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Workshops and Live Stream Events

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  • What is TEFRA and What Does it Provide for My Child With Disabilities?

    Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2024 — 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) and Medicaid provide additional coverage and disability services such as Personal Care Attendants to people with disabilities. The parental fee for TEFRA has ended, making it available to more families. Discover what Medical Assistance and TEFRA offer for children with disabilities and how to access services through the MN Choices Assessment, the State Medical Review Team (SMRT), and how to qualify for Consumer Support Grant (CSG) and consumer-directed community supports (CDCS).
  • Supplemental Security Income: Qualifying for Benefits

    Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2024 — 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    Join us to hear speakers from Disability Determination Services unravel the mysteries of applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for young adults at age 18 and over. Medical Relations Officers Sara Dicks and Tanya Heitzinger will help clarify the eligibility and application process while providing tips on how to submit a successful application. Participants will also learn how SSI can benefit youth while working or attending post-secondary education.
  • Assistive Technology Supports for Math

    Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2024 — 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    Join this workshop to learn about math tools that can help build math skills for all ages and levels.
  • Special Education Paperwork and the Power of the Prior Written Notice (PWN)

    Date: Monday, March 18, 2024 — 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    Parents are often overwhelmed with paperwork in the world of special education. Learn about the purpose of the paperwork, what needs to be kept and for how long, and the all-important Prior Written Notice.
  • Effective Communication: How is the Year Going?

    Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2024 — 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    Spring is always a good time to be sure that your child's IEP team, with you as an equal member, is working well together. We will discuss how to approach the team with concerns, as well as nine more top tips to ensure a collaborative process.
  • Tools to Support Task Completion

    Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2024 — 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    This workshop will discuss technology to help individuals with disabilities to independently complete tasks at home or at work. We will demonstrate apps and devices that include reminders, timers, and task directions.
  • Using Your Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) to Advocate for Your Child and Family

    Date: Thursday, March 21, 2024 — 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    Families will learn about Early Intervention services, the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), how they can be involved in writing child and family outcomes, and how to become active participants in the IFSP process.
  • What’s So Special About Turning Three?

    Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2024 — 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    Your child's third birthday is an important day, it marks the transition from Early Intervention services to preschool. This workshop will explain the difference between Early Intervention services and preschool special education services.
  • Preparing for Your Child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) Meeting

    Date: Thursday, March 28, 2024 — 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    IEPs for children ages 3 to 5 focus on the educational and functional needs of the child. This workshop will help prepare parents to actively participate in the development of their child's IEP.
  • Housing: Starting the Journey : Step 1 - How Do We Start?

    Date: Monday, April 1, 2024 — 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    Parents who attend this workshop will gain information to help their young adults develop their vision for community living, housing, and services. An overview of housing and service options will be provided.
  • Effective Communication With the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team

    Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2024 — 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    This webinar focuses on 10 communication strategies that will help you advocate effectively for your child at IEP team meetings. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A segment.
  • Resolving Disputes Through the Special Education Process

    Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2024 — 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    This webinar is a detailed review of options Minnesota parents have in the special education process to resolve disagreements with the school district. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A segment.
  • Housing: Starting the Journey : Step 2 - How Is It Paid For?

    Date: Monday, April 15, 2024 — 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    Participants will gain a big picture view of how housing is funded through federal, state, and county resources, including how their young adults can become eligible for and access funding. Topics include income supplements and budgets.
  • Effective Research Techniques and Navigating Digital Libraries

    Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2024 — 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    Join this workshop to learn effective research techniques and how to navigate digital libraries. This workshop will cover how to search academic sources, evaluate information, and cite properly using citation management software.
  • Getting Help for Children and Youth With Mental Health Needs

    Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2024 — 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    Navigating home, school, and community support and services for children and youth with mental health needs can be a challenge. Join us to learn more about the support and services available, where to begin and what to do while you wait to access care.
  • Wrapping Up the Year

    Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2024 — 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    As the end of the year approaches, questions can arise. Learn about Extended School Year eligibility, IEP students in summer school, support in camp programs, and how to set your child up for success in the fall.
  • Housing: Starting the Journey : Step 3 - What Are The Options?

    Date: Monday, April 29, 2024 — 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    Participants will hear a more detailed explanation of individualized housing and service options from a panel of parents, young adults, and housing providers as they share their journeys through the process.
  • Reading and Dyslexia: Helpful Tools

    Date: Thursday, May 2, 2024 — 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    Letters and words do not look the same to everyone. Learn about tools that can change the visual appearance of text, or how reading with the ears can be helpful.
  • Making the Move: Your Child’s Transition from Early Childhood Special Education to Kindergarten

    Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2024 — 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    Kindergarten is a big step in any child’s life. In this workshop, parents of young children with disabilities will receive information to plan for this transition and learn strategies to help their child be successful.
  • Tools to Support Meal Planning and Cooking

    Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2024 — 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    In this workshop we will demonstrate apps and devices for meal planning, cooking instructions, and cooking tools to help adults with disabilities to live more independently.
  • Writing and Dyslexia: Helpful Tools

    Date: Thursday, May 9, 2024 — 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    A person with dyslexia may find writing and spelling to be challenging. This workshop will demonstrate a variety of writing tools such as word prediction, dictation, spell checkers, and more.
  • Living, Learning, and Working After High School

    Date: Monday, May 13, 2024 — 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    Join PACER for this mini-conference on transition to adulthood. Minnesota parents of young adults with disabilities are invited to hear from community experts and PACER transition specialists on a variety of topics. Sessions will include changes when youth turn 18, supported decision-making and other alternatives to guardianship, preparing for postsecondary, and how schools and vocational rehabilitation services support a youth’s employment goals.
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) App Series : Symbol-based AAC Apps for iPad

    Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2024 — 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    This workshop will provide a brief introduction to a sampling of available robust symbol-based augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) iPad apps. Join us to learn about some of their helpful communication features.
  • Creating a Crisis Plan for Youth With Mental Health Needs

    Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 — 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    This workshop will provide an opportunity to work through an example crisis plan and provide suggestions on how a crisis plan can be used for positive support at home or in school, and with 504Plans and IEPs.
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) App Series : Text-based AAC Apps

    Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2024 — 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM CT
    Location: Online Web Streaming
    This workshop will explore a sampling of text-based augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) apps for Apple and Android devices to help individuals with communication needs and strong literacy skills communicate more efficiently.

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