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Current Trainings

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired: People of Color, Disabilities, and Mental Health

Presenter: Morénike Giwa Onaiwu

July 23, 2020, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (central)
Online Training

The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities National Training Center (MHDD-NTC) presents a webinar exploring the unique intersection of disability, mental health, and people of color. People of color experience higher rates of disability and mental health conditions, but often face decreased access to care and have other co-occurring health disparities. This presentation will highlight these inequities and discuss how we can work towards eliminating these disparities and becoming stronger allies for people of color.

Learn more and register here.

Summer Youth Leadership Academy Application Deadline Extended

Empowerment Opportunity for Youth with Disabilities

Six 1.5 hour online sessions
August 3 to 7, 2020

The Iowa DD Council, Iowa Department of Human Rights, and University of Iowa Health Care Center for disabilities and Development are hosting a Summer Youth Leadership Academy open to youth with disabilities ages 14-21.  The academy will be held August 3-7 with a graduation scheduled for August 11.  Topics will include leadership, goal-setting, self-determination, civic engagement, and mentoring/social networking.

Apply here.

Pacer Center Workshop Summer Schedule

Online Workshops

Workshops for July, August and September begin Wednesday, July 8 at 2:00 p.m. (CST)

The Pacer Center is offering a number of virtual workshops this summer for students and young adults with disabilities and their parents. In-person workshops have been canceled.

“Apps to Help Young Adults with Disabilities Learn About and Manage Their Money” takes place tomorrow, July 8, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (CST). This ‘Appy Hour’ will showcase apps that help to develop money skills to support independent living. Apps will address the essential skills of counting money, planning a budget, and tracking money spent.

See the full schedule and find links to register on the Workshops and Events page. Download flyers to learn more about the workshops. Choose livestream option during registration.

Upcoming Events

Economic Recovery Advisory Board Listening Sessions

Seeking Input on Disability Issues for Iowans

July 23 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Online Event

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor established an Economic Recovery Advisory Board to measure recovery, assess the Covid-19 response and improve the health of Iowans. To gather input, they are holding 5 virtual listening sessions. All are open to the public. The listening session focused on people with disabilities will take place July 23, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Learn more and scroll down to find links to join the listening sessions.

Celebrating 30 Years of the ADA

A Discussion on Youth Employment from the ADA Generation

July 24 from noon – 1:00 p.m.
Online event

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) will host a webinar to recognize the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 24 from noon – 1:00 p.m. (central). “Celebrating ADA30: A Discussion on Youth Employment from the ADA Generation” will feature a discussion among young people with disabilities, who grew up after the passage of the ADA.

They will discuss their experiences in the workplace and offer ideas to help employers attract young people with disabilities. They will address policies and programs of particular interest to younger workers with disabilities, including internship, apprenticeship, and mentorship opportunities, and how to ensure they are accessible. They will also touch on how young people with disabilities view disability disclosure and self-identification.

In addition, a representative from the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire will review key findings of the "2020 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey: Recent College Graduates."

Learn more and register for the event here.


Training Sources

Access to Training

Our Training Sources page provides links to a variety of training resources that are available on an ongoing basis. Most of these resources are online, available any day, any time. Check websites for fees associated with the trainings.

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

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Training Calendar

Please visit our interactive calendar to find trainings on disability-related topics, including autism, brain injury, mental health, self-advocacy and transition. We invite you to share trainings with us and others using the "Add Event" button on this calendar.

Please visit our Contact Us page on this website for more information or support.