Together We Can Learn Conference

Sharing this information from our friends at Families Together:

As parents and professionals, we understand the process of helping youth/adults transition to adulthood and/or obtain employment, can come with many challenges and obstacles. The Together We Can Learn Conference is the perfect opportunity for parents, transition age youth and professionals to gain information, inspiration, and resources.

The Opening Keynote – From Disabilities to Possibility: 5 Keys to Achieving an Inclusive Life

Rather than focusing on the disability or the individual’s needs/challenges, Dr. Patrick Schwarz will share ways to shift the focus to the student’s fascinations, passions and interests. By shifting the focus, we are able to better prepare students to be active members of their communities where they live, work and play. He will share stories of individuals across the lifespan who are living an inclusive life.

Breakout Session – The Facts About Social Security, Medicare, KanCare (Kansas Medicaid) and Work Incentives

Employment is possible, yet many families and individuals are afraid that if the individual who has a disability works, they will lose their benefits. Join Earl Williams as he shares the facts about social security, Medicare, KanCare (Kansas Medicaid) and Work Incentives. Earl Williams KDHE, Regional Benefits Specialist, will explore the facts about how working can affect your disabilities benefits and how work incentives support your journey to employment. Nothing but the TRUTH .

Afternoon Keynote – Addressing Adventuresome Behavior While Keeping the Dignity of All Intact

For some individuals, their behavior impedes their access to community based learning and employment activities. When an individual’s behavior impedes their learning, or accessing the community, it is important that their team use a person-centered, functional approach to access the behavior and problem-solve possible behavior support strategies. Patrick Schwarz will provide ideas and strategies to help an individual be successful not only in school but also their community.

Ending Keynote – Channeling Your Inner Gumby

Lee Stickle will share ways to help build resilience and help individuals successfully face challenges every day.  Building resilience for all is important for success in the ‘real world’.


For more information about the conference visit You will find some amazing sessions that will inspire, encourage and inform parents and professionals!


  • Parent, relative or foster parent of a child with a disability and/or special health care need – $30
  • Youth with a disability (14-21 and attending high school) – $20
  • Professional – $40
  • Others – $40


A limited number of parent scholarships are available through Families Together, Inc. Parents should call (785) 233-4777 or 1-800-264-6343 or email to request a scholarship. Scholarships cover registration, lunch and conference materials.

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