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South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault Calendar - October - December 2020

Training & Meetings Schedule: Network Calendar October-December 2020.pdf

This schedule includes training opportunities, meetings and the bi-weekly check in calls hosted
by The Network. All of the events listed below will be virtual. For more information, please
reach out to Kathy Rutten at kathy@sdnafvsa.com or call 605.731.0041.

More training opportunities may be added, so please check the website, www.sdnafvsa.com, for

If you need any accommodations such as sign language interpreter to participate in any of the
meetings, trainings, calls, please contact Kathy at kathy@sdnafvsa.com at least two weeks
before the event.

SDAC Leadership Team 

Application form can be found here: SDAC Leadership Application.pdf

U.S. Department Of Transportation Inclusive Design Challenge


On April 21, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced the opening of Stage I of the Inclusive Design Challenge (Challenge). The Challenge seeks innovative design solutions that can enable people with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities to use automated vehicles to access jobs, healthcare, and other critical destinations. The Challenge is a part of a larger set of departmental initiatives on accessibility, announced at the Access and Mobility for All Summit.

Individuals with disabilities who might be willing to have a short Zoom or phone interview (15-30 min) about how their disability affects vehicle use and community access are encouraged to contact Gunnar Olson at 507-720-2887 or email gunnar.olson@coyotes.usd.eduInterviews must be completed by the end of September. All personal information will be kept private.


Niagra University First Responder Advocacy Training (FRAT)


The Niagara University First Responder Advocacy Training (FRAT) for Disability Advocates provides you with the opportunity to receive the tools to work with your police and fire departments, EMS/ambulance services and your 9-1-1 Call Centers to make sure they not only know your needs, but the needs of others in the disability community. Trainings are taking place August 18th, September 22nd and October 21st, 2020. More details can be found in the following flyer: SD FRAT Flyer.


 3-Hour Virtual 9-1-1 Telecommunicator Disability Awareness Training - Flyer


The First Responder Disability Awareness Training project at Niagara University is pleased to announce a 3-hour virtual Disability Awareness Training for 9-1-1 Telecommunicators personnel. 

Niagara University’s First Responder Disability Awareness Training (NU FR-DAT) helps to both sensitize and educate on how to effectively identify, address, and respond to various disabilities that 911 professionals may encounter in the line of duty. The National Emergency Numbers Association (NENA) recognizes this program as the only comprehensive disability awareness training program for emergency telecommunicators. 

This program is developed strictly for 9-1-1 personnel from Missouri and South Dakota. 

DATE: August 26, 2020 WHEN: 11:00am EST/10:00am CST/9:00am MST 

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