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Families Are Important: Understanding the Early Intervention Process In Minnesota

This webinar was held 5/11/2009

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) recognizes the important role families play in their children’s lives. Families know their child’s strengths, interests, and frustrations, and so they must be included in the evaluation process and in developing outcomes for their child. This free workshop will provide a brief overview of topics to help parents of children, ages 0 -3, understand the early intervention system in Minnesota.

Participants will learn about:

  • Families’ rights, roles, and responsibilities in the early intervention system
  • How to make a referral
  • The evaluation process
  • Development of the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
  • Services in the natural environment
  • How to resolve differences

Followed by optional Q&A


Swett, Early Childhood Coordinator, and Kim Kang, Director of Public Policy and Early Childhood

Running Time

60 minutes


Webinar Presenter

 Photo of Judy Swett
Judy Swett
 Photo of Kim Kang
Kim Kang


For project evaluation purposes, PACER may email webinar viewers a brief follow-up survey in 3 to 6 months.

This event is funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education.


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