DO YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE?

Open Enrollment in the Insurance Marketplace has been extended through January 15th, 2022.

Four out of five people can find a plan for $10 or less per month. Financial subsidies make insurance premiums affordable.

Enroll online or find free, local help to assist you.
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS RECOMMENDS COVID-19 VACCINATIONS FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS 5 YEARS AND OLDER UNLESS CONTRAINDICATIONS ARE PRESENT 

Children are at risk for contracting COVID-19, and some can get seriously ill. Children with disabilities and/or special needs are at heightened risk of serious illness. Even if a child doesn’t get severely ill, they could face long-term health consequences or pass the virus to others.
The best way to protect children against COVID-19 is to get them vaccinated.

Like other pediatric vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine was thoroughly tested and then reviewed by the FDA and CDC before these agencies authorized and recommended it for wide use. This is a safe and effective vaccine. The vaccine will be available at no cost and regardless of citizenship or insurance status.

Parents are encourage to talk to their child's Doctor, school nurse, or another trusted healthcare provider about the COVID-19 vaccine for their child(ren). Other reliable sources of information are posted below:

HealthyChildren.org (From the American Academy of Pediatrics)
FamilyDoctor.org (From the American Academy of Family Physicians)

Webinar: “COVID-19 Vaccines for School-Aged Children: What Parents Should Know”
Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 7pm Central Time/6pm Mountain Time
U.S. Department of Education, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Pediatrics will address common concerns among parents and families about the COVID-19 vaccine for their child(ren) ages 5-11. 
FAMILY AND SELF ADVOCATE CONVERSATIONS

The SD Division of Developmental Disabilities will provide Information about South Dakota's disability services & programs. Bring your questions! We want to hear from you. Participate by computer or phone and choose from...
  • Wed., Nov. 17, 2021 from 7 pm CT/6 pm MT
  • Thurs., Nov. 18, 2021 from 12:30 pm CT/11:30 am MT

Clink on the flyer (at left) for full log in information.
Registration not required.
RESOURCES FROM A DAY IN OUR SHOES

FREE ONLINE PARENT TRAINING - POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORTS

Free Online Parenting Seminars
All seminars are held from 12-1:30pm Central Time/11am-12:30pm Mountain Time
  • December 7 - Positive Parenting for Children with a Disability
  • December 8 - Helping Your Child Reach Their Potential
  • December 9 - Changing Problem Behavior Into Positive Behavior
  • Register Here

Positive Behavior Support for Parents - Self-paced online training
An overview of positive behavior support philosophies, including ways to encourage good behavior. Can be completed anytime on the internet. This is a free self-paced training that takes approximately 1 - 1.5 hours to complete.
APPLY NOW FOR YOUTH LEADERSHIP FORUM 2022

Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) enables young adults who have a disability to learn from each other and from successful adults with disabilities who are recognize leaders and role models.

YLF Delegates learn more about their own disability and others’ disabilities, how to analyze their own strengths and weaknesses, enhanced organizational skills, different leadership styles, the legislative process and disability laws, how to influence others, etiquette, and much more! 2022 YLF Delegate applications due Dec. 23, 2021.
 COLLEGE ACCESS CAMPAIGN EXTENDED THORUGH NOVEMBER 30, 2021

College application week is being extended to almost six weeks as part of a broader College Access Campaign to allow more time for students to take advantage of a free application period. There are also no limits to how many institutions a student may apply to during this time frame, and it is open to everyone

GET INVOLVED! SURVEYS/PUBLIC COMMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Feedback from parents or other family members of young adults with disabilities aged 18-26 invited. The first 100 youth respondents receive a $10 gift card.

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) - Survey of Compensatory Services. COPAA is seeking parent input to help better understand whether students with disabilities are receiving compensatory services related to COVID closures and learning disruptions.

To assist SEP in setting targets for all students with disabilities receiving special education services in a public school district, parents of students with disabilities, individuals with disabilities, school district personnel, administrators, advocacy groups, and the general public are encouraged to provide feedback by Nov. 30, 2021.

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Family Advisory Council Member - West River
SD Parent Connection is establishing a new Family Advisory Council to help guide our programs and services for West River families. Please contact us at 800-640-4553 or sdpc@sdparent.org if you are interested in learning more about joining the Council.

Sioux Falls Office - Program Support Specialist
SD Parent Connection is hiring for a Program Support Specialist in the Sioux Falls office.
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, $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.