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Transition to Adulthood Conference

The Transition to Adulthood Program at Children's Mercy hosts an annual Transition Conference to support patients and families as they navigate transition.

Upcoming events

All Abilities Resource Fair

September 18, 2024

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location: Children's Mercy Research Institute 

Register for All Abilities Resource Fair


All Abilities Resource Fair Vendor Registration


Transition to Adulthood Family Education Day

When: September 28, 2024

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Children's Mercy Research Institute 

Register for Transition to Adulthood Family Education Day

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.



9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Key Note Presentation


10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Transition Panel Discussion Focusing on ALL levels of Transition


10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Break and visit with Vendors


11:15 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Break Out Sessions #1

Teens Skills Lab. 

Safe Driving for Teens with Special Health Care Needs. 

Financial Planning and ABLE Accounts.


12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Lunch and Break Out Sessions # 2

Healthy Relationships.

Requesting Accommodations in Post-Secondary Education or the Work Place Following High School.

How to Prepare for the Guardianship Discussion.


1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Break and visit with Vendors


1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Break Out Sessions #3

Panel of Young Adults Who Have Successfully Transitioned and are Living Independent.

Supporting Mental Health for Neurodivergent Teens as They Age. 

Understanding the 18-21 year old Programs Through the Local School District.


2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Conference Committee Staff will be available to meet with families as needed to debrief from conference and discuss any transition related needs.

Past Events

On June 12, 2021, the Transition to Adulthood Program at Children’s Mercy offered a free virtual conference to help teens, young adults and their parents/caregivers prepare for adulthood with different learning tracks for both.

Growing up and becoming young adults means taking steps to learn how to manage your life and your health. It takes preparation and self-advocacy. When you have a chronic condition, a disability or special medical needs, it becomes more complex.

Watch the 11 Transition to Adulthood Conference videos below to learn how other young adults and their parents navigated the journey.

Transition Conference Welcome Message

Transition Conference Keynote "Envisioning Your Good Life and Good Health" with Sheli Reynolds, PhD

ABLE Accounts

I am Losing My Insurance – what can I do? with Kim Bowls and Joya Harris

Panel discussion for parents: What I Know Now that I Wish I Knew Then

Panel discussion: Pediatric and Adult Providers

Skills Training

Supported Decision Making and Guardianship

Panel discussion: Transition to College Away From Home

Tips on Managing Mental Health

SSI and SSDI - How and When to Apply

#Adulting - Teaching Life Skills Now for Transition to Adulthood Tomorrow


Job Accommodations, Career Exploration & Disclosure of Disability in the Workplace


On June 10, 2023, the Transition to Adulthood Program at Children's Mercy hosted an in-person conference to support families of patients 12+ as they prepare for adulthood. This educational conference focused on the medically complex young adult and their family system as they navigate the medical, social and legal aspects of transition.

Introduction and Welcome 


Guardianship and Supported Decision Making

Services to Help Student's Reach Their Good Life-Planning for Life After High School Utilizing IEP

Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Care

Self-Care for the Caregiver 

End of the Day and Closing

Missouri Waiver Deep Dive (PowerPoint) 

Kansas Waiver Deep Dive (PowerPoint)

SSI/SSDI (PowerPoint)

Housing Support as Young Adults Age