A Path to Pride and Success - LeDerick Horne is a poet, advocate, and co-author of the book “Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities: A Path to Pride and Success” – Released by Brookes Publishing Co. Within this presentation, LeDerick Horne will share his own experience as a student with a learning disability who was able to graduate from college with a BA in mathematics. LeDerick is now one of the Nation’s most sought after speakers dedicated to improving the outcomes of youth with disabilities. During this family focused presentation, LeDerick will give advice to help all students develop positive identities as people with disabilities. Strategies for helping students reach their transition goals will also be shared. He will present advice on helping students develop positive relationships in school and the adult world.
Nurturing Our Health: Rooted, Resilient, Radiant - Diane P. McMillen, Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus, recently retired after 37 joyful years of teaching in Human Services. She began teaching at Ottawa University in 1980, where she developed the curriculum for the BA degree in Human Services, then moved to Washburn University in 1990, where she helped develop the Baccalaureate degree in Human Services and most recently a Masters of Arts in Human Services. She received her doctoral degree from Kansas University, with a research focus in social action and community mental health.
In this keynote, Diane will present a hopeful vision of what is possible for individuals and families. She will remind participants that they already have within them everything they need to be more peaceful, more clear-headed, more joyful, and less stressed. It is Diane’s intention to help people reconnect with the power that is within all of us to have wiser, clearer thinking which allows us to be more responsive to the tough situations, rather than reactive. This empowering approach to life focuses on our innate health and wisdom, draws out our natural resilience, shifts our perspective, and enhances our individual, family, and community life. Recognizing our amazing capacity to rise above our challenging circumstances allows us to thrive, not just survive!
Parents & Professionals
Emotional Intelligence - Dorothy Harpool, Director of Student and Community Initiatives and a Barton School Lecturer at Wichita State University's Barton School of Business.
Strategies to Prevent and De-escalate Challenging Behaviors - Darla Nelson-Metzger, Parent Resource Specialist, Families Together, Inc. - In this breakout session, participants will gain information and learn strategies related to children and youth who present challenging behaviors. We will discuss multi-tier system of supports 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.
The Leadership Matrix - LeDerick Horne will help students understand that we all have the potential to be a leader.
iTransition - Leia Holley, Family Resource and Health Specialist, Families Together, Inc., will explore tools that will help youth become active members of their transition Individualized Education Program (IEP) and healthcare as they plan for employment and life after high school .
Bullying Prevention, Family Engagement within IEPs & IHPs, Literacy, Opening the Door to Employment Possiblities, and Person Centered Planning
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