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NDEAM 2015 poster: Expect. Employ. Empower.


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)


 Building an Inclusive Workforce

A Four-Step Reference Guide to Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Employees with Disabilities



South Dakota Retailer’s Association presents 

“Disability 101: Disability Inclusion and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Essential Building Blocks”

webinar on August 11th with South Dakota Division of Rehabilitation Services.


Free Register online for this webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6191878108700986114



Kimberly Hoberg and Steve Stewart, South Dakota Division of Rehabilitation Services



• People with disabilities are an untapped labor pool.

• What diagnoses are considered disabilities?

• Where can employers reach out to hire people with disabilities?

• Business tax incentives for employing people with disabilities.

• Introduction to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

• Examples of ADA compliance for businesses, and what are considered “reasonable accommodations”

• Questions to ask and avoid in job interviews


Yankton NDEAM committee seeking award nominations 

YANKTON, S.D. – Yankton’s local National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) committee is seeking nominations for the awards of Outstanding Employer of the Year and Outstanding Employee with a Disability. NDEAM is acknowledged nationally and in South Dakota each October. 

Read more at:  http://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=17873


National Survey Demonstrates That People with Disabilities are Striving to Work and Overcoming Barriers 

Leader in Disability Research Releases Results of First-of-its-Kind Survey

WASHINGTON, DC, and WEST ORANGE, New Jersey – Americans with disabilities are striving to work and overcoming barriers to employment. This is a key finding of the 2015 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey, the first nationally representative survey on the workplace experiences of Americans with disabilities, presented by experts today on Capitol Hill. The survey of 3,013 people with disabilities, aged 18 to 64, was commissioned by Kessler Foundation and conducted by the University of New Hampshire.“Nearly 69 percent of those  surveyed are striving to work, defined as  working, actively preparing for employment, ..... read more at:  http://kesslerfoundation.org/kfsurvey15/pressrelease


Rural Manufacturer: Partnership with State Grows Business, Community

ALEXANDRIA, S.D. – SD Industries (SDI), a leading manufacturer in the swine industry, has been approved for a REDI (Revolving Economic Development & Initiative) Fund loan by the Board of Economic Development. The loan will be used to purchase equipment and will allow the company to double its production, while decreasing its utility cost. 

Read more at:  http://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=17794


Cleanup Precautions Help Prevent Hantavirus

PIERRE, S.D. – As South Dakotans work outdoors around sheds, barns or other places where mice are found, they need to take steps to prevent hantavirus says a state health official.
South Dakota has reported 15 cases of hantavirus, including 5 deaths, since 1993 when the disease was first detected in the southwestern United States. More than 640 cases have been reported in the U.S. since 1993.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome fills the lungs with fluid and can cause respiratory failure. Rodents, primarily deer mice, carry the virus that causes the disease. 

 Read more at:  http://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=17797


      Not Defined by Disability

"My Disability Is One Part of Who I Am" is the theme of this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The nationwide initiative annually raises awareness of employment issues faced by people with disabilities and celebrates their contributions to the workplace. While October is NDEAM, announcing the theme in May helps workplaces, individuals and communities begin planning activities. "This year's theme encapsulates the important message that people with disabilities are just that — people," said Jennifer Sheehy, acting assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy.




SiouxFallsHasJobs.com: Find Yours Today!

City Launches Workforce Recruitment Campaign

Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Find your next job at SiouxFallsHasJobs.com. That’s the message unveiled today when City of Sioux Falls officials announced a new workforce recruitment campaign. SiouxFallsHasJobs.com is a new mobile-friendly website that directs people around the world to the more than 2,000 open jobs in Sioux Falls.

Learn more at:




The 10 Fastest Growing Jobs   

US Department of Labor Blog 



Higher Wages is Smart for Business



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



Introducing the Redesigned Ticket to Work Website

A photo of a smartphone showing the Ticket to Work website.
Check it out at:   




It’s Job Fair Season at the

Department of Labor and Regulation

 PIERRE, S.D. – With spring time approaching, many employers have positions to fill and are looking for skilled, qualified workers. To meet the demands of both employers and job seekers, the Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) local offices will be hosting job fairs over the coming months. . . . . .read more at:  http://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=17305

For a list of job fairs scheduled throughout the state and more job fair tips, visit http://dlr.sd.gov/jobseekerservices/jobfairs.aspx, or talk to a workforce expert at a DLR local office. 





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.



Social Security Expanding Field Office Hours Nationwide

Starting March 16, 2015, Social Security Administration field offices around the country will stay open for an extra hour every weekday except Wednesday. However, many Social Security matters don't even require a visit to a field office. You can apply for retirement, disability and Medicare benefits online or call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778) Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to talk with a representative. Find your local field office.


Students Gain a ‘Jump Start’ on College Success

PIERRE, S.D. – With the help of a prestigious $3.6 million federal grant, South Dakota State University, in partnership with six other South Dakota higher education institutions, has developed the South Dakota Jump Start program. This program intends to serve 900 Native American and low-income students, helping them succeed in college by providing an affordable academic “jump start.”

 South Dakota Jump Start students are currently being identified for the next academic year. Eligible individuals include Native American and low-income students who have graduated from a South Dakota high school and want to attend college for the first time.

To learn more go to:  http://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=17217


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 any Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired office http://dhs.sd.gov/sbvi/address.aspx or 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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