Training Sources

Access to Training

The Conner Training Connection uses training, education, and technical assistance to promote a system of individualized supports that will assist Iowans with developmental disabilities to live as fully participating members of their communities. The goal of this web site is to advertise and encourage training and education to build supportive, inclusive communities for Iowans with disabilities.

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Accessible Home and Workplaces through Universal Design

The Accessible Home and Workplaces through Universal Design initiative developed five online training modules to increase awareness of universal design concepts for home and workplace modifications. These modules are available online at no cost here.

Autism Internet Modules

Autism Internet Modules (AIM) is a free resource for families and for professionals looking for information on evidence-based treatments and topics related to autism spectrum disorder. This website contains 37 modules that are divided into 5 topic areas. Examples of modules include: functional interventions, structured teaching, task analysis, visual supports, social skills groups, preparing for the workforce, supporting successful completion of homework, and much more. Access these modules here.

Direct Course

Direct Course, formerly known as the College of Direct Support, is an online curriculum and learning management system designed to train members of the direct support workforce who work with individuals with disabilities. In Iowa, Direct Course is managed by the Iowa Association of Community Providers (IACP). Get in touch with Brita at 515-270-9495 to learn more, or visit the Direct Course website.

Iowa Healthy Child Development

Health care provider training.

Three Iowa Healthy Child Development online training modules teach primary health care providers to provide state of the art developmental surveillance, screening, referral and intervention for young children birth to age 5. These modules focus on identification of social-emotional risk factors in the young child and detection of parental risk factors that may affect child development, as well as more traditional development problems including autism. They are available at no cost here.

Job Accommodation Network

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Accessible Modules on Workplace Accommodations currently has two video modules available. "The ADA Amendments Act" provides information on the law and uses real-life examples from the JAN case study library. "JAN's Interactive Process" provides suggestions for effectively managing workplace accommodations. Both units consist of a video, transcript and corresponding handout. Access these modules here.

Mental Health First Aid: Find a Course

This site is intended to make mental health first aid as common as CPR. Enter a city near you where you would like to take the training and expand your search to include other communities by specifying the distance you are willing to travel for a class. The results will show multiple training sites within the radius you select. If classes are full, the website will tell you so; if not, click on a training and follow the directions to sign up. Find a Course.

Pathways to Independence

Pathways to Independence is a production of the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. This video training series covers skills that older blind and visually impaired individuals use to remain independent in their homes and communities.  The videos can be used by individuals to learn techniques, by rehab counselors to teach techniques, by agencies for staff training, and in general for public information. The videos can be watched online.

VCU Autism Center for Excellence

A self-paced online course entitled, My Child was Just Identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: Now What Do I Do?, is available on the Virginia Commonwealth University Autism Center for Excellence website.  Designed especially for parents who have young children recently diagnosed with autism, the content presents comprehensive strategies to support the child. See details.

Video Captioning Essential

The Commission of Deaf, Deaf/Blind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans recently launched an online self-study course that teaches basic concepts needed to make informed decisions on what tools and resources to use when captioning web-videos. This free course is designed for anyone responsible for managing organizational website content. Learn more about Video Captioning Essentials.

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.