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Service to the Blind and Visually Impared

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) is to provide individualized rehabilitation services that result in optimal employment and independent living outcomes for citizens who are blind or visually impaired.

South Dakota Employment Works Task Force

The Task Force Report contains recommendations, along with strategies and action steps