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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. Access to this curriculum is available in Iowa at no cost to individuals and their families and direct support providers participating in the Iowa Money Follows the Person program. To learn more about this opportunity, get in touch with Meredith Field at meredith-field@uiowa.edu or 319-384-6797. More information about the College of Direct Support curriculum is available at the following website at: http://info.collegeofdirectsupport.com/.

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 at: http://iowahealthychild.learnpublichealth.com/.

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 at: http://universaldesign.learnpublichealth.com/.

The Georgia Institute of Technology's courses in Assistive Technology can provide you with deep understanding of devices, strategies, equipment, and practices to maintain, increase or improve the functional performance or life satisfaction of individuals with disabilities, and even those without: http://www.catea.gatech.edu/courses.php/.

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.  To access these modules, visit: http://AskJAN.org/training/library.htm.

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. Detail at: www.vcuautismcenter.org/training/parents.cfm.

Autism Internet Modules (AIM) is a great 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. Visit: http://www.autisminternetmodules.org/.

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. To learn more about Video Captioning Essential visit www.mncdhh.org/captioningessentials.

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.  They 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 and can be downloaded for free. If you would like to purchase a set of these videos contact Josie Rodriguez at josephine.rodriquez@nebraska.gov or call 308-632-1304. To view the videos, visit: http://www.ncbvi.ne.gov/media/video/pathways-to-independence/index.html.

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