The Arc offers a variety of training tools to equip professionals in the disability field with the knowledge and skills they need to advocate for and better serve the I/DD community. From publications and reports, to live and interactive webinars, we hope you will take advantage of the many training options available through our programs and partnerships. Bookmark this page as new offerings will be made available throughout the year.

DSP Toolkit

The Direct Support Professional Workforce Development (DSP) Toolkit addresses several resources that chapters of The Arc, and individuals with disabilities and their family members served by chapters can use to improve their workforce development practices.

Relias Learning


Relias Learning offers chapters of The Arc specialized rates on its Intellectual and Developmental Disability Training Library, which contains over 200 courses on community-based support, autism support, customized employment, health and safety, and more.  Chapters may sign up for an annual subscription through Relias Learning Management System or purchases individual courses. 

The Arc Academy

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The Arc Academy is a learning management platform that holds the collective training resources created by The Arc for chapters of The Arc and the IDD community. We have offer 100 webinars designed to increase knowledge and skills for individuals working in a chapter or with people with an intellectual/developmental disability. With prices ranging from FREE to $10.00, you will find a resource that meets your needs and helps you be a valuable asset to your chapter and your community.

Chapter Leadership Development Program

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The Arc’s Chapter Leadership Development Program is designed to provide professional development and build skills through self-paced learning, interactive webinars, conferences and informative trainings. Featuring five components: The Arc Connection, Special Interest Groups , Standards for Excellence®, Summer Leadership Institute and Pre-Convention, the offerings found here will benefit employees at any level.

 Center for Future Planning

The Center for Future Planning offers free webinars on topics related to planning for the future of adults with I/DD.  To learn about upcoming webinars and to view recorded webinars, click here:

The Center also offers full day training for human services professionals to develop the knowledge and skills to reach out to aging caregivers of adults with I/DD and support and encourage families to plan for the future.  If you are interested in sponsoring a training program for your agency or in your area, please contact Liz Mahar at or at 202.617.3262.

Webinar Course for I&R/A Staff

“Strengthening Disability and Cultural Competence in Information and Referral/Assistance (I&R/A) Work With People With I/DD and Their Families” is a free online training course developed by The Arc in partnership with NASUAD. The course is designed to assist I&R/A professionals to define I/DD; recognize barriers experienced by people with I/DD and their families; describe the many ways that culture impacts how a person and family experiences disability; and identify best practices to serve people with I/DD and their families.

To access this free course, visit Please note: If you are new to NASUADiQ, you will need to create an account and log in to access the course content.

Research and Evaluation

We often hear the terms “best practice” and “evidence-based practice” used in relation to programs or policies – but what does that mean? How do we know if a practice is promising or evidence-based? A recent article, published in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, offered perspectives on strategies to gather and evaluate evidence as well as guidelines to establish evidence-based practice. Through a collaboration with AAIDD, The Arc partnered with the lead author, Dr. Robert Schalock, to develop a brief to educate individuals, families, and practitioners on these concepts in hopes of bridging the gap between research and practice.

The Arc Archives

The Arc Archives contain over 100 webinars and publications offered free (or sometimes with a small fee) by The Arc Program staff to our chapter network and the public.  Access an archived presentation, read up on the latest policy issues or see what sessions we will be offering next.

National Center on Criminal Justice & Disability (NCCJD)
State Advocacy Matters
FASD Prevention
Family Support Research and Training Center webinar archive
National Policy Matters