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How To Make Your Event More Disability-Friendly

November 16, 2017

From street festivals, craft fairs and music/sporting events to weddings, reunions and parties – life is full of enjoyable ways to socialize and celebrate with friends and family. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination and mandates accessibility in all public venues, but there are many additional ways to ensure people with disabilities feel welcome and included.  

Here are simple ways to plan a disability-friendly event that everyone can enjoy.

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4 Ways for Graduates with Disabilities to Get Started in the Job Market

October 26, 2017

You did it! You’ve worked hard and you’re ready for the next step in your life. Now it’s decision-making time: which career path is best for you? Finding the right job can be frustrating and stressful for anyone – but especially if you’re living with a disability.      

Here are four ways for graduates with disabilities to get started in the job market.

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6 Tips for Effective Communication in the Presence of Sign Language Interpreters

October 05, 2017

In a business or professional setting, an employer or business owner may at some point encounter a scenario in which an employee or customer who is deaf or has a hearing loss is utilizing a sign language interpreter. Don’t panic. It’s a highly effective way for sign language interpreters to stay in the conversation.

Here are six things to keep in mind when in the presence of an interpreter.

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 05, 2017

Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October, Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota.

Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) aims to raise awareness about disability employment issues and to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities.
The 2017 theme for DEAM is "Inclusion Drives Innovation".
A host of South Dakota agencies and organizations will engage in activities in October to promote awareness of these issues and to help foster a disability-friendly culture in the workplace.

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5 Things Business Owners Should Know About Employees with Service Animals

September 21, 2017

FACT: There are only two questions business owners are legally allowed to ask service-animal handlers—is the service animal required because of a disability and what work or task has the animal been trained to perform.

Here are five other guidelines for business owners to keep in mind when an employee has a service animal in the office.

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