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The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) continues to respond to the emergence of the novel coronavirus to protect South Dakotans from COVID-19.

Precautions To Avoid Illness- What Can You Do?
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Refraining from touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • Individuals at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness, such as older adults and people who have chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease, should  take actions to reduce your risk of exposure.
  • Create a family plan to prepare for COVID-19 and develop a stay at home kit with food, water, medication, and other necessary items.
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If you develop symptoms:
  • Call your health care provider immediately and tell them about any recent travel or exposure.
  • Individuals who are concerned that they have COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider via phone before going to a clinic or hospital to prevent spread in healthcare facilities.
  • Avoid contact with other people.
  • Follow the directions of your provider and public health officials.
You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A face mask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of face masks is crucial for  health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Due to rapidly changing conditions related to novel coronavirus, please check with organizers to determine if scheduled in-person events will be held.
Sibshop- Saturday, March 21: CANCELLED 
Opportunities To Serve
DD Council Is Seeking Members
Survey of SD Waiver Services- Individual/Guardian/Parent
Recently the Department of Human Services contracted with Align by Benchmark to complete an assessment of the continuum of services for individuals living with an intellectual or developmental disability. A large part of this assessment is obtaining feedback from individuals currently receiving services, their families, guardians, and providers. Survey due by March 20.

You can return the survey 3 ways;
Email: radams@benchmarkhs.com
Fax: 317-974-3034 (Please note Attention Rick Adams)
Mail: Benchmark Human Services
Attention: Rick Adams
2431 Directors Row, Suite A
Indianapolis, IN 46241
Public Forum- State Plan for Independent Living

You are invited to a public forum on the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) being developed by the South Dakota Statewide Independent Living Council. The SPIL serves as the blueprint for the independent living network in South Dakota.   You can find portions of the draft SPIL at https://dhs.sd.gov/rehabservices.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CDT) with 7 video-conference sites located at state-wide Division of Rehabilitation Services office buildings.
In Case You Missed It!  Lunch and Learn Recording

Options to Resolve Disagreements in Special Education

Sometimes parents and districts are unable to solve special education concerns and issues independently. The state Department of Education Office of Special Education (SEP) has several options for parents and districts to assist them in resolving disagreements at no cost.  
Listen to learn more about IEP facilitation, mediation, state complaints, and due process hearings, when and how to request each, and benefits of using each dispute resolution alternative.  Presented by Wendy Trujillo, Assistant Director / Dispute Coordinator, Special Education Programs, South Dakota Department of Education 
Celebrate Autism Awareness Month- Free Pizza & Fun Event 
Thursday, April 2nd from 5 PM- 7PM
Celebrate Autism Awareness Month- 4th Annual Pizza and Fun Event. There will be carnival games, prizes, resources, clowns, a balloon artist, food and fun! Where: Center for Disabilities, 1400 W 22nd Street, Sioux Falls 
Lunch & Learn Education Session
Tuesday, April 14th at 12pm CT/11am MT     
High School To College: A Look At Disability Services 
In this session, Karen will talk about the process of helping a student transition from high school into college or technical school, including:  accommodations vs. modifications, academic supports available, and some pointers on what to look for when touring a college or technical school with your student. Presented by Karen Gerety, Director of Disability Services at the University of South Dakota
Ways to Join
Hosted Sites
Sioux Falls SDPC Office- 3701 West 49th Street, Suite 102
Rapid City SDPC Office- 2310 North Maple Ave

Live Online:  Join live online via computer or your cell phone.
Phone:  1-888-858-6021, followed by code 439-559-7079 

Recorded Online:  View current and past recorded sessions online anytime by visiting www.sdparent.org under Online Training.

Autism Family Support Group- Sioux Falls
Meetings held April 14 and May 12 from 6:30-8pm at  USD Health Sciences Center, 1400 W. 22nd Street, Room 126.   
A welcoming environment for parents/caregivers of children & adults with ASD to meet, share experiences, ask questions, and receive support. While you attend, your child/teen/adult can participate in a fun activity. Siblings welcome!  For child/youth attendance, check in from 6-6:30 PM.
** Attention Parents Of Young Children**  
During the April & May Autism Family Support Group, a special presentation will be offered for parents of young children with ASD (ages 0-7 yrs). The April presentation will provide an introduction to effective, proactive, and helpful strategies to use for successful community outings (like grocery shopping, eating at restaurants, etc). The follow-up meeting in May will include a discussion of other best practices.   Both presentations will be held from 6-6:30pm, just prior to the Autism Family Support Group. Childcare is available while you attend. Please indicate your interest in attending these special presentations by marking the corresponding question during your support group registrations for both April & May. 
Pre-registration required!  
Contact Letty for more information: (605) 357-1418 or letty.thelen@usd.edu   
More Activities Posted On Our Events Calendar

Click Here For Transition Services Liaison Project Statewide Training Opportunities

Due to rapidly changing conditions related to novel coronavirus, please check with organizers to determine if scheduled in-person events will be held.

Free Training Opportunity:  
Work Incentives for SSI and SSDI Beneficiaries
Questions can be sent to tmillner@bhssc.org   
Statewide Locations
March 12
Camp High Hopes St. Patrick's Day Dance
 6-8 PM, Join us for the best line dances around.
5804 Correctionville Road, Sioux City, Iowa
Sioux City, IA
March 17 & 18
South Dakota Special Education Conference
Sioux Falls
March 18
Catch the Wave - Transition Event   
9am-2:30pm, Mitchell Technical Institute  Flyer
March 18
March 21
9:30am-4:30pm with an hour break for lunch on your own. This training for in-home childcare providers provides strategies to give children the skills and knowledge they need to be ready to read. Participants will leave with posters, checklists, visuals, and other resources to support valuable brain building work with children aged birth to five. Register at: sdsfec.org/earlyliteracy 
Sioux Falls
March 25
Catch the Wave - Transition Event 
9am-2:30pm,Southeast Technical Institute / Flyer 
Sioux Falls
March 27
LifeScape Pathways to Life Open House for  
High School Students, Families and Staff 
9 AM to noon, 1 to 3 PM
Come and learn more about this exciting option for high school students to transition to adulthood.  Activities will include tours, visits with students on their transition processes, and an opportunity to meet with representatives from different agencies to support the transition process. 
Address: Vista Park, 2801 S. Kiwanis Ave., Suite 100
Contact: matthew.fjerkenstad@lifescapesd.org or call 605-444-9656
Sioux Falls
March 31
Catch the Wave- Transition Event
9am-2pm, WDT & SDSM&T.  Flyer 
Rapid City
April 1
Aberdeen Area Autism Spectrum Disorder Parent Support Group
Meets 7pm at K.O. Lee Library, Community Room #110. For more information contact Krista Bau at kristabau@gmail.com . https://www.facebook.com/AberdeenAreaASDParentSupportGroup/ 
April 7
Opportunity Career Expo
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Augustana University Elem Center
Flyer for more informatio
Sioux Falls
April 23-25
SD Early Childhood Education Conference
"Developing Brains Matter"
Sioux Falls
May 2
Rapid City
May 27-28
2020 SD Education Conference
"Strengthening Foundations & Connections"
June 11-12
Lighting The Way Autism Conference
Sioux Falls
Oct 20-22
2020 Fall Conference
Fall Conference

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This e-publication was developed under grants from the U.S. Department of Education Project Grant H328M140021 and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Grant H84MC07994, Family to Family Health Information Center, $96,750; 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.