The mission of South Dakota Parent Connection (SDPC) is to connect families caring for children (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 is provided to families and professionals serving their children
- Workshops for families and professionals are 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
SDPC provides assistance through these programs:
The Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) helps parents receive appropriate education and services for their children with disabilities, works to improve education results for all children, trains and informs parents and professionals and connects children with disabilities to resources that address their needs.
PTIs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education to help ensure implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).
The Family to Family Health Information Center (F2F HIC) provides information and guidance to families, and the professionals who serve them, to access services and resources for children and youth with special health care needs.
The F2F HIC is funded by a grant through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs. This grant program was established by the Family Opportunity Act of 2005, amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.
The Navigator Program provides individualized guidance and direction to parents and schools regarding special education and related services.
This program is funded through a grant from the South Dakota Department of Education, Office of Special Education.
The Rural Health Outreach Project draws upon SDPCs strategic partnerships, outreach and individual assistance to promote early and continuous identification of special health care needs, improved access to community-based systems of care and improved transition tools and options for youth in transition in the rural areas.
The program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs.