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 Edgewood Senior Living Pierre


What:   Job Fair in Pierre

When:  Friday, December 19, 8:00 – 11:00 AM

Where:  Clubhouse Hotel, Prairies Room; 808 West Sioux Avenue


Hiring for the following positions

Dining Assistants



Certified Medical Assistants (CMA)

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)


For questions, contact Katie Nagle, Executive Director at 605.494.3400.  If you are unable to attend but interested in this great opportunity, please visit  http://edgewoodseniorliving.com/   and apply. 


Connecting to the Marketplace in SD is Easy


Get Covered South Dakota, www.getcoveredsouthdakota.org, offers free, impartial information to help consumers understand and find affordable healthcare coverage.  For a schedule of free informational meetings in South Dakota on the Marketplace options visitwww.getcoveredsouthdakota.org/calendar/ 


South Dakotans may also visit free in-person assisters (Navigators) to discuss their healthcare options.  For a list of Marketplace Navigators in your area visit


The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board (GPTCHB) Health Insurance Exchange Navigator Project is available to help find the most affordable and highest-quality health insurance for Native Americans.  Visit http://navigator.gptchb.org/, call 1-877-209-1215 or email


FREE Marketplace 101 Webinars are available from 2-3 p.m. (CST) or 1-2 p.m. (MST) on Tuesdays:  December 30; January 6, 13, 20 and 27; February 3 and 10.   Webinar URL for all webinars: https://webinar.cms.hhs.gov/r7oud6z8611/, Audio Line: 1-877-267-1577, Meeting ID: 996 498 512 


Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Sioux Falls, SD


The SD Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services currently has a job opening in the Sioux Falls office for a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.     For more information and to apply, please go to http://bhr.sd.gov/workforus, and reference Job ID #4082. This position closes on December 26, 2014. Feel free to share this announcement with others who may be interested in applying for this job. 



Service Providers and Vocational Rehabilitation Staff:


The South Dakota Division of Rehabilitation Services will be hosting a video conference presentation for Vocational Rehabilitation Service Providers at 2:00 – 4:00pm (CT) on January 26, 2015.


 This presentation will cover:


  • The South Dakota Ticket to Work Initiative

  • Expanding paid work experiences for students with disabilities and adults


Following are the video conference sites






1707 4th Ave SE, Ste A



1310 Main Ave S, Ste 102



320 Sorenson Dr, Ste 102



2361 Dakota Ave S



1321 N Main


Capitol DDN

500 E Capitol

Rapid City

DHS but using the Dept of Labor & Regulation conference room

2330 N Maple

Sioux Falls


811 E 10th St

Sioux Falls

Rehab Center

2900 W 11th St, Ste 101



1300 North Ave



2001 9th Ave SW, Ste 200



3113 Spruce, Ste 128


The South Dakota Ticket to Work Initiative

The Ticket to Work program started in 1999 and had significant changes in regulations during 2008.    These regulation changes made significant improvements in the Ticket to Work process, revenue potential, and new partnership options with providers. This presentation will provide an overview of the Ticket to Work Initiative, how the South Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation Programs developed partnerships with service providers, reimbursement process, and how these services help individuals with disabilities to maintain their employment.


Expanding paid work experiences for students with disabilities and adults

The South Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation Programs have been funding for 20 years, a successful paid work experience program for students with disabilities.  This program, Project Skills is a cooperative arrangement between the Vocational Rehabilitation Programs and the local school district to provide work experiences for students with disabilities who are on an Individual Educational Plan (IEP).  We are now promoting and expanding the paid work experience opportunities to other students with disabilities who are not on an IEP and also adults with disabilities.  This presentation will discuss the service provider’s role in this initiative and how they will be reimbursed. 


Please forward this information to individuals who might be interested in attending this video conference.  There is no registration required to attend but it is recommended you contract your local Vocational Rehabilitation Services office to let them know of the number of people attending.  http://dhs.sd.gov/drs/vocrehab/areaoffices/DRS%20Staff%20Directory_field_files/DRS_office_locations_11-4-13.pdf


If you need accommodations to participate in this training, please contact me by January 19th.  If you have any questions, contact Bernie Grimme at 773-3195.   



Fast Food Myths and Wages:

Insights from five business owners who pay above the minimum wage because they understand that doing so is good for their workers and for the bottom line.



Data on Working Women

What does work look like for America's women? In 2013, women employed full time earned about $706 per week — just 82 percent of their male counterparts' earnings. About 36 percent of women working full time had children younger than 18. Women were also more likely to earn the minimum wage — or less than their male counterparts. These findings come from a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report based on the Current Population Survey, a national monthly U.S. Census Bureau survey of approximately 60,000 households.

Read the Report at:  http://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/cps/highlights-of-womens-earnings-in-2013.pdf



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 


Focus on Disability Inclusion

Top-level executives from leading companies like Cisco, IBM and Merck discussed innovative strategies for driving disability inclusion at the recent Diverse Abilities Leadership Summit in New York City. Hosted by global professional services firm Ernst & Young, the event drew about 50 executives, many of whose companies are federal contractors covered by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. Notably, the Dec. 3 event coincided with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. They exchanged best practices in recruiting and retaining qualified people with disabilities. As the keynote speaker, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez emphasized the clear connection between inclusion and corporate goals. "When it comes to disability employment, we are at a historic crossroads," she said. "What started as a policy-driven issue has now become a market-driven issue, or really a market-driven imperative."

Learn About Diversity and Inclusion




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.





National News

Grants to Expand Job Opportunities for

People with Disabilities

Six states — California, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota and South Dakota — were awarded $14.8 million to improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. The grants will allow these states to expand access to programs that offer career pathways and encourage greater partnerships between educational institutions, business owners and disability advocates. This is the fifth round of funding for the Disability Employment Initiative, which supports 37 projects in 26 states. "Breaking down barriers to employment for people with disabilities is important in order for our country to field a full team and ensure that no worker is left behind," said Secretary Perez.

Read the News Release at http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20141764.htm


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 benefit specialists located in Rapid City, Pierre, Sioux Falls and 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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