Youth Development, Leadership and Peer Support
A Life 4 Me Cyber Community
A Life 4 Me has activities and resources for middle school youth with disabilities and parents. It is a project of Virginia Commonwealth University and Partnership for People with Disabilities.
Sioux Falls 605-999-1224
FRIENDSLink provides an avenue for adults with disabilities (ages 18+) to establish friendships on an ongoing basis. Several small group and one-on-one educational and recreational opportunities are available each month, ranging from 1 to 3 hours in length, through a partnership with Augustana students. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Provides students fast facts on their disability, legal rights, community life, employment, etc. Self-knowledge is crucial for students with disabilities to succeed in post-secondary life.
Friends’ Health Connection
This free on-line community is for individuals with health challenges, and caregivers, to find and support one another.
Independent Living Centers (ILC)
Please refer to page 56. Peer Support Groups may be available at your local ILC.
Kids As Self Advocates
KASA is a national, grassroots project created by youth with disabilities for youth 13-24. KASA knows youth can make choices and advocate for themselves if they have the information and support they need. Joining is free for youth and open to anyone.
National Youth Leadership Network
Online clearinghouse/library/archive of curriculums, training guides, and empowerment tools created by and for young leaders.
NYLN Resource Clearinghouse
Resources for youth with disabilities in the areas of education, employment, health care, disability history, disability culture, advocacy, policy, material by and for young people with disabilities, international exchange, documents from NYLN and KASA (Kids as Self Advocates), scholarships and financial aid for students with disabilities, and more.
Partners in Policymaking, SD Advocacy Services
Please refer to page 48.
People First of Southeastern South Dakota (PFSESD)
People First of Southeastern South Dakota is a self-advocacy group for adults with developmental disabilities from Brookings, Madison, and Sioux Falls. Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 6:30 - 8:00 pm, and are open to the public. Anyone can come, anytime. No need to register. Meeting locations vary, please check the website.
Youth Leadership Forum, Transition Services Liaison Project
A unique career and leadership training program for South Dakota high school juniors and seniors to learn more about self advocacy skills, disability awareness and more.