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All workshop times are listed in the central time zone (CST) unless otherwise noted.

In the event of inclement weather, PACER Center may cancel workshops. If you are registered for a workshop, we will contact you about cancellations. Also, please check this site the day of the workshop for a possible cancellation due to weather problems.

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Live:Web Streaming available

Workshops with this notice means that this workshop offers an off-site attendance option: a video-streaming service will broadcast the workshop live over the Internet so people who can’t attend the workshop in person can view the presentation live on their computer or tablet. The link to the Livestream channel is in the workshop confirmation you receive after you register. All events are free. You do not need a Livestream account to view our live and recorded events. You can sign up for a free account if you would like to receive notifications when we go live or when we post new events.

Links to the handouts will be posted on the event page. Certificates of attendance are available for attending the live event stream and can be accessed by completing a workshop evaluation after the event.

January 2019

February 2019

  • Tech for Teens Club : Building a Robot

    Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 — 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    In this workshop, teens with disabilities will assemble a robot and program it to respond to the environment. Students will learn about the entire process of building a robot, from assembly to executing code. This workshop is designed for students with basic computer skills but no previous coding knowledge is required. Students of all abilities are encouraged to attend.
  • Housing: Starting the Journey : How do we start? (Step 1)

    Date: Monday, February 11, 2019 — 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Help your son or daughter get started with their vision for community living, housing, and services. An overview of housing and services options will be provided. Registration recommended for all three workshops in this series (Monday 2/11, Monday 2/25, Tuesday 3/12).
  • ABCs of the IEP for Transition-age Students and Their Parents

    Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 — 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    This workshop helps parents and students in 8th grade and above understand how to use the Individualized Education Program (IEP) to support the transition to adulthood. Students can register separately for their own workshop where they will have the opportunity to talk about what transition means to them, learn about the laws that support transition, get to know their IEP better, and create a self-advocacy tool.
  • Early Childhood and Assistive Technology : Introduction to Assistive Technology (AT) for Young Children

    Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019 — 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location: online
    This workshop will explore the breadth of assistive technology (AT) available for young children (ages birth to five). Participants will learn about the continuum of early childhood AT tools from the very simple to the highly complex and the research that supports the use of AT with young children. Live captioning provided.
  • Tech for Girls Club : Chariot Racing with Robots

    Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 — 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Girls with disabilities will build and decorate their own chariot out of a variety of craft materials. Once their chariot is built, they will attach it to a Sphero robot and will code the robot to drive, race, and battle other chariots. This workshop will use the CoderDojo curriculum.
  • Early Childhood and Assistive Technology : Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for Young Learners

    Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 — 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location: online
    Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) tools can help individuals say whatever they want to say to whomever they want to say it to whenever they want to say it. This workshop will introduce AAC and explore tools, strategies, and resources to implement communication tools in early childhood routines, settings, and classrooms. Live captioning provided.
  • Housing: Starting the Journey : How is it paid for? (Step 2)

    Date: Monday, February 25, 2019 — 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    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 series (Monday 2/11, Monday 2/25, Tuesday 3/12).

March 2019

  • Early Childhood and Assistive Technology : Assistive Technology and Play in the Natural Environment

    Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 — 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location: online
    Play is an essential part of a child’s development. However, young children with disabilities often experience barriers to play. In this workshop, assistive technology tools and strategies will be explored to make play more accessible for young children with disabilities in their natural routines and environments. Live captioning provided.
  • Housing: Starting the Journey : What are the options? (Step 3)

    Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 — 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    A more detailed explanation of individualized housing and services 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 series (Monday 2/11, Monday 2/25, Tuesday 3/12).

April 2019

  • ABCs of the IEP for Transition-age Students and Their Parents

    Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019 — 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Location: Fairmont
    This workshop helps parents and students in 8th grade and above understand how to use the Individualized Education Program (IEP) to support the transition to adulthood. Students can register separately for their own workshop where they will have the opportunity to talk about what transition means to them, learn about the laws that support transition, get to know their IEP better, and create a self-advocacy tool.

August 2019

 

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