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.

Aug
11
Thu
Education Advocate Workshop – Manhattan @ Manhattan Public Library - Auditorium
Aug 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Click here to register or for more information.

Over 800 children in DCF or DOC custody are in need of someone to represent them in special education matters.This free training is for birth parents, resource parents, DCF contracted agency workers, and volunteers. Current education advocates would also benefit from this training as the reauthorized law will be presented. Proof of attendance and 5.5 hours of continuing education credit is available for case managers and resource parents.

This training is provided by Families Together, Inc. through a contract with the Kansas State Department of Education. (Individuals, including resource parents, who are employed by a school district or cooperative that provides educational services  may not serve as education advocates for children receiving services in that district. DCF workers are not eligible to serve.)

For more information: 785.233.4777 or 1.800.264.6343 (toll-free for parents or resource parents only)

 

 

Sep
22
Thu
Developmental Delays, Autism, & Behavioral Learning Conference @ Riley Conference Center
Sep 22 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

For more information contact Fort Riley’s Exceptional Family Member Program – Laurie or Jessica at 785-239-9435 or Families Together, Inc. – Leia at 785-233-4777.

For more information or to register visit 

(To ensure access to Ft. Riley, individuals who do not have clearance to enter Ft. Riley should register by September 2, 2016 and contact the Exceptional Family Member Program for assistance obtaining the paperwork necessary to drive on to the  post. Contact Laurie or Jessica at 785-239-9435, laura.j.mccauley2.civ@mail.mil or jessica.a.kampfe.ctr@mail.mil.)

8:30-9:00 AM    Welcome and Registration

9:00-1200 PM   The Power of Play in a High-Tech World

Technology is changing the landscape of play in an unprecedented manner, creating a new kind of childhood for children being raised in the 21st century. As a society we must consider the ramifications of raising children in the unnatural absence of play. While it is true that change is inevitable from generation to generation, the question we must pose is this: Is true play worth preserving? Join Ms. Ebert as she examines the power of play discussing the following topics: the benefits of play for young children with developing brains and bodies, how high-tech toys change play, the importance of relationship-based learning, and evidence-based recommendations for raising children in the digital age.

12:00-1:00 PM Lunch Provided (brief presentation about Families Together?) 

1:15-2:30 PM  Breakouts

  1. IEP Development – This workshop will provide information necessary for parents to be constructive members of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. The training begins with the basics –what an IEP is, brainstorming on preplanning, understanding the various components of the IEP from developing the Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance to determining the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). Effective communication skills and measuring success in the IEP will also be presented.  Participants will discover strategies to become an effective IEP team member and get what their child needs to succeed.
  2. Strategies for Dealing with Challenging Behaviors – In this workshop, participants will learn what schools need to be doing for children and youth who present with challenging behaviors.  We will discuss multi-tiered systems of support and school-wide positive behavior supports.  Participants 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.

2:30-3:30 Questions and answers and connect with resources/vendors.

Speaker Bios

Keynote Speaker

Cari Ebert, M.S., CCC-SLP is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist in private practice in the Kansas City, Missouri area. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1993 and her Master of Science degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1995. For 20 years, Ms. Ebert has served as a therapist, consultant, and a nationally recognized speaker. She has dedicated her career to helping young children achieve their maximum potential with speech, language, and social-emotional development. Ms. Ebert’s son has autism spectrum disorder and apraxia, allowing her to engage audiences both as a clinician and a parent of a child with special needs. Ms. Ebert has the gift of gab and gets paid to do what she loves best…TALK! She has an energetic personality and this translates to a high-energy speaking style.

Breakout Session Speakers

Leia Holley is a Parent Information Specialist for Families Together, Inc., the Parent Training and Information and Health Information Center serving Kansas families.  She is also the proud parent of two amazing young men. Her youngest son, Sean, has autism and medical needs.  Leia has navigated not only the educational, local, state, and national disability systems but also the military systems, for more than 20 years.  She has done training at the local, state and national level.  Leia also coordinates the Parent-to-Parent Program for Families Together, Inc and has been with the organization for more than 17 years.

