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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.

November 2018

December 2018

January 2019

  • Tech for Teens Club : A Star Wars 3D Printed Universe

    Date: Saturday, January 12, 2019 — 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    A guest speaker from a galaxy far far away will present the basics behind 3D printing. Teens with disabilities are invited to watch a 3D print from start to finish and to experiment with the 3D design software called SketchUp. Students of all abilities are encouraged to attend. Curiosity is the only requirement.
  • Early Childhood and Assistive Technology : Assistive Technology Consideration and Assessment

    Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 — 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location: online
    Assistive technology (AT) is important for many children with disabilities but it isn’t always clear how to consider and document AT in the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individualized Education Program (IEP). Although AT consideration for children ages birth to 3 is not legally required, it is considered best practice. This workshop will address how to intentionally consider AT and ensure it is documented in both the IFSP and IEP. The AT assessment process will also be discussed. Live captioning provided.

  • Live Stream Event available

    Parent Leadership Training on Children’s Mental Health

    Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019 — 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Parents of children and youth who have behavioral health challenges play an important role in their child’s services and supports and can use those experiences to help others. This training will cover information for parent leaders in Minnesota including: Parent leadership opportunitis, systems advocacy: an overview for parent leaders, and influencing change through the parent story.
  • Transitioning to Employment

    Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019 — 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location: St Cloud
    Families of youth will receive information on career exploration and planning, including preparing their youth for employment, and information about agencies that provide independent living, financial, and employment services and supports.

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).
  • 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.
  • 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

August 2019

 

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