Opportunities – August 2023

Health Care Video  In Our Own Words: Improving Care for People with Disabilities  Released as an unlimited run for health […]

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Health Care Video 

In Our Own Words: Improving Care for People with Disabilities 

Released as an unlimited run for health care providers everywhere, “In Our Own Words: Improving Care for People with Disabilities” is a two-part video series on Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid’s YouTube channel. The first installment, Communication, began June 14. The second, Understanding, dropped June 21.  Both are subtitled in Spanish. Enlightening and powerful, the voices featured in this production reveal with sheer frankness what works and what doesn’t work for members of the disability community in health care settings. Produced in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration and Special Olympics Minnesota, the intended audience for the series are health care professionals. But anyone can learn and benefit. Distributors will be Mid-MN Legal Aid’s Minnesota Disability Law Center—direct to providers—but key distributors will be health care recipients themselves. The channel has many other useful free videos. FFI: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mid+minnesota+legal+aid+channel 


Register for symposium 

The PACER Symposium on Students with Mental Health and Learning Disabilities is 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wed, Aug. 16 at Minneapolis Convention Center. Registration fee is $40, and includes lunch. Clock hours will be available at the end of the symposium. Join PACER for a full day of informative, engaging sessions on current best practices related to children’s mental health and learning disabilities. Parents, educators, administrators, and other professionals will learn strategies to more effectively support students at school and at home. One keynote presenter is Sheletta Brundidge, Emmy Award-winning comedian, radio host, television anchor, newspaper columnist, and best-selling author of children’s autism books. She is also the mom of children with autism, and founder of ShelettaMakesMeLaugh.com, an online podcasting company that provides culturally competent commercial production. FFI: FFI: PACER, 952-838-9000, 800-537-2237, www.pacer.org  

Children and families 

PACER workshops sampling 

PACER Center offers many useful free or low-cost workshops and other resources for families of children with any disabilities. Some in-person workshops are offered at PACER Center and also offered online. Other workshops are wholly online and livestreamed at this time. Advance registration is required for all workshops. At least 48 hours’ notice is needed for interpretation. Check out PACER’s website and link to the newsletter of statewide workshops that allows participants to pick and choose sessions designed for their needs. Access Press only provides a sampling of the workshops offered. 

Getting Ready for My Child’s IEP Meeting is 6:30-8 p.m. Tue, Aug. 15. The workshop for parents of children ages 3 to 5 will help prepare families for active participation in developing their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) Location: Online. FFI: PACER, 952-838-9000, 800-537-2237, www.pacer.org 

Open House 

Can Do Canines Open House 

Can Do Canines hosts two open houses 6-8 p.m. Tue, Aug. 8, from 6-8 p.m., potential clients, volunteers, or anyone who might be interested in supporting the organization can visit Can Do Canines, 9440 Science Center Drive, New Hope. The event includes assistance dog demonstrations, a presentation by a volunteer, and the chance to talk with certified assistance dog teams and various staff members. Learn how dogs are trained to help with various disabilities change the lives of people with disabilities. 

At 5-8 p.m. Tue, Aug. 22, Can Do Canines unveils its newly purchased Whelping and Growth (WAG) Center, 8127 Yale Avenue, New Germany. The additional site will be used to whelp new litters of assistance dogs. For several years, Can Do Canines volunteers have opened up their homes to care for dogs before and after they give birth. The new center will have a breeding coordinator and volunteers. learn about the center before it opens. FFI: www.candocanines.org 

Info & Assistance 

Many classes available 

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has set up a wide variety of free and in-person online mental health classes. Choices include Hope for Recovery, Transitions, Ending the Silence, Understanding Early Episode Psychosis for Families, In Our Own Voice, Family to Family, Positive Psychology, Creating Caring Communities, smoking cessation, a suicide prevention class called QPR – Question, Persuade and Refer, a special QPR class for Agricultural Communities and many more. 

NAMI Minnesota’s Online Support Groups moved to a new and improved platform, HeyPeers. HeyPeers provides a safe, easy to access environment exclusively designed for online support group meetings. 

 The classes and online support groups are designed for family members and caregivers, persons living with a mental illness, service providers, and also the general public. Find a complete listing of these classes and how to join in by going to namimn.org and clicking on “Classes” or go straight to https://namimn.org/education-public-awareness/classes/scheduled/ 

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