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.


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

NEW!  South Dakota COVID-19 Impact Survey
Are you a person with a disability or a family member of a person with a disability? If so, we want to hear from you!  COVID-19 (coronavirus) has changed our lives dramatically in the past few months. The needs and services of people with disabilities and their families have been impacted in many ways during this time. Please help the Developmental Disabilities Network in South Dakota learn how we can help by completing a short anonymous COVID-19 Impact Survey by May 31st. Thank you for taking a few minutes and providing this important feedback! Learn More/Take Survey 
If you have questions, please call 1-800-658-3080. If you are not a person with a disability or a family member, please share this survey with others.  Thank you!

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.

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.
May 27Webinar
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.



May 28
May 30
VirtualFree Online Sibshops from the Sibling Support Project
Sibshops are pedal-to-the-metal events where children, age 8-13, who have brothers or sisters with special developmental and health concerns, will meet other sibs, have fun, laugh, talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sib with special needs, play some great games, and more!
The first two online Sibshops will be offered at no cost on the following dates (Pacific Daylight Time):
            Thursday, May 28, 5:00-6:30 PM Central/4:00 to 5:30 PM Mountain
            Saturday, May 30, 12:00-1:30 PM Central/11 AM to 12:30 PM Mountain
Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible here:  https://kindering.org/virtual-sibshop/ 

School-age sibs from every state are invited to join Emily Holl, Director of the Sibling Support Project, for a limited series of online Sibshops that will be recorded and used to help train others who wish to support siblings through Sibshops.
June 2
WebinarVocational Rehabilitation 100 Anniversary - Celebrating a Century of Success.
1:30-2:30pm Central/12:30-1:30pm Mountain. REGISTER
OSERS' Rehabilitation Services Administration will be paying tribute to this historical occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program by showcasing "Success Stories" of how the VR program helped change the lives of students and adults with disabilities! Check out the video trailer  for the June 2 celebration.










July 22



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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.
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Sept 23




Webinar




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.
Nov 18


Webinar



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




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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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