“The Mission of South Dakota Parent Connection (SDPC) is to connect families caring for children (birth to 26) with the full range of disabilities or special health care needs to information, training and resources in an environment of support, hope and respect.” (Taken from the SDPC website 1/20/12)
View the E-Digest 19 Jan 202 Edition
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Feel Free to Learn more about the South Dakota Parent Connection @ www.sdparent.org
The Ellsworth Air Force Base Community wants to support National Volunteer Blood Donor Month by organizing multiple base Blood Drives!
Three Blood Drives have been organized on EAFB for the month of January:
- January 19th @ #1) The AF Financial Services Center
- January 20th @ #2) The Rushmore Center
- January 20th @ #3) The 28th Maintenance Group
There is also one Blood Drive scheduled in February on EAFB:
- February 2nd @ #4) the 28th OSS building
More specific info on times, sponsors and locations to follow.
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Episode 1 of our ELLSWORTH ECHOES Podcast.
In this first podcast, you will be introduced to our new web site as well as to the: EFMP Coordinator, Employment Assistance Manager, Financial Advisor and School Liaison Officer.
You will also hear information concerning Military Saves Week as well as our Airman & Family Readiness Center Calendar of Events & upcoming Workshops.
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The EXCEPTIONAL ADVOCATE is a newsletter for military families with special needs, created by the Department of Defense.
In this issue you will find subject info pertaining to:
TRICARE Q & A
Birth Defects Spotlight
Bullying and Special Needs
Upcoming FREE Webinars
Insight from EFMP Families
Policymaking Advocacy & Leadership
According to to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. All ages are at risk for Glaucoma, from newborns to the elderly. (Believe it or not, 10,000 babies are born each year with Glaucoma!) The best way to protect your sight from glaucoma is to get regular eye exams. Then, if glaucoma is found, treatment can begin immediately which may help to prevent unnecessary vision loss.
DID YOU KNOW THAT TRICARE WILL COVER YEARLY EYE EXAMS?
For more info on glaucoma, check out the link below.
Look forward to upcoming articles and information on these
JANUARY MONTH CAUSES:
- National Thyroid Awareness
- National Birth Defects Prevention
- National Glaucoma Awareness
- National Humanitarian Day
- National Mentoring
- National Volunteer Blood Donor
New Postings on Each coming soon!
WHO: The Airman & Family Readiness Center along with EAFB & Local Agencies are hosting ALL Ellsworth Air Force Base Community Members: Active Duty and their Families
WHAT: An Information Fair with info booths, snacks, give-aways (and some booths even do drawings for prizes!)
WHEN: January 10th from 11 a.m. to Noon
WHERE: The Dakota Club
WHY: Please join us to learn about what EAFB and the local Rapid City community have to offer! NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. All EAFB community members are invited to this event. No babysitter? No problem! Bring the kids. Children are welcome! This is great information for those new to Ellsworth AFB or those who’ve been here for years.
HAPPY LANDINGS is a monthly event sponsored by your Airman & Family Readiness Center. The upcoming dates are: Feb 7th and March 20th.
Come out to the Dakota Club and see what EAFB and the local community have to offer!
Take a look @ this article for info on federal bullying laws that can follow you to all 50 states.
In the January 2012 issue of “THE EXCEPTIONAL ADVOCATE” there is an article titled: Bullying and Your Child With Special Needs. There is some strong information on the topic of Disability Harassment which is identified as bullying based on a person’s disability. Although South Dakota doesn’t have state bullying laws or policies, bullying is illegal under Section 504 of the Rehabilitiation Act of 1973 and under Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990.
Check out this article found in the Wall Street Journal, online. In it, author Laura Saunders outlines information about possible tax deductions for special education and medical expenses; many of which are unknown to most of us. With tax season just around the corner it is a good idea to take a look!