Programs and Classes

Mon Jun 04 @ 2:00PM - 04:00PM
Exploring the Hills
Tue Jun 05 @ 2:00PM - 04:00PM
Exploring the Hills
Wed Jun 06 @ 2:00PM - 04:00PM
Exploring the Hills
Thu Jun 07 @ 2:00PM - 04:00PM
Exploring the Hills
Mon Jun 11 @ 2:00AM - 04:00PM
Exploring Sports
Tue Jun 12 @ 2:00AM - 04:00PM
Exploring Sports
Wed Jun 13 @ 2:00AM - 04:00PM
Exploring Sports
Thu Jun 14 @ 2:00AM - 04:00PM
Exploring Sports
Mon Jun 18 @ 2:00PM - 04:00PM
Exploring Water
Tue Jun 19 @ 2:00PM - 04:00PM
Exploring Water

Thank you to Black Hills Work for being a GOLD SPONSOR  for Mardi Gras!


A veteran entertainer, extraordinary guitarist, comedy writer and published songwriter, Gordy has performed his stand-up musical comedy show as The original Fabulous ONE GUY for hundreds of corporations, associations and other organizations, large and small. Gordy also does a full-length concert, performed throughout the United States, and a historical show: “Seth Bullock: The Spirit of the West.” He has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, where he sang “Days of ‘76”, an original song from his “Seth Bullock” show, and opened for Kenny Chesney, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Beach Boys and many more.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us! Northern Hills Federal Credit Union donated $500 to the Autism Society of the Black Hills.Community Challenge

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Swimming Program at the YMCA starting on January 9th (thursday) from 6:30 to 7:30.  We will not be able to do one-on-one.  The children should be independent swimmers.  We interview the parents on the phone, if he/she is new to the program.  This program will run for four weeks and at the cost of $40 per child.  If you are interested, please call Dennis Hanken at 721-5533 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

7th Annual Mardi Gras Autism Fundraiser will be March 1, 2014 at the Hotel Alex Johnson.

We are looking for volunteers to help with the event. The first planning meeting is Dec. 6 at noon at Seattle's Best at the Hotel Alex Johnson. Please contact Sandy Burns for more information. 605-737-0377 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Please select Autism Society of America in Rapid City, SD

Attend a wonderful Workshop to learn how to create a One Page Introduction as a way to educate and help others, in a very understandable and specific way, to support your toddler, child, or adult. It has saved me hours of explaining to teachers, aids, Special Olympics coaches, etc. how to understand and better care for Andrew.
South Dakota Parent Connection wants to hold the next Rapid City workshop when people are available. They just need one parent/caregiver although more family members and the individuals themselves are all invited. Click below for a description of the workshop.
The choices for dates are:
Thursday, September 19th (evening),
Saturday, September 21 (morning),...
Monday, September 23 (evening), and
Thursday, October 17th (evening).
They will also consider other dates. Please contact Brenda Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (605) 770-6098 if you have an interest. This is free!

You're invited to a Support Group meeting of the Autism Society of the Black Hills. 

Open to families and professionals interested in autism related disorders.

Next Tuesday, July 23rd at 5:30 pm at Children's Care, 7110 Jordan Road, Rapid City, SD.

We will serve Pizza for supper so please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, July 23rd to infoThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We will hear from Sandra Lia Rodrigues Franco, a teacher, psychologist and mother from Santos, Brazil that has written a book about her 19 year old son who has had multiple diagnosis over the course of his life.  She is committed to sharing her story to help others.
Meet Sandy Burns, President of the Society and interact with other parents.  Families with new diagnosis will be able to meet other families and ask questions about autism.
Please extend this invitation to anyone else you think may be interested.

Wednesday, October 16th, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn, Rapid City, SD
October is…..
 National Disability Employment Awareness Month
The Theme for 2013 is:  "Because we are Equal to the Task"
Featured Speaker:  Dr. Richard Pimentel is a nationally renowned expert on Disability Management, Job Recruitment, Job Retention, Americans with Disabilities Act and Attitude Change. He is not only technically proficient, but he is also an exceptional communicator whose audiences praise his ability to combine information, humor, metaphor, analogy and storytelling into an informative whole that does not just present the information, but really communicates it in a memorable fashion.


We have changed the dates on the Craft Program.  The program will now run July 16 and 17 and July 23 and 24 at the Black Hills Works classroom located across the street from the Black Hills Works Administration Building on Range Road.  The time is 12:30 to 2:30.  The cost is $25 per child and probably less than six in the program. 
All crafts will go home at the end of each day
*decorating a bird house
*making side walk chalk and bouncy balls
*wood letters in their name to use as a wall decoration
*mason jars to create glow in the dark stars and dancing fireflies
Contact Dennis for more info.