In The Moment ... May 20, 2019 Show 579 Hour 1

The new SDPB documentary Leaving Redfield explores the progress from forced segregation of people with intellectual disabilities to a greater focus on all people living meaningful lives.

The program premieres on SDPB-TV on June 10. It looks at the deinstitutionalization of the Redfield Hospital and School from the early 1900's to the current day. Writer Paul Higbee previews the film.

USD Center for Disabilities Establishes Oyate' Circle

May 14, 2018

The University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities is launching an educational outreach effort focused on Native Americans with disabilities. The Oyate’ Circle will host educational workshops in tribal communities. 

Jim Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe and has more than 20 years of experience running disability-focused training groups in San Diego, California. He’s been hired to lead the new program, and says he’s excited to help his own tribe and others in the state.

Developmental Center Facing Staff Shortages

Jun 21, 2016

The South Dakota Developmental Center in Redfield is struggling with staff shortages. The state funded facility provides 24 hour care for developmentally disabled teens and adults.

Advocates in Sioux Falls this week aim to empower people with disabilities and encourage others to embrace the talents they offer. Service providers, educators, employers and people with disabilities are collaborating to promote inclusion.

South Dakota advocates are celebrating the fact that the state has the highest rate of employment for people with disabilities in the nation. Wendy Parent-Johnson is executive director for the Center for Disabilities.

Ability For Hire / SD Department of Human Services

A state agency is launching a campaign aimed at connecting people with disabilities to employers. It’s called Ability for Hire, and leaders say it can benefit both workers and businesses.

Department of Human Services Secretary Gloria Pearson says the new Ability for Hire campaign is part of ongoing work to support South Dakotans with disabilities.

Pearson says people with disabilities are an untapped resource for businesses looking to hire quality employees – especially in an environment with low unemployment.

Authorities in Sioux Falls are launching a program to help identify children with special needs who go missing. Parents can enter details about their kids in a Sioux Falls police database. That can make it easier to distribute information to officials if a child is lost. 

Police in Sioux Falls now have a database to house information on children with disabilities so they have quick access if a child is missing. Parents can use an online form to register in the Special Needs Directory. Details include name, height, weight, disabilities, any means of tracking the child – and a place to add a photograph.

Flutter Productions

The goal of Flutter Productions is to challenge the perception of people with disabilities through theater and contemporary dance. The company works with organizations to create original works for people of mixed abilities and ages.

Employment Works Task Force Report

Feb 13, 2014

Governor Dennis Daugaard's Employment Works Task Force has completed its final report for employing South Dakotans with disabilities.  Daugaard announced his Employment Works Initiative in the spring of 2013, and a task force was created last July to help guide his efforts.  The report has five prevailing recommendations which were discussed by Gloria Pearson, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Human Services.

Employment Works Task Force Members Announced

Jul 30, 2013

The members of Governor Dennis Daugaard's Employment Works Task Force were recently announced. The task force was created as part of an initiative to study employing South Dakotans with disabilities. The Employment Works Task Force will meet three to four times between now and early fall and then make recommendations to the Governor toward increasing the number of South Dakotans with disabilities who are employed. The task force will be chaired by Laurie Gill, Secretary of the Department of Human Services.