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Posts for 2020

NDEAM of South Dakota - Increasing Access and Opportunity

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Celebrating 75 Years

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Virtual Workshop

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
10:00 am to
11:30 am – CST

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Project SEARCH is a New Face in the Crowd in Western South Dakota

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Employers in the Black Hills now have more options than ever when looking for the right fit for their hiring needs. A program called Project SEARCH of the Black Hills is in its fifth year of helping employers by training young professionals with disabilities to be great candidates in today’s workforce.

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Online Learning During a Pandemic

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As schools and businesses move to an online training and learning model to keep everyone learning during COVID-19, having the correct training is essential. Ensure people with disabilities can use a training or learning module in a way that is effective. This is an even more essential step. As an instructional designer we are always looking for tools and techniques that add value for a learner. In this role it is important to acknowledge how different people learn and adapt your training to be accessible to everyone. Our main goal here is to ensure that learning is for everyone. For every eLearning course developed there are a series of unique training requirements and certain expectations. Provisions within the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) often state that good access is good business. Making it easier for users to perceive, understand, navigate, interact, and contribute to the information presented in an online course can benefit everyone.

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Rapid City's Commitment to Accessibility

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In the three decades since passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the City of Rapid City has been committed to addressing issues and barriers affecting residents with disabilities in our community.  This is a long-standing commitment of City leaders as well as the mission of the Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities, which has worked to educate and inform the public on disability issues since the committee's formation in 1975.

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The Story of a Trailblazing Teacher

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It is hard to believe people with disabilities had limited rights until 1990. In fact, it was not until November of 1975 that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was passed. This act ensured all children would receive an education and be provided special education and related services. The history of rights for people with disabilities in the big picture is fairly new. Because of the life expectancy of people with disabilities, many of the pioneers have passed on. The teachers that broke these barriers are no longer with us. The following is a biography of the first teacher to teach children in a public school in West Milwaukee in 1962.

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Tips for a Virtual Meeting

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Zoom Link

  •  Mute your microphone – Alt A – unmute hold down the space key
    To help keep background noise to a minimum, make sure you mute your microphone when you are not speaking.
  • To chat select Alt H
  • To stop or start video Alt V
  • Be mindful of background noise:
    When your microphone is not muted, avoid activities that could create additional noise, such as shuffling papers.
  • Position your camera properly:
    If you choose to use a web camera, be sure it is in a stable position and focused at eye level, if possible. Doing so helps create a more direct sense of engagement with other participants.
  • Limit distractions:
    You can make it easier to focus on the meeting by turning off notifications, closing or minimizing running apps, and muting your smartphone. 
  • Avoid multi-tasking:
    You'll retain the discussion better if you refrain from replying to emails or text messages during the meeting and wait to work on that PowerPoint presentation until after the meeting ends.
  • Prepare materials in advance:
  • If you will be sharing content during the meeting, make sure you have the files and/or links ready to go before the meeting begins.


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Social Distancing with Disabilities in the Black Hills

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It looks like it will be a busy summer in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Everyone is looking for a way to get away during COVID-19, and still remember social distancing. That being said, there seem to be many more families traveling with 3, sometimes 4 generations. More and more tourists are requiring accommodations and traveling with Service Animals. Over the last year, work has been done in South Dakota on Mt Rushmore. Mt Rushmore is getting an upgrade that will make it easier for everyone but, most importantly, those with disabilities. In fact, all our National Parks are getting upgrades to make sure they are accessible to all different kinds of abilities. These upgrades go way past the parking lots. By making trails and campsites accessible, thousands of individuals will have the means to get outside and fulfill their desires. For way too long, accessibility was thought of as just the parking lot and maybe a mile of nature walks. Now it includes miles of trails for wheelchairs and scooters, picnic areas, fire pits, restrooms, campsites and so much more. If you have a disability, the National Parks Service offers a free lifetime pass for U.S. Citizens who are permanently disabled. 

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