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SD Legislative Committee Meeting Room
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  For over 25 years, an independent voice

for South Dakotans with disabilities.


2016 will mark the Grand Finale of the Dare to Dream conference.
 Three regional one-day conferences will be held around the state.

Please Save the Date and plan to join a Dare to Dream conference near you!

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls Convention Center

Saturday, July 9, 2016 - Watertown
Watertown Event Center

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - Rapid City
Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center

image Featuring Jo Mascorro, M.Ed.  Author of "Don't Look Now, Your Behavior is Showing!" and an outstanding national speaker with 30 years of experience in education.

     Don't Look Now, YOUR Behavior is Showing!  What ALL Adult Brains Should Know About ALL Younger Brains...
Featuring Dr. Wayne Duehn, national lecturer, trainer, and consultant with more than 40 years of experience in social work, sexual health and safety. 

     Yes, it's about Sex! Sexuality 101 for Persons with Disabilities, their Families, & Professionals 

The Dare to Dream Journey began in 2000 when organizations from across the state came together to create an inclusive conference for people with disabilities, their families, and professionals.

In 2002, "Together We Can" was the focus of the first Dare to Dream conference. And, together, we did.  Six conferences spanning 12 years were conducted across the state. We gathered in Pierre, Sioux Falls, Spearfish and Aberdeen to celebrate and support one another. And during those 12 years, opportunities blossomed for self-advocates, families, and professionals to learn and socialize with their peers.

Whether you are new to Dare to Dream or a veteran, we look forward to seeing you in 2016 to celebrate the Dare to Dream legacy! 

Call SD Parent Connection if you would like registration materials by mail:  1-800-640-4553 



Law Does Not Provide for a Social Security

Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2016

With consumer prices down over the past year, monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 65 million Americans will not automatically increase in 2016.

The Social Security Act provides for an automatic increase in SocialSecurity and SSI benefits if there is an increase in inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).  The period of consideration includes the third quarter of the last year a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) was made to the third quarter of the current year.  As determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there was no increase in the CPI-W from the third quarter of 2014 to the third quarter of 2015.  Therefore, under existing law, there can be no COLA in 2016.

Other adjustments that would normally take effect based on changes in the national average wage index also will not take effect in January 2016.  Since there is no COLA, the statute also prohibits a change in the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax, as well as the retirement earnings test exempt amounts.  These amounts will remain unchanged in 2016.  The attached fact sheet provides more information on 2016 Social Security and SSI changes.

The Department of Health and Human Services has not yet announced Medicare premium changes for 2016.  Should there be an increase in the Medicare Part B premium, the law contains a “hold harmless” provision that protects approximately 70 percent of Social Security beneficiaries from paying a higher Part B premium, in order to avoid reducing their net Social Security benefit.  Those not protected include higher income beneficiaries subject to an income-adjusted Part B premium and beneficiaries newly entitled to Part B in 2016.  In addition, beneficiaries who have their Medicare Part B premiums paid by state medical assistance programs will see no change in their Social Security benefit.  The state will be required to pay any Medicare Part B premium increase.

Information about Medicare changes for 2016, when available, will be found at


For additional information, please go to




Come Join Us at

Pizza Ranch



(South Dakota Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities)

will be hosting a fundraiser at the

Pizza Ranch in Fort Pierre

Tuesday, December 8th 2015

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Come and relax – leave the cooking to us – or if you prefer – carry out and delivery are also available. 


Come and support The COALITION!


Working Together – we’re making a difference

in the lives of people with disabilities


We’ll see you over at the Ranch – on Tuesday night!







Board of Directors Election Results

 The ballots have been counted and the results are final!

Elected to a two-year term on our Board are:

Jenneil Watkins - Sioux Falls

David Scherer - Lead

Matt Cain - Hartford


Welcome Aboard!



Traumatic Brain Injury

Regional Resources can be found at:



Encore Performance

Coming to Pierre

February 5th


"Mommy, Where Are You?”

This one-man play tells the story of a family's journey from when their matriarch is diagnosed with Alzheimer's through the time of her death. You will laugh and cry, while being entertained... It is both powerful and moving!

If you are interested in bringing this production to your community, 
contact Coalition staff at:
1-800-210-0143 or 605-945-2207

Picture of Mom and young boy hiding his face with his hands 

Written and Performed by
Don Boyd of Pierre

Produced by South Dakota
Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities

South Dakota Benefits Specialist Network


The South Dakota Benefits Specialist Network has benefit specialists located in Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Pierre, Yankton, Brookings 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


Before making a decision on employment - be sure you have good information.
Contact the South Dakota Benefits Specialist Network.

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Click here to:  Submit Your Questions




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