Calendar of Upcoming Events


SD Parent Connection is committed to doing its part to protect our community during this health crisis. 
All office locations are closed and staff will work remotely effective immediately. 
During this time, we will continue to be available as a resource for families and the professionals that serve them. 
Please reach out for support and assistance.

  • Call Us at 1-800-640-4553 or 605-361-3171. Leave your name and number (speak slowly, please, and give us your phone number twice) if someone is not available to take your call.
  • Email Us at sdpc@sdparent.org
  • Message Us over Facebook or our website
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.


weConnect (SDPC's electronic newsletter) has more information on upcoming events. View our most recent newsletters


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Sioux Falls

Applications accepted for Peer Navigators for SD Parent Connection Navigator Program 
Contact Paula, Navigator Program Coordinator at psouhrada@sdparent.org


Survey of Parents with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Learn More/Take Survey
Researchers at the University of South Dakota are conducting a survey along with the South Dakota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (SD LEND) program regarding your experience as a parent raising a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  They are interested in learning about your experience regarding social interactions, social support, and your well-being.  The anonymous online survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Your contributions to this research may help inform professionals serving you and your child, and hopefully benefit other parents. Enter to win one of four $25 Amazon gift cards! You may participate in a webinar at the conclusion of this study to learn the findings of the study and learn more about social support.

Survey of Adult Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities - Learn More/Take Survey

Survey of Parents/Caregivers with Children with Autism and other Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities -
Learn More/Take the Survey
Participate in a national study to better support professionals in designing, planning, and implementing instruction to meet expectations for parents regarding their child's future.  Survey questions address independent living for their child; independent living skills instruction; independent living skills instruction their child has received in the school setting; who is or should be the primary person responsible for independent living skills instruction; and what independent living skills should be considered as part of the curriculum.  The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. All responses are confidential.

iCan Bike - Intensive Bike Camp for individuals with disabilities from 8 yrs old to 220 lb. June 8-12, $150 per rider. Limited openings.  For information on the iCan Bike program, visit: https://icanshine.org     Questions? Contact Teresa Matthies, New Directions DSA at 605-351-2384 or teresa matthies911@gmail.comRegister for the iCan Bike Camp Here

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South Dakota Research Survey of Children ages 8-13 years with developmental, behavioral or emotional needs - Children's Well-Being: The Child's Perspective
This is a new research project through the University of South Dakota exploring children's perceptions of their own well-being. Children will be interviewed while engaged in fun activities in small groups or individually. Occupational therapists will modify the interview process to meet your child's needs, which may include 1-3 visits of 1 hour or less, at a location of your preference.  Please contact Barb Brockevelt at 605-658-6358 or Barb.Brockevelt@usd.edu with questions or to participate.



Due to rapidly changing conditions related to novel coronavirus, please check with organizers to determine if scheduled in-person events will be held.



Apr 1
Apr 8



Webinars Positive & Productive Childcare While the Kids are Not in School 
As parents, there are times our children drive us crazy. Most of us are now confined at home, so this may be especially true. Join this fun and entertaining session to learn what you are already doing exactly right, and add strategies for making things better! Three sessions to select from, preregister below:

April 1 at 3pm Central / 2pm Mountain
April 8 at 1pm Central / 12pm Mountain
April 8 at 7pm Central / 6pm Mountain 
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Apr 9


Apr 14
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Quaran-Teens with ADHD: Troubleshooting Learning, Motivation, and Organization Problems
12pm Central/ 11am Mountain. Register and you receive free webinar replay link.

Sensory-Smart Strategies for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder and ADHD
12 pm CT/11am MT. Sign up and receive the free webinar replay link.  Register at https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1285554&tp_key=8183a26a5a

SD Parent Connection Lunch and Learn - Post-Secondary Disability Services
12-1pm CT/11am-12pm MT.  Presented by Karen Gerety, Director of Disability Services, USD 
Join In-Person at SDPC Offices in Sioux Fall, 3701 W 49th St, Suite 102 or Rapid City, 2310 N Maple Ave
Join Live Online by computer or cell phone at:
https://sdparent.adobeconnect.com/sdparentconnection/


Apr 15


Apr 23-
24


Webinar


Virtual



Medicating Your Child with ADHD: How to Manage the Feelings of Guilt and Judgment, and Make Peace with Your Decision
12 pm CT/11am MT. Sign up and you receive webinar replay link. Register:  https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1288099&tp_key=8c7c0a4f8b

South Dakota Early Childhood Education Conference - Developing Brains Matter
https://sdececonference-org.doodlekit.com/home

 

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Rapid City

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Aberdeen


Healthy Minds: Mental Health Awareness & Suicide Prevention Day - Rushmore Mall - Free
10am-2pm: Resource Fair & Wellness Expo. 2pm-5pm SafeTALK Suicide Prevention Training. Contact Healthy Minds Committee at healthymindsblackhills@gmail.com with questions.

