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Transition to Adulthood for Families of Youth with Special Needs

Webinar Series - Fridays

October 9 - November 13, noon - 1:00 p.m.

November 20, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Child Health Specialty Clinics, the Regional Autism Assistance Program, Stead Family Children’s Hospital, the Center for Disabilities and Development, and the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council are sponsoring a series of Transition to Adulthood webinars. This webinar series is designed for Iowa parents, legal guardians, and caregivers of transition-aged youth (12-21 yrs).

Topics include:

  • Life after high school
  • Legal and Financial Planning
  • Guardianship and Shared Decision-making
  • How to Promote Self-Determination

For additional information, click here.

Autism Basics

Webinar Series - Tuesdays

October 20 - November 10, noon - 1:00 p.m.

Free four-week webinar series for parents or primary caregivers of children with a new autism diagnosis.

This course has been approved for foster parents. Each webinar is worth 1 hour of group credit. Certificates of attendance will be provided. Sessions will be recorded and sent to registered participants.

For additional information, click here.

Space is limited. Register here.

Upcoming Events

Southeast Iowa Family & Caregiver Workshop

Join the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa Via Zoom

Wednesday, October 21, 12 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For many years, the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa (BIA-IA) has convened families and individuals impacted by brain injury to various workshops held across the state. Their Family & Caregiver Workshops attract a wide variety of individuals and families at different points in their journey after brain injury.

Workshop Presentation Highlight:

  • Topic - Ambiguous Loss and Grief: Finding Meaning in the Journey
  • Presenter - Megan Hartwig, Director of Brain Injury Program, Iowa Association of Community Providers

BIA-IA will go virtual for this upcoming Family Workshop, using Zoom. The workshop will take place on October 21 from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Topics will relate to resources and services in Southeast Iowa. There will be time available for discussion and connecting.

Topics of Discussion:

  • How to Think Outside of the Box: Supporting Independence with Assistive Technology
  • Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services & Supports
  • BIAIA Services & Supports: Navigating SE Iowa Resources
  • Ambiguous Loss & Grief: Finding Meaning in the Journey

Link to a detailed agenda and registration here.

AAPD 2020 Virtual Career & Internship Fair

Calling all high school and college students with disabilities!

Wednesday, October 28, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (CDT)

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) invites you to their 2020 Virtual Career and Internship Fair, where participants will have the opportunity to connect with companies who will give "the 411" on their mission, services and disability inclusion practices. During this fair, company representatives will present one at a time, and will be followed by a question and answer (Q&A) session from the audience. Company presentations will include:

  • Company’s mission and purpose
  • Company’s inclusive practices and ideology
  • Sponsored professional development courses, workshops, trainings, or job vacancies
  • Company representatives contact information for post event follow-up

AAPD aims to connect job seekers with disabilities to businesses that are committed towards a more inclusive workforce. To find out more about these companies, receive updates on participating businesses, and to gain access to the online platform, register for the event.*

*The deadline to register for this event is 10:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, October 23.

Centering Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities During Crises & Emergencies

Presented by Justice Shorter, National Disability Rights Newwork

Tuesday, November 10, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. CDT

2020 has been an active year for crises and emergencies. From the Coronavirus pandemic to the wildfires on the west coast to multiple hurricanes hitting the Gulf Coast/Caribbean territories, people with disabilities are amongst the most impacted. This webinar focuses on centering individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities during disasters and/or emergencies, and caring for their mental health and well-being.

After completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify advocacy strategies that center the needs, priorities and dreams of people with IDD throughout disasters/emergencies
  • Understand the connection between structural violence and slow onset disasters
  • Address how exclusion during emergencies can cause injuries, death and loss of property for people with disabilities
  • Address how information and inclusion can reduce harm, save lives and preserve personal equipment/property

Register 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.