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disability Employment Awareness Month 

 

Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed October Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) in South Dakota.Through DEAM, the state aims to raise awareness about disability employment issues and to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities. A host of South Dakota agencies and organizations will engage in activities during October to promote awareness of these issues and to help foster a disability-friendly culture in the workplace. 

Volga - Wednesday, October 2: The featured presenter, Billie Sutton, will be presenting on "Getting the Job Done: Overcoming Adversity and the Perseverance Built by Living With a Disability" at the Sioux Valley School (200 Hasina Ave.) from 8:45-9:45 AM. For further event details, contact Matt Simet at 605.695.8471 or Matt.Simet@advancebkg.com.

Madison - Thursday, October 3: Billie Sutton, featured speaker, will present in the Madison High School Gymnasium (800 9th Street NE) from 9-10 AM. The topic will be "Getting the Job Done: Overcoming Adversity and the Perseverance Built by Living with a Disability." There is no registration required and the public is also invited to attend. For further event details, contact Shaun Erschens at 605.688.4280 or shaun.erschens@state.sd.us.

Brookings - Wednesday, October 3: The featured presenter, Billie Sutton, will be presenting on "Getting the Job Done: Overcoming Adversity and the Perseverance Built by Living With a Disability" at the Wilbert Square Event Center (931 25th Ave.) from 12-1 PM. A luncheon will also begin at 11:30 AM. This event is also a 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 3: The featured speaker will be will be presenting on "Getting the Job Done: Overcoming Adversity and the Perseverance Built by Living With a Disability." The public is invited to attend, and the event will begin at 6 PM starting with a dinner followed by Billie speaking at 6:45 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.

Aberdeen - Tuesday, October 8: The featured presenter will be Jason DeShaw, mental health advocate and country music musician from Montana, will present/perform "Serenity in the Storm." It is free and open to the public and is limited seating at each location.For further event details, contact Laura Stoltenburg at 605.626.2398 or laura.stoltenburg@state.sd.us. Northern State University - Kirkac Auditorium, 6:30p.m.

Mobridge - Wednesday, October 9: The featured presenter will be Jason DeShaw, mental health advocate and country music musician from Montana, will present/perform "Serenity in the Storm." It is free and open to the public and is limited seating at each location. For further event details, contact Laura Stoltenburg at 605.626.2398 or laura.stoltenburg@state.sd.us. Mobridge School Theatre, 6:30p.m.

Pierre - Thursday, October 10th: The featured presenter will be Jason DeShaw, mental health advocate and country music musician from Montana, will present/perform "Serenity in the Storm." It is free and open to the public and is limited seating at each location. For further event details, contact Laura Stoltenburg at 605.626.2398 or laura.stoltenburg@state.sd.us. Drifters, 6:30p.m. 

Sioux Falls - Wednesday, October 16: This year's celebration will be held at the Best Western Ramkota & Exhibit Hall (3200 W. Maple St.) and offers a full day of educational and inspiring sessions. For only $50 you can attend all day or any of the offered opportunities. The day starts at 7:30 AM with refreshments and vender booths in the hotel lobby. At 8:30 AM the Rocky Mountain ADA Center will present on "Accommodating Employees with Disabilities", including the topic of service and/or comfort animals. You will not want to miss Minnesota Super Lawyer Penelope Phillips as she addresses "Employment Law" and answers your questions. The celebration luncheon is being held in the Exhibit Hall at 12:15 PM, followed immediately by inspirational speaker and South Dakota native Jason Freeman and his message "Doing Your Imperfect Best at Work." Attorney Penelope Phillips will wrap up the day presenting on the "Interactive Process with Employers." There is a $50 registration cost for this and to learn more or register for the event, select the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-national-disability-employment-awareness-month-ndeam-event-tickets-60259638200?aff=erelexpmlt. For further event details, contact Vicki Kerkvliet at 605.215.1760 or director@sfbrn.org.  

Yankton - Thursday, October 24: Yankton will host an event from 7:45-11 AM at Kelly Best Western Inn/Minerva's Convention Center (1607 SD-50). There will be a panel of business owners/professionals who have hired and successfully employed individuals with disabilities in the community. Event attendees will also hear from employees in the Yankton community who will share their experiences. Matt Michels will be the moderator for the panel. The event is free open to the public.For further event details, contact Jennifer Trenhaile at 605.668.3050 or Jennifer.trenhaile@state.sd.us.

Rapid City - Thursday, October 24: An event will be held at the Rushmore Hotel (445 Mt Rushmore Rd.) starting at 7 AM with breakfast and networking, followed by featuring Becky Noble (Club Membership Manager with Cabela's) who will be the guest speaker, and will conclude with the Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills recognizing businesses and employees with disabilities. The event is free and open to the public. Event tickets are available by contacting Catherine Greseth at 605.787.2590 or director@wdnbh.org. For further event details, also contact Catie.

Watertown - The 2019 Watertown NDEAM event will be held throughout the month of October. Each week NDEAM awards will be delivered to recipients of each award category. The award recipients will be decided by the committee throughout the year by monthly nominations. The Mayors Committee will deliver these recognition and awards to each award recipient. This may include a lunch, gift certificate, appreciation balloon/plant, community resource and disability education information, etc. The Mayors Committee will submit a newspaper article and Facebook announcement each week to announce recognition to all award winners, with consent. Fliers will be posted to announce NDEAM at various community places and employers for the month of October with resource contact information. For further event details, contact Jamie Folk at 605.882.5150 or jamie.folk@state.sd.us.

Mitchell - Tuesday. November 5th: An 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 Amber Dykshorn. Amber will share her personal story of her husband, Chris's struggle with mental health and suicide. She hopes by sharing her story that those in need will seek help, while lessening the stigma associated with mental health. There is no cost to attend but registration is required as a free lunch is provided. For further details and to register for this event contact Jessica Sehnert at 605.995.8072, Darla McGuire at 605.996.9891, or Jessica Lang 605.990.7813.