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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


South Dakota Workers’ Compensation Webinar

PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) and South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) are providing a webinar Thursday, May 19, at 10 a.m. (CDT). This webinar will cover overall South Dakota workers’ compensation law.

“Educating the public about South Dakota laws is beneficial to employers,” said state Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman.  “Workers’ compensation can be complicated. Through these webinars, we hope to better educate our employers and businesses.”

Register online: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8750336119396974339

If you have difficulty registering, email donna@sdra.org. Provide your first and last name, the name of your business or agency, your city and state.



National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2016 theme announced
‘#InclusionWorks’ seeks to inspire social media awareness of workers with disabilities

To reflect the important role disability plays in workforce diversity, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy today announced that the theme of 2016’s official National Disability Employment Awareness Month is “#InclusionWorks.”

“By fostering a culture that embraces individual differences, including disabilities, businesses profit by having a wider variety of tools to confront challenges,” said Jennifer Sheehy, deputy assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy. “Our nation’s most successful companies proudly make inclusion a core value. They know that inclusion works. It works for workers, it works for employers, it works for opportunity, and it works for innovation.”

To read more:   https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/odep/odep20160512







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=





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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