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Shawnie Rechtenbaugh, Department Secretary





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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. 

 

DEAM Events 

October 6 -10:00 am - 11:30 am (CST) "Increasing Access & Opportunity" Virtual Workshop presented by Tracie DeFreitas, Lead Consultant & ADA Specialist, Job Accommodation Network (JAN) "Remote Work, Accommodations and COVID" To register for the event, click here

October 7 - The Future is Neurodiverse: A More Inclusive Working World for People with Disabilities. To register for the event, click here

October 7, 2020: - Two sessions being offered "The Power of Culture" presented by Think 3D Solutions

Registration Links

October 8 - "Assembly Required: Piecing Together Words"  7 pm - 8 pm (CST) session. To register for the event, click here

October 9 - "Using Your Words For Good: Understanding Autism and Disability" -  9 am - 10 am (CST) session. To join the event, click here. Registration is not required

Watertown will conduct a community recognition program throughout the month delivering recognition items/awards to area recipients to acknowledge individual advocacy efforts and recognize employers who have hired individuals with disabilities. This recognition effort will include submitting newspaper articles, Facebook announcements, posting flyers, and radio announcements to heighten awareness of available community resources and provide disability related educational information.