Darla Nelson-Metzger is a Parent Information Specialist at Families Together where she has worked for over 20 years.  She enjoys working with families of children who present with challenging behaviors and often works with teams in the development of behavior intervention plans.  Darla has a B.S. in Education from the University of Kansas and is the mother of five children from elementary to high school age.

 

(To ensure access to Ft. Riley, individuals who do not have clearance to enter Ft. Riley should register by September 2, 2016 and contact the Exectpional Family Member Program for assistance obtaining the paperwork necessry to drive ontothe  post. Contact Laurie or Jessica at 785-239-9435, laura.j.mccauley2.civ@mail.mil or jessica.a.kampfe.ctr@mail.mil.)

I would prefer to have them confirm a week prior to RSVP date, then the list

of names sent to both Jessica and myself.   We can request from Fort Riley’s

Division of Security to complete a check and clearance for them.

8:30-9:00 AM    Welcome and Registration

9:00-1200 PM   The Power of Play in a High-Tech World

Technology is changing the landscape of play in an unprecedented manner, creating a new kind of childhood for children being raised in the 21st century. As a society we must consider the ramifications of raising children in the unnatural absence of play. While it is true that change is inevitable from generation to generation, the question we must pose is this: Is true play worth preserving? Join Ms. Ebert as she examines the power of play discussing the following topics: the benefits of play for young children with developing brains and bodies, how high-tech toys change play, the importance of relationship-based learning, and evidence-based recommendations for raising children in the digital age.

12:00-1:00 PM Lunch Provided (brief presentation about Families Together?) 

1:15-2:30 PM  Breakouts

  1. IEP Development – This workshop will provide information necessary for parents to be constructive members of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. The training begins with the basics –what an IEP is, brainstorming on preplanning, understanding the various components of the IEP from developing the Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance to determining the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). Effective communication skills and measuring success in the IEP will also be presented.  Participants will discover strategies to become an effective IEP team member and get what their child needs to succeed.
  2. Strategies for Dealing with Challenging Behaviors – In this workshop, participants will learn what schools need to be doing for children and youth who present with challenging behaviors.  We will discuss multi-tiered systems of support and school-wide positive behavior supports.  Participants 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.

2:30-3:30 Questions and answers and connect with resources/vendors.

Speaker Bios

Keynote Speaker

Cari Ebert, M.S., CCC-SLP is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist in private practice in the Kansas City, Missouri area. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1993 and her Master of Science degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1995. For 20 years, Ms. Ebert has served as a therapist, consultant, and a nationally recognized speaker. She has dedicated her career to helping young children achieve their maximum potential with speech, language, and social-emotional development. Ms. Ebert’s son has autism spectrum disorder and apraxia, allowing her to engage audiences both as a clinician and a parent of a child with special needs. Ms. Ebert has the gift of gab and gets paid to do what she loves best…TALK! She has an energetic personality and this translates to a high-energy speaking style.

Breakout Session Speakers

Leia Holley is a Parent Information Specialist for Families Together, Inc., the Parent Training and Information and Health Information Center serving Kansas families.  She is also the proud parent of two amazing young men. Her youngest son, Sean, has autism and medical needs.  Leia has navigated not only the educational, local, state, and national disability systems but also the military systems, for more than 20 years.  She has done training at the local, state and national level.  Leia also coordinates the Parent-to-Parent Program for Families Together, Inc and has been with the organization for more than 17 years.

Darla Nelson-Metzger is a Parent Information Specialist at Families Together where she has worked for over 20 years.  She enjoys working with families of children who present with challenging behaviors and often works with teams in the development of behavior intervention plans.  Darla has a B.S. in Education from the University of Kansas and is the mother of five children from elementary to high school age.

