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2016

December 30, 2016 
Assistive Daily Living Services Medicaid Waiver Renewal Public Comment Notice

The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services is seeking public comment on the Assistive Daily Living Services (ADLS) Medicaid waiver renewal.

December 29, 2016 
Family Support 360 Medicaid Waiver Renewal Public Notice

The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities is seeking public comment on the Family Support 360 Medicaid waiver renewal application.

December 15, 2016 
Assistive Daily Living Services Medicaid Waiver Renewal
Assistive Daily Living Services (ADLS) waiver participants, providers and partners are invited to participate in a webinar and conference call regarding the ADLS Medicaid waiver renewal.

December 1, 2016
Caughtery Named 2016 Champion of Independent Living Services
Jim Caughtery with J&C Construction of Brookings has been recognized by the South Dakota Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) as a 2016 Champion of Independent Living Services.

November 18, 2016
Family Support 360 Medicaid Renewal Conversations 
Family Support Waiver participants, family members, providers and partners are invited to attend two community conversations and a webinar in December regarding the Family Support 360 Medicaid Waiver renewal.

November 16, 2016
Skantze Named 2016 Champion of Independent Living Services
Ted Skantze has been recognized by the South Dakota Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) as a 2016 Champion of Independent Living Services.

October 14, 2016
State CoP Team, National Partners Meeting in November
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) Community of Practice (CoP) state team will be holding their first meeting with their national partners on Nov. 1.

October 12, 2016
State's Support for Developmentally Disabled Ranked Top Ten Nationally
According to the recently released 2016 Case for Inclusion Report, the South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) operates a system of community supports for South Dakotans with intellectual and developmental disabilities that ranks among the top ten in the country.

September 26, 2016
Governor to Speak at Disability Employment Awareness Seminar
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be one of the guest speakers at a seminar aimed to educate employers about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities, steps to take when hiring people with disabilities and resources that are available to assist employers in the process on Oct. 6.

September 23, 2016
Gov. Daugaard Proclaims October Disability Employment Awareness Month
To raise awareness about disability employment issues and to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) in South Dakota.

September 16, 2016
State Developmental Center Holding Health and Wellness Fair
Residents of Redfield and surrounding communities will have an opportunity to explore health topics and screenings during a local Health and Wellness Fair at the South Dakota Developmental Center (SDDC).

September 13, 2016
South Dakota Businesses, Workers Honored at 2016 Governor's Awards
Gov. Dennis Daugaard presented the 2016 Governor's Awards today to South Dakota businesses and workers who have made significant contributions in 2016 to the employment of people with disabilities.

September 1, 2016
State Division of Developmental Disabilities Accepted into National Initiative
The South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is joining a consortium of states in the National Community of Practice for Supporting Families project to strengthen best practices in supporting families that include a member with intellectual or developmental disabilities across the lifespan.

August 31, 2016
South Dakota to Recognize Direct Support Professionals
For the efforts of those who work closely with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed the week of Sept. 11-17, Direct Support Professionals (DSP) week in South Dakota.

August 25, 2016
7th Annual South Dakota Gathering
OACOMA, S.D. – People with disabilities, family members, case managers, direct support professionals, educators and other professionals in the field of human services will be in attendance for the 7th annual South Dakota Gathering.

August 8, 2016
Governor's Awards Ceremony Scheduled
The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) has announced that the 2016 Governor's Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

July 21, 2016
Quarterly Meeting for South Dakota Council on Developmental Disabilities Next Week
The South Dakota Council on Developmental Disabilities (SDCDD) will hold its quarterly meeting next week.

July 20, 2016
Yankton's NDEAM Committee Seeking Award Nominations
Yankton's local National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) committee is seeking nominations for the awards of Outstanding Employer of the Year and Outstanding Employee with a Disability.

July 12, 2016
ABLE Accounts Now Available to South Dakotans
As of July 1, South Dakota individuals with disabilities may now contribute to an Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) account.

June 27, 2016
Grimme Recieves Friends of Youth Leadership Forum Award
South Dakota Division of Rehabilitation Services Assistant Director Bernie Grimme has received the 2016 Friend of Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) Award.

