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Current Trainings

SARTAC Webinar Series

Learn to create easily understandable materials

The Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC) is hosting a three-part webinar series to provide training and technical assistance on topics related to creating easily understandable materials. The series, “Learn to Write Policy Information That Is Easy to Understand,” will focus on techniques for writing, translation, graphic design and formatting.

Register separately for each webinar:

Plain Language
May 10 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Register for the webinar.

Easy Read Text
June 7 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Register for the webinar.

Digital Storytelling Workshop

Iowa Family Leadership Training Institute

Wednesday to Friday, June 15 to 17
Upper Iowa University, West Des Moines

Parents and primary caregivers of children and youth with special health care needs are invited to join the Iowa Family Leadership Training Institute for a free 3-day Digital Storytelling workshop in June. Presented by CHSC staff.

Lodging and meals, and participant stipend, will be provided. More information is available from Rachel Charlot at

Learn more and apply.

Mindspring Hosts 17 Webinars in May

Free Training Opportunities

Multiple May 2022 dates
Webinar Series

Mindspring (formerly NAMI of Greater Des Moines) is hosting a series of webinars this month.  Mindspring views the delivery of these training opportunities as a way of advancing its mission of delivering comprehensive outreach and education. 

Topics include:

  • Responding to a Mental Health Crisis
  • Talking to Children about Mental Health
  • Understanding Suicide, Trauma, and Compassion Fatigue

These events are absolutely free, and everyone is welcome!  Certificates of attendance are provided.

Link to the schedule of all upcoming webinars and registration information.

Upcoming Events

Using Functional Communication Training to Treat Challenging Behavior

A Free Iowa Autism Learning Community Webinar

June 8, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Virtual Event

The Iowa Autism Learning Community Webinar will present the webinar, “Using Functional Communication Training to Treat Challenging Behavior," featuring guest speaker Matthew O’Brien, PhD, BCBA-D, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, on June 8.
CME and IBC CE Credit Available

Course Objectives:

  1. appraise the research support for functional communication training
  2. describe the steps involved in functional communication training procedures
  3. identify ways that functional communication training can be applied to reduce challenging behaviors

For questions, get in touch with Rachell Swanson-Holm at or 515-955-8326

Register for the webinar.

Attend the 2022 Iowa DD Council Summit

Learn, Discuss, Be Inspired!

Tuesday, May 17th, 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Wartburg College, 100 Wartburg Blvd, Waverly, IA

Register today to learn more about the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, watch a free screening of the film, Intelligent Lives, and participate in tabling sessions and a discussion with local area providers and social work students.

Appetizers and light refreshments will be provided!

This event is hosted by Slife Institute for Social Work Consultation, Research & Training at Wartburg College.

Link to registration and more information about Intelligent Lives.

Register Now for the 2022 National ADA Symposium

Your “One-Stop Shop” for All Things ADA!

Monday, May 9 – Friday, May 13, 2022
Virtual format

The Great Plains ADA Center and the ADA National Network are excited to launch the 2022 National ADA Symposium in a virtual format.  The five-day training event offers 51 sessions covering all areas of the Americans with Disabilities Act presented by nationally recognized experts in issues related to the ADA.

The conference offers multiple CEU credits and registration options.

Link to conference details and online registration.

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.