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7th Annual South Dakota Gathering


Contact: Dan Hoblick, Department of Human Services, 605-773-6463



7th Annual South Dakota Gathering 


OACOMA, S.D. – People with disabilities, family members, case managers, direct support professionals, educators and other professionals in the field of human services will be in attendance for the 7th annual South Dakota Gathering.


The gathering will be held at the Cedar Shore Resort located at 1500 Shoreline Dr., Oacoma, S.D., on Sept. 27 from 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and will continue on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


The gathering offers opportunities to learn more about Person Centered Practices and is hosted by the South Dakota Person Centered Practices community of practice and supported by the Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities.


“I am very proud of the work our state has done in the area of person centered practices.  It has helped put us on a path of greater choice and control for people with disabilities,” said DHS Cabinet Secretary Gloria Pearson.


The South Dakota Gathering started in 2010 to enhance learning in statewide person centered efforts and has since branched out to include self-advocates and family members to promote self-direction in planning for their supports.


“The gathering continues to grow in attendance as people come together to learn, connect and share best practices in supporting people with disabilities and their families to experience a great life in the community,” said Dan Lusk, director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities.


Keynote presentations will feature Cathy Ficker Terrill with the Council on Quality and Leadership and her daughter Beth Terrill.


For more information, contact Julie Hand at 605-773-3348 or at Julie.Hand@state.sd.us.



About DHS


The South Dakota Department of Human Services’ mission is to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities, in partnership with its stakeholders, through the programs and services offered by its divisions. Learn more by visiting the department’s website, dhs.sd.gov.