November 2023 Newsletter

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Awareness Month November is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month. It is a time to raise awareness of the more than 12.5 million people in America living with COPD. Callie Eastman of Sioux Falls is successfully employed as a cashier at Walmart and has COPD. She was diagnosed 20 years ago.  Callie …

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October 2023 Newsletter

Successful NDEAM Events Emily Shuman, Director of the Rocky Mountain ADA Center in Colorado, provided three excellent presentations in Sioux Falls and Harrisburg October 16-18 to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). We partnered with the Sioux Empire Society for Human Resource Management to present, “Disability Etiquette and Service Animals”. The Sioux Falls Young Professionals …

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September 2023 Newsletter

Year-Round Employer Strategies for Advancing Disability Inclusion National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) activities don’t have to occur in October only. NDEAM also offers an opportunity to launch year-round activities that highlight the importance of including disability in all of your organization’s diversity endeavors. Doing so delivers numerous internal and external benefits to employers. Employment Disability Resources …

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Logo for Employment Disability Resources featuring two abstract icons of persons in wheelchairs.

August 2023 Newsletter

Augie Access Most students who are enrolled in Augie Access live on campus, where there is a wide variety of living options. Students in the program work toward independent living. They often participate in campus activities based on their own interests and preferences as well. The program offers research-based self-determination/self-advocacy strategies to develop and achieve …

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Employment Disability Resources Volunteer Mychelle Garrigan

Mychelle Garrigan presents her reasons for serving on the Employment Disability Resources Marketing Committee. Video Transcript Hi, my name is Mychelle Garrigan, and I’m a volunteer with Employment Disability Resources on the Marketing Committee. Why I became a volunteer is disability issues has always been something of great interest to me. Years and years ago …

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What Businesses Need to Know About Service Animal Access

by Mychelle Garrigan, EDR Volunteer As a business owner, it can be confusing understanding the regulations around service animals and what access they have to public spaces. It’s important to know what the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) says about service animals and be sure your staff and volunteers are trained to follow these regulations. …

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