Take Survey on Rural Health Care Access
A research team from the University of Kansas is interested in learning more about what people who live in rural areas want and prefer when they access health care.  They are conducting a survey of people who live in rural areas.  To learn more about this survey opportunity visit

If you have questions contact Cheryl Holmes at the University of Kansas at or (785) 864-6493

Survey for Adult Siblings with Brothers/Sisters
with Special Needs

The Center for Disabilities and South Dakota Parent Connection are interested in the experiences, opinions, challenges, and successes of individuals who have a sibling with a disability.  We would like to hear from you so that we can begin to develop an action plan to address the needs of siblings in our state.  Please take a few minutes to complete this survey- click here

Survey on Home Exercise & Children with Special Needs
Georgia State University is reaching out to parents of children with special needs to survey families about home exercise. As part of a research study, entitled "Perception and Barriers of Home-Exercise Program in Children with Special Needs," the university is asking parents to complete a survey describing their concerns in performing home exercise programs and in carrying out the prescribed home exercise. The results of this study will help understand more about parent's experiences of having a child with special needs and to develop a better home-based physical therapy program for children with motor disabilities.  If you have a child with special needs, and are interested in participating this 10-15 minute survey, please visit

New Online Assessment Tool for Caregivers
Help The Arc learn more about health concerns for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc's HealthMeet project (in partnership with the National Association of County and City Health Officials) seeks to reduce health disparities and increase the longevity and quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities by providing free community-based health assessments and individualized referrals.

The Arc is collecting information on the health status of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) by surveying professional, paid, unpaid, or family member caregivers of people with I/DD.  Caregivers can use the assessment as a tool to help evaluate any "red flag" health concerns.  While this checklist should not be used in the place of seeing a doctor, it can be a handy way to identify concerns.  The information provided as part of the assessment will be used to find out more about the role of caregivers and the health concerns that impact people with I/DD across the United States to help develop appropriate and accessible tools for ALL caregivers to use in the future to help promote the health of people with I/DD.  Click here to access the assessment

Does your Child have Bipolar Disorder?
How do the brain and the symptoms of bipolar disorder change as children grow up? 
At the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland a research study is being conducted that describes, over time, the moods and behavior of children using specialized testing and brain imaging to learn about specific brain changes associated with bipolar disorder. 

This study seeks children and adolescent bipolar participants, ages 6-17, who have bipolar disorder. Participants must be diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, currently being treated by a physician, medically healthy, and not currently hospitalized, psychotic or suicidal. 

All clinical evaluations, research procedures, and outpatient visits are free of cost. Both parent and child must agree to the child's participation. Children and parents are compensated for participation. Travel and lodging expenses are paid by NIMH. Participants from across the country may be eligible to participate. 
Research study participation involves 1-3 outpatient visits, and may involve a phone interview at 6 months and repeat face-to-face evaluations every one to two years until the child turns 25. Those eligible to participate must be ages 6-17, and be able to perform research & computer tasks, neuropsychological testing, and MRI brain imaging.  Call for more information: 301-496-8381, TTY: 1-866-411-1010; email or visit

Dyslexia Association Wants Your Input!
Please Complete this Survey

The International Dyslexia Association - Upper Midwest Branch is reaching out to South Dakota, North Dakota, Manitoba and all of Minnesota to learn how they can support you.

Would you like to see certain types of events in your area? Would you like to make connections with people locally? Here's your chance to let them know how they can serve you better. Please take a moment to complete this brief survey, so we can plan future events and projects with your needs in mind.

Please complete this survey.

What Parents Should Know...About Special Education in South Dakota Survey

SD Parent Connection and SD Advocacy Services, in partnership with schools across the state, have distributed approximately 24,000 copies of the guide, What Parents Should Know... About Special Education in South Dakota. If YOU are a parent who has received and used this guide, please take this brief survey. Your feedback will help us improve the guide and support funding to reprint and distribute additional copies.

Thank you for completing the survey.

Parents of Children with Special Needs
Can Shape Community Services That Are Easy to Use

The newly founded National Center for Ease of Use of Community-Based Services is conducting a survey for parents of children with special needs. Results from the survey will be used to help the Center identify what's working, what's not, and how it can better help children receive the health care services they need. Please take the survey TODAY!

Take the SD Broadband Speed Test!
It's fast (less than 60 seconds) and simple.

All South Dakota residents, schools, organizations and businesses are encouraged to take the speed test from wherever they access the Internet - as many times and in as many places as possible!  In fact, everyone is encouraged to take the speed test more than once from any computer, since speeds will vary, based on many variables such as time of day.

Why take the Speed Test? Speed test data will be collected and analyzed, helping determine where there is need to build and improve broadband coverage across the entire State.  So, if YOU do these speed tests you will help improve YOUR high speed Internet capabilities! This is a win-win-win for all: citizens, businesses and broadband service providers.

Take the test today. And tomorrow. Pass it on...