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SD Legislative Committee Meeting Room
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Business meeting of team members
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  For over 27 years, an independent voice

for South Dakotans with disabilities.



Annual Membership Meeting

Thursday, September 28th at 11:00 am (CT)

via conference call!

For more information, contact our staff.





Join us

Saturday, October 21st from
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

at the Vermillion Middle School Gymnasium

(422 Princeton St. - Vermillion)

Sibshops are a FREE program designed specifically for siblings

(ages 6 to 12) who have a brother or sister with special needs or a disability. Sibshops are a time to build friendships, have fun, do recreational activities and share feelings with others who really know what it is like to have a sibling with a disability. We also have lunch together during Sibshops.



Pre-Registration Required

Click Here to Register Online

or call 1-800-640-4553

Sibshops is sponsored by SD Parent Connection, LifeScape,
Lutheran Social Services Here4YOUth After School and Summer Programs,
and University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities

Please let us know your interpretation, translation or accommodation needs by notifying SD Parent Connection at the time of registration.
Please contact SDPC with any further questions
1-800-640-4553 or email

This communication was developed under grants from the U.S. Department of Education Project Grant H328M140021; Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Grant H84MC07994 Family to Family Health Information Center, $90,030; and approximately 5% financed with non-governmental resources. The contents should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by US Department of Education, HRSA, HHS or the Federal Government.



South Dakota Parent Connection, 3701W.49thStreetSuite102,Sioux Falls,SD57106



Inclusion Drives Innovation

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 2017



"Generations in the Workplace - Managing Diversity" with Dr. Thom Flamboe

It will be held at the Ramkota Best Western Convention Center (Amphitheater I or II).

Tuesday - October 3rd - 10:30 am to 12 pm



Employer recognition/appreciation dinner with "If I Can..." presentation by Chris Koch.

It will be held at the Family Life Center (404 West Hickory/Hwy 10).

Tuesday - October 10th - 6:00 pm



Luncheon and panel presentation in conjunction with the monthly SHRM meeting

It will be held at Minerva's Grill and Bar.

Tuesday - October 10th - 11:00 am to 2:00 pm



WILL/BAHRA luncheon with "If I Can..." presentation by Chris Koch

It will be held at the Brookings Swiftel Center.

Wednesday - October 11th - 11:45 am to 1:00 pm


Sioux Falls

Breakfast followed by "If I Can..." presentation by Chris Koch

It will be held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Thursday - October 12th - 7:30 am to 8:00 am (meal) - 8:00 am to 9:30 am (presentation)



"If I Can..." presentation by Chris Koch

It will be held at the Madison High School Gym.

Tuesday - October 13th - 9:00 am to 9:45 am



Luncheon with guest speaker, panel presentation and recognition ceremony

It will be held at Lake Area Technical Institute.

Tuesday - October 17th - 11:30 am



Luncheon with Vicki Kerkvliet and Kim Hoberg speaking and possible awards

The location is yet to be determined.

Tuesday - October 17th - 11:00 am to 1:00 pm



Event in conjunction with "October Business After Hours" Social and Meeting

It will be held at the Grand Oasis.

Tuesday - October 17th - 5:30 pm (social) - 6:00 pm (meeting)



"Life Animated" (a film) will be shown, followed by a discussion on Autism Spectrum Disorder with local family members and mental health, school and other professionals.

It will be held at the Capitol Cinema (415 S Main Street).

Wednesday - October 18th - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Rapid City

Breakfast followed by presentation "How to Make Your Business Standout by Employing Outstanding Employees with Disabilities"

It will be held at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn.

Thursday - October 26th - 7:00 am



Luncheon with guest speaker - Jennifer Erickson of Camille's Sidewalk Café

It will be held at the Muenster University Center Ballroom on the USD Campus.

Thursday - October 26th - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm



Incorporating Disability Etiquette in the Workplace & in Customer Service

Wed., Oct. 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. CT / 9:00 a.m. MT

Presenter: Kimberly Hoberg, Business Specialist, South Dakota Department of Human Services

Good disability etiquette helps you improve customer service to your customers who have disabilities, and enhances the work environment by improving communications and interactions with coworkers who have disabilities. This webinar will provide a basic understanding of disability etiquette in interactions with customers and coworkers. Learn what “people first language” is, and how to effectively communicate with people who have various types of disabilities.


Closed captioning available upon request. Email by noon Central Time on Friday, October 20, 2017.


Register online at -or- email name, business/agency name, city and state to



Getting Down to Business video

3 South Dakota employees with disabilities & their employers

featured in video produced by South Dakota Retailers Assocation for pilot project:

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  Eligible South Dakotans with Disabilities

ABLE Accounts are available to you!

Twenty-seven states presently offer ABLE accounts nationwide.

To learn more about them, click on


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