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Planning for Transition to Adulthood Workshop Series : ABCs of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for Transition-age Students and Their Parents

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019
Time: 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.


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Working with Vocational Rehabilitation for Youth on Supplemental Security Income

Date: Monday, October 28, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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.
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How to Manage Social Security Benefits for Your Youth

Date: Monday, October 28, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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
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Apple’s New Accessibility Features

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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.
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Special Events : Inspiring Possibilities: Living, Learning, and Working After High School

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
How will your teen or young adult with a disability lead an active and meaningful life in the community after high school? This free mini-conference for parents provides essential information on how to help young adults with disabilities lead meaningful lives after high school. The event includes Informative break-out sessions from community specialists on a variety of topics, time to ask questions and connect with other parents, and an Inspiring Possibilities Panel Presentation.

Hot Tips on the Individualized Education Program (IEP): Is Your Child’s IEP Individualized and Appropriate?

Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how to use the information on their child’s special education evaluation report to determine how well the individualized Education Program (IEP) addresses the child’s unique needs. Parents need to bring a copy of their child’s most recent school special education evaluation report and current IEP.

Supporting Children and Youth with Trauma in School

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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.
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Making the Move: Your Child’s Transition from Early Childhood Special Education to Kindergarten

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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.
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Tech for Girls Club : Dinosaur Mayhem with Sphero Robots

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
In this Tech for Girls workshop, robots and dinosaurs collide and girls need to put their coding skills to work. Sphero robots are trapped inside of a maze with dinosaurs on the loose! Help the Sphero robots escape by coding them through the maze to safety.

Living on Your Own Series : Part 1: Taking Care of Yourself - Technology to Support Health and Wellness

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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.
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Preparing for your Loved One’s Future

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Guest Speaker Julie Sherman from Thrivent Financial, along with Cathryn Reher, Attorney with Long, Reher, Hanson, & Price, P.A., will discuss financial and legal strategies in light of available government benefits and the interplay with special and supplemental needs trusts. A light dinner with the guest speakers will take place at 6pm before the workshop!

Tech for Teens Club : Building Websites

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This workshop will introduce teens with disabilities to the basics of coding for the internet. Students will create their own unique website and publish it online. 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.

Family Participation on Committees and Councils

Date: Monday, November 25, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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.
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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.

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