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Empowering Family Leaders: Hope for the Future

IFLTI Free Summer Lunch and Learn Leadership Training

Thursdays, July 1 to August 26; noon to 1:00 p.m.; Webinar Series

The Iowa Family Leadership Training Institute (IFLTI) is offering its annual summer leadership training. Family members or primary caregivers of children with special health care needs are invited to participate in this motivational and educational leadership series. Learn from family leaders and professionals, who share their experiences and knowledge on health equity, cultural competence, telling personal stories, and more. Spanish interpretation is available. For questions, contact Diane Brenneman at diane-brenneman@uiowa.edu or 319-356-8637.

Learn more and register here.

Register Now for the 2021 Summer Youth Leadership Academy

Empowerment, social networking and fun!

Monday, August 2 – Friday, August 6, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. via Zoom

Iowa's Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) provides an introduction to leadership for youth and young adults with disabilities, ages 14-21. The five themes of YLA include goal-setting, self-determination, leadership, civic engagement, and social networking and mentoring. The Academy ends with a special graduation ceremony open to families, teachers, and friends of participants.

All YLA sessions are interactive and include frequent breaks with fun activities. The Academy is a joint project of the Iowa DD Council, Iowa Department of Human Rights, Access 2 Independence, and UI Health Care Center for Disabilities and Development. Applications are due June 18.

To learn more, contact Bill Kallestad, Iowa DD Council, at bkalles@dhs.state.ia.us.

Download the application here.

Upcoming Events

Registration Now Open for the Free SOAR Regional Self-Advocacy Conference

Connect, Learn, Inspire!

Friday, September 17  •  5:30 - 7:45 pm
Saturday, September 18  •  1:00 - 4:00 pm
Sunday, September 19  •. 1:00 - 4:00 pm

via Zoom

The Heartland Self-Advocacy Resource Network, a four-state region, which includes Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri, enthusiastically welcomes you to SOAR 2021! SOAR stands for “Seeking Opportunities for an Advocacy Revolution.” We’ve lined up three fantastic keynote speakers: retired Iowa US Senator Tom Harkin, comedian Michael Beers, and Youtube sensation Squirmy and Grubs. You’ll be able to choose from among six breakout sessions, all featuring leadership experiences and insights from presenters with disabilities. FREE t-shirts for the first 200 to register from Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri! Registration is FREE, but you must register to attend the conference.

To register, click 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.