SDPC Navigator Program

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Navigator Program

The Navigator Program, a partnership between the South Dakota Department of Education, Special Education Programs and South Dakota Parent Connection, provides individualized guidance to parents of children and youth with disabilities or special health care needs and school professionals at no cost.

Navigators remain objective and neutral as they help both parents and school personnel to:

  • Locate and utilize information and resources
  • Improve family-school communication
  • Build (or re-build) partnership.
  • Reach or make progress towards agreement
Peer Navigator Consultants are located around the state and have expertise in issues related to special education, disability, special health care needs, communication and conflict resolution.

Working with a Navigator is an informal, time-limited problem-solving process and does not limit a parent's right to use formal processes such as the help of an advocate, filing a complaint, request a facilitator or mediator assigned by the state or filing for a due process hearing.

For assistance
Call 1-800-640-4553 or e-mail us at

The Navigator program is funded through a grant from the South Dakota Department of Education, Office of Special Education.
Download Navigator Program Brochure

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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.