Programs and Classes

Sat Feb 24 @12:00PM - 01:30PM
2018 Winter Swimming Program
Sat Mar 03 @12:00PM - 01:30PM
2018 Winter Swimming Program
Sat Mar 10 @12:00PM - 01:30PM
2018 Winter Swimming Program
Sat Mar 17 @12:00PM - 01:30PM
2018 Winter Swimming Program
Mon Mar 19 @ 5:30PM - 07:00PM
ASBH Board Meeting
Sun Apr 08 @ 2:00PM - 04:00PM
April Showers 5K

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!

Watch for updates about our upcoming programs.

The Autism Society continues to mourn the lives lost on Friday in Newtown, Connecticut. We join the nation as we keep our collective attention focused on those directly impacted by this tragedy.

In the nation’s rush to understand the reasoning for such an awful occurrence, the conversation evolved to include the alleged shooter’s possible diagnosis on the autism spectrum. The Autism Society feels it is imperative to remove autism from this tragic story. Race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation are seldom, if ever, linked to the actions of an individual in a causal relationship. It is imperative that developmental disorders and disabilities be treated in the same vein.

Headlines Academy held an Autism awareness fundraiser for ASBH and donated a percent of their revenue to our local chapter. We received a check in the amount of $300! Thank you Headlines Academy!

Once again, the Autism Society of the Black Hills received a wonderful donation check from the Knights of Columbus (Our Lady of the Black Hills, Piedmont). Along with other Knights from the council, members did several Tootsie Roll give-aways for donations last fall and voted to give the proceeds to the ASBH. They presented a check in the amount of $842.00! We thank the Knights of Columbus and appreciate their generosity!

The Autism Society of the Black Hills held a fall rummage sale to benefit our ASBH family programs. We raised $1,300 for our one day sale. ASBH wants to thank all of the people who donated items to this special fundraiser. We had such a wide array of rummage from Halloween costumes to lighted reindeer and christmas trees to books, cds, bike and toys. It was a big success and we are so appreciative of your support. We also want to thank the awesome team of volunteers who came out and helped set up, work the sale and pack up. A big thanks to the men of Ellsworth Airforce Base who transported all the rummage to the Senior Center. It took eight trucks and some strong arms to move it all. Another big thanks goes to the wonderful honor students from Douglas High School who spent many hours setting up and taking down the sale and helping with check out. To all of our friends and families and board members who helped - you are the best! We can't do this without you. Thank you again!

Day of Excellence was developed by the Leadership Rapid City Class of 2009 and provides an opportunity for people in the Black Hills region to gather with locally and nationally recognized speakers for personal and professional development. Day Of Excellence awards $40,000 to area charities. Day of Excellence, Inc. awarded $40,000 in grants to ten area charities on August 3, 2011, among them was the Autism Society of the Black Hills. Development Director, Susan Ricci, was on hand to accept the $4,000 check and thanked the Day of Excellence for their support. The award will greatly assist the Autism Society of the Black Hills in expanding their programs and support groups.

The South Dakota Community Foundation is pleased to announce that the Autism Society of the Black Hills has been awarded a $2,000 grant to assist with developing an Asperger's Peer Group. This grant was presented through the South Dakota Community Foundation’s statewide grant program. The Autism Society of the Black Hills serves nearly 200 families in the West River area. An Asperger's Peer Group will bring young Asperger's adults together to network with one another and develop a social support system to help mentor them with the everyday tasks that they need to master in order to live fuller lives. This program will guide them through the processes of preparing for college, attending college classes, going on job interviews and subsequent employment opportunities. According to Ginger Niemann, Program Officer of the South Dakota Community Foundation, the development of this Asperger’s Peer Group will assist these young adults in being productive members of society and to help ease the burden of families. “The South Dakota Community Foundation is pleased to support the efforts of the Autism Society of the Black Hills and the Asperger’s Peer Group.” Niemann said.