October 31, 2022

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Research Study Recruitment

Seeking Autistic Youth, 12 to 17 years, and their Caregivers!

If you and/or your child decide to participate, you will talk with us over the phone or online video conference call (e.g. Zoom call).

To participate, you must be 18 years of age or older to participate and be a primary caregiver for an autistic youth age 12 to 17 years – or - You must be between the ages of 12 and 17 years and self-identify as autistic, or a person with autism.  

Compensation - You and/or your child will receive $140.00 gift card for participating in the interview. You may earn an additional $60.00 gift card if are invited and participate in a second follow-up interview.  

You and/or your child’s participation in this project will be kept as confidential as legally possible. All data will be reported in the aggregate. Additionally, identifiable information may be removed from the information collected in this study. After removal, the information may be used for future research or shared with other researchers without your additional informed consent. 

Your participation is entirely voluntary. You may skip any question that you do not wish to answer, and you may stop participating at any time. The West Virginia University Institutional Review Board's approval of this project is on file with the WVU Office of Human Research Protections.

Want to participate? Have questions? Contact Dr Samantha Ross at (304) 293-0841 or Samantha.Ross2@mail.wvu.edu.

Long-COVID and the ADA

November 4, 2022

8:30 CT / 7:30 MT

In this virtual training, participants will receive an overview of the ADA, Title I, and reasonable accommodations, explain long COVID and its relation to the ADA, long COVID symptoms, whether it is considered a disability under the ADA, and possible COVID accommodations will be discussed.


Free College Application Time

Beginning on October 3, students may apply to South Dakota's public universities and colleges free of charge through November. During the free application period, the South Dakota Board of Regents (BOR) encourages South Dakota high school students to explore and apply to any of the participating post-secondary schools. Ckick icon for more information.

Events Coming Up

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 Family Event. Music, games and activities for the kids will be available. Enjoy cookies, cocoa, and pictures with Santa Claus. We will also have a raffle for those of you who are looking for gift ideas.

June 7 - 8, 2023 Save the date for the Lighting the Way Autism Conference in Sioux Falls, SD. More information about the 2023 Lighting the Way Autism Conference is coming soon.

Get to Know Voting 

Do you have questions on voting? It is important that everyone votes because it is an opportunity to express your opinion and help make the changes you want to see. Watch this video that a group of self-advocates from South Dakota Advocates for Change participated in. Click on the icon at the right to access the video. 

Resources Hand-Picked For You

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.