Programs and Classes

Fri Feb 22 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
5th annual Autism UniquelyYou 5k fun run/walk Illuminate
Thu Mar 21 @ 6:00PM - 07:00PM
Parent support group/ sensory jump hour
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.

Sarah is going to offer a Craft Program for two weeks starting on Monday, July 15. 

The program will run two times a week on Mondays and Wednesdays for two hours per day. The dates are July 15, 17,22 and 24 from 1:00 to 3:00pm each day.

The cost for parents is $25 per week.

The place has not been determined. That will depend on the interest level.

Please contact Dennis or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested by July 12th.  

Please complete our Family Needs Survey to determine how better to serve you and our commuinity.


Applications will be accepted through Friday, July 5th.  Please see below for more information and use links in the paragraph below to access the applications and PayPal option.

Camp Galena is a day camp offered at the historic Galena Ghost Town on June 22nd (application due June 8th) and again July 13 (application due July 1) from 9 am to 4 pm.  Students will have the opportunity to experience the beautiful natural environment of the Black Hills through hands on activities in a ratio of 5 students to 1 teacher.  They will learn about different trees and flowers while hiking a trail through the woods.  Gardening, self help and sustainability will be taught through gathering vegetables and eggs before preparing a meal.  Students can relax on the covered porch for games, reading and journaling.  To remember the experience, the students will create a handmade craft.  "Sage" the resident Golden Retriever will participate in the day.

History of Galena:  Galena is a ghost town in the northern Black Hlls of South Dakota.  It started a boom period in about 1876.  In 1882 the town built the schoolhouse that still stands today.  It finally closed after the 1942-43 school year.  Thanks to the Galena Historical Society the school is in excellent shape.

Lead Teachers:  Gwen Lee & Michele McIntosh

The cost is $25 per student and they are responsible for their own transportation.  Minimum age 7.  Submit application to determine eligibility.

Application Form


Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 605.415.3739 for an application or if you have any questions.

The first week of Exploring Sports has been cancelled due to lack of participation. Most programs will run 9 - 11 am.  Staff will contact you if times vary.  Your child(ren) can attend every week, or pick an choose which weeks work best.  We are accepting applications for the remaining weeks:
     Week 2 - Cost $10
           Monday, June 10 @ Storybook Island
           Wednesday, June 12 @ Sioux Park
    Week 3 - Cost $15
           Monday, June 17 @ Pirate's Cove Marina
           Wednesday, June 19 @ LaCroix Links (Mini Golf)
   Week 4 - Cost $15
           Monday, June 24 - Tennis
           Wednesda...y, June 26 - Tennis
   Week 5 - Cost $15
          Monday, July 1 @ The Outdoor Campus
          Wednesday, July 3 @ The Outdoor Campus
  Week 6 - Cost $15
          Monday, July 8 - Swimming
          Wednesday, July 10 - Swimming
Please return applications ASAP to Dennis. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need more information or an application.
Exploring Sports

The Swimming Program start has been moved to June 11th. The program is designed to assist in giving swimming skills, water safety and interaction with other children. The children are challenged to make progress in their swimming skills. It is open to applicants age 6-12. There are two sessions currently scheduled: 11:50 - 12:50 and 1:00 - 1:50 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you register for the second session, but there are not enough participants to offer it, you might have to move to the first session. Each session is limited to 8 students. The program will last six weeks June 11 - July 18 with no swimming on July 4th. The cost of the program is $60 per applicant.

The first day will be a trial period for each swimmer. We ask that participants have verbal skills to ensure participation in social activities. Each student will also need to follow simple one or two step directions and be able to remain seated for five minutes. The goals of the program are to promote socilization, between students and participation in shared activities through games.

We do accept children with disabilities other than children on the Autism Spectrum, with the approval of our Program Staff. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application or call 605.415.3739. Please submit applications ASAP.

Application Form


The Autism Society's 44th Annual Autism Society National Conference and Exposition occurs July 10-13, 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA.


To learn more about this years' conference including hotel options, go to Or click here to register.


Be assured that you will find it well worth the time, cost, and effort to attend this years conference.

Excitement is building about the conference and the opportunity to showcase the hard work and significant impact of the Autism Society. Hope you can attend!