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Don’t Say H Word


The Rocky Mountain ADA Center has launched a campaign to get people to stop saying the H word. What H word? “Handicapped.”  “Saying handicapped puts an arbitrary limitation on people that they don’t have one,” said Rachael Stafford, Project Director of the Rocky Mountain ADA Center.

The word “handicapped” is everywhere: on signs, in articles and in everyday conversations, but Stafford said it’s time for a change.

Read more at:    http://www.rockymountainada.org/dont-say-h-word/

Rocky Mountain ADA Center Partners with Disability Advocates to End Use of ‘H’ Word

Empowerment Campaign to Educate Americans on Negative Impact of Term: Handicapped

View video at:  https://youtu.be/NmYCYj-n2WQ


Revised Federal Labor Law Posters Available


PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has revised labor law compliance posters available for no charge from any Department of Labor and Regulation office. This poster includes six federal posting requirements.  


Earlier in 2016, the federal government issued revised postings for the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, and Family and Medical Leave Act.


“Businesses should beware of poster scams from companies selling various federal agency postings,” said state Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman.  Read more at:  http://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=20979




    Customer Service begins with Building Relationships By Rachel Woodman The door chimes as you walk in, but then you’re enveloped in silence. You hear music playing faintly, you see people conversing, but no one engages you. This isn’t the Twilight Zone, it’s just poor customer service. According to the 2011 American Express Survey, [...]

Read more at:  http://biznowmagazine.com/article/customer-service/



Laura’s Lattes: Serving Up A Good Example Along with a Great Cup of Coffee

by Jessica Au Buchon, Au Buchon Photography in Sioux Falls

Read more at South Dakota Retailers Association Website:






Free Disability Etiquette Courses


More than 59 million Americans have some kind of disability yet many people are unaware of proper etiquette when it comes to interacting with the disabled community, which happens to be the largest minority group in the country.The Rocky Mountain ADA Center is hoping to change that by offering two free online courses on disability etiquette. 

Learn more at:  http://www.rockymountainada.org/training/





County Fair Food Store: Success in Long-Term Employment for People with Disabilities

(Article found on South Dakota Retailers Association website)



SDRA Board Member Kevin Nyberg Receives Governor's Award




Facilitating State Efforts to Help Workers Save for Retirement

Fewer than one-third of individuals ages 65 to 74 have any savings in a retirement account, and those that do have a median savings balance of just $49,000.

Read more at:  https://blog.dol.gov/2016/08/25/facilitating-state-efforts-to-help-workers-save-for-retirement/









Career Exploration, Preparation Offered by SD Department of Labor and Regulation

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation is holding weekly meetings on career exploration and preparation through its Summer Passport Opportunities Program in Sioux Falls.  The sessions are each Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. for individuals ages 14 to 24 of all abilities.To learn more about the free sessions call Allison Green at 605-357-5300, extension 200 or allison.green@state.sd.us.




Board of Vocational Rehabilitation



The Board of Vocational Rehabilitation said goodbye to several members!

Melissa Flor, Brett Glirbas and Tim Neyhart. 

First picture:  Brett Glirbas, Chairperson is presenting Melissa Flor with a gift. 

Middle picture: Brett Glirbas, Chairperson passing the gavel to the new chairperson, Patty Kuglitsch. 

Third picture: Patty Kuglitsch, Chairperson presenting Tim Neyhart with a gift. 


Nominations for the Board can be found at:  http://dhs.sd.gov/drs/vrboard/vrboard.aspx








The U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a new resource document that addresses the rights of employees with disabilities who seek leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The document is entitled Employer Provided Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act -   https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/ada-leave.cfm?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=




South Dakota Retailers Association Selected as Pilot Site

for Department of Labor Disability Inclusion Project


PIERRE, S.D.-The South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) is one of three membership associations in the nation selected to participate in a national pilot program designed to increase workplace inclusion of people with disabilities.

Read more at:  https://www.sdra.org/article.asp?action2=showArticle&id=12195&ty=GEN


Dare to Dream Conference - Rapid City - October 15 

More information can be found at:  http://www.sdparent.org/web/index.php?siteid=2825&pageid=22749


If you are a person with a disability who receives Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or both? Do you wonder how employment might impact these and other benefits you currently receive?

  There are community work incentive coordinators located in Rapid City, Pierre, Brookings, Sioux Falls and Yankton. There is a benefits specialist located in Aberdeen. Benefits planning and counseling services are available for Vocational Rehabilitation consumers and former WIPA clients. Limited information and referral services are available to all other beneficiaries who want to return to work.
To access these services, call 1-800-224-5336, ext. 221.


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