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Workshop explains learning plans for special needs kids

Parents of special needs students who use an Individualized Education Program, commonly called an IEP, are invited to a free workshop on how best to put the plan to work for their child in school.

The Minneapolis-based PACER Center will offer the workshop for professionals and parents from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the Holiday Inn, 5637 Highway 29 S. in Alexandria.

This workshop will help parents understand how to use the program to benefit their child, how to develop each required part of the IEP to meet their child's needs and how to effectively participate in the annual IEP meeting. They will need to bring a copy of their child's most recent school special education evaluation report and their child's current IEP.

Founded in 1976, the PACER Center trains and informs families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth to young adults. It works with families across the country. To register for this workshop, call 952-838-9000 or 800-537-2237, or visit