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Upcoming Events and Training Opportunities

 October 2021 | November 2021

Project Pathways Project

The Learning Lab for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln is currently recruiting middle and high school students (ages 13-21 years) with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate in a research project titled Project Pathways. The purpose of this study is to assess the reading and writing profiles of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Participants must be fluent in English and have internet access to participate.

Participants will complete a series of standardized reading, writing, and cognitive tasks that assess their literacy and learning skills. Participation is conducted entirely via Zoom and will take approximately two hours. Participation can be spread over multiple days if needed. Participants receive a $20 gift card for completing the study.

Interested individuals can contact the Learning Lab at learninglab@unl.edu.

Job Openings at the Wholeness Center

The Wholeness Center currently has job openings for a Program Manager and a Part-Time Victim Advocate. Learn more about the openings in the job descriptions linked below. 

Word Doc - Program Manager Job Description

Word Doc - Victim Advocate

Job Openings at SD Urban Indian Health

SDUIH has several new job openings available. Learn more and apply at https://sduih.org/careers/.

Job Opening for Advocate/Shelter Coordinator

WANTED: Advocate/Shelter Coordinator, Serving Spink, Hand and Faulk Counties, Family Crisis Center, Inc. Compassionate, Dependable Individual Needed. Must Possess Skills in Public Relations. Strong Public Speaking. Strong Organizational Abilities. Will also be Transporting Clients. 30-40 hours per week. Open until filled.

For more information and an application call 605-450-1345. May send resume and application to:

Family Crisis Center, Inc., PO Box 347, Redfield, SD 57469

Equal Opportunity Employer

Apply to Serve on the Family Support 360 Advisory Council

The Council has two vacancies for family members of individuals aged twenty-one years or younger with an identified developmental disability living in the family home and one vacancy for a self-advocate.

Learn more about the council and find the application form.

October 2021

SD Division of Rehabilitation

2021 Fall Conference

Flyer with text that reads "The Challenge of Change" 2021 Fall Conference, October 26-28SD's Division of Rehabilitation Services has announced the date for their 2021 Fall Conference: The Challenge of Change.

The conference will be held in The Lodge at Deadwood in Deadwood, SD, on October 26-28, 2021.

Check out the  flyer for more information about the conference and the featured presenters!

Niagra University First Responder Advocacy Training

Training Announcement

Virtual South Dakota First Responder Advocacy Training (FRAT) 

About the program – This training provides you with guidance on how to advocate with first responders, inform them of your needs, how to be a partner with first responder agencies, and how to become a resource for those agencies. 

Register for the training.

Niagra University Disability Awareness Training Logo

Date: October 27, 2021      
Time: 1-3PM CST  
Place: Via Zoom, you will receive the link one day prior to the training  

Attached you will find a basic one page flyer for the program. If you need accommodations (large print, Braille, ASL interpreter, other), please email Cary Newman at carynewman@niagara.edu

FRAT Flyer -  One-page flyer 

Using a Trauma Lens

To Support Your Students

Bright green flyer with magnifying glass showing a gray profile with the brain illustrated through multiple candy wrappersJoin the SD Statewide Family Engagement Center for FREE 5-hour regional trainings to learn about childhood trauma, how it impacts students, and how to respond. 

October 14 - Aberdeen K.O. Lee Library

October 29 - Pierre SD State Library

November 8 - Sioux Falls Downtown Library

November 12 - Rapid City TIE Office

Register or learn more at: http://www.sdsfec.org/trauma-lens-training

Professional Development Series

Two Learning Opportunities 

Flyer with blue and red text regarding two professional development training opportunities
Central Institute for the Deaf will be presenting two 90-minute live webinar sessions in October!

This free Professional Development option is designed for general educators who are interested in an overview in topics related to student’s who are deaf or hard of hearing and strategies to support them in their classroom. Each session is 90 minutes with live presenters via Zoom.

It is perfect for the K12 educators who are seeking more information about deaf and hard of hearing students without the time commitment of a full graduate course. CEUs are available.

October 14th 4-5:30 CT - Understanding A Student’s Hearing Loss

October 21st 4-5:30 CT - Supporting A Student’s Hearing Loss

Register Here: https://sddeaf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6KGbyM8I8A89BZ4

Supporting a Student in your Classroom Who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing Learning Modules

This free Professional Development option is designed for K12 educators who are wanting to dive deeper into topics surrounding understanding and supporting students who are deaf or hard of hearing by completing 15 one-hour learning modules and earn 15 free CEUs.

