Together We Can Learn Conference

February 27, 2010 

Topeka, Kansas

Topeka Capitol Plaza

Feb. 27, 2010




 Dear Brian,


We've listened to your requests and believe you will find the 2010 Together We Can Learn Conference has something for everyone. This is a once in a life-time opportunity! Register early, save $10.  Space is limited. Parent scholarships are available. 






Ph.D, University of Nebraska

  John Maag
Dr. John W. Maag is a Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln specializing in the education and treatment of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders. He has published over 90 articles and book chapters as well as authoring four books-one of which, Parenting without Punishment, won a Parent's Choice award.  He was also the recipient of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Distinguished Teaching Award.

I Can't Make You:  Attitude Shifts and Derailments for Resistance

Dr. Maag is a nationally recognized behavioral consultant on best practices for managing resistance and improving relationships with others.  A licensed psychotherapist, Dr. Maag is a public speaker and consulting editor to numerous journals. He is creative, knowledgeable, and experienced and will kick off the conference with a lot of energy.






 FEATURING: Ann & Rud Turnbull,

Co-Founders and Co-Directors of the Beach Center at the University of Kansas

  Dr. Rud and Dr. Ann Turnbull are professors, teachers, researchers, and advocates for individuals with disabilities, their families, and service providers. Together they have authored numerous articles and books, including leading textbooks in the field of special education. They co-founded and are co-directors of the Beach Center on Disability at the University of Kansas . Most importantly they are Jay Turnbull's parents.  

Honoring Jay Turnbull's Contributions to Inclusion and Quality of Life: 10 Take-Home Lessons for Families and Professionals 


In this presentation, Ann and Rud will reflect on what they learned over four decades with their son, JT, who was an inclusion pioneer. Although Jay had an untimely death in 2009 at the age of 41, his inclusion legacy provides continuing guidance not only for Ann and Rud but for all of us. Ann and Rud will share family stories from their best professor who always gave them the hardest and most rewarding exams of all - Professor Jay Turnbull!






Breakout Sessions:


  • Technology Solutions for ALL Learners: What Family Members Need to Know about Assistive and Instructional Technology:


    Sean Smith, Ph.D, University of Kansas

  • Every Family Makes  Difference:


    Jane Groff, Kansas Parent Information Resource Center & Lesli Girard, Families Together, Inc. Topeka Center

  • Medical Homes for Children with Special Health Care Needs:


    Dr. Kenneth Thomas, Children's Mercy Hospital   

  • Autism: The Importance of Early Identification:


    - Sarah Hoffmeier , Kansas Instruction Support Network (KISN) and Families Together, Inc.

  • Real Life Strategies: Accessing the General Education for Students with Significant Disabilities:

     Tierney Thompson, Bonner Springs, Leia Holley, Families Together, Inc, Topeka Center

  • Positive Behavior Support Extravaganza:

    Matt Enyart, Kelcey Schmitz, and Katie Hargrove, Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support 






Together We Can Learn Conference

Topeka Capitol Plaza
1717 SW Topeka Blvd.

Topeka, Kansas 66612


Make your hotel reservations by  February 5, 2010 to receive the special conference rate.  Make sure to mention you are with the Families Together to get the special group room rate of  $91.00 per night.


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Parent Scholarships
The conference has a limited number of scholarships available for Kansas parents and siblings of children with disabilities. Email Families Together at to request a scholarship.

No Refunds!

All conference plans and expenses are based upon pre-registration. If you must cancel, we regret that we cannot offer refunds or release purchase orders. However, we can transfer your registration to a friend or colleague.  Email to transfer your registration.


Families Together,Inc.


Families Together, Inc. is a statewide organization that serves families of children and youth with exceptional needs.


The Parent Training and Information Center assists families to be partners in their child's education.  Read more


The Family-to-Family Health Information Center provides guidance and support for families of children and youth with special health care needs to navigate the health care systems and work with their child's medical home.  Read more


The Parent to Parent Program matches a parent with another parent who has or is going through similar disability related events. Do you have someone to talk to who understands the small victories and struggles? Read more


Other grants from state agencies and foundations support the work of the staff to help families with many aspects of raising a child with exceptional needs.

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