May 25, 2023

Transitions Across the Life Span

June 7 - 8

Memorial Middle School, Sioux Falls

Does it feel like you just get your rhythm down or have things figured out and things are running smoothly and then life happens that requires a significant change and you feel like you are starting over again? The 15th annual Lighting The Way Autism Conference will highlight national and local professionals who will share information on transitions and how best to navigate them. If you have questions about what you can expect in the next phase of your journey or you just want to talk to others going through some of the similar experiences, this conference is perfect for you!

This year, there are twenty two different presentations covering information from early childhood through post-secondary school, and guardianship. You will have the opportunity to learn more about basic information on the disorder, caregiver self-care, and self-advocacy. There is also time built in to allow you to network with others as well as learn what community resources are available to help support you.

$100 registration fee includes meals and refreshments

Limited parent scholarships are available / Graduate credit or CEUs available

Registration closes June 1st so act now if you would like to attend the conference.


Watch Your Mail

Family Support 360 providers are sending out a letter and Authorization to Release Information for Eligibility form to all families on their wait lists. If you receive this form from the program provider(s) you applied to, we encourage you to complete the form and return it back to the provider as soon as possible.

Learn more about Family Support 360.

Office Closed

The South Dakota Parent Connection offices will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday at 9:00 CT / 8:00 MT. Please visit our website for information at

Upcoming Opportunities

Here are some educational opportunities offered by South Dakota Parent Connection and by other organization's that can help support South Dakota families. A complete list of events can be found on our website at or Facebook page.

June 7 - 8, 2023 - 15th Annual Lighting The Way Autism Conference: The Augustana University Sharon Lust School of Education will host its 15th annual Lighting the Way Autism Conference at Memorial Middle School on Wednesday, June 7, and Thursday, June 8. The keynote speaker for June 7 will be Dr. Christine Reeve, a nationally recognized clinical psychologist, special education consultant and expert on autism, and on June 8, the keynote speech will be delivered by Franne Sippel, Ed.D., and Becky Kuch, NCC, LPC-MH, the co-creators of Shrink Rap the Podcast. Find more information on our Facebook page.

June 10, 2023 - The Autism Walk: This fun-filled gathering for all, focused on those touched by autism will take place at the Augustana Morrison Commons from 10 a.m. - noon. The walk will provide attendees the opportunity to sign up for scholarships for therapies, special equipment or camps, and will include an array of fun activities.

June 13 - 14, 2023 - Midwest Conference on Deaf Education: Facing the Future-Together!: The Midwest Conference on Deaf Education is scheduled for June 13-14, 2023, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton Sioux Falls under MWCDE. Rooms are limited, so book early! Keep checking our website for more information:

September 6 -7, 2023 - South Dakota Conference on Developmental Disabilities: The theme of this year's conference is Leading Change Together and will focus on developing partnerships to improve the well-being of individuals with developmental disabilities in South Dakota. This is a joint effort across multiple agencies throughout South Dakota. Learn more about the conference.

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