Governor's Awards recognize individuals, organizations, and employers for their significant contributions to improving independent living and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation, Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Statewide Independent Living Council sponsor the annual Governor's Awards.
FREE REGIONAL TRAININGS
 USING A TRAUMA LENS TO SUPPORT STUDENTS

Pierre - Fri., Oct. 29 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM CT
Sioux Falls - Mon., Nov. 8 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM CT
Rapid City - Fri., Nov. 12 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM MT

Ideal for people who work directly with children and youth every day, like teachers, paraprofessionals, counselors, administrators, secretaries, and childcare providers. Attendees can earn 5 Contact Hours for Certification.

OUTCOMES INCLUDE:
● A better understanding of trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
● Strategies to build positive relationships with students and to respond to behaviors associated with dysregulation
● Confidence to be a Trauma Informed Practices leader at school, at work, or in the community

To register or learn more, visit: www.sdsfec.org/trauma-lens-training
NATIONAL DEAF CENTER ON POSTSECONDARY OUTCOMES LAUNCHED DEAFVERSE WORLD TWO

Deafverse, the first-ever American Sign Language (ASL) accessible online game for deaf teenagers, is a free, choose-your-own-adventure game that is equally focused on both skill-building and fun. Along the way, they’ll pick up vital workplace readiness skills like how to evaluate employment options, confidently disclose deafness, request accommodations, and resolve conflicts that will inevitably arise on the job. World Two also includes a mock job interview for players that helps prepare them for this important step into adult life.
FREE COMMON SENSE PARENTING CLASS - HOT SPRINGS

Black Hills Special Services Cooperative will be offering a free Common Sense Parenting class on Saturdays, November 6, 13 and 20 from 10:00am-3:00pm. Preregistration required. Contact Nikki Hoyt at 605-394-5120 or nhoyt@clcbh.org.  

SD DEPT OF HUMAN SERVICES CONDUCTING STATEWIDE LISTENING SESSIONS. YOUR INPUT NEEDED!

The mission of DHS is to enhance the quality of life for the elderly and disabled in partnership with stakeholders. 

If you are a family member who provides support to a child, youth, adult, or senior adult, or are an elderly individual, DHS would like to visit with you about your caregiving needs.
 
SD Parent Connection is partnering with DHS to host listening sessions in the communities listed below. Please join an event near you to share your insights with the Department. 

Accommodations requests should be made at least 5 days prior to the event, please contact SD Parent Connection at 800-640-4553 or sdpc@sdparent.org.
Date/Time
Wed, Oct 27 - 6:30 to 8pm
Wed, Nov 3 - 6:30 to 8pm
TBD
TBD
Community/ Flyer
Sioux Falls
Aberdeen
Location/Address
Pizza Ranch, 1209 10th St W
Holiday Inn Express, 1360 SD-44
TBD
TBD
GET INVOLVED - RESEARCH/SURVEY OPPORTUNITIES

SD Brain Injury Needs Assessment - Calling all Educators and Professionals
  • The University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities, in collaboration with South Dakota Department of Human Services, has partnered with the University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute for Human Development to gather information from professionals about the systems of services and supports for people with brain injury in South Dakota. Information collected from a brief survey will be used to inform efforts to better support brain injury survivors and their families statewide. Survey deadline is Oct. 29, 2021.

Reducing Stress in Parents of Children with Disabilities with Brief Self Compassion Practices by Email (SCOPE)
  • In this study we hope to learn about how to improve the wellbeing of parents of young children (five or younger) with disabilities and/or special healthcare needs. Learn more/register.

Help Improve the NEW Disability Information Access Line (DIAL)
  • DIAL is a free public service created to support people with disabilities and their families who are seeking information related to COVID-19 vaccines, local vaccination sites, and other local resources to help them live independently.

  • Please complete this short, anonymous survey, which should take 5-10 minutes to complete. Your responses will help us better understand the experiences of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly experiences with accessing the COVID-19 vaccine.

Public comment period open through November 30, 2021 to help identify priorities to update the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee's Strategic Plan for Autism. Learn more...
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