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Announcing NEW PANDA Website Links and Comments/Suggestions Form!

Announcing NEW PANDA Website Links and Comments/Suggestions Form!

PANDA’s website is loaded with great information about various disabilities along with community resources. We have recently added two new chapters with helpful information for students with disabilities, as well as a form for comments and suggestions. Read More

PANDA Offers Free Online Relicensure Courses

PANDA Offers Free Online Relicensure Courses

PANDA provides free disability training and support for teachers. In collaboration with Literacy Minnesota, these are FREE online courses, available to take at your own pace. Check out the newest course, "The 3 L’s: The Difference Between Learning Disability, Low Ability, and Low Literacy", or any of the other courses on PTSD/traumas, suicide prevention, reducing the stigma of mental illness, and teaching about mental health. Read More

Specific Learning Disorders (SLDs): The Symptoms, the Myths, the Facts

Specific Learning Disorders (SLDs): The Symptoms, the Myths, the Facts

Often called a “learning disability”, specific learning disorders (SLDs) are frequently misunderstood. Learn about common symptoms as well as SLD facts and resources to help prevent misunderstandings and respond appropriately to student needs. Read More

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

COVID-19 has caused distractions and worry for many people due to the uncertainties in our world. But is it Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? Many adults have trouble sitting still, getting distracted, paying attention, or being impulsive on occasion. It becomes troublesome when lack of concentration is consistently occurring and significantly impacting student learning. Read More

Universal Design for Learning FREE Webinar

Universal Design for Learning FREE Webinar

Do not miss this free, recorded webinar training you can take at your own pace during the month of January 2022! Universal Design for Learning (UDL) emphasizes the creation of inclusive, flexible learning environments to meet the needs of diverse learners. Read More

Updates from PANDA

Updates from PANDA

Updates from PANDA! We’ve changed our tagline from “Minnesota ABE Disability Specialists” to the acronym for PANDA: Physical And Nonapparent Disability Assistance. Same services, same website. Just a different tagline! Read More

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