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This program helps middle school students with disabilities obtain self-advocacy, self-determination, and leadership skills. It focuses on promoting a greater access to general education curriculum, a greater participation in IEP and transition planning, improved self-management and self-regulation skills, and more. It is a partnership between the South Dakota Council on Developmental Disabilities, South Dakota Parent Connection, and the University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides evaluation and training in use of assistive technology devices to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Devices range from "low tech" devices such as Braille watches or magnifiers to "high tech" devices such as magnification and speech output computer programs or handheld electronic magnification devices.
Operating Entity: South Dakota Department of Human Services, South Dakota Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
Augie Access is a postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities. It provides students an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in campus life.
Operating Entity: Augustana University
Entity Type: College / University
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: South Dakota Department of Human Services, South Dakota Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including case management, residential, supported employment, career exploration, day habilitation, nursing, and healthcare services. CHOICES also connects participants with applicable legal services when necessary.
Operating Entity: South Dakota Department of Human Services, South Dakota Division of Developmental Disabilities
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This one-day conference enables high school students with disabilities who are considering post-secondary education to hear from current college or technical institute students who have disabilities, ask Disability Coordinators about entrance and eligibility requirements, learn how to secure appropriate accommodations, and practice self-advocacy and communication skills. It is run by the Transition Services Liaison Project (TSLP), which is funded by the South Dakota Special Education Programs Office and Division of Rehabilitation Services and managed by Black Hills Special Services Cooperative (BHSSC).
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights South Dakota
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides employment assistance to individuals with disabilities who have the most significant limitations. It focuses on building employer-employee relationships and providing long-term employment support.
Operating Entity: South Dakota Department of Human Services, South Dakota Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides technical assistance, training, and resources to families and service providers of children (birth to 21) with varying levels of both hearing and vision loss. Services are geared toward improving educational outcomes for children of all ages in order to help prepare them for eventual transition into adulthood.
Operating Entity: University of South Dakota, Center for Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides four trainings throughout South Dakota for rural and Native American communities, informing community members of best practices to provide services for individuals with disabilities. These services include Native American vocational rehabilitation and college counseling services.
Operating Entity: University of South Dakota, Center for Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program involves an annual one-day session to help high school students with disabilities improve their employability skills and increase their likelihood of obtaining competitive employment. It is run by the Transition Services Liaison Project (TSLP), which is funded by the South Dakota Special Education Programs Office and Division of Rehabilitation Services and managed by Black Hills Special Services Cooperative (BHSSC).
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 16 midwestern and western states. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: WI FACETS
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: South Dakota ParentConnection
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project Skills is a paid work experience program for high school students with disabilities. It provides participants the opportunity to learn different skills in a variety of job placements with the assistance of a job coach. It focuses on improving participants' work history, references, and future job opportunities.
Operating Entity: South Dakota Department of Human Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights South Dakota
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides various communication and technology services to South Dakota residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or late deafened. It includes telecommunications and telephone translation services, telecommunication equipment distribution, assistance with accessing and operating hearing aids and cochlear implants, communication assistance services, interpreting services, and more.
Operating Entity: South Dakota Department of Human Services, South Dakota Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides specialized services designed to enhance quality of life and community inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It provides short-term individualized treatment services to promote skill development and self-management. It also encourages active participation of the person's support network (family, friends, etc.) to strengthen natural supports.
Operating Entity: South Dakota Department of Human Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind in Sioux Falls provides pre-employment transition services during the summer months for transition-age students who are blind or visually impaired. Students receive individualized training through skills of blindness classes and vocational training.
Operating Entity: South Dakota Department of Human Services, South Dakota Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This week-long program helps prepare high school students who are blind or visually impaired for careers or postsecondary education. Participants stay in dormitories at Augustana University and participate in a variety of activities that promote vocational learning, career exploration, social skills, self-advocacy, and independence.
Operating Entity: South Dakota Department of Human Services, South Dakota Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program focuses on training youth with disabilities ages 16-21 on independent living skills, including budgeting, grocery shopping, and accessing transportation, as well as their options around employment, housing, post-secondary education, and more.
