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Postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Iowa City’s First Annual Employment Forum on Disability - “Employment is Empowering!”

Thursday, April 9, 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Iowa Theater (Room 166), Iowa Memorial Union
125 N. Madison St., Iowa City

Employment is Empowering is a one-day training event for service providers who help people with disabilities find their place in the workforce. This one-of-a-kind learning experience will also connect employers to resources and information to help them with the process of recruiting, hiring, and retaining employees with disabilities.

The conference kicks off with a presentation from the Harkin Institute, including a video from Senator Tom Harkin. The keynote address, delivered by Erin Kay and Mollie Miller founders of Claiming Disability, Inc., follows. Other presentations focus on key areas of disability employment, including job development, advocacy, disability sensitivity, vocational rehabilitation, assistive technology, and hiring practices.  A $20 registration fee covers the cost of lunch.  Social work CEUs are available.

The event honors the memory of Bill Sackter, the original proprietor of Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop. Sackter is remembered by many as Iowa City’s most beloved historical figure with disability. Lead sponsors of the training include Claiming Disability Inc., a nonprofit run by two entrepreneurial women with disabilities), the University of Iowa School of Social Work, and Access 2 Independence of the Eastern Iowa Corridor.

Register here.

Rescheduled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

20th National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute

September 1 - 2, 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.

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."

Registration for the Institute is now full, but openings are expected due to the change of dates. Learn more and be added to the waitlist here.

Upcoming Events

Canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

30th Annual Aging with Developmental Disabilities Conference

Monday and Tuesday, May 4 – 5, 2020
St. Charles Convention Center
St. Charles, Missouri

With 4 tracks, 3 keynote presenters, held over 2 days, the 30th Annual Aging with Developmental Disabilities Conference has 1 overarching goal: developing the best support practices for aging with developmental disabilities. The conference will take place May 4 – 5 at the St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, Missouri.

Conference Tracks:

  • Direct Care
  • Professional Track
  • Medical Track
  • Potpourri Track

Through information, education, and networking, participants from across the United States will have a better understanding of both medical care, medical changes and best practices that will help them support people with developmental disabilities with living their best life as well as end-of-life care.

Link to the conference website.

Link to the conference brochure.

Link to the online registration.

Canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

2020 National ADA Symposium

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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The Conner Training Connection makes every effort to assure these listings are up-to-date. Visit our Training Sources page.

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