Opportunities – March 2024

Online  Website changes The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (MNCDD) has announced that the Treat People Like People website tools and […]

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Website changes 
The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (MNCDD) has announced that the Treat People Like People website tools and resources are now organized into pages: Listen, Learn, Advocate, and a redesigned toolkit. 

The new website is designed to spread the message of respect and dignity even further. It is meant to be an aid in raising awareness, fostering inclusivity and challenging assumptions regarding people with disabilities at https://treatpeoplelikepeople.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, at Greater Minnesota locations and also offered online. Other workshops are 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 lists a sampling of the workshops offered. 

Effective Communication: How is the Year Going? is 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wed, March 20. Spring is always a good time to be sure that a child’s IEP team, with a parent or guardian as an equal member, is working well together. The workshop will cover how to approach the team with concerns, as well as nine more top tips to ensure a collaborative process. Online. 

Using Your Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) to Advocate for Your Child and Family is 6:30-8 p.m. Thu, March 21. Families will learn about early intervention services, the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), how they can be involved in writing child and family outcomes, and how to become active participants in the IFSP process. Online. 
What’s So Special About Turning Three? is 6:30-8 p.m. Tue, March 26. A child’s third birthday is an important day, it marks the transition from early intervention services to preschool. The workshop will explain the difference between early intervention services and preschool special education services. Online. 

Preparing for Your Child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) Meeting is 6:30-8 p.m. Thu, March 28. IEPs for children ages three to five focus on the educational and functional needs of the child. The workshop will help prepare parents to actively participate in the development of their child’s IEP. Online. 

Tech for Teens Club : Robotics is 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sat, March 16 at PACER Center. In a workshop on robotics, participants will learn about robots, construct their own MBot robot, and test the robot in an obstacle course. Register for all workshops. 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 namimn.org and clicking on “Classes” or go straight to All Currently Scheduled Classes

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