Champions for Children with Disabilities
February 1, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: PACER Center 952-838-9000, 800-53-PACER
PACER Center’s two-part workshop series will focus on the transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities and their parents
Minneapolis: PACER Center will offer “Preparing for Transition to Adulthood,” a free, two-part workshop series for youth with disabilities and their parents. It will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 16 in Rosemount and March 7 in Inver Grove Heights.
The workshop schedule will be:
Transition: Pathway to the Future—Using the IEP to Develop Transition Services
Thursday, Feb. 16, 6 to 8 p.m. | Dakota Co. Technical College, 1300 145th St. E., Rosemount
Topics will include evaluating a child’s educational needs related to transition; identifying required areas for planning, including post-secondary education and training, employment, and independent living; recognizing others who can support a child’s transition planning; knowing what transition services on the child’s IEP may include; understanding the age of majority and transfer of rights; and learning about adult services.
Participants will receive a packet of helpful information and resources. This workshop is funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education.
ABCs of the IEP for Transition Age Students and Their Parents
Tuesday, March 7, 6 to 8 p.m. | Simley Senior High School, 2920 80th St. E., Inver Grove Heights
This workshop will help students (in eighth grade and beyond) with IEPs and their parents understand how to use the Individualized Education Program (IEP) to assist with the transition to adulthood. Presenters will use the PACER booklet “Guide for Minnesota Parents to the IEP” to help participants understand how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet the student’s needs and move them in the direction of their hopes and dreams.
Students should be able to participate in a computer-based activity and parents should bring a copy of their child’s current IEP. Parents and students are asked to register separately.