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Issues, Impacts and Implications of an Aging Workforce

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM

 The aging population is growing and the number of older adults in the workforce is rising, which presents multiple challenges to organizations. Age discrimination and the increased prevalence of disability with age are very common and real concerns among employers and aging workers.  This webinar will highlight the realities of this changing workforce, share information on discrimination charges filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and discuss implications for practice for both employers and disability service professionals.  This webinar also will discuss the common issues and characteristics of charges jointly filed under the ADA and ADEA. 

To register:  http://www.edi.cornell.edu/register/index.cfm?event=5543


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





National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 

Governor's Proclamation - see it here   2015_DEAM_Proclamation.pdf 

Event information will be added as it becomes available

(event flyer, registration materials) Picture of 2015 NDEAM Poster

This year’s theme is My Disability is One Part of Who I am”.  The history of NDEAM traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities.  In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  


National Disability Employment Awareness Month, known as NDEAM, is a nationwide campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities, past and present.  Each spring, the year’s theme is announced to help workplaces, individuals and communities begin planning activities. 


Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and ways they can promote its messages during October and the year. 


Reflecting this year's theme, “My Disability is One Part of Who I Am”, a host of agencies and organizations will be engaging in a variety of activities designed to educate the public on disability employment issues and the role they play in fostering a disability-friendly work culture.  These efforts include: 


October 1st – Sioux Falls. A breakfast event will be held at 7:30 am at the Sanford Research Center (2301 E. 60th Street North). The event will feature an employer/expert panel focusing on the successes and challenges of hiring people with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and accommodations in the workplace. For more information, contact Vicki Nelson at (605) 367-5330 or Julie Briggs at (605) 367-5260. 

Flyer information:  2015 NDEAM PROGRAM Sioux Falls.pdf

Registration:  2015 NDEAM Sioux Falls REGISTRATION.pdf


October 6th – Milbank.   An event will be held at 5:30 pm at the Milbank Community Center (East Hwy 12). The evening will start with a meal and will include recognition of the 2015 Milbank NDEAM award recipients. Jessie Saperstein, as the keynote speaker will address disability, diversity, overcoming barriers, realizing and achieving one’s potential. For more information, contact Brigett Wookey at (605) 882-5120.


October 7th – Brookings. Jessie Saperstein will present at a luncheon to be held at the Swiftel Center 11:45 am – 1:00 pm in partnership with the Brookings Area Human Resource Association (BAHRA) and Women in Leadership and Learning (WILL). Jessie will address disability, diversity, overcoming barriers, realizing and achieving one’s potential. For more information, contact Sylvia Buboltz at (605) 688-4282 or Matt Simet at (605) 695-8471.

Event flyer:  2015 J_Saperstein_WILL_BAHRA_FINAL.pdf


October 7th – Eagle Butte. Oun’iyekiyapi Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is hosting an event (10:45 am – 2:00 pm) at the Old Agency Building in Eagle Butte. The event will include a walk, luncheon, speaker, and sharing of information by Tribal and state agencies on available programs and services. For more information, contact Lyle Cook at (605) 964-4400.

Event Flyer:  2015 CRST NDEAM Walk & Event.pdf 


October 7th – Pierre/Ft. Pierre. (8:30 am – 10:00 am) Kathleen Barrow from Jackson Lewis P.C. Law Firm will present at the Capitol University Center (925 East Sioux Avenue). Kathleen will help employers learn how to focus on their employees’ abilities rather than disabilities and outline employers legal obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Representatives from The Right Turn, Department of Labor and Regulation, and the Department of Human Services/Divisions of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired will share information and resources. For more information, contact Cindy Ryan at (605) 773-3315. 

 Event flyer:  ndeam flyer pierre.pdf


October 8th – Aberdeen. (7:30 am – 10:00 am) Kathleen Barrow from Jackson Lewis P.C. Law Firm will present at the AmericInn (301 Centennial Street South). Kathleen will help employers learn how to focus on their employees’ abilities rather than disabilities and outline employers legal obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The program will provide employers with an explanation of the reasonable accommodation process and how to coordinate this with certain protected leaves of absences. The event will also include a showing of the video “People with Disabilities WORK” followed with a panel discussion. For more information, contact Laura Stoltenburg, at (605) 626-2398.


Event and registration information:  Aberdeen NDEAM flyer 2015.pdf



October 8th – Sisseton.  This event will begin with dinner at 6:00 pm at the Sisseton City Hall, Community Room (406 2nd Avenue West). Sisseton is collaborating with Brookings, Madison and Milbank. It will host Jessie Saperstein, as the featured speaker. He will address disability, diversity, overcoming barriers, realizing and achieving one’s potential and it will offer an opportunity to promote awareness and broaden the spectrum of creating more employment opportunities for all individuals with disabilities living in rural communities. For more information, contact Rachael Johnson at (605) 698-7445.


October 9th – Madison. (9:00 am – 10:00 am) Jesse Saperstein will present at the Madison High School (800 NE 9th Street) to students, teachers, and members of the general public. Jesse has been diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder and advocates in schools to reduce bullying. Jessie has a unique perspective on the topic and has worked hard to overcome obstacles in his life particularly related to social interactions. He uses humor and personal experience to tell his story and how he overcame adversity in order to become successful in his career. His struggles resonate with many generations, which inspire acceptance and understanding to those who hear him speak. For more information, contact Shaun Erschens at (605) 688-4280.