Sep
30
Fri
Family Employment Awareness Training Salina Part 2 @ Ambassador Hotel
Sep 30 all-day

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.

Sept. 17. 2016. 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

Sept 30, 2016 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

 

Jan
18
Wed
Education Advocate Training – Kansas City @ Independent Living Resource Center
Jan 18 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Click here to register or for more information.

Over 800 children in DCF or DOC custody are in need of someone to represent them in special education matters.This free training is for birth parents, resource parents, DCF contracted agency workers, and volunteers. Current education advocates would also benefit from this training as the reauthorized law will be presented. Proof of attendance and 5.5 hours of continuing education credit is available for case managers and resource parents.

This training is provided by Families Together, Inc. through a contract with the Kansas State Department of Education. (Individuals, including resource parents, who are employed by a school district or cooperative that provides educational services  may not serve as education advocates for children receiving services in that district. DCF workers are not eligible to serve.)

For more information: 785.233.4777 or 1.800.264.6343 (toll-free for parents or resource parents only)

 

Feb
16
Thu
Education Advocate Training – Wichita @ Independent Living Resource Center
Feb 16 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Click here to register or for more information.

Over 800 children in DCF or DOC custody are in need of someone to represent them in special education matters.This free training is for birth parents, resource parents, DCF contracted agency workers, and volunteers. Current education advocates would also benefit from this training as the reauthorized law will be presented. Proof of attendance and 5.5 hours of continuing education credit is available for case managers and resource parents.

This training is provided by Families Together, Inc. through a contract with the Kansas State Department of Education. (Individuals, including resource parents, who are employed by a school district or cooperative that provides educational services  may not serve as education advocates for children receiving services in that district. DCF workers are not eligible to serve.)

For more information: 785.233.4777 or 1.800.264.6343 (toll-free for parents or resource parents only)

 

Mar
7
Tue
Education Advocate Training – Parsons @ Parsons Public Library
Mar 7 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Click here to register or for more information.

Over 800 children in DCF or DOC custody are in need of someone to represent them in special education matters.This free training is for birth parents, resource parents, DCF contracted agency workers, and volunteers. Current education advocates would also benefit from this training as the reauthorized law will be presented. Proof of attendance and 5.5 hours of continuing education credit is available for case managers and resource parents.

This training is provided by Families Together, Inc. through a contract with the Kansas State Department of Education. (Individuals, including resource parents, who are employed by a school district or cooperative that provides educational services  may not serve as education advocates for children receiving services in that district. DCF workers are not eligible to serve.)

For more information: 785.233.4777 or 1.800.264.6343 (toll-free for parents or resource parents only)

 

Apr
11
Tue
Education Advocate Training – Hays @ KDOT Area Office
Apr 11 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Click here to register or for more information.

Over 800 children in DCF or DOC custody are in need of someone to represent them in special education matters.This free training is for birth parents, resource parents, DCF contracted agency workers, and volunteers. Current education advocates would also benefit from this training as the reauthorized law will be presented. Proof of attendance and 5.5 hours of continuing education credit is available for case managers and resource parents.

This training is provided by Families Together, Inc. through a contract with the Kansas State Department of Education. (Individuals, including resource parents, who are employed by a school district or cooperative that provides educational services  may not serve as education advocates for children receiving services in that district. DCF workers are not eligible to serve.)

For more information: 785.233.4777 or 1.800.264.6343 (toll-free for parents or resource parents only)

 

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 17, 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
17
Sat
Family Employment Awareness Training (FEAT) Part 2 Lansing @ Lansing Special Education Administrative Office
Jun 17 @ 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 17, 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

 


The contents of this Families Together, Inc.'s website were developed under grants from the US Department of Education (#H328M150027) and the Department of Health and Human Services (H84MC09487). However, the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Departments of Education or Health and Human Services, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government Project Officers, Kristen Rhoads or LaQuanta Smalley.