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Support, Advocacy and Family Leadership 

Brain Injury Alliance of South Dakota
Brain Injury Alliance of SD is a statewide organization of individuals, families and organizations who educate the public, advocate to improve the quality of life for people with brain injuries and their families and support programs to help prevent brain injury.

Diabetes, Incorporated
Rapid City
Diabetes, Incorporated holds a diabetes camp for children in the winter.

Disability is Natural
Parent, author, and trainer Kathie Snow offers new ways of thinking about developmental disabilities, in the belief that attitudes drive actions, and changes in attitudes and actions can help create a society where all children and adults with developmental disabilities have opportunities to live the lives of their dreams.

Disablityscoop is on online source for developmental disability news.

Family Village
A global community that provides information, resources and communication opportunities for persons with cognitive and other disabilities, the families, and those that provide services and support.

NAMI of South Dakota (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Sioux Falls
NAMI provides education, support and serves as an advocate for persons with mental illness and their families. Local affiliates are located in the following cities: Aberdeen, Brookings, Huron, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Sturgis, Watertown, Yankton.

Partners in Policymaking, SD Advocacy Services
800-658-4782 (Voice/TTY)
Pierre 605-224-8294
This leadership, empowerment, and self-advocacy course is for adults with disabilities and parents/family members of children/youth with disabilities. Applications available on-line by clicking on the training button on the left side of this page and following the links. View the Partners in Policymaking video to learn more about the program.

Disability Rights South Dakota
800-658-4782 (Voice/TTY)
Disability Rights South Dakota provides information, referrals and representation to help protect the rights of persons with disabilities.

South Dakota Council on Developmental Disabilities
SD CDD provides funds to assist people with developmental disabilities and/or their family members to attend in-state conferences, training events, committees, and other similar activities or to attend out-of-state conferences or training events when there is nothing similar held in South Dakota.

South Dakota Parent Connection

Rapid City

Sioux Falls
SD Parent Connection provides information, support and training to families with children with special needs and the professionals serving them. Call or visit the website for information on support groups, training events, and more.

The Arc
The ARC is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The ARC encompasses all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X and various other developmental disabilities.

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