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Spring 2020 Iowa Family Leadership Training Institute

Opportunities to Learn, Grow and Network at IFLTI

March 6, 3:00 p.m. – March 7, 4:00 p.m.
April 3, 3:00 p.m. – April 4, 4:00 p.m.
May 1, 3:00 p.m. – May 2, 4:00 p.m.
May 30, 10:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ames, Iowa

Applications are being accepted for the Spring 2020 Iowa Family Leadership Training Institute (IFLTI), sponsored by the University of Iowa Division of Child and Community Health and Child Health Specialty Clinics. The IFLTI is a leadership training opportunity for parents or primary caregivers of children or youth with special health-care diagnoses. The training will prepare them to become better advocates on the individual, community and policy levels.

Eligible candidates are parents or primary caregivers of children ages 3 to 19 with special health care needs living in Iowa. There is a $100 registration fee required of accepted applicants, payable by check only. Scholarship assistance is available on a case by case basis. The cost of hotel accommodations, meals, subject-matter expert speakers and training materials are covered by the Institute. Attendance at all sessions is required. Application deadline is Friday, January 17.

For more information, visit the CHSC website. Or get in touch with Diane Brenneman at or 319-356-8637,  or Rachel Charlot at or 712-792-5530. Apply here.

Registration is Open for the 20th National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute!

"Better Together: The Importance of Partnership"

Tuesday, May 5 – Thursday, May 7, 2020
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

The National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute is one of the premier educational opportunities for anyone involved in the care and education of young children with special needs in inclusive settings. Dozens of world-class experts, dozens of groundbreaking sessions, and free courses for CEUs offer an enduring impact.

For 20 years, the Inclusion Institute has drawn people from across the country and around the globe, to Chapel Hill to learn about the latest research findings, models, and resources to guide inclusive policy, professional development and practice. Participants learn to develop collaborative relationships and cross-agency systems to support early childhood inclusion, and have the opportunity to meet, learn from, and problem solve with peers.

Bethany Van Delft Moffi will deliver this year's keynote address, "The Importance of Stories in Family Engagement and Advocacy."

Learn more or to register here.

Upcoming Events

Crossroads of Iowa 7th Annual Transcending Trauma Seminar

Learn Multiple Strategies to Support Individuals Experiencing Trauma

Friday, January 24,2020, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Grandview University, Student Center, Des Moines, Iowa

In the US, one person in twelve is diagnosed with chronic PTSD, and many more live with aftereffects of trauma. One theory is that trauma overwhelms our natural coping mechanisms, leading to chronic distress. This seminar brings together the most effective known therapies for restoring that natural balance, presented by highly skilled local experts. As always, the focus is on the diverse potential for transforming trauma into meaning and depth.

Training objectives include:

  • Learn how early medical trauma is remembered by very young children
  • Identify symptoms of PTSD in young children that indicate a need for treatment
  • Learn strategies professionals use to prevent PTSD
  • Discuss trauma and its impact on holistic health
  • Explore “survivor centered” solutions
  • Identify differences between treating and healing, the locus of control
  • Recognize the attributes healers develop
  • Develop a basic life plan for personal healing
  • Exercise dramatic play techniques aimed at self-exploration
  • Create role-play scenarios as an effective method for conflict resolution
  • Develop awareness of how whole cultures can suffer from trauma and how it can be perpetuated throughout generations

Register online here. Use the yellow DONATE button to pay seminar tuition. Register by phone at 515-633-7968. To register by mail: Send your name, address, e-mail address and phone number, and tuition payment to: CROSSROADS OF IOWA, 2815 100th St. #111, Urbandale, IA 50322

Seminar tuition is $100, or $85, if postmarked by Friday, January 17, 2020. All tuition must be prepaid. Confirmation will be sent by e-mail. CEUs are available.

Registration is Open for the 2020 National ADA Symposium

4 Days of ADA Immersion!

Sunday, May 10 – Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Loews Hotel, Kansas City, Missouri

This annual four-day event is the most comprehensive conference on the ADA, and provides the latest information on regulations and guidelines, implementation strategies, and best practices related to the ADA. Sessions cover all areas of the ADA including employment, state and local government, business, health care, higher education, and facility access.

This year’s symposium will feature keynote presentations by Senator Tom Harkin and disability rights lawyer and author Haben Girma. Pre-conference sessions and advanced workshops will complement more than 120 break-out sessions.

Find registration and conference information here. For questions or registration issues, get in touch with Lisa Tucker at 352-669-0076, or by email at

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