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Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization
Citizen Advisory Committee Position Open

The Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization's (MPO) Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is seeking applicants. The MPO directs and oversees transportation planning and programming activities within the Sioux Falls metropolitan planning study area. This study area includes Brandon, Crooks, Harrisburg, Hartford, Sioux Falls, and Tea, as well as portions of Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties.

The CAC's membership is comprised of interested citizens representing diverse citizen groups or organizations within the study area. Working with the Technical Advisory Committee and the Urbanized Development Commission, members of the CAC serve as a liaison between the general public and the formal transportation planning process. In addition, CAC members offer advice, comments and recommendations for projects that require review through the transportation planning process. The CAC meets seven times a year, generally on a bi-monthly basis. Regular attendance at the meetings is required.

Request to Serve applications can be downloaded at http://siouxfallsmpo.org/committees/cac/ or contact Amber Gibson at amber@secog.org or 605-367-5390. Applications are due by August 13.




Share Your Advocacy Stories

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
To have your story included in the advocacy toolkit for individuals and families, please send a 1-3 paragraph summary to Sharon Romelczyk, Program Manager at sromelczyk@geneticalliance.org. Please only include information you wish to be shared, including any and all names or other identifying information. If we include your story on the toolkit, we will contact you to let you know your story has been selected.

Direct any questions about the stories, how they will be used for the toolkit, or the toolkit in general to sromelczyk@geneticalliance.org.



Apply Now for Partners in Policymaking

Partners in Policymaking is a training program designed for parents of children with disabilities, self-advocates, and family members. Over 500 South Dakotans have successfully completed the training and many say it has been life-changing. South Dakota will be starting its 24th year of Partners in Policymaking in November 2015.
Partners learn about current issues and best practices and become familiar with the policymaking and legislative processes at the local, state, and national levels. The overall goal is to achieve a productive partnership between people needing and using services and those in a position to make policy and law. Partners attend two-day training sessions, six times a year, with each session beginning on Friday morning and concluding mid-afternoon on Saturday. Each session is devoted to specific topics with nationally known presenters.

To receive an application, contact Sandy Stocklin Hook at 800-658-4782 or you can apply online at www.sdadvocacy.com


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