Event Flyer:  2015 Madson JS NDEAM Flyer.pdf 


October 20th – Mobridge. The October Chamber Business After Hours will be held at the Silver Dollar Saloon (205 North Main Street), sponsored by NDEAM collaboration partners.  This event will allow information to be shared on employing individuals with disabilities and highlight services through DRS and SBVI.  Local employers who have been strong supporters of employing people with disabilities will also be recognized at this event. The committee also plans to host a lunch and learn event with a date to be determined in the near future. For more information, contact Corinna Alander at (605) 626-2398.


October 21st – Mitchell. (8:30 am – 11:30 am) Maria Flores, Program Manager, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will present at Mitchell Technical Institute, Amphitheater (1800 E. Spruce Street). Maria Flores is a 20+ year veteran of EEOC, and she will share information on EEOC’s responsibilities, employment discrimination trends, and ways for organizations to be proactive in hiring and retaining qualified individuals with disabilities. She will also discuss discrimination charge processing procedures, including mediation, new initiatives and other hot employment topics. For more information, contact Jessica Sehnert at (605) 995-8072.

Event flyer/registration form:  2015 Mitchell registration form.pdf 



October 21st - Rapid City. (7:30 am – 9:30 am) The Workforce Diversity Network team and Rapid City SHRM will host an event at the Holiday Inn (505 North Street). The morning will begin with registration and networking, having representatives from disability related organizations present to share information on available services. An employment initiative video will be shown followed by Joe Dresser and Kathleen Barrow of Jackson Lewis presenting on “Disability in the Work Place – At Work It’s What People Can Do That Matters”. An awards program will also be held to recognize employers who have hired qualified individuals with disabilities. For more information, contact Catie Greseth at (605) 787-2590.

Event information:   NDEAM flyer Rapid City 2015.pdf

Registration form:  2015 NDEAM Registration Form Rapid City.pdf 


October 22nd – Watertown. (11:30 am – 1:30 pm) A luncheon will be held at the County Fair Banquet Hall (14 2nd Street NE). Annette and Tyler Gamber are the keynote speakers. Annette is a business owner who has worked with vocational rehabilitation services and other providers in recruiting and hiring qualified individuals for various positions. Tyler is an individual with a disability who has employment experience and can speak to the benefits of being employed.  For more information, contact Jessica Fischer at (605) 882-5150.

Event Flyer:  Watertown mayors awards flyer pdf.pdf


October 22nd – Yankton. (11:30 am – 1:30 pm) Maria Flores, Program Manager, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will present at Minerva’s Convention Center (1607 SD Hwy 50). Maria Flores is a 20+ year veteran of EEOC and she will share information on EEOC’s responsibilities, employment discrimination trends, and ways for organizations to be proactive in hiring and retaining qualified people with disabilities.  She will also discuss discrimination charge processing procedures, including mediation, new initiatives and other hot employment topics. For more information, contact Jennifer Trenhaile at (605) 668-3050.

 Information and registration:   NDEAM Yankton 2015 Flyer.pdf 




 College Resources for Students with Disabilities guidebook

 Learn more at:  http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/resources-for-students-with-disabilities/ 


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)



VR Employment Specialist Trainings  

The Center for Disabilities and the South Dakota Division of Rehabilitation Services have scheduled the 2nd round of the Employment Specialist Training Sessions.  Many of you attended the 1st training sessions in April and May.   The 2nd round of training sessions is intended to build off the previous trainings,  however if you did not attend the initial training you can still attend this training.  The training sessions will be held at:

Sioux Falls on October 26 & 27

Rapid City on November 2 & 3

Aberdeen on November 11 & 12


There is no cost to attend this training but registration is required.   The enclosed announcement provides more details on registration and training locations.  Because the Sioux Falls location gets the largest number of registrations, we do ask that individuals from Watertown, Pierre and Huron locations attend the Aberdeen training.  If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Disabilities at 800-658-3080.

Learn more - see flyer at:   VR Employment Specialist Training Fall 2015.pdf



Disability Connection Newsletter August 2015

10 Questions Visitors Asked Disability.gov

How can I find out the status of my application for Social Security disability benefits? How do I get a Medicare card? ...

Are there any scholarships or financial aid programs specifically for students with disabilities? ... 

Read more at:  https://www.disability.gov/disability-connection-newsletter-august-2015/ 



If you missed it.....                       

                                      ......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





Pilot Program To Address Workforce Shortages To Be Launched Next Week In Pierre And Fort Pierre

An effort to hopefully address some of the workforce shortages in Pierre and Fort Pierre will kick off next week.

Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill says a student intern program will be implemented for the upcoming school year and will include students from Stanley County and Riggs High Schools along with businesses in Pierre and Fort Pierre. 

An effort will be made to find students in 11th and 12th grade who are looking for local careers and match them up with businesses in Pierre and Fort Pierre that need employees and find businesses that can offer the students a long-term career path.  Pierre and Fort Pierre received a grant from the State of South Dakota to start the internship program and Gill says both communities will be working together on the program.

Gill adds that the Pierre Economic Development Corporation and the Fort Pierre Development Corporation are also a part of making the student intern program a reality.

 Those wanting more information on the program can contact the City of Pierre at 773-7341.


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/






Picture of 2015 NDEAM Poster


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



 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:




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.



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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