Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities

News and Information

Parent Education and Support Sessions

The Center for Disabilities and South Dakota Parent Connection present Parent Education and Support Session each month during the school year.  These sessions cover a variety of topics and are offered via the Dakota Digital Network (DDN) at sites in Rapid City, Salem and Sioux Falls and are also offered live via the Internet. Download the Parent Education and Support Sessions flyer for information on Fall 2013 meetings.

Spring Symposium

Spring Symposium - April 14, 15 and 16, 2014.  The inaugural Center for Disabilities Spring Symposium will provide evidence-based training on a variety of topics.  Featuring Center for Disabilities staff members, this symposium will include presentations focusing on the provision of services to individuals with disabilities across the life course.  The Spring Symposium will include content previously delivered in the Center for Disabilities Spring Autism Conference and so much more.  Visit the Spring Symposium page for more information.

The Outreach On-Line

The Summer 2013 edition of The Outreach - the Center for Disabilities' newsletter - is now available online. Visit The Outreach page on our website to download the Summer 2013 edition.

Self-Directed Futures

The Self-Directed Futures project's goal is to develop an accessible online curriculum for high school students with significant intellectual disabilities that will enable them to self-direct their own employment activities and improve post-school outcomes.  Download the Self-Directed Futures flyer for more information and how you can participate.

New Services for School Districts
The Center for Disabilities is excited to offer services for South Dakota school districts in the area of technology.  These services are designed to assist teachers and related service professionals in implementing technology in their classrooms or providing technology training sessions with students with disabilities, including inclusive school environment.  Download the technology services for more detailed information.


SibShops are for children ages 6 to 12 years and who have a sibling with a disability or a chronic health concern.  SibShops provide a time for sharing, friendship, activities and learning together. For more information on SibShops in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Visit the South Dakota Parent Connection website.

History of the Disability Movement in South Dakota
"From 'Imbecile, Idiot, Feeble Minded' to 'People First:'  150 Years of Struggle" was written by Thomas E. Scheinost, Executive Director of the South Dakota Association of Community Based Services (SDACBS) and details the history of the treatment of individuals with disabilities in South Dakota. Download "From 'Imbecile, Idiot, Feeble Minded' to 'People First:'  150 Years of Struggle" to read more.