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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/




Employment and Job Skills Training

sponsored by - Center for Disabilities Deaf-Blind Program

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Sioux Falls Downtown Holiday Inn City Centre (Skyline Room)

See flyer for additional information:  CD Deaf Blind Employment Training Flyer (002).pdf 




South Dakota Retailers Association offers the following


Department of Revenue Hosting Seminars for Auto Dealers

Go to:  https://www.sdra.org/article.asp?ty=GEN&action2=showArticle&id=12275


Miss Our Webinar on Skill-Based Hiring With the National Career Readiness Certificate?

Go to:  https://www.sdra.org/article.asp?ty=GEN&action2=showArticle&id=12272



Rocky Mountain ADA Center Offering 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.





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



June 27 - 28, 2016

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



South Dakota Retailers Association - August Webinar


Identify Qualified Applicants With the National Career Readiness Certificate


Webinar Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Start Time: 10 a.m. Central Time (9 a.m. Mountain Time)


Presenter: Heather Nelson, Labor Program Specialist, South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation


Register online:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8746880356296949505 








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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