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Universal Design in the Workplace

June 23, 2020

Article by Northwest ADA Center

Why Universal Design?

As we know from our everyday experience, the environments, products and services we use at home, work and in our community are not always designed to suit all people.
We also recognize that every individual is unique but, as a group, the human population is very diverse.
We must create environments, including workplaces, which respect human diversity and promote the inclusion of all people.
There is an increasing recognition that there is an approach to creating environments, products and services that meet a wide range of preferences and needs, avoiding much of the need for adaptation, renovation, and specialized design. This approach is called “Universal Design."

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Web Accessibility as Businesses Shift with COVID-19

June 09, 2020

Blog by Mike Shea

Over the last few months, businesses have had to shift their goods and services to online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Technology and the use of the internet has a large potential to increase communication and the independence of people with disabilities. Digital services, that are now even more important than ever before, include shopping, remote work, education, healthcare, and banking. Service providers that have transitioned to digital services need to ensure that websites, mobile apps, video conferencing, documents, emails, and social media posts are accessible to people with disabilities.

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2020 Governor’s Awards Nominations

March 20, 2020

The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR), in collaboration with the Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (BSBVI) and Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC), is asking for assistance in gathering nominations for the 2020 Governor's Awards. 

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Project Skills: Building Abilities Instead of Focusing on Disability

January 30, 2020

The South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) has been and continues to be a strong partner of the South Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation (VR's) programs. In fact, SDRA recently completed an article on VR's Project Skills program in which a career exploration opportunity for high school students with disabilities in South Dakota. Project Skills is a collaborative effort between VR, businesses, and local school districts throughout the state offering opporunities for youth to explore their career interests and also develop skills. With full credit given to SDRA, please read the following article.

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2019 Governor’s Awards Ceremony and Reception Schedule

October 30, 2019

Governor Kristi Noem will recognize individuals and employers for their contributions to the rehabilitation and employment of South Dakotans with disabilities at the 2019 Governor's Awards ceremony on Nov. 4. The event will be held at the Capitol Rotunda inside the South Dakota State Capitol Building located at 500 E. Capitol Ave. in Pierre starting at 10 a.m. CDT. A reception will follow at the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center located at 210 Verendrye Dr. in Ft. Pierre.

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