This option is self-paced and will be offered starting October 25th thru April 30th. This allows busy
educators a broad timeframe to begin and complete the learning modules. All 15 modules must be completed to earn the 15-hour CEU certificate. CEUs for Educators and SLPs.

October 25th-April 30th - Self-Paced Learning Modules
Last date to register is January 10th, 2022

Register Here: https://sddeaf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aaQzvvZQDmaokom

PDF Flyer

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Virtual Presentations

 Screenshot of Presentation Flyer for Unbreakable Drive

Unbreakable Drive

“How COVID Redefined the Workforce”

Thursday, October 21st @ 11am - 12pm
❑ Learn from those who have adapted to barriers in their lives
❑ Lessons businesses can learn from these communities

Register at: 

SPONSORED BY - Board of Vocational Rehabilitation, Board of Service to the Blind & Visually Impaired, Statewide Independent Living Council, & Department of Human Services.

PDF Flyer

2021 National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Drive & Grit - Never to be Underestimated

2021 NDEAM Presentation Flyer with a background of orange leavesWe invite you to join us in hearing and sharing in Shawn’s story of reaching the peak of his professional achievements and his determination to climb back after a massive stroke in 2017. Shawn’s story is a must hear and will leave you contemplating how you move through your day. 

October 22, 2021
8:30-9:30am (CST) 

Shawn Lyons is the principal owner of Lyons Den, LLC. He has represented trade
associations, economic development, and has worked with federal, state, and local

Sponsored by: Board of Vocational Rehabilitation, Board of Service to the Blind And Visually Impaired, Statewide Independent Living Council, Department of Human Services 

Register in advance - https://state-sd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvfu6ppzIiHN1621q5YDS2oqYqzvmr_jHe

PDF Flyer

Mental Health Virtual Training 

Mental Health Virtual Training Flyer with picture of speaker Lisa BanwarthIn this intensive 3-day professional development opportunity, participants will learn about the mental health needs of students and how trauma and adverse experiences impact learning. Participants will leave with practical knowledge of trauma informed care and will be ready to implement SEL practices into their own classroom environment.

Location: Online


Day 1: Monday, October 25, 2021, 8:30am-4:00pm CST

Day 2: Monday, November 15, 2021, 8:30am-4:00pm CST

Day 3: Monday, December 6, 2021, 8:30am-4:00pm CST

Register at: https://mentalhealthfall2021virtual.eventbrite.com/

PDF Flyer

November 2021

Family & Self-Advocate Conversations

SD Division of Developmental Disabilities

Family and Self Advocates Conversations Flyer

The November Family & Self-Advocate Conversation sessions are coming up soon! These sessions are intended to provide a platform for people with developmental disabilities and their families to get updates directly from the Department of Developmental Disabilities and provide feedback on a regular basis.

There will be an evening session on November 17th and a lunch hour session on November 18th to provide flexibility for people to attend. Both sessions will follow the same agenda & topics. 

 Learn more by checking out the flyer linked below.

PDF Flyer 

PEERS For Young Adults

Certified Social Skills Training

Bright Red flyer with information for PEERS training

An evidence-based social skills training for high school students transitioning to young adulthood with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other social challenges.

The PEERS® for Young Adult Certified Training Seminar is designed for educators and school-based professionals, mental health practitioners, medical professionals, speech and language pathologists, occupational, recreational, and behavioral therapists, researchers, and other professionals who work with young adults with social challenges. After completing this training, attendees will be listed as a “PEERS® Young Adult Certified Provider”.

This virtual training will be presented via Zoom and participants will be expected to be logged in for the entirety of the training with their camera on.

Dates: November, 17-19

Times: 10:00am - 6:00pm CST

Cost: $200 for South Dakota Residents, $250 for Non-South Dakota Residents

Registration fee includes a hard copy of the training manual which will be sent to the participants, in the contiguous United States, prior to the beginning of the training.

**Registration closes on November 1st**

PDF Flyer

Register at: https://peersforyoungadults.eventbrite.com/

Professional Development Opportunities PDF Flyer Mental Health Virtual Training PDF Flyer PEERS PDF Flyer The Challenge of Change Flyer PDF Unbreakable drive PDF Flyer Event Flyer with picture of Shawn Lyons and a background of orange leaves Family & Self-Advocate Conversations Flyer