Work and the Impact on SSI / SSDI Benefits - Free
Held 8m-5pm, LaQuinta, 4521 W 41st St.  Registration deadline March 27. Accommodations such as auxiliary aids or services to participate in the training e.g., ASL interpreters, large print, need to be requested 14 days before the training session you are signed up for. Questions can be sent to: tmillner@bhssc.org  Register: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egvlm8hqefc710d8&oseq=&c=&ch=

Aberdeen Area Autism Spectrum Disorder Parent Support Group
Meets 7pm at K.O. Lee Library, Community Room #110. For more information contact Krista Bau at kristabau@gmail.com. https://www.facebook.com/AberdeenAreaASDParentSupportGroup/

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Webinar,
Sioux
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Rapid City




SD Parent Connection Lunch and Learn - Navigating South Dakota Medicaid - A Guide to State Plan Services
Join South Dakota Medicaid and the Division of Developmental Disabilities to learn more about Medicaid State Plan services including preventative health services, non-emergency medical transportation, and incontinence supplies. Presenters:  Jaze Sollars - Waiver Administrator Division of Developmental Disabilities; Nicki Bartel - Nurse Manager, South Dakota Medicaid;  Samantha Hynes- Policy Strategy Manager, South Dakota Medicaid; Shanna Peterson -  EBT/NEMT Program Specialist, Division of Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT)
12-1pm CT/11am-12pm MT.
Join In-Person at SDPC Offices in Sioux Fall, 3701 W 49th St, Suite 102 or Rapid City, 2310 N Maple Ave
Join Live Online by computer or cell phone at:
https://sdparent.adobeconnect.com/sdparentconnection/






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Oacoma



Autism Support Group 
6:30-8pm at USD Health Science Center, 1400 W. 22nd St. Intended for parents, caregivers, and family members of individuals with autism to meet, share experiences, ask questions, and receive support. Childcare available as well as a structured FUN activity for teens & adults on the spectrum while parents participate in the Autism Family Support Group. Siblings are welcome as well. Pre-registration is required. For more information contact Letty at (605) 357-1439 or  letty.thelen@usd.edu. Register


Work and the Impact on SSI / SSDI Benefits - Free
Held 8m-5pm, Minervas, 1607 E Hwy 50.  Registration deadline March 27. Accommodations such as auxiliary aids or services to participate in the training e.g., ASL interpreters, large print, need to be requested 14 days before the training session you are signed up for. Questions can be sent to: tmillner@bhssc.org  Register

Charting the LifeCourse Framework Series - Session 3: Daily Life & Employment 
12pm-1pm CT /11am-12pm MT. For family members and professionals supporting someone who has a disability, chronic healthcare need or is aging.  Bi-monthly sessions to see examples and resources, hear practical ideas and gain tools to help plan, problem-solve and support people at any age and stage of life. Registration required.  Contact Kimberly at kimberly.percival@state.sd.us or 605-773-3438 for information.

SD Education Conference - Strengthening Foundations and Connections

https://doe.sd.gov/title/2020-conference/
June 11 & 12

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Nov 18


Sioux
Falls

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Lighting the Way Autism Conference 2020
http://www.augie.edu/lighting-way

Charting the LifeCourse Framework Series - Session 4: Citizenship and Advocacy
12pm-1pm CT /11am-12pm MT. For family members and professionals supporting someone who has a disability, chronic healthcare need or is aging.  Bi-monthly sessions to see examples and resources, hear practical ideas and gain tools to help plan, problem-solve and support people at any age and stage of life. Registration required.  Contact Kimberly at kimberly.percival@state.sd.us or 605-773-3438 for information.

Charting the LifeCourse Framework Series - Session 5: Community Living
12pm-1pm CT /11am-12pm MT. For family members and professionals supporting someone who has a disability, chronic healthcare need or is aging.  Bi-monthly sessions to see examples and resources, hear practical ideas and gain tools to help plan, problem-solve and support people at any age and stage of life. Registration required.  Contact Kimberly at kimberly.percival@state.sd.us or 605-773-3438 for information.

Charting the LifeCourse Framework Series - Session 6: Social Relationships and Spirituality
12pm-1pm CT /11am-12pm MT. For family members and professionals supporting someone who has a disability, chronic healthcare need or is aging.  Bi-monthly sessions to see examples and resources, hear practical ideas and gain tools to help plan, problem-solve and support people at any age and stage of life. Registration required.  Contact Kimberly at kimberly.percival@state.sd.us or 605-773-3438 for information.
2021
Jan 13




Webinar




Charting the LifeCourse Framework Series - Session 7: Healthy Living
12pm-1pm CT /11am-12pm MT. For family members and professionals supporting someone who has a disability, chronic healthcare need or is aging.  Bi-monthly sessions to see examples and resources, hear practical ideas and gain tools to help plan, problem-solve and support people at any age and stage of life. Registration required.  Contact Kimberly at kimberly.percival@state.sd.us or 605-773-3438 for information.



Other Training Calendars
Helpline Center Connections Calendars
NAMI South Dakota Events      
SD Dept of Education's Calendar of Events and Registration Site
Transition Services Liaison Project Events
USD Center for Disabilities Events

Financial Assistance to Attend Training

The South Dakota Council on Developmental Disabilities has funds available to assist people with developmental disabilities and/or their family members to attend in-state conferences, training events, committees, and other similar activities OR to attend out-of-state conferences or training events when there is nothing similar held in South Dakota. Funds may cover registration fees, lodging, meals, transportation (mileage, air fare, parking fees, taxis, etc.), personal assistance services, child care or respite care expenses.

These funds are provided in an effort to empower people with developmental disabilities and their family members with the opportunities, experiences, resources and information they need to participate meaningfully in the decisions that are being made which affect their lives or the lives of their family members with developmental disabilities. Visit http://dhs.sd.gov/cdd.aspx or call 1-800-265-9684 or (605) 773-6369 for assistance.


 

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