Operating Entity: Independent Living Choices
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This summer program focuses on preparing youth with disabilities for a successful transitions out of high school. It highlights self-awareness and advocacy skills and assists participants in exploring options such as vocational training, employment, education, adult services, independent living, and community participation.
Operating Entity: Western Resources for Independent Living
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps individuals with the most severe disabilities find and maintain fully integrated employment. The program provides workplace training at job sites and ongoing support.
Operating Entity: South Dakota Department of Human Services, South Dakota Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides training opportunities to help individuals with disabilities find competitive employment. Employment preparedness training covers training and skill development; understanding the workday, breaks, and use of sick/vacation days; feedback on job performance; pay for work completed while learning skills; and training for catering, baking and food preparation services, custodial and maintenance services, clerical, data entry, and pre-sort mail services.
Operating Entity: LifeScape
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides professional development training for service providers of individuals across a wide-spectrum of disabilities. Trainings are divided by disability type, and focus on subjects including transition, employment first, supported and customized employment, community supports, leadership, self-determination, health care transition, person-centered training, social skills, and more.
Operating Entity: University of South Dakota, Center for Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
These workshops provide secondary special education teachers and directors an overview of how the transition process can guide IEP development to assist the student in achieving their postsecondary goals. It is run by the Transition Services Liaison Project (TSLP), which is funded by the South Dakota Special Education Programs Office and Division of Rehabilitation Services and managed by Black Hills Special Services Cooperative (BHSSC).
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program connects students who are blind or visually impaired to transition specialists, who provide information on transition processes and post-high school training, education, and independent living options; assist in preparation for employment; assist in securing appropriate work experience through the Project Skills Program; and provide technical assistance, consultation, and training to students, parents, local school districts, and service providers. It is a joint effort between the South Dakota School for the Blind and the Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program generates recommended "next steps" for successful transitions for youth with disabilities or chronic healthcare needs. The program makes recommendations for future education, health, employment, and independent living opportunities. It focuses on family engagement throughout this process and highlights participants' strengths in future planning.
Operating Entity: University of South Dakota, Center for Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides culturally relevant vocational rehabilitation services to assist Alaska Native and American Indian individuals with disabilities residing on or near reservations in the state to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This project provides support to employment specialists, other vocational rehabilitation service providers, and vocational rehabilitation counselors through ongoing face-to-face training and online networking sessions. Training sessions are offered monthly, and other technical assistance is offered on an as-needed basis. It is a collaboration between the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the University of South Dakota's Center for Disabilities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides specialized vocational rehabilitation services for South Dakota residents who are blind or visually impaired. Services include vocational counseling, work skills training, job site accommodation assistance, job placement, and more.
Operating Entity: South Dakota Department of Human Services, South Dakota Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides supplementary training to Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) service providers and job counselors. It focuses on improving participant skills in job development, employer relations, job carving, creating a good job match, and promoting success after placement. The program also provides technical assistance to VR counselors who request it.
Operating Entity: University of South Dakota, Center for Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: Montana State University - Billings, Montana Center for Inclusive Education
Entity Type: College / University
The YAT Program provides students and youth with disabilities training, opportunities, and services to achieve competitive integrated employment. It specifically connects students with internship opportunities, in which students earn work experience and develop independent living skills. It is a partnership between school districts, the Division of Rehabilitation Services, and ADVANCE.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This week-long leadership and career preparation training program enables students with disabilities to learn more about their disability, different leadership styles, how to analyze their strengths and weaknesses, how to enhance their organizational skills, how to influence others, and more. It is run by the Transition Services Liaison Project (TSLP), which is funded by the South Dakota Special Education Programs Office and Division of Rehabilitation Services and managed by Black Hills Special Services Cooperative (BHSSC).
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This document shares answers to common questions regarding services during distance learning. It emphasizes federal requirements that schools must provide the least restrictive environment for students, providing examples as to how this may be fulfilled.
Operating Entity: South Dakota Department of Education
This document clarifies the requirements and instruction of providing distance learning to students with disabilities. It emphasizes "ensuring compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA),† Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act should not prevent any school from offering educational programs through distance instruction. "
Operating Entity: South Dakota Department of Education