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Social Security Webinar on Choosing a Service Provider That’s Right for You — April 27

The National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar “Ticket to Work: Choosing a Service Provider That’s Right for You” will be held tomorrow, April 27, 2016, from 3 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. If you receive Social Security disability benefits and want to learn about going back to work or even becoming employed for the first time, the Ticket to Work program may be able to help you. This webinar will discuss choosing service providers and long-term employment supports that can provide the kind of help you need after you've started working.  Register online at:  https://www.chooseworkttw.net/webinar/ or call 1-866-968-7842 (TTY: 1-866-833-2967).



Due Friday, April 29th...

Seeking Nominees for Governor's Awards

This awards program which recognizes South Dakotans for their contributions to the employment of people with disabilities.

Five nomination categories:

1.  Distinguished Service

2.  Outstanding Citizen with a Disability

3.  Outstanding Employee with a Disability

4.  Outstanding Employer of the Year (3 categories)

      a. Small Private Employer; less than 50 employees (non-governmental)

      b. Large Private Employer; more than 50 employees (non-governmental)

      c. Public Employer of any size (local, county, state or federal government entity, school district, university)

5.  Outstanding Transition Services

Cover memo:  2016 Cover Memo.pdf    and Nomination Forms: 2016 Nom Forms.pdf

Nomination Forms also available in Word Format:  2016 Nom Forms.doc


(Picture:  2014 Award Recipients with the Governor)


Opportunity to Provide Input - State Plan for Independent Living


You are invited to a public meeting on the State Plan for Independent Living being developed by the South Dakota Statewide Independent Living Council, the Centers for Independent Living – Independent Living Choices, Native American Advocacy Project, Western Resources for Independent Living – and the South Dakota Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services.

Learn more about the video conference meeting on May 26th or how to provide written comment: SPIL Newspaper Display Ad.pdf

View the Draft State Plan for Independent Living 2017-2019 - SPIL Draft 2017-2019.pdf



Employer Survey: Your Chance to Let Dept of Ed Know How

Students Can be Better Prepared For Jobs


SD Department of Education

Do you have suggestions on how students can be better prepared to enter your industry? If so, please share your thoughts with the South Dakota Department of Education.


The South Dakota Department of Education is undergoing a process to review and revise standards for its career and technical education programs. The goal of the standards revision project is to ensure middle and high schools students are learning both the "soft skills" and technical skills needed today by South Dakota employers.


To ensure we attain the best possible results, please take a few minutes to complete the feedback survey located here:      https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3PL6X2M 


For additional information, please contact Erin Larsen at 605-773-2533 or via email at Erin.Larsen@state.sd.us.


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


Funding opportunities

Vocational Rehabilitation Programs in Division of Rehabilitation Services and the Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired - Looking to fund initiatives that will provide:


  • Pre-Employment Transition Services Students with Disabilities or

  • Employer Based Work Experience for Vocational Rehabilitation Clients

For more information: New VR Initiatives Starting this Summer 2016.pdf

2016 Summer Grant Initiatives Proposal Format.docx 


Dare to Dream Conference - Watertown July 9th

Schedule at a Glance - Wtn D2D Program Schedule at a Glancefor Web.pdf

Registration is open 

Go to:  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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