Parents of children with disabilities, professionals encouraged to attend.

    Parents of children with disabilities and professionals will be offered a free workshop put on by the PACER Center on Tuesday, Oct. 9 that will help them understand how to use the "IDEA: Understanding the Individualized Education Program (IEP)." The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church in Crookston.

    Participants of the workshop will learn about the requirements of the IEP, overview of evaluation of children and their needs, special considerations, IEP's goals, accommodations and modifications, progress measurement and methods for resolving disagreements.

    Located in Minneapolis, the PACER Center is a parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth through 21 years old. Not only does the PACER Center serve those in the Minneapolis area, but also families across the nation including those in Minnesota.

    "This workshop is important to attend because it gets everyone on the same page," said Vava Guthrie, Parent Advocate and Trainer who will be the presenter of the workshop. "Parents and educators work on behalf of the student, so they can get an appropriate education. Instead of accusing anyone, this is all about working as a team for the student."

    To register for the workshop, call PACER at (952) 838-9000. Advance registration is requested.