Nominations Open for Governor's Awards
Nominations are now open for the 2015 Governor's Awards recognizing South Dakotans for their contributions to the rehabilitation and employment of people with disabilities. Awards are presented in five categories:
- Distinguished Service
- Outstanding Citizen with a Disability
- Outstanding Employee with a Disability
- Outstanding Employer of the Year (3 categories)
- Small Private Employer (non-governmental)
- Large Private Employer (non-governmental)
- Public Employer of any size (local, county, state or federal
government entity, school district, university)
- Outstanding Transition Services Award
Share your story to demonstrate the importance of advocacy from an individual, family member, or caregiver in a new advocacy toolkit.
Genetic Alliance is partnering with Parent to Parent USA (P2P) and Family Voices (FV) to collect resources that will support individuals who wish to act as advocates on behalf of themselves, their families, or others living with the same condition. To date, we have collected over 240 resources that will help users build leadership, communications, outreach, and advocacy skills. The tools will be part of an accessible online toolkit, with advocacy resources grouped by topic area.
We would like to include a personal story that demonstrates the importance of advocacy from an individual, family member, or caregiver in each of the toolkit topic areas. For this project, 'advocacy' can include any example of a time when you or your family communicated a need, shared your story, or took steps to get something you wanted or needed.
Do you have a story to share about advocating in one of the following areas?
- Youth Leadership
- Transition to Adulthood
- Insurance and Financial Assistance
- Communicating about Your Health
- Access to Health Care
- Accessible Communities
Direct any questions about the stories, how they will be used for the toolkit, or the toolkit in general to firstname.lastname@example.org.