Opportunities – December 2023

Workshops PACER workshops sampling PACER Center offers many useful free or low-cost workshops and other resources for families of children with any […]

Workshops

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, at Greater Minnesota locations 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. 

Supplemental Security Income: Qualifying for Benefits is 1-2:30 p.m. Tue, Dec. 5. Hear speakers from Disability Determination Services unravel the mysteries of applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for young adults at age 18 and over. Medical Relations Officers Sara Dicks and Tanya Heitzinger will help clarify the eligibility and application process while providing tips on how to submit a successful application. Participants will also learn how SSI can benefit youth while working or attending post-secondary education. Online web streaming. 

Assistive Technology for Writing is 1-2 p.m. Wed, Dec. 6. Learn about assistive technology to help with a range of writing skill levels. See apps for drafting to revising along with the basics of writing and various digital and voice options. Online web streaming. 

Resolving Disputes Through the Special Education Process is 4:30-6 p.m. Wed, Dec. 6. Gain confidence in knowledge of parental rights and responsibilities when there is a disagreement with a school district. Get a clear understanding of how the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Minnesota special education laws support parents and school districts to resolve disagreements. The webinar with a Q&A will help increase your awareness of dispute resolution options in the special education process. Online web streaming. 

Finding Balance: Navigating the Maze of School Stress is 1-2 p.m. Wed, Dec. 13. School can be stressful for many reasons, but stress can be reduced with tools and supports. This workshop focuses on tips, tools, and supports that can help decrease school-based stress and anxiety. Online web streaming. FFI: PACER, 952-838-9000, 800-537-2237, www.pacer.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 NAMI MN and clicking on “Classes” or go straight to NAMI Scheduled Classes

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