Events

Our Calendar of events is currently under construction. Please visit our Facebook page for our current events.

Our workshops, trainings and conferences are offered to parents, education advocates, general educators, special educators, para-professionals, administrators, service providers, and other individuals who care for and about children/youth who have disabilities.

We provide training in various ways. For more information visit our events page.

Apr
28
Fri
7 Steps to Empowered Parenting of a Child who has Autism or Developmental Disabilities @ Easterseals Capper Foundation
Apr 28 @ 9:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Register

  • Registration ends April, 24, 2017
  • Lunch and materials are provided FREE of charge to individuals who pre-register.
  • If you need special accommodations please let us know by April 14, 2017

Morning Keynote

7 Steps to Empowered Autism Parenting for Success at Home, at School and in the Community

Cornelia Pelzer Elwood is the mother of two sons, one of whom has Asperger’s Syndrome. She received her BA from Vanderbilt University, trained as a life coach, and earned a Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Antioch University New England. She has many years of experience collaborating with her son’s providers and interacting closely with his schools. She is based in the Boston area of Massachusetts.

Scott McLeod, PhD is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Aspire Program (www.massgeneral.org/children/Aspire), clinical instructor of psychology for Harvard Medical School, and clinical psychologist for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families in his private practice in Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA. He obtained his PhD in clinical psychology from Boston University.

Breakout Sessions

Strategies to Help Children with Challenging Behaviors

Presented by Darla Nelson-Metzger, Education Advocate Coordinator & Family Resource  Specialist, Families Together, Inc.  and mother of five children from elementary to high school age.  Darla enjoys working with families of children who present with challenging behaviors and often works with teams in the development of behavior intervention plans.  In this workshop, parents will learn strategies to use at home and school to help their children who have challenging behaviors. We will discuss multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) and school-wide positive behavior supports. Parents will understand the functional behavioral assessment process and how to use those results to develop a positive and meaningful behavior intervention plan to create change for their children.

From Isolation to Celebration: A Family Story

Presented by Leia Holley, Family Resource and Health Specialist, Families Together, Inc. and mother of two spectacular young men, JP and Sean.  Sean has autism and health care needs. Join Leia as she shares her family’s story. Their journey begins with Sean’s diagnosis of autism and the words ‘he will never’ and continues through Sean’s incredible journey as the first student with significant autism and health care needs to be included in his school and community.  Throughout this presentation, Leia will share strategies and resources that empowered her to go from an ‘outsider’ to a vital member of Sean’s IEP and medical teams. Participants will gain resources and a better understanding of how to effectively advocate for their own children or for students in their educational settings.

  • Important details:
  • Registration ends April, 24, 2017
  • Lunch and materials are provided FREE of charge to individuals who pre-register.
  • A $50 child care voucher is available to parents of children with disabilities and/or special healthcare needs who attend the entire training. For more information call (785) 233-4777.
  • If you need special accommodations please let us know by April 14, 2017.
  • Dress comfortably and bring a sweater or jacket.
Jun
2
Fri
Family Employment Awareness Training (FEAT) Part 1 Lansing @ Lansing Special Education Administrative Office
Jun 2 @ 9:00 am

Register for one or both days Register Online

Training begins at 9:00AM and ends at 4:00PM

FEAT is provided free of charge – lunch, snacks, training materials and a resource CD will be provided to attendees.

June 2, 2017 – PART 1 – BUILDING THE DREAM OF EMPLOYMENT

  • FEAT and state policy supporting employment of persons with disabilities;
  • Different possibilities for employment and the success stories of Kansans with disabilities;
  • The family/parent role in supporting employment; and,
  • School and healthcare transition.

This all-day training will include lecture, small-group activities, a youth/young adult break-out session on brainstorming your passion and job development, and an afternoon of rotating small groups with the following guests from your community:

  • Employees with disabilities working in integrated and competitive environments;
  • Employers and managers who support employees with disabilities; and,
  • Entrepreneurs with disabilities who own their own businesses

June 10, 2017 -PART 2 – IDENTIFYING AND ACCESSING EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

  • On-the-job support resources for employees and employers;
  • Federal and state funding, services, benefits, programs, and organizations related to employment; and,
  • Federal and state anti-discrimination laws.

This all-day training will include lecture, small-group activities, a youth/young adult break-out session on self-advocacy and disability disclosure, and an afternoon of rotating small groups with guests from your community representing various:

  • Funding sources (e.g., cash assistance, grants, waivers, work incentives);
  • Service programs and agencies (e.g., rehabilitation services, workforce centers); and,
  • Information organizations (e.g., business start-up, assistive technology).

Don’t Miss This Opportunity to Network with

  • families,

  • employees,

  • employers,

  • entrepreneurs, and

  • representatives from agencies and organizations providing employment resources

 

Jun
10
Sat
Family Employment Awareness Training (FEAT) Part 2 Lansing @ Lansing Special Education Administrative Office
Jun 10 @ 9:00 am

Register for one or both days Register Online

Training begins at 9:00AM and ends at 4:00PM

FEAT is provided free of charge – lunch, snacks, training materials and a resource CD will be provided to attendees.

June 2, 2017 PART 1 – BUILDING THE DREAM OF EMPLOYMENT

  • FEAT and state policy supporting employment of persons with disabilities;
  • Different possibilities for employment and the success stories of Kansans with disabilities;
  • The family/parent role in supporting employment; and,
  • School and healthcare transition.

This all-day training will include lecture, small-group activities, a youth/young adult break-out session on brainstorming your passion and job development, and an afternoon of rotating small groups with the following guests from your community:

  • Employees with disabilities working in integrated and competitive environments;
  • Employers and managers who support employees with disabilities; and,
  • Entrepreneurs with disabilities who own their own businesses

June 10, 2017 PART 2 – IDENTIFYING AND ACCESSING EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

  • On-the-job support resources for employees and employers;
  • Federal and state funding, services, benefits, programs, and organizations related to employment; and,
  • Federal and state anti-discrimination laws.

This all-day training will include lecture, small-group activities, a youth/young adult break-out session on self-advocacy and disability disclosure, and an afternoon of rotating small groups with guests from your community representing various:

  • Funding sources (e.g., cash assistance, grants, waivers, work incentives);
  • Service programs and agencies (e.g., rehabilitation services, workforce centers); and,
  • Information organizations (e.g., business start-up, assistive technology).

Don’t Miss This Opportunity to Network with

  • families,

  • employees,

  • employers,

  • entrepreneurs, and

  • representatives from agencies and organizations providing employment resources

 


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