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Family Engagement in Student Literacy: Technology Tools and Tips to Build Reading Skills

Join us in this workshop that will provide information about ways families and professionals can support their student’s literacy. Learn about tools and specific strategies that can be used with students K-12.

What's So Special About Turning 3

Prior to age three, every child and family on an IFSP goes through a step called transition. Families will learn how to actively participate in the transition from Part C Early Intervention Services to Part B Preschool services or other community-based services.

Part 1: Planning Phase - Schedule & Task Management

Learn about a variety of tools and strategies for managing schedules and tasks using calendars and task lists. Presented strategies and tools may be appropriate for middle to high school, college students and beyond who are able to use mainstream calendars and task lists. The first hour will be a fast-paced presentation on strategies and demonstrations of a variety of tools on various platforms such as Chrome, Web-based, iPads, Android, etc. The last half hour will include an in-depth demonstration on Google Calendar, Google Tasks, and Trello. Participants who attend in person will have the opportunity to try out many of the presented tools on Pacer’s provided technology. Livestream participants are welcome to follow along on their own technology. Students are encouraged to attend.

Introduction to Assistive Technology and the PACER Simon Technology Center Services

The PACER Simon Technology Center has a variety of services to support the assistive technology needs of individuals with disabilities. This workshop will explore STC services and an introduction to AT consideration and tools.

Part3: Taking Care of Meal Planning - Technology for Grocery Shopping, Cooking, and More

This third workshop in the ‘Living on Your Own’ 3-part series will demonstrate apps and devices for meal planning, making a grocery list, and following cooking instructions to help adults with disabilities live more independently. The other workshops in this series will take place on 11/13 and 1/15.

Part 2: Taking Care of Your Home - Technology to Support Household Tasks

This second workshop in the ‘Living on Your Own’ 3-part series will discuss technology to help individuals with disabilities to complete household tasks and live more independently. We will demonstrate apps and devices that include reminders, timers, and task directions. The other workshops in this series will take place on 11/13 and 1/15.


Family Participation on Committees and Councils

Parents of children ages birth to five who are on Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP) or Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be prepared to actively participate on committees at the local, regional, and state level.

Part 1: Taking Care of Yourself - Technology to Support Health and Wellness

This first workshop in the ‘Living on Your Own’ 3-part series will demonstrate devices and apps to support different areas of daily living. This first workshop will feature information on developing independent living skills with technology that supports health and wellness. Tools and apps will cover managing medications, establishing healthy habits, and maintaining personal wellness. The other workshops in this series will take place on 12/11 and 1/15.

Making the Move: Your Child’s Transition from Early Childhood Special Education to Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a big step in any child’s life. Parents of young children with disabilities will receive information to plan for this transition and learn strategies to help their child be successful.

Supporting Children and Youth with Trauma in School

This workshop will help parents and others learn positive interventions for youth who struggle with trauma and challenging behaviors, including the role of Section 504 and special education.

Apple’s New Accessibility Features

Join us to learn about the new accessibility features in Apple’s latest operating system. We will also review existing accessibility features and how they can help individuals access an iPhone or iPad.

How to Manage Social Security Benefits for Your Youth

This workshop will provide basic information on being designated a Social Security representative payee for your youth. Participants will learn about the responsibilities of handling Social Security benefits for another individual and how the Minnesota Disability Law Center can help. Information includes: What is the Social Security’s Representative Payment Program? What are the responsibilities of the representative payee? How do I change the representative payee? Presented by Anna Solowiej, Esq Supervising Attorney, Minnesota Disability Law

Working with Vocational Rehabilitation for Youth on Supplemental Security Income

This workshop will provide basic information on applying for Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) while on Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Participants will learn how VRS can help youth meet postsecondary education, training, employment, and independent living goals, including examples of receiving benefits while working or going to school.

What’s So Special about Turning Three

Before their child’s third birthday, families on Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP) will learn how to actively participate in the transition from Early Intervention services to Preschool Special Education services or other community-based services.

Getting it Right: Mental Health and Special Education

This workshop will provide information on the challenges students with mental health needs have in the school setting and offer tips and strategies for using the IEP to provide support and instruction.

Being an Active Partner in Your Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

This workshop will help parents of children birth to age 3 understand Early Intervention services, the IFSP, and how families can be involved in writing child and family outcomes and become an active participants in the IFSP process.

Getting Ready for My Child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) Meeting

IEP's for children ages 3 to 5 focus on the educational needs of the child. This workshop will help prepare parents to actively participate in developing their child's IEP.

Math Tools: Technology to Support Diverse Learners

Attend this workshop to learn about an array of technology and websites that help students have fun while developing math skills. Presenters will discuss tools for primary and secondary students, as well as services available from PACER's Minnesota Statewide Family Engagement Center and PACER's Simon Technology Center.

Assistive Technology to Support Employment: Tools That Bring Accessibility to the Workplace

This workshop will explore assistive technology to bring accessibility into the workplace for people with disabilities. A variety of tools will be demonstrated including alternative keyboards, adaptive mice, and devices and apps to support organization and time management.

Meeting the Financial Challenge: Helping You Ensure Quality of Life for Loved ones with Special Needs

Guest speaker Emmy Mastel from Prudential Special Needs Solutions, who is the parent of a youth with disabilities, will provide helpful information on what families should consider when planning for future financial and care needs for their son or daughter.

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