June 23, 2016
State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation Holding Quarterly Meeting
The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) will hold their quarterly meeting next week in Pierre.

June 13, 2016
Abeln Named New South Dakota Developmental Center Director
The Department of Human Services (DHS) has hired Barb Abeln as the new director of the South Dakota Developmental Center (SDDC) in Redfield, S.D.

June 1, 2016
State Board of Service to the Blind and Visusally Impaired Holding Quarterly Meeting
The South Dakota Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) will hold its quarterly meeting on June 10.

May 31, 2016
Career Exploration Oppurtunity Grant Awarded
The Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DRS) and Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) have awarded the Career Exploration Opportunity Grant to the Center for Independence in Huron.

May 27, 2016
Department of Human Services Participating in "RespectAbility" Webinar
The Department of Human Services (DHS) and RespectAbility are providing a webinar Monday, June 6, at 1p.m. (CDT).

May 23, 2016
State Developmental Staff Member Recognized by Dental Association
South Dakota Development Center (SDDC) staff dentist Dr. Dave Peterson has been recognized for his work in the dental profession.

May 19, 2016
Public Meetings on State Plan for Independent Living Scheduled
The South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS), South Dakota Independent Living Council (SILC), the Centers for Independent Living/Independent Living Choices, Native American Advocacy Program, and the Western Resources for Independent Living are hosting four public meetings on the State Plan for Independent Living.

May 12, 2016
Walk-in-Tech Support & First Friday Class - Iphone Training
The South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind (SDRC) would like to invite anyone who is a South Dakota resident, has a visual impairment and because of it can't see to use technology, to participate in the upcoming First Friday computer and assistive technology training.

Apr. 20, 2016
Smith Receives Riki Nitz AER Worker of the Year Award
Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) Program Specialist Bob Smith has been named the recipient of the 2016 Riki Nitz Association for the Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) Worker of the Year Award.

Apr. 6, 2016
Governor to Speak on State Disability Employment Campaign
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is scheduled to speak on the Department of Human Services' disability employment campaign, “Ability for Hire” at the third annual University of South Dakota (USD) Center for Disabilities Symposium on April 19.

Apr. 5, 2016
2016 Governor's Awards Nominations
The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation, working with the Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (BSBVI) and the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC), are now accepting nominations for the 2016 Governor's Awards.

Mar. 31, 2016
Fall Conference
Individuals interested in public vocational rehabilitation are set to gather at the Deadwood Lodge in Deadwood, South Dakota for the Fall Conference, October 18-20.

March 30, 2016
State Disability Employment Campaign Garners National Award
The South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) has received a Telly Award for its “Ability for Hire” video campaign.

Mar. 11, 2016
Gov. Daugaard Signs House Bill 1141
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed House Bill 1141 which allows for the certification and licensure of individuals offering Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services to the public.

Mar. 10, 2016
Gov. Daugaard signs House Bill 1208
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed House Bill 1208 which will reduce the footprint of the South Dakota Developmental Center (SDDC) in Redfield, S.D.

Mar. 1st, 2016
Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Governor Dennis Daugaard has signed a proclamation declaring March as Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in South Dakota.

Feb. 25, 2016
South Dakota Employmnent Rate for People with Disabilities Highest in the Nation
According to the recently released 2015 Disability Statistics Annual Report, South Dakota has the highest employment rate for people with disabilities at 50.1 percent.

Feb. 18, 2016
South Dakota Developmental Center Under New Leadership
The Department of Human Services has named Barb Abeln as the interim director of the South Dakota Developmental Center (SDDC) in Redfield.

Jan. 8, 2016
South Dakota to hold public forums on WIOA Unified State Plan
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota departments of Human Services (DHS) and Labor and Regulation (DLR) will hold public hearings on the proposed unified state plan under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The January meetings will address strategic planning and priorities for the core partners under WIOA.

Jan. 5, 2016
State's "Ability for Hire" Campaign Nets Two Communication Awards
Campaign seeks employer testimonials to enhance message for statewide audience
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota's “Ability for Hire” campaign rounded out 2015 being honored twice by the MarCom Awards, an international creative competition for marketing and communication professionals.