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Family Participation on Committees and Councils

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.

Part 1: Taking Care of Yourself - Technology to Support Health and Wellness

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.


Making the Move: Your Child’s Transition from Early Childhood Special Education to Kindergarten

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.

Supporting Children and Youth with Trauma in School

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.

Apple’s New Accessibility Features

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.

How to Manage Social Security Benefits for Your Youth

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

Working with Vocational Rehabilitation for Youth on Supplemental Security Income

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.

What’s So Special about Turning Three

Before their child’s third birthday, families on Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP) will learn how to actively participate in the transition from Early Intervention services to Preschool Special Education services or other community-based services.

Getting it Right: Mental Health and Special Education

This workshop will provide information on the challenges students with mental health needs have in the school setting and offer tips and strategies for using the IEP to provide support and instruction.

Being an Active Partner in Your Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

This workshop will help parents of children birth to age 3 understand Early Intervention services, the IFSP, and how families can be involved in writing child and family outcomes and become an active participants in the IFSP process.

Getting Ready for My Child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) Meeting

IEP's for children ages 3 to 5 focus on the educational needs of the child. This workshop will help prepare parents to actively participate in developing their child's IEP.

Math Tools: Technology to Support Diverse Learners

Attend this workshop to learn about an array of technology and websites that help students have fun while developing math skills. Presenters will discuss tools for primary and secondary students, as well as services available from PACER's Minnesota Statewide Family Engagement Center and PACER's Simon Technology Center.

Assistive Technology to Support Employment: Tools That Bring Accessibility to the Workplace

This workshop will explore assistive technology to bring accessibility into the workplace for people with disabilities. A variety of tools will be demonstrated including alternative keyboards, adaptive mice, and devices and apps to support organization and time management.

Meeting the Financial Challenge: Helping You Ensure Quality of Life for Loved ones with Special Needs

Guest speaker Emmy Mastel from Prudential Special Needs Solutions, who is the parent of a youth with disabilities, will provide helpful information on what families should consider when planning for future financial and care needs for their son or daughter.

Using Technology to Support Executive Function and Focus on the Job

This transition workshop will address assistive technology to support executive function at work. Topics discussed will include managing time, staying organized, completing tasks, and maintaining focus. Demonstrations will include timers, scheduling tools, smart pens, task managers, as well as tools that support focus and well-being on the job.

Being an Active Participant In Your Child's Transition Before Age Three

Families will learn to understand and take an active role in the transition process from Part C Early Intervention services to Part B preschool services or other services in the community.

A Recipe for Summer: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

A recipe for success with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) starts with consistency and opportunity. Join us to learn how to create communication opportunities over the summer using AAC. During this session we will practice modeling on an AAC system and review other tips and tricks to include it in summer routines and activities. This session will be presented by Elizabeth Barry, Assistive Technology Specialist at PACER Center, and Meghan Kunz, Augmentative Communication Consultant with Prentke Romich Company.

Getting and Keeping the First Job

Competitive employment is the cornerstone of a successful transition to adult living for youth with disabilities. In this workshop, co-presented by Transition Specialists from PACER and Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS), youth and parents will learn about preparing for and keeping a job.

Becoming an Active Partner in Your Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

This workshop will help parents of children birth to age 3 understand Early Intervention services, the IFSP, and how families can be involved in writing child and family outcomes and become an active participants in the IFSP process.

Switch It Up! Understanding Switch Access for Computers and Tablets

Switches can help individuals with disabilities control a variety of devices, including computers, tablets, and communication devices. This workshop will provide information about how to set up switch access on an iPad, Android tablet, and computers.

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