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National Disability Employment Awareness Month’s Events

August 29, 2016

With Fall soon approaching and October observed as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), we would like to share and encourage you to join in being part of events that will occur throughout the state! NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. Please see below for a listing of communities events and further information.

Aberdeen:  Tuesday, October 11th (7:30 am starting with a light breakfast, 8:00-11:00 am training). “The Employment Journey: Meeting Your Workforce Need by Hiring a Diverse Workforce” presented by Steve Hanamura of Steve Hanamura Consulting, Inc. Bethlehem Lutheran Church ReCreation Center, Aberdeen, SD. Registration fee of $15.00 includes admission to presentation, materials, breakfast and HRCI/SHRM credits. Attendees will learn about the connection between disability, diversity and inclusion and the bottom line. Information about Steve Hanamura can be found at http://hanamuraconsulting.com.  Additionally, local organizations and services to help meet workforce needs will be present for sharing of information and networking opportunities. For more information, please contact Laura Stoltenburg at 605-626-2398. Registration is available through the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce at: http://www.aberdeen-chamber.com/index.aspx?NID=186# 

Brookings:  Wednesday, October 5th.  BAHRA/WILL Luncheon. Doors open at 11:45 am, presentation is from 12:00/noon – 1:00 pm at the Swiftel Center (824 32nd Avenue).  Speakers:  Catherine and Mary Greseth.  They will share their story and the challenges they have encountered, barriers overcome, after both acquired visual impairments. Catherine will also share how she has defined her role as the Executive Director for the Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills and share information and resources that are available to employers, employees, and others. For more information, please contact Sylvia Buboltz at (605) 688-4282 or Matt Simet at (605) 695-8471.

Madison: Friday, October 7th (9:00 am – 9:45 am). “The Experiences of Mary Greseth”.  Madison Central School District Gym, 800 9th Street NE, Madison. Cost is free to the public. Attendees will learn about the life and experiences of Mary Greseth who acquired a disability during her time in school and learned how to adjust and experience success in the working world.  You will learn from her how connecting with resources can help individuals reach their true potential.  For more information, please contact Shaun Erschens at 605.688.4280.

Mitchell:  Tuesday, October 4th (11:00 am – 1:30 pm) Event will be at the County Fair Banquet Hall (1500 North Duff).  An employee/employer panel will present on “Overcoming Employment Barriers” (12:00/noon – 1:00 pm).  Vendors will be available at 11:00 am and will provide information on what resources are available in the surrounding area (e.g., Department of Labor and Regulation, Independent Living, Helping Hand Pantry, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, DakotaLink).  An invitation has been extended to the Mayor to provide the opening comments.

Mobridge: November 15th (5:30 pm -7:00 pm); event will be held in conjunction with the Mobridge Chamber of Commerce “After Hours” event; will be held at the Grand River Casino (100 2nd St. W., Mobridge).  Open to Chamber members; however, if interested in being part of this event and future Chamber events please feel free to contact Lindsay Scott, Mobridge Chamber Director, at (605) 845-2387. Kim Hoberg, Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) Business Specialist, will present on assistance and support available to businesses as they hire, maintain, and retain employees with disabilities. Also, representatives from DRS and Standing Rock Vocational Rehabilitation will be available to assist and increase awareness on the benefits of hiring people with disabilities and connect with businesses in the Mobridge and surrounding communities. For more information, please contact Corinna Alander at 605.626.2398.

Pierre:  Thursday, October 6th (8:00 am – 10:30 am). Capital University Center, Pierre, SD.  The event topic will be working with individuals with disabilities to obtain or maintain employment in state government as well as in public employment.  Kim Hoberg will provide information regarding Project Skills, Employment Skills Program and providing services to individuals that acquire disabilities while employed.  Jennifer Erickson, co-owner of Camille’s Sidewalk Café in Sioux Falls, will share success stories and best practices. Shawn Lyons, South Dakota Retailers Association, and Tom Hart, Department of Labor and Regulation will also be presenting. Local employers will be recognized for providing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  For more information, please contact Cindy Ryan at 605.773.3315.

Rapid City:  Thursday, October 13th (7:30 am – 9:00 am). “Disability in the Workplace and Accommodations:  What is a disability under the ADA and what accommodations need to be made once a disability is revealed.” Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn.  Cost is free.  Helene Duhamel of KOTA will be the keynote speaker.  She will provide an insight as an employer that has made accommodations for employees, along with her journey of having a disability and continuing to work. Helene personally knows that inclusion works!  SHRM credits available.  For more information, please contact Catherine Greseth, 605.787.2590.

Sioux Falls: Wednesday, October 5th (7:30 am – 10:00 am). “The Employment Journey:  Hiring Job Seekers with Disabilities from Start to Finish”. Avera Prairie Center, Sr. Colman Room, 1000 E 23rd Street.  $25.00 registration fee includes admission to presentation, breakfast and HRCI/SHRM credits.  Businesses will learn best practices in hiring job seekers with disabilities.  Meet business owners and managers along with employees with disabilities and learn how to follow the path to a successful outcome.  For more information, please contact Vicki Nelson at 605.367.5330.

Sisseton:   Thursday, October 6, 2016, Sisseton City Hall Community Room, 406 2nd Avenue West, Sisseton, SD.  (Dinner 6:00 pm, Program 6:30 pm).  The featured speaker is Catherine Greseth, Executive Director of the Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills. Catherine will share information and resources to benefit employers and employees.  In addition, she and her daughter, Mary, will share their experiences of overcoming acquired visual impairments in the presentation entitled "Moments of Impact".  For more information contact Rachael Johnson at 605-698-7445.

Vermillion:  Friday, October 14, 2016 (12/Noon to 1:30 PM); “#Inclusion Works: People with Disabilities in the Workforce; location will be USD Muenster University Center; Vicki Kerkvliet will be the presenter; meal will be provided.  To reserve a seat at this event please RSVP to Michelle at SESDAC (605)624-4419 ext. 100 or email: jennifer.odens@sesdac.org.

Watertown:  Wednesday, November 2nd (11:30am – 1:30pm). The event will be held on the 4th floor of Lake Area Technical Institute, 1201 Arrow Avenue, Watertown.  A luncheon will be provided at no cost along with a presentation by Dr. Alan Davis from South Dakota State University. Dr. Davis will speak on the benefits for employers who hire individuals with disabilities. The 2016 Watertown Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities NDEAM award ceremony will also take place. For more information, please contact Jessica Fischer at 605-882-5150.

Yankton: Thursday, October 13 (7:30 am – 11:30 am). “Understanding and Managing the Dynamics of Disability, Diversity and Inclusion” presented by Steve Hanamura of Steve Hanamura Consulting, Inc. Early registration fee is $30, registered by October 1st (late registration fee is $40). Registration includes admission to presentation, materials, breakfast and HRCI/SHRM credits. Attendees will learn about the connection between disability, diversity and inclusion and the bottom line. Information about Steve Hanamura can be found at http://hanamuraconsulting.com. For more information, please contact Jennifer Trenhaile at 605.668.3050.

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