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disability Employment Awareness Month - 2018

 

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October, Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota.

Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) aims to raise awareness about disability employment issues and to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities.

The 2018 theme for DEAM is "America's Workforce: Empowering All".

A host of South Dakota agencies and organizations will engage in activities in October to promote awareness of these issues and to help foster a disability-friendly culture in the workplace.

Here are the following events during DEAM in South Dakota:

Volga

Wednesday, October 3rd: The featured presenter, Spencer Beach (professional speaker and workplace safety advocate), will be presenting at the Sioux Valley School (200 Hasina Ave.) from 8:30-9:30 AM. For further event details, contact Matt Simet at 605.695.8471 or Matt.Simet@advancebkg.com.

Watertown

Wednesday, October 3rd: The Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities in conjunction with New Horizons will host a NDEAM/Mayor's Awards and New Horizons Employer Recognition at Lake Area Technical Institute (1201 Arrow Ave.) from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM. A complimentary luncheon will also be provided. Wendy Parent-Johnson (USD Center for Disabilities executive director) will be the featured presenter during the event.

Brookings

Wednesday, October 3rd: The featured presenter, Spencer Beach (professional speaker and workplace safety advocate), will be presenting at McCrory Gardens (631 22nd Ave.) from 12-1 PM during a luncheon in partnership with the Brookings Area Human Resource Association and the Women in Leadership and Learning. For further event details, contact Matt Simet at 605.695.8471 or Matt.Simet@advancebkg.com.

Sisseton

Thursday, October 4th: The featured speaker will be Spencer Beach, professional speaker and workplace safety advocate, whose inspirational presentation is titled "Turn Your Demons into Diamonds." The public is invited to attend, and the event will be held from 6-8 PM starting with a dinner and followed by Spencer speaking at 6:30 PM. It will be held at the Family Life Center (404 West Hickory/Highway 10).To RSVP for the event, contact Rachael Johnson at 605.698.7445 or striping@venturecomm.net.

Madison

Friday, October 5th: The featured speaker will be Spencer Beach (professional speaker and workplace safety advocate) and he will be presenting at the Madison High School (800 NE 9th St.) from 9-9:50 AM. The public is also invited to attend. For further event details, contact Shaun Erschens at 605.688.4280 or shaun.erschens@state.sd.us.
 

Aberdeen

Thursday, October 11th: In observance of NDEAM, the featured presenter will be Spencer Beach (professional speaker and workplace safety advocate) in which the presentation title will be "Turn Your Demons Into Diamonds." He will be presenting from 9:45-11 AM at the Ramkota Convention Center (1400 NW 8th Ave.). This event will be held in conjunction with the SD RehabACTion's annual Fall Conference. The general public is welcome to attend. For further event details, contact Kim Ludwig at 605.626.2398 or kimberly.ludwig@state.sd.us.

Mobridge

Tuesday, October 16th: In observance of NDEAM, an event will be held in conjunction with Mobridge's Chamber Business After Hours beginning with a social hour at 5:30 PM at the Grand River Casino (2 US-12). For further event details, contact Corinna Alander at 605.626.2398 or Corrina.Alander@state.sd.us

Vermillion
Tuesday, October 16th: In observance of NDEAM, Vermillion will host a luncheon and a panel consisting of various representatives from the community beginning at Noon. The event will be held at the University of South Dakota's Muenster University Center (414 E. Clark St.).

Yankton

Thursday, October 18th: In observance of NDEAM, Yankton will host an event from 9-11 AM (doors will open at 8:30 AM) at JoDean's Restaurant (2809 Broadway). The event will feature Mr. Paul Lowrie and Mr. Ben Hanten and the Pat Smith Employee and Employer of the Year Awards. Refreshments will also be served. For further event details, contact Jennifer Trenhaile at 605.668.3050 or Jennifer.Trenhaile@state.sd.us.

Sioux Falls

Tuesday, October 23rd: In observance of NDEAM, an event will be held in conjunction with the USD Center for Disabilities' Symposium in which will be held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center (1201 N. West Ave.) from 7:45-10:15 AM. The event will consist of a breakfast and Honorable Katherine McCary as the keynote speaker in which the presentation title will be "Tapping the Talent Pool: Individuals with Disabilities in the Workforce." There is a $25 admission and breakfast fee and to register for the event, please select the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-national-disability-employment-awareness-month-ndeam-event-tickets-42954861146. For further event details, contact Vicki Kerkvliet at 605.215.1760 or director@sfbrn.org.
 

Rapid City

Wednesday, October 24th: In observance of NDEAM, an event will be held at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn (505 N. 5th St.) starting at 7 AM with breakfast and networking, followed by presentations from Marcia Hultman (SD Department of Labor & Regulation's cabinet secretary) and Rapid City Regional Health on their experiences with Project SEARCH, and will conclude with the Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills recognizing businesses who understand diversity enhances the workplace. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are available by either going to the Rapid City Chamber's website or calling 605. 343.1744, or by calling Catherine Greseth at 605.787.2590.

Pierre

Wednesday, October 24th: The NDEAM event will be held at the Visitor's Center (600 E. Capitol Ave.) on October 24th, from 9-10:15 AM. This year's event will highlight services provided by the Department of Labor and Vocational Rehabilitation Services and testimonials from local employers and employment specialists working together to improve staffing and retention. There is no cost to attend and refreshments will be provided. Reservations are preferred but not required. For further event details, contact Jessica Hovland at 605.773.3318 or Jessica.Hovland@state.sd.us.

Mitchell

Thursday, October 25th: The NDEAM event will be held at the Mitchell Wesleyan Church (601 N Sanborn Blvd.) from 11:30 AM-1 PM with a free luncheon. This year's event will feature Donna Alridge, MA from Dakota Counseling Institute, who will discuss mental illness and common barriers to employment that she has seen during her practice. Following Donna's presentation there will be recognition of the Annual Cal Schulz Outstanding Employer for hiring individuals with disabilities and the Cal Schultz Employee with a Disability awards. For further details and to register for this event contact Jessica Sehnert at 605.995.8072 or Darla McGuire at 605.996.9891.