are some good parent resources for you to use to get more
information or services.
South Dakota Parent
Connection, Inc., is a Parent Training and Information
Center. They are a non-profit organization formed by
parents, educators, and services personnel to provide
information and training to parents of children with
disabilities or special health care needs throughout the
state of South Dakota.
South Dakota Parent
Connection believes a child's needs are best met by parents
who are informed and active in the development of services
for the children. Programs that will train and support
parents in meeting these responsibilities are vital. They
also believes that with parents, educators, and service
providers working together, children have unlimited
potential for success!
Address: 3701 W 49th St Suite 102
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
Instate Phone: 605-361-3171
South Dakota Advocacy Services
is South Dakota's designated protection and advocacy (P&A)
system. P&A systems are mandated under various federal
statues to provide legal representation and other advocacy
services to all eligible persons with disabilities. These
services are provided through a variety of vehicles:
individual representation, educating policy makers, advocacy
for groups, information and referral services, rights
education and self advocacy training.
The fundamental mission of the
P&A system is to respond to allegations of abuse, neglect
and violations of the rights of persons with disabilities,
including discrimination based on disability. P&As devote
considerable resources to develop capacities of persons with
disabilities, ensuring full access to inclusive educational
programs, financial entitlement programs (e.g., Medicaid and
Social Security), health care, accessible housing, and
productive employment opportunities.
Parents play a critical role in the social, emotional, and
academic growth of their children. The Parent Resource
Network recognizes the importance of parental involvement in
children's education and facilitates the development of
partnerships between the families, schools, and
communities. The Parent Resource Network supports parents
as active and engaged partners through a variety of
educational resources and training events
South Dakota Social Service is a state funded agency that
provides needed assistance and support for families who have
financial difficulties, a person who has physical or mental
handicaps, or a person who has other problems that threaten
independence. They have several department programs that
individuals or families experiencing difficulties may be
able to seek assistance.
The South Dakota
Department of Education has developed a site for
parents and students that allows them to discover resources
and services designed to assist families with children. View
your school’s Report Card. Learn about early childhood
services. Help your high-school student plan for college
SD Council on Developmental Disabilities mission statement
is “To assist individuals with developmental disabilities to
control their own destiny and to achieve the quality of life
they desire.” The also believe that Individuals with
developmental disabilities and their families have
competencies, capabilities, and personal goals that should
be recognized, supported and encouraged. The SD Council
Emphasize several area including quality assurance,
education and early intervention, childcare, health,
employment, housing, transportation, recreation, and other
services available or offered to individuals in a community,
including formal and informal community supports, that
affect quality of life.
Children’s Care Hospital & School is
a private non-profit organization that helps families and
students with severe and moderate disabilities in all
aspects of life such as educational, vocational and social.
Children’s Care is based out of Sioux Falls but has several
outreach programs that cover many parts of the state.
Children's Care Hospital & School mission statement is
“Children's Care Hospital & School will pursue excellence in
services to children with special health care and education
needs. We will support these children and their families as
they pursue fulfillment in their lives through asserting
active leadership in health care, education, community
efforts, public awareness, professional training, staff
development, technology, research, and philanthropy.”
DakotaLink is a statewide program of resources and supports
that enable individuals in South Dakota greater access to
assistive technology devices and services, to maintain
independence, to explore funding options, and to become
educated about assistive technology issues.
Individuals with functional limitations who need
assistive devices and/or services of any age
Parents or caregivers of people who need assistive
devices and/or services
Professionals who need assistive technology information
Employers and Employees
Students and Educators
DakotaLink’s goal is to expand the availability of Assistive
Technology devices and services through a consumer-directed,
consumer-responsive Statewide program of Technology Related
The Learning Disabilities Association of South Dakota was
founded in 1996. It is a all volunteer organization that is
part of the National Learning Disabilities Association.
Learning Disabilities Association of South Dakota is an
organization that provides conferences for both parents
and educators. The organization also provides
screenings for learning disabilities and information about
specific learning disabilities such as Dyslexia, Aspergers,
Add/ADHD, Dysgraphia, and Hyperlexia. Volunteers are also
available to advocate with the parents during IEP's
NAMI South Dakota
(formerly SDAMI) is a statewide organization, founded in
1987 and is a unique, non-profit, self-help, volunteer
organization comprised of family members and friends of
persons with serious mental illnesses as well as people who
have those illnesses themselves.
NAMI South Dakota
offers practical support, useful education, sympathy and
understanding to people who are living and coping with
neurobiologically based brain diseases. In addition, NAMI
South Dakota works to increase public awareness and to
advocate for increased research and improved services for
the victims of serious mental illnesses.
CHADD (Children and Adults with
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is the nation's
leading non-profit organization serving individuals with
AD/HD and their families. CHADD has over 16,000 members in
200 local chapters throughout the U.S. Chapters offer
support for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals,
8181 Professional Place, Suite 150,
Landover, MD 20785
Phone: (800) 233•4050
LD OnLine is a collaboration between
public broadcasting and the learning disabilities community.
While working in public broadcasting the station WETA
TV26/FM91 in Washington has met countless number of parents
and teachers who were desperate to learn more about learning
disabilities. So the station made a long- term commitment to
learning disabilities. The station decided to mover beyond
radio and TV to reach a broader subject population and
created a website.
The site has gathered informative
articles and useful forms to help you get organized,
understand your rights and responsibilities, and provide
support for your child at home and at school.
2775 South Quincy Street,
Arlington, VA 22206.
a “parent’s guide to helping kids with learning difficulties
be successful in school and life” and provides useful
information and practical strategies for parents of children
in kindergarten through high school
offers parents what they need to understand the concepts and
consequences of learning and attention problems for
themselves, their children, and their families.
ISER is a nationwide directory of professionals who serve
the learning disabilities and special education communities.
We help parents and caregivers find local special education
professionals to help with learning disabilities and
attention deficit disorder assessment, therapy, advocacy,
and other special needs.
ISER has a great list of parent resources and a list of
nonprofit organizations for almost every state.
A great list of websites that
cover a wide variety of special education topics. Under the
"Family" category, it has several useful links for parents.
The website is create by a Dr. Connie J Pollard from Black
Hills State University and it is continually changing.
This page is dedicated
to improving the education and lives of students and loved
ones with exceptionalities, disabilities, and the gifted.
American Teachers staff and our community of educational
professionals assemble this resource portal.
Provides several good
links to many different special education topics.
Established in 1964, Friendship
Ventures is a privately funded, nonprofit organization that
creates educational, recreational, and social opportunities
for children and adults with mental and physical
disabilities. The agency is based in Annandale, Minnesota.
They also offer conference and retreat services and
professional team-building programs to the communities they