Disability Awareness

SD Focus - 10/16/2009

Join SDPB for it's October 15th episode of South Dakota Focus on Disability Awareness. Over 50 million Americans are disabled. Regardless of their challenges many take advantage of the programs available to help them achieve the goals they set. Many of these programs offer activities and resources to help limit the amount of barriars for the disabled. On our next South Dakota Focus we will talk about some of those programs. We'll also talk about what work is left to do in South Dakota to help those with a disability live normal lives. You'll meet Dallas Dietrich - who found himself disabled after a car accident. Dallas found a way to not only thrive regardless of his challenges but now helps others with disabilities. South Dakota Focus airs at 8:00pm CT / 7mt. It also is streamed live on the internet at Viewers can call in with their own questions and comments to 1.877.825.5788 or email your questions to

Amanda Keating - Autism Spectrum Disorder Program Director, Center for Disabilities Sanford School of Medicine, USD

Shelly Pfaff- SD Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities

Grady Kickul - Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services

Dallas Dietrich - Meeting the Need Camp

South Dakota Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities -; and Toll free phone number 1.800.210.0143

Director of Community Education and Information Dissemination

Center for Disabilities

Sanford School of Medicine
The University of South Dakota
1400 W. 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD  57105

 Meeting the Need
13380 Greyhound Gulch Road
Keystone, South Dakota 57751
(605) 666-4610

Division of Rehabilitation Services
3800 East Hwy 34, Hillsview
Properties Plaza
c/o 500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 773-3195"
Fax: (605) 773-5483


 Several communities in South Dakota will observe the month with special events:

  • Oct. 6 - Watertown, an "After 5 p.m. Chamber Mixer Event" will be held at the County Fair Foods Banquet Hall; area employers and employees will be recognized; Dan Rounds featured speaker.
  • Oct. 8 - Rapid City, Dr. Richard Horne (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy) will present "Dividends of Diversity in the Workplace" at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center starting at 8 a.m.; breakfast will be served.
  • Oct. 8 - Aberdeen, Maribeth Overland of Moverland Consulting will present "Tap into Your Leadership Potential" to area employers, consumers, human resource managers and providers at 9 a.m. at the Ramada Convention Center. The annual Mayor's Awards Luncheon will follow.
  • Oct. 13 - Sioux Falls, the Sioux Falls National Disability Employment Awareness Month Committee will host an exhibit at the S.D. Safety Council/SHRM Fall Conference at the Sioux Falls Arena and Convention Center.
  • Oct. 14 - Huron, Geri Jewell will present "Valuing Diversity" at the fall conference luncheon at the Crossroads Hotel during the RehabACTion Annual Conference.
  • Oct. 20 - Brookings, Deb Russell, corporate manager with Walgreen's, will present Walgreen's Initiative for Employing People with Disabilities at the Rotary Club at 7 a.m., at the Optimists Club at 12 p.m., and at the Workforce Attraction and Economic Development Committee at 1 p.m
  • October 20th - Vermillion - speaker from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) will d

South Dakota State Resources:

Center for Disabilities-

South Dakota Council for Developmental Disabilities-

South Dakota Parent Connection-

South Dakota Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities-

National Alliance on Mental Illness South Dakota-

South Dakota Department of Human Services

Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Division of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Division of Developmental Disabilities   

Division of Disability Determination Services

Division of Mental Health, SD Dept of Human Services

Division of Rehabilitative Services

National Resources:

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities - 

National Center on Severe and Sensory Disabilities-

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development -

National Institutes of Health - Index of Disorders -

National Institutes of Health - Genetics and Birth Defects -  

National Institute of Mental Health -

Coming Up:

2010 Statewide Special Education Conference- to be held March 14-16, 2010 in Pierre, South Dakota

"Early Intensive Behavioral Interventions for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders" with Thomas S. Higbee, Ph.D., BCBA-D to be held April 12-13, 2010 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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