Family Life

Family Life
Photo of family with picture framesSDPC's vision is to be the "go-to" resource of choice for families when they need information or assistance in supporting the unique needs of their child and family.

Helping families is at the heart of SDPC's work.  Key to keeping that heart beating is an experienced staff, most often parents of children with special needs themselves, who provide caring and knowledgeable assistance to families from the very first contact, often at the time of diagnosis.

SDPC is unique in that it serves children with all disabilities and special needs, including emotional/behavioral, learning, physical, and mental health needs. No other organization in South Dakota offers such a broad range of service to families.  SDPC also works in coalition with a variety of organizations to coordinate and broaden the scope of assistance available to families.

Supporting Families in Meaningful Ways
to Ensure Access to Self-Determined Lives

Mary Lee Fay works with states to create sustainable systems that will fully engage people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their communities and honor the families and relationships that support those outcomes.  She recently spoke in Sioux Falls, SD on Supporting Families - What's Happening on the National Level.  To hear her presentation at Pathways in Sioux Falls Click Here.

Family and Medical Leave Act Provision
Related to Parents of Children with Disabilities

Parents can take leave from work to care for their adult children with disabilities who are unable to care for themselves because of a mental or physical disability. This is the result of a new interpretation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by the U.S. Department of Labor. This clarifies that FMLA-protected leave for a parent is not dependent on the age of the adult child or the date of onset of their disability. It also broadens the definition of 'disability' to reflect the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA). Learn more about the FMLA and read the interpretation.

Resources for Families

For articles and helpful tools on a variety of issues,
visit our Virtual Library.

For information on Disabilities and Disorders Resources for Families,
visit our Helpful Links - Disabilities and Disorders page.

For information on Sibshops and other supports for siblings,
visit our Siblings page.

For information on statewide trainings and events,
visit our Calendar of Events.

For information on support groups for parents or youth,
visit our Parents Support Groups and Youth Support Groups pages.

For information on upcoming learning opportunities, parenting classes and more,
visit our Parenting page.

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The contents of this website were developed under grants from the U.S. Department of Education Project Grant H328M140021; Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Grant H84MC07994, Family to Family Health Information Center, $90,030 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.