SD Parent Connection is committed to doing its part to protect our community during this health crisis. 
Office locations will be open for scheduled appointments, with sanitizing and social distancing policies in place. Visitors are asked to wear face masks.
During this time, we continue to be available as a resource for families and the professionals that serve them.  Please reach out for support and assistance.
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Check our Events Calendar and Online Training pages for webinars, both live and recorded for on-demand viewing.

We continue to assess the situation and will post updates in this space.  Our thoughts are with each of you as we face this challenging time. Together.

March 25, 2020 -  Joint Statement on Serving Students with Disabilities During COVID-19 Outbreak
SD Dept of Education, SD Parent Connection, Disability Rights SD

(Pierre, SD) - The South Dakota Department of Education Special Education Programs, South Dakota Parent Connection, and Disability Rights South Dakota remain committed to the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). We believe the rights of all students with disabilities must be maintained, even during school closures, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

It is our firm belief, despite the unprecedented challenge facing districts and families, that students with disabilities will be served by parties coming together to make decisions on how to provide services in a manner that ensures the health and safety of all parties and that allows for meaningful progress on IEP goals and educational standards.

During this time, we encourage all parties to keep communication lines open and work together. Meetings may need to be held by phone or video conferencing, but time and effort should be on ensuring continued provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education for students with disabilities to meet the IEP goals and services. At the conclusion of this outbreak, IEP teams can assess if services provided allowed the student to make sufficient progress on goals and educational standards, and then determine if any additional or compensatory services should be made available due to any limitations in the provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education.

Thank you for your attention to the health and safety of students and educational providers during this time. We will get through this by working together. If you have questions during this time, please feel free to reach out to the Special Education Program representative for your region, South Dakota Parent Connection, or Disability Rights South Dakota.

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How South Dakota Parent Connection Can Help

We connect families caring for children/youth (ages birth to 26) with the full range of disabilities or special health care needs to information, training and resources in an environment of support, hope and respect.

    - Individual assistance provided to families & professionals

    - Workshops for families & professionals offered throughout the state

    - Electronic and printed publications and online resources

    - Connect families to other organizations that can provide assistance to meet their unique needs

South Dakota Parent Connection is part of two national networks, the Center for Parent Information and Resources and Family Voices, which promote the partnership of families, professionals and advocates for the involvement of families as valued decision makers in their children's lives.

Website and offices in Sioux Falls (3701 W 49th St, Suite 102), Rapid City (2310 N. Maple Ave) and Aberdeen (1707 4th Ave, Suite C) are ADA accessible.

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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, $96,750 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.