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I Think My Student Has Dyslexia

I Think My Student Has Dyslexia

"I think my student has dyslexia." This is a statement often heard in PANDA’s office. Read on to find out facts and symptoms of dyslexia, as well as best practices in teaching an individual with dyslexia and next steps if you have a student you suspect has dyslexia. Read More

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

100,000 Minnesotans live with a disability due to brain injury. In Minnesota, falls are the leading cause of brain injury. Approximately one in four adults with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is unable to return to work one year after injury. Read More

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

There are no limits to what people can achieve when technology reflects the diversity of everyone. Accessibility options help all students, not only those with disabilities. Options are available on all computers and phones and include a magnifier, large text, zoom text, assistive touch, headphone accommodations, spoken content, audio descriptions, voice control, dictation, and much more! Read More

How Memory Works

How Memory Works

Many disabilities can impact memory, such as brain injury, ADHD, dyslexia, or mental health challenges. However, many ABE students struggle with retention for a variety of reasons. Learn how memory works and how to help your students retain information. Read More

PANDA Services

PANDA Services

PANDA provides ABE programs with disability support, knowledge and resources to increase academic opportunities for students. Services are free, funded through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education. NOTE: The deadline for one of PANDA's premier trainings, Universal Design for Learning, is coming up on November 30! Read More

PANDA’s Universal Design for Learning Webinar

PANDA’s Universal Design for Learning Webinar

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach that minimizes barriers and maximizes learning for all students. Do not miss PANDA's free, recorded UDL webcast training that you can take at your own pace during the month of January 2021! Read More

SiD & the Adult Literacy Hotline will Include Disability Accommodations

SiD & the Adult Literacy Hotline will Include Disability Accommodations

Minnesota ABE strives to provide access to everyone who wants to learn, and connecting adult learners with programs has just gotten easier. Literacy Minnesota, PANDA and Urban Planet are teaming up to co-present a webinar announcing new disability accommodation search options integrated into SiD and the Adult Literacy Hotline. Read More

Suicide Prevention for Adult Educators

Suicide Prevention for Adult Educators

Suicide is the 9th leading cause of all deaths in Minnesota. Preventing suicide is an important skill to develop. Are you aware of a free online course titled, “Suicide Prevention for Adult Educators”? This training is intended to address the re-licensure area of Suicide Prevention Best Practices and offers 1.5 CEUs. Read More

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Webinar Training

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Webinar Training

Registration is now open for PANDA’s free Universal Design for Learning webcast training, completed at your convenience during the month of January 2020. Read a testimonial from a previous participant and register today! Read More

Specific Learning Disorders: The Symptoms, the Myths, the Facts

Specific Learning Disorders: The Symptoms, the Myths, the Facts

Specific Learning Disorders (SLDs), often called learning disabilities, are frequently misunderstood. Too often, people suffering from SLDs are wrongly believed to lack motivation or be lazy. Some common symptoms of SLDs include: short attention span; poor memory; difficulty following directions; inability to discriminate between/among letters, numerals, or sounds; poor reading, comprehension and slowed fluency; poor spelling and grammar. Read More