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Upcoming Events and Training Opportunities

 September 2021 | October 2021

Job Openings at the Wholeness Center

The Wholeness Center currently has job openings for a Program Manager and a Part-Time Victim Advocate. Learn more about the openings in the job descriptions linked below. 

Word Doc - Program Manager Job Description

Word Doc - Victim Advocate

Job Openings at SD Urban Indian Health

SDUIH has several new job openings available. Learn more and apply at https://sduih.org/careers/.

Apply to Serve on the Family Support 360 Advisory Council

The Council has two vacancies for family members of individuals aged twenty-one years or younger with an identified developmental disability living in the family home and one vacancy for a self-advocate.

Learn more about the council and find the application form.

September 2021

Upcoming SD Parent Connection Trainings

Flyer with text stating "SD Parent Connection offering Aberdeen Parent and Professional Trainings"South Dakota Parent Connection will be be offering a fall parent/professional training series on understanding the difference between an IEP and a 504 Plan, accommodations and modifications and why it is important to understand the difference, and understanding transition requirements under IDEA and the transition section of the IEP.

Join in-person in Aberdeen or live online where it's convenient for you. Trainings will take place at 6-7 PM Central Time / 5-6 PM Mountain Time. 

In-Person Location: K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library, Community Room #112A, 215 4th Ave SE, Aberdeen

Call 1-800-640-4553 or email sdpc@sdparent.org with questions, accommodation needs, or more information.

Understanding 504 Plans & Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
Thursday, September 9, 2021

In this session, participants will understand the difference between services and supports under IDEA through an Individual Education Plan or under Section 504 through a 504 Plan. Register

Understanding Accommodations and Modifications
Thursday, September 20, 2021

Participants will learn about accommodations and modifications in education and the impact these have on students and their families. Register

Thursday, October 14, 2021

In this session participants will review requirements for transition planning on the IEP, changes in graduation requirements they need to be aware of, and resources that may be beneficial as their student transitions from school to adult life. Register

Family & Self-Advocate Conversations

The SD Division of Developmental Disabilities

Thumbnail Flyer for September Family & Self-Advocate ConversationsThe September Family & Self-Advocate Conversation sessions flyer is attached. These sessions are intended to provide a platform for people with developmental disabilities and their families to get updates directly from DDD and provide feedback on a regular basis. There will be an evening session on September 15th and a lunch hour session on  September 16th to provide flexibility for people to attend. Both sessions will follow the same agenda & topics. 

More Information:

The DDD will provide information about SD disability services & programs. They want to hear from you. Bring questions!

Choose a Session & Participate by Computer or Phone:

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - Evening Session: 7 pm CT/6 pm MT

Thursday, September 16, 2021 - Day Session: 12:30 pm CT/11:30 am MT

See the attached flyer for more information on how to join in on the sessions.

Contact Information:

Julie Hand, Assistant Director, South Dakota Division of Developmental Disabilties

Julie.Hand@state.sd.us or 605.773.3438

DDD Website

SD Advocates for Change Presentation

Coping with Stress: How we Managed During COVID-19
Coping With Stress Thumbnail Flyer

SD Advocates for Change invites you to our presentation.

Monday, September 20th

5:15 Central Time/4:15 Mountain Time

During the regular monthly Zoom meeting for SD Advocates for Change.

Join Zoom Meeting

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 979 4061 0663
Passcode: 686193
Dial by your location
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

Safety Awareness Training for Individuals with Disabilities

Niagara University's Disability Awareness Training is excited to announce an in person safety awareness training in South Dakota.

Target audience: individuals with disabilities, parents of individuals with disabilities, service providers.

Presentation description: Be it the parent of a toddler or an adult transitioning to adult life, there are many angles and factors that go into ensuring the safety and well-being of a person with a disability. Establishing a fire safety or disaster preparedness plan, interacting with a police officer, calling and communicating with a 9- 11 operator, having medical information ready for the EMT, and many other aspects are important to the well-being of any individual, but how does it differ and what do we need to know to be sure it turns out best for the individual. Disability Awareness Training has developed curriculum, spun off its grants in First Responder and Emergency Management Training, for parents of and individuals with disabilities to address comprehensive understanding of this topic.

Niagra University Disability Awareness Training LogoDate: September 28, 2021          
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm CST        
Place: Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel
3200 W. Maple Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57107  

Attached you will find a basic one page flyer for the program and a two page flyer with more detail included. If you need accommodations (large print, Braille, ASL interpreter, other), please email Cary Newman at carynewman@niagara.edu

Safety Awareness Training Flyer -  One-page flyer

Training Description and Topics -  Two-page flyer

South Dakota Conference on Developmental Disabilities

Discovering Possibilities

Flyer for the SD Conference on Developmental DisabilitiesJoin us for the first South Dakota Conference on Developmental Disabilities! The theme of this year's conference is Discovering Possibilities and will focus on developing partnerships to improve the wellbeing of individuals with developmental disabilities in South Dakota. This is a joint effort across multiple agencies throughout South Dakota.

The conference is open to all and intended for people with disabilities, family members, professionals in the field of developmental disabilities (healthcare, education, mental health), state, community and agency providers.

Date: September 28 - 30

Location: Ramkota Hotel, Sioux Falls, SD

Cost: $100 (Scholarships Available)

Save the Date - Flyer

For more information and to register, visit the conference event page.

21st Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference

September 29 - 30, 2021

Thumbnail of Court Improvement Sessions Programs FlyerHybrid Conference: In-person and Virtual September 29 and 30 – Optional Pre-Conference Wednesday AM

This two-day hybrid conference provides opportunities for continuing education, networking, learning, and collaboration for those who work to prevent and respond to child maltreatment and trauma.

Who Should Attend
Professionals and community members who are passionate about the prevention of and response to child abuse and maltreatment, including medical providers, nurses, legal community, behavioral health, social workers, law enforcement, business community, educators, counselors, community advocates, dental providers, and students.

Court Improvement Program Sessions - Flyer

For more information and to register, visit the conference event page.

October 2021

SD Division of Rehabilitation

2021 Fall Conference

Flyer with text that reads "The Challenge of Change" 2021 Fall Conference, October 26-28SD's Division of Rehabilitation Services has announced the date for their 2021 Fall Conference: The Challenge of Change.

The conference will be held in The Lodge at Deadwood in Deadwood, SD, on October 26-28, 2021.

Check out the  flyer for more information about the conference and the featured presenters!

Niagra University First Responder Advocacy Training

Training Announcement

Virtual South Dakota First Responder Advocacy Training (FRAT) 

About the program – This training provides you with guidance on how to advocate with first responders, inform them of your needs, how to be a partner with first responder agencies, and how to become a resource for those agencies. 

Register for the training.

Niagra University Disability Awareness Training Logo

Date: October 27, 2021      
Time: 1-3PM CST  
Place: Via Zoom, you will receive the link one day prior to the training  

Attached you will find a basic one page flyer for the program. If you need accommodations (large print, Braille, ASL interpreter, other), please email Cary Newman at carynewman@niagara.edu

FRAT Flyer -  One-page flyer