For over 20 years, an independent voice

for South Dakotans with disabilities.


Throughout the 2014 South Dakota Legislative Session click below

Coalition 2014 Legislative Session Bill Tracking Document

to see what bills we are following...


Coalition Adopts Position Papers on
Medicaid Expansion in South Dakota, Subminimum Wage for Workers with Disabilities and the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

To view go above to "Public Policy" and click on "Position Papers". 

 Basic Budgeting Class
Offered through Pierre Area Referral Service (PARS)

Learn MORE about your money, benefits and how to stretch your dollars.  You will get individualized help to set up a budget and to learn how to make your money or benefits work for you.  

You can register by calling PARS at 224-8731. 

Class includes:
transportation (if needed) to class and back home.

Dinner and babysitting (if needed)
Incentives for completing all three classes!
 See the flyer - click here:  Basic Budgeting Class FLYER- general.pdf

The SD Rehabilitation Center for the Blind (SDRC) is happy to announce a new opportunity. Assistive Technology seminars to be held the 2nd Saturday of each month.  The first seminar will be an introduction to assistive technology on Saturday, May 10, at 9:00 a.m.


Who: Available to anyone with a visual impairment

What: Training will cover a variety of assistive technology for citizens with vision loss

When: Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 9 a.m.- noon

Where: SD Rehabilitation Center for the Blind

             2900 West 11th Street, Suite 101, Sioux Falls, SD

Instructor:  JoMarie Laughlin- AT instructor at SDRC

Cost: There is no cost for training

 Please click on the link below to access the registration form.

Registration for Outreach Assist Tech.pdf

REGISTER for the
  Dare to Dream 2014 Conference 

 June  8-10, 2014. 
Best Western Ramkota Hotel 
1400 8th Avenue Northwest
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Phone: (605) 277-9344
2014 Dare to Dream Registration Packet.pdf

Exhibitors can also register for Dare to Dream

The 2014 Dare to Dream Planning Committee cordially invites your organization to exhibit at the 2014 Dare to Dream Conference, held June 8 to 10, 2014 at the  Best Western Ramkota Hotel & Convention Center in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Click here for a link to the exhibitor registration form



National Youth Leadership Network announces two new learning tools: a curriculum and a training guide. Both focus on independent living and leading our own lives. NYLN is hosting a teleconference to introduce people -- YOU!! -- to these new resources.


Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014


Time: 7:00-8:00pm EST (6pm CST, 5pm MST, 4pm PST)


Who: Youth activists, family members, IL Center staff, educators, community allies, anyone interested
To learn more click here for the flyer:  IL Webinar Advertisement (Final).pdf



The Sioux Falls Mayor’s Disability Awareness Commission (DAC) is

hosting an exhibit for local artists with disabilities to show their work during March and April 2014 at the Museum of Visual Materials (MoVM) in Sioux Falls.


The exhibit will run from Monday, March 3, through Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at the Museum of Visual Materials located at 500 North Main Avenue in Sioux Falls. The artist reception is scheduled for Friday, April 4, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. More information and the Call for Art can be found at www.siouxfalls.org/relations or Sioux Falls Arts Council Facebook page.


In addition to the Disability Awareness Commission and the Museum of Visual Materials, other sponsors include the Sioux Falls Arts Council, Gustaf’s Greenery, and Accent on Events.

  1. Exhibit – Monday, March 2 through Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

  2. Artists’ Reception – Friday, April 4, 6 – 8 p.m.                              





South Dakota Benefits Specialist Network

The South Dakota Benefits Specialist Network has benefit specialists located in Sturgis, Pierre, Yankton and Aberdeen. Benefits planning and counseling services are available for Vocational Rehabilitation consumers and former WIPA cients. Limited information and referral services are available to all other beneficiaries who want to return to work.
To access these services, call 1-800-224-5336, ext. 221.
Before making a decision on employment - be sure you have good information.
Contact the South Dakota Benefits Specialist Network.

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Upcoming Events
Thank-You To Our Donors

(Fiscal Year:  10/01/13 - 09/30/14) 
Last updated FRI. 3/21/14   

THANK YOU, we really appreciate it!

  • Larry Puthoff
  • Coleen Moran
  • Jenneil Watkins
  • Juanita Palmer Rowe
  • Lynn Boettcher Fjellanger
  • Mark & Carleen Krebs
  • Shelly Pfaff
  • Mark Arneson
  • Donna Leslie & Paul Lepisto
  • Colette Wagoner
  • Patty Kuglitsch
  • Sharon Colombe
  • Dawn Backer
  • SD Board of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR)
  • Benjamin Soukup
  • Arlene Poncelet
  • SD Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
  • Bernie Grimme
  • Victoria Madigan
  • Faith Korkow
  • Jill Schoen
  • Ardell Fiedler
  • Lorie Jirschele
  • Gaye Mattke
  • Lisa Sanderson
  • Lorri Bohm
  • Grady Kickul
  • Lori Douville
  • Ann Munce
  • Randy Christensen

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