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The ASK Resource Center, Inc., known as "ASK", provides one-on-one advocacy and training support as well as responding to group requests for training throughout the state of Iowa. ASK is Iowa's Federally funded Parent Training and Information Center under the Federal Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and the state's Family-to-Family Health Information Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs funded by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services. The agency provides training and services on a wide range of topics including education, health care, law/policy issues, advocacy, dispute resolution and transition services. Learn more at

The Autism Society of Iowa (ASI) sponsors workshops and conferences on topical information related to autism. ASI also provides scholarships for students on the autism spectrum and those who will work in the field of autism upon completion of their post-secondary education. Scholarships for persons on the autism spectrum and their families are available, based on need, to attend ASI conferences. The site provides links to autism-related resources in Iowa and upcoming training events. Learn more at

The Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa offers periodic training workshops on topics of interest to persons with brain injury and their supporters. The website offers a free downloadable “virtual tote bag” which contains extensive information and resources on brain injury. Learn more at

CHADD of Iowa hosts Parent To Parent trainings across Iowa. Parent to Parent provides educational information and support for individuals and families dealing with AD/HD and learning to navigate the challenges of AD/HD across the lifespan. Learn more at

Community Circle of Care (CCC) is a collaboration of the Iowa Department of Human Services, Iowa Child Health Specialty clinics, University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development, and other community partners. CCC offers a number of training programs throughout eastern Iowa, including Mental Health First Aid (recognition of crises and mental health disorders along with strategies to provide initial support), Bridges out of Poverty (culture of poverty), and 1, 2, 3, Magic (parenting and discipline). Learn more at

The Disability Resource Library (DRL) is a lending library which offers a multimedia collection of educational materials on a broad range of topics of interest to persons with disabilities, family members, service providers, and the general public. The DRL also maintains a comprehensive list of scholarships available to students with disabilities. Click here to learn more.

Disability Rights Iowa (DRI) provides training upon request on topics which include but are not limited to individual rights, guardianship issues, voting rights, special education law and self-advocacy. DRI is expanding its role in this area and expects to provide ongoing trainings in the future. Funds may be available upon request to individuals with disabilities and family members to support participation in DRI trainings. Learn more at

Iowa Advocates for Mental Health Recovery (IAMHR) offers periodic training for persons who experience mental illness and their families. Together with the Iowa Office of Consumer Affairs (, IAMHR offers scholarships for individuals to attend an annual mental health conference.

The Iowa Association of Community Providers (IACP) offers its members the opportunity to attend a variety of trainings throughout the year. Attendees of IACP trainings experience sessions that prepare them to succeed in today’s competitive human services environment. IACP offers documentation training, leadership training, online training, and SAFE training, all of which are available for a minimal fee. Learn more at

Iowa Compass serves as Iowa’s leading source of information on assistive technology and disability services, and maintains a list of organizations that provide funding for individuals to attend disability-related training conferences and workshops. To learn more, visit, go to the Iowa Compass Facebook page, or call 1-800-779-2001.

NAMI Iowa (National Alliance on Mental Illness – Iowa) offers three free educational programs to families and individuals with mental illness. "Family-to-Family Education Program" is a 12-week course for family members and significant others of individuals with mental illnesses taught by trained volunteer family members focusing primarily on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. "Peer to Peer" is a ten week course for people with any serious mental illness and is taught by a team of two trained volunteer Mentors who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness. "Basics" is a six week course for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. The course is taught by trained volunteer teachers who are the parents or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years. Learn more at

The Parent and Educator Connection (PEC) is a statewide network that assist parents and educators as they work together to improve communication between home and school for children and young adults with disabilities. The website provides links to PEC’s housed in Area Education Agencies throughout Iowa, many of which offer training and/or provide training stipends and scholarships. Learn more at

The University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD), Iowa’s University Center for Excellence on Disabilities, serves as the administrative home for the Iowa training Consortium. CDD administers a graduate level program for students entering fields such as medicine, physical therapy and psychology who have an interest in serving persons with disabilities. CDD staff also provide sensitivity training to a variety of students entering health care professions, and support distance education efforts for staff serving people with disabilities in community-based settings. Click here to learn more.


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