November 6, 2023

Diabetes Awareness Month

Take Charge of Tomorrow is the theme of the 2023 Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes Awareness Month takes place in November in honor of the November 14th birthday of Dr. Frederick Banting, who discovered insulin in 1921. It is a time every year to spread awareness about a very common chronic childhood condition. 

If you have a child with diabetes it is important to meet with your child’s health care team to develop a personalized medical plan. Each plan should be individualized to the specific needs, abilities, and medical conditions of the individual student. It is important to only include provisions that are relevant to the specific child. Here are samples of a 504 Plan or personalized medical Plan:

Download the Model 504 Plan as PDF

Download the Model 504 Plan as a PDF in Spanish

For more information on Diabetes:

American Diabetes Association

Managing Diabetes at School

Preventing Diabetes Health Problems

Do You Know the Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes?

Save the Date for Cookies and Cocoa!

South Dakota Parent Connection is excited to share this year's date for our annual family holiday event, Cookies & Cocoa. This event allows families of children with disabilities to enjoy holiday festivities in an accommodating setting with supports. Last year we were so happy to see close to 100 families enjoying time together with Santa! Visit our Facebook page for more information.

Come enjoy this year's event with us.

  • Santa and his helper, Buddy, will be there all day to take their picture with all the kids.
  • The University of South Dakota occupational and physical therapy students will provide some fun sensory-friendly activities and games.
  • The holiday spirit will ring loud and clear with the live music provided by Vicki Stewart.
  • There will be plenty of sweet treats and warm cocoa for everyone to enjoy.
  • Raffle items will be available for those looking to do some holiday shopping.

Saturday, December 2, 2023

10:30 - 1:00 pm

Museum of Visual Materials

500 N Main Ave, Sioux Falls

Cookies & Cocoa would not be possible without the support of generous sponsors. If you are interested in helping support this family holiday event, contact Carla Miller to learn more.

Hope to see you there!

Save the Date!

This program is designed specifically for brothers and sisters ages 8 - 12 of children with special needs. Come and enjoy games, informational activities, and fun! Siblings will get an opportunity for peer support in a relaxed, recreational setting. Wear comfortable clothes & shoes.

Thursday, December 7th, 2023

5:30-7:30 PM

Air Madness

310 Industrial Road

Harrisburg, SD

Registration is required by December 1st

Contact us: (800) 640.4553 or


The Importance of Being Thankful

The tradition of a yearly Thanksgiving feast did not become official until President George Washington declared that the nation would celebrate with a day of Thanksgiving on November 26, 1789.

President Abraham Lincoln wrote a proclamation declaring that all states in the union would celebrate the day in 1863.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a resolution from Congress on December 26, 1941 that moved the official date of Thanksgiving from the last Thursday in November to the fourth.

John F. Kennedy

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

As the Parent Training and Information Center and Family to Family Center, we are thankful for the opportunities we have working with families of children and individuals with disabilities and long-term health care needs.  We are also thankful for partnerships we have with other agencies and support systems. Connecting family to resources and supports is what we are all about.  

Together we can do more for families in South Dakota.

Theodore Roosevelt

"Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds."

Day of Giving

While GivingTuesday happens every Tuesday, the annual celebration of generosity is on November 28, 2023, this year. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good.

South Dakota Parent Connection connects families to resources and services to meet the educational and medical needs of their child, adolescent, or young adult with a developmental or long-term healthcare challenge.

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Open Enrollment

Need health insurance? Open Enrollment through the Marketplace begins November 1 for affordable insurance plans that begin in 2024. The last day to Open Enroll through the Marketplace is January 15, 2024.

 Four in five customers will be able to find healthcare coverage for $10 or less per month. Enroll by December 15 for insurance coverage that starts January 1, 2024. Enroll online or with the help of free local assisters. To find a local agent or to be contacted by a Marketplace

registered agent visit 

For more information check out the Marketplace Plan Year 2024 Open Enrollment Fact Sheet

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This e-publication was developed under grants from the U.S. Department of Education Project Grant H328M2000666 and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Grant H328M140021, Family to Family Health Information Center, $93,175; and approximately 5% financed with non-governmental resources. The contents should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by US Department of Education, HRSA, HHS or the Federal Government.