October 18, 2022

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National Disability Employment Awareness

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

Held annually, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is led by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Employers of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM.

There are many events planned across South Dakota. For information on events happening in your area, visit the calendar of events on the South Dakota Parent Connection website.

National Bullying Prevention Month

Research demonstrates the short-and long-term damage caused by bullying. The range of students' reactions to bullying, from school avoidance and lack of concentration to depression and thoughts of suicide, reflect its overwhelming negative impact on children. 

This brief can help answer some of your questions about bullying, recognizing the types of bullying, and what parents of a child with a disability can do about bullying. Click on the image to access the document posted on our website.

National ADHD Awareness Month

This month provides an opportunity for raising awareness about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Many of you are also preparing for your child's parent-teacher conference and might be wondering how to start a conversation around how things are going in class.

If you are not sure where to start or have questions you would like to talk through before your conference, South Dakota Parent Connection can help you. Contact us at (605) 361.3171 or sdpc@sdparent.org.

Here are a few resources that you may also find helpful to consider:

Annual Board Meeting

If you are interested in learning more about South Dakota Parent Connection, please consider attending our annual board meeting on October 24th in our office at 3701 W 49th St, Suite 102, Sioux Falls. We would love to introduce you to our amazing staff and Board and hear from you more about your concerns and needs. Dinner starts at 5:30 followed by a brief meeting at 6:30.

RSVP required by October 21st to jwentzel@sdparent.org

Upcoming Events

November 2, 2022 starting at 5:00, bring your family for dinner and let us serve you while you help our mission of supporting and empowering South Dakota families at our Pizza Ranch Fundraiser at 2717 W 41st St in Sioux Falls.

December 3, 2022 you are invited to our Cookies & Cocoa Sensory Friendly Family Event. More details coming soon!

Free, Online Tutoring Available for K - 12 Students

South Dakota students and families can access a new, online tutoring program, staffed by college students who are preparing to become teachers. The Dakota Dreams Online Tutoring Program offers FREE online tutoring to K-12 students. One-on-one tutoring sessions can help students with their homework, tackle specific trouble areas, and address broader educational concepts. Families must first register their students to access the service.

Resources Picks

We recognize there is an abundance of information out there for families. Here are just a few resources hand-picked by South Dakota Parent Connection staff just for you:



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This e-publication was developed under grants from the U.S. Department of Education Project Grant H328M2000666 and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Grant H328M140021, Family to Family Health Information Center, $93,175; 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.