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Certificates of Attendance

Only those who participate in the live workshop are eligible to receive certificates of attendance. No certificates will be issued for viewing the archived workshops on this page

Let's Talk About Grief

This workshop focuses on the grief and loss that parents of children with disabilities and special health needs feel as they experience a life that is different than what they expected. Neuropsychologist Kendra J. Bjoraker, Ph.D., L.P, and Pat Lang, coordinator of PACER’s Health Information Center, will explore the common myths about grieving, and there will be ample time for discussion and questions.

Young Adults and Customized Employment: What you need to know

This training will provide an overview of customized employment and the discovery process. Customized employment is an option for individuals who are significantly impacted by their disability and desire competitive, integrated employment. The presentation will cover the discovery process and how it has led to successful employment outcomes for many Minnesotans.

Tips and Tools for Talking with School Staff

This workshop provides parents of special education students practical tips and interactive problem-solving experiences to build the skills necessary to communicate effectively with school staff and resolve differences.

Proactive Crisis Planning for Children with Mental Health Challenges

When children or teenagers experience escalating behaviors at school, a proactive crisis plan can help support recovery and wellness. This session will provide information on strengths-based planning in the school setting.

Hot Tips: Is Your Child's IEP Individualized and Appropriate

Parents will learn to use their child’s special education evaluation report to determine how well the Individualized Education Program (IEP) addresses their child’s needs. Parents should have the child’s most current school evaluation and IEP.

What Happens when Minnesota Youth with Disabilities Turn 18?

Participants will learn about the changes that take place when a student with a disability turns 18 years old in MN: shift of decision making from parent to student, graduation considerations, and transition action steps.

Understanding Special Education Part 3 - What’s Next: Parent Action, Accountability, and Resolving Differences

Parents and caregivers will learn the importance of their role, how to voice disagreements or concerns at any time within the process, and how to resolve differences or disagreements. Topics discussed include the importance of the Prior Written Notice (PWN), the dispute resolution processes available to parents, and additional ways to be involved in special education.

Understanding Special Education Part 2 - IEP: Access to Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

Learn how a child is determined to be eligible for special education, the next steps after a finding of eligibility, the required parts of the Individualized Education Program (IEP), and important action steps for parents after receiving an IEP.

Understanding Special Education Part 1 - IDEA: The Big Picture

Prepare for back to school with this three-part workshop series. Participants will gain an overall understanding of special education, its purpose, and the process. At the end of this presentation, you will understand the big picture of special education, the steps in the process, and how to go about obtaining an educational evaluation.

Housing: What are the options? (Step 3)

A more detailed explanation of individualized housing and service options will be provided by a panel of parents, young adults, and housing providers as they share their journeys through the process. Registration recommended for all three workshops in this Housing: Starting the Journey series (Monday 3/14, Monday 3/28, Monday 4/11). Please register for each session separately.

Resolving Disputes Through the Special Education Process

A webinar with Q&A to help parents increase awareness of your dispute resolution options in the special education process.

Housing: How is it paid for? (Step 2)

Gain a “big picture” view of how housing is funded through federal, state, and county resources. Learn how your son or daughter can become eligible for and access funding. Topics include income supplements and budgets. Registration recommended for all three workshops in this Housing: Starting the Journey series (Monday 3/14, Monday 3/28, Monday 4/11). Please register for each session separately.

Young Adults and Social Security Benefits: What You Need to Know

This workshop will address the following topics:
• The Social Security Administration’s decision-making process
• Tips to submit an effective application
• How benefits change when a child turns 18
• Programs that can continue benefit payments

School Avoidance and Challenging Behaviors: The Role of Special Education and Section 504

This workshop will help parents and others understand the role of Section 504 and Special Education when supporting a child with mental health needs who struggles with school attendance.

Housing: How do we start? (Step 1)

Help your son or daughter get started with their vision for community living, housing, and services. An overview of housing and service options will be provided. Registration recommended for all three workshops in this Housing: Starting the Journey series (Monday 3/14, Monday 3/28, Monday 4/11). Please register for each session separately.

Working Towards Positive Educational Outcomes: Mental Health and Special Education

This workshop will provide parents and others with information to help prepare for a positive IEP team approach to supporting a child’s mental health needs in school and during distance learning.

Social Security Disability: Qualifying for Benefits

Join this webinar to learn how the Social Security Administration makes eligibility decisions, what is needed for the application, and a review of the appeal process.

What Next - Parent Action, Accountability, and Resolving Differences

Parents and caregivers will learn the importance of their role in special education, including the importance of the Prior Written Notice, the dispute resolution processes available to parents, and additional ways to be involved in special education. Attendance at all workshops in this series is recommended. One registration will give access to all three workshops in this series (Thurs., 1/13, Thurs., 1/20, and Thurs., 1/27).

IEP - Access to a Free and Appropriate Public Education

Look more deeply at the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and learn how a child is found eligible for special education, next steps, IEP requirements, and parent action steps. Attendance at all workshops in this series is recommended. One registration will give access to all three workshops in this series (Thurs., 1/13, Thurs., 1/20, and Thurs., 1/27).

IDEA - The Big Picture

Attendees will gain an overall understanding of special education, its purpose, and the process. Attendance at all workshops in this series is recommended. One registration will give access to all three workshops in this series (Thurs., 1/13, Thurs., 1/20, and Thurs., 1/27).

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