centered supports and services.
Learn more at nectac.org
State Services for the Blind Partnership Project
PACER Center is partnering with State Services for the Blind (SSB) of Minnesota to improve outcomes for students who are blind, visually impaired, or DeafBlind as they transition from high school to postsecondary education or employment. As part of this partnership, PACER is providing parent trainings, professional in-services, and developing new resources for families and youth.