We support individuals with disabilities, their families and the people with whom they interact to enhance community participation and quality of life.
We assist parents and caregivers of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder by hosting a monthly support group. Meetings allow parents to share experiences, discuss issues surrounding autism, offer advice and build a network of support. Parents and caregivers of individuals of all ages on the autism spectrum are welcome to join us. Childcare and a structured FUN activity for teens and adults on the spectrum is offered during each meeting. Siblings are welcome. You are required to register your child(ren) for care one week prior to the meeting date. There are a limited number of childcare spots due to the availability of childcare volunteers. Register early. Additional information will be provided after registration.
USD Center for Disabilities
1400 W. 22nd St.
Sioux Falls, S.D. 57105
Meetings (6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
Join us for an in-person and online support group for the Aberdeen area. he in-person support group meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
This group for Aberdeen families meets quarterly.
The Black Hills chapter of the Autism Society of America enables families to access support groups, information and resources.
Aberdeen: This group meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Rehabilitation Center at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, fourth floor. For more information, contact Ron Hoops at 605-395-6655.
Brookings: The Brookings Area Brain Injury Support Group meets on the first Thursday of every month at 3 p.m. at the Brookings Hospital. For more information, contact Doris Schumacher at 605-697-6678 or email@example.com.
Rapid City: The Brain Injury Support Group of the Black Hills meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center. This group is open to individuals with a brain injury, their families/caregivers and professionals. For more information, contact Justine Ashokar, Ph.D., at 605-343-7297 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sioux Falls: The Sioux Falls Area Brain Injury Support Group meets on the second Saturday of every month at 1 p.m. at the Center for Active Generations. For more information, contact Karen Brokenleg at 605-339-0137, Deb Lichty at 605-322-5066 or Mary Tommeraasen at 605-367-5260.
NAMI hosts connection support groups for adults living with mental illness and NAMI family support groups across the state.
This support group meets the third Monday of the month from 2-3 p.m. in the Avera Queen of Peace Conference Room No. 1.
Pathways is a group of parents, family members, supports providers and others who believe individuals with disabilities should have the opportunity to plan a life that is challenging, balanced and based on the individual’s values, gifts and passion.
Helen Beckwith - 605-567-3394
Gail Eichstadt - 605-224-1508
Cheryl Ulmen - 605-222-1940.
A group for parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder who want to reach out to others and create a faith-based support system.
This organization offers information and support for parents, self-advocates, friends and families of people with Down Syndrome. For more information, contact Angie at 605-341-5859 or visit the group's website.
Join an online Facebook support group for parents of children with seizure disorders and individuals with seizure disorders.
Julie Van Dover
This group provides information about Down Syndrome, directions to resources, networking opportunities and offers a family financial assistance program.
These workshops are designed for children ages 6 to 13 who are siblings of children with special needs.
The Siouxland Autism Support Group in Sioux City, Iowa partners with the Northwest Area Education Agency to provide training and resources to tri-state families and educators of children with autism spectrum disorder.
South Dakota Parent Connection hosts hour-long lunch and learn sessions in person at the SD Parent Connection Office (3701 W. 49th Street, Suite 102 in Sioux Falls) or live online. For audio, call in to 1-888-858-6021, followed by code 439-559-7079.
South Dakota Parent Connection offers several online training webinars for families and professionals who work with them. Topics include:
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