Featured News and Events
The STC Lending Library has launched a new modern online catalog of items!
With more than 1,900 items, the Lending Library lets you try out and borrow some of the newest educational and disability-specific software and devices on the market including:
- Text-to-speech software for reading accessibility
- Speech-to-text software for improved written communication
- Universally designed toys for playtime accessibility and inclusion
- Communication devices for communication freedom
- Computer access adaptations for independence
- Talking calculators for improved independence with math
The Simon Technology Center Lending Library allows you to try assistive technology before making a purchase decision and is open to Minnesota residents. Families, educators, and consumers who become library members benefit from personalized assistance, convenient hours and services. As a member, you can:
- Receive personal assistance in selecting and checking out materials.
- Try out devices and software.
- Reserve, check-out, or renew items online, by phone, email or in person.
- Schedule quick pick-up during regular business hours or library open hours.
- Have items mailed to you for free if you live in Greater Minnesota.
“T.E.A.M. Rudolph and the Reindeer Games” reveals the untold story of how the Reindeer Games became a celebration of acceptance and diversity. Register for the resources of the free toolkit to access video streaming of the picture book, classroom activity guide and streaming music.
Does My Child Have an Emotional or Behavioral Disorder?
What to Look for: Among all the dilemmas facing a parent of a child with emotional or behavioral problems, the first question-whether the child's behavior is sufficiently different to require a comprehensive evaluation by professionals-may be the most troublesome of all. Even when a child exhibits negative behaviors, members of a family may not all agree on whether the behaviors are serious. For instance, children who have frequent, severe temper outbursts or who destroy toys may appear to have a serious problem to some parents, while others see the same behavior as asserting independence or showing leadership skills.
From sharing with others to handling feelings appropriately, there are plenty of tips to help your autistic child make friends.
The Center on Technology and Disability
helps parents explore assistive technology online
PACER Center has partnered with the Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) to offer parents a variety of high-quality resources on assistive technology, including webinars, an online library, and Elearning courses. Learn more at ctdinstitute.org and sign up for CTD updates to learn about upcoming events.
We are excited to announce the launch of our newest campaign for PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center
Sign up for the PACER E-News where you can get monthly updates by email.
In The News
The U.S. Department of Education has released final regulations to implement the accountability, data reporting, and state plan provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
A fact sheet summarizes these new rules which are designed to help ensure every student receives a high quality education and is set up for success in college and career.
U.S. Secretary of Education Urges States to End Corporal Punishment in Schools
U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. sent a letter today urging state leaders to end the use of corporal punishment in schools, a practice repeatedly linked to harmful short-term and long-term outcomes for students. Data has shown that students with disabilities and students of color are disproportionally impacted by corporal punishment.
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Categories / Programs
Upcoming Workshops - Register for a Workshop
10 Topics to Help Your Child Succeed in Special EducationDate: Monday, December 12, 2016 - 6:30pm-8:30pmLocation: PACER Center - also available via online streaming
Finding Success in Employment and Postsecondary EducationDate: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 6:30pm-8:30pmLocation: Lakeville
PODD: Pragmatic Organization of Dynamic Displays – Two day introductory trainingDate: Thursday, January 05, 2017 - 8:00am-4:30pmLocation: PACER Center
Employment and BeyondDate: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 6:00pm-8:00pmLocation: Stillwater
Big Imaginations: Encouraging Early Literacy with UDL BooksDate: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 6:30pm-8:00pmLocation: PACER Center
Evening Session: ‘Appy Hour’: Apps That Focus on Spelling Support and PhoneticsDate: Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 6:30pm-7:30pmLocation: PACER Center - also available via online streaming
Morning Session: ‘Appy Hour’: Apps That Focus on Spelling Support and PhoneticsDate: Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 10:00am-11:00amLocation: PACER Center - also available via online streaming