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South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation staff talk about the impact of the SD Disability Employment Initiative



Workforce Training - South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation  



Find out how the Department of Labor Can Help Veterans  

 Want to learn new skills, explore career options, or translate your military experience into a civilian career, find your path...




Work Early, Work Often Video Campaign

Work Early, Work Often Video Campaign

“Work Early, Work Often” is a video campaign created by the Youth Transitions Collaborative’s career preparation and management working group. Together, the three-part series highlights the importance of work and work-based experiences in an individual’s transition to adulthood, particularly for young adults with disabilities. Each storyline focuses on a different subject and narrative, told from the perspective of key audiences that are part of the transition journey. All videos include open captioning and audio descriptions.

Young Adults with Disabilities
Hear from a young professional how her early work experiences helped lead to long-term success.

Employers of Young Adults with Disabilities
Listen to employers discuss how exposing young adults with disabilities to real work experiences can help to meet the needs of a business and improve their bottom line.


Parents/Caregivers of Young Adults with Disabilities
Watch a powerful story unfold as a mother describes “letting go” when her son entered the world of work.





Fairview Learning Training for Educators Working
with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in Rapid City


The South Dakota School for the Deaf is offering the Fairview Learning Program in Rapid City on January 14-15, 2016 at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology campus in the King Center.  This training is provided at no cost to the attendees.

This training is geared towards educators working with deaf and hard of hearing students with language needs, as well as educators working with students with typical hearing who have low language skills.  Graduate credit is available.  School districts who do not have the curriculum currently, are encouraged to consider purchasing it before the conference.  Those who have attended Fairview training in the past are encouraged to attend this training as new information will be presented.

Please RSVP before December 11 by completing the attached form.  Direct questions to Nina Ringstmeyer at 605-745-3705.

Click here for the registration form:
Fairview Training.pdf










New Employer Resource for Offering Workplace Accommodations

In a joint partnership, the Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) created a video to make employers aware (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NaM7A7WoZk)  of workplace accommodations for all employees and applicants, including those with disabilities.

DLR collaborated with the Career Learning Center of the Black Hills, Technology & Innovation in Education and the Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills to demonstrate the state’s commitment to quality employment for all. Read more of the press release at:  http://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=18335



Pierre/Ft.Pierre Student Internship Program

The Student intern program is designed to provide employers with access to a local talent pool while providing young adults who are entering the workforce with exposure to meaningful local career paths.  The internship program is funded, in part, by a matching grant provided by the South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development.

 Participating businesses will host student interns 8 hours a week for 16 weeks and contribute $2.50 an hour to the intern wage.  The remainder of the intern wage will be supported by the state grant and support from local government partners. 

Businesses interested in participating can contact Pierre City Hall at 773-7341 or PEDCO at 224-6610. Students interested in participating should contact their school counselors for information about internship qualifications. 

(Newsletter of the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau & Pierre Economic Development Corporation - September 2015)



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                                      ......it was recorded -

Disability 101: Disability Inclusion and the Americans with Disabilities Act Essential Building Blocks 

This webinar was hosted by the South Dakota Retailers Association and the South Dakota Department of Human Services on August 11, 2015.

Presenters: Kimberly Hoberg & Steve Stewart, South Dakota Division of Rehabilitation Services





Get Noticed at Virtual Job Fairs

Picture of Paula Reuben VieilletBy Guest Blogger Paula Reuben Vieillet, President and Founder, Employment Options Inc.

In this ever-changing world of technology, one of the best hiring opportunities for jobseekers with disabilities and other challenges is a “virtual” job fair.


The advantage of virtual job fairs and chat-based interviews is profound. First of all, you can attend with an Internet connection and you don’t have to worry about wardrobe, transportation or even leaving your home.



Read more at:   https://usodep.blogs.govdelivery.com/2015/08/04/get-noticed-at-virtual-job-fairs/






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National Disability Employment Awareness Poster 2015


My disability is one part of who I am.

Poster - can be downloaded or ordered at the following site:


(Also available in Spanish)


SD Medicaid Website Addresses Change

 The Department of Social Services website, http://dss.sd.gov, has changed. Please be aware that some bookmarks for previous South Dakota Medicaid site may have moved.
Here are the new web addresses for some of the most frequently accessed portions of the website:

Medicaid Provider: http://dss.sd.gov/medicaid/providers/
Fee Schedules: http://dss.sd.gov/medicaid/providers/feeschedules/
Frequently Asked Questions: http://dss.sd.gov/medicaid/generalinfo/faq.aspx
Health Homes: http://dss.sd.gov/healthhome/

Provider Billing and HIPAA Manuals: http://dss.sd.gov/medicaid/providers/billingmanuals/

Prior Authorization Criteria: http://dss.sd.gov/medicaid/providers/pa/
Provider Enrollment: http://dss.sd.gov/medicaid/providers/becomeprovider/
Provider Communication: http://dss.sd.gov/medicaid/providers/communication.aspx
SDMEDX Login: http://dss.sd.gov/sdmedx/login/login.aspx




The first ASPIRE monthly newsletter was published on Thursday, January 15, 2015.  If you would like the newsletter delivered directly to your inbox, please subscribe to our listserv!  Visit www.aspirewest.org and select “Subscribe” on the menu.  While there, be sure to explore the website and learn more!


If you know youth or families who may be interested in ASPIRE (youth ages 14 to 16 who receive SSI), pass along the website link to them.


South Dakota ASPIRE has enrolled 54 youth. We are currently recruiting and enrolling in these areas-Aberdeen, Milbank, Sisseton, Groton, Lake Traverse Reservation, Watertown, Brookings, Pierre and Crow Creek Reservation. Total enrollments for the ASPIRE Project is approximately 210 enrollees.



Program to Provide Post-Secondary Education for Young Adults with Disabilities

PIERRE, S.D. – The state Department of Human Services (DHS) has established a program offering post-secondary education to young adults with disabilities in South Dakota.

DHS issued a request for proposals from institutions with the ability to implement a three-year pilot program at a college, university or technical institute that would grant access to a menu of courses and provide work opportunities. Augustana College was awarded the contract.

Read More at:  http://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=17032 



Assistive Technology Training Available

for South Dakotans who are Blind or Visually Impaired

 The Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired is offering training to access mobile devices and personal computers for South Dakota citizens with vision loss.  The instruction will address built in accessibility options for those with low vision or who are blind.  The training is free to adults and high school students with vision loss.  No devices, applications or software will be purchased through the program and training is individualized with up to five hours of instruction per program participant.  For more information contact the SD Rehabilitation Center for the Blind at 605.367.5260 or call toll free: 1-800-658-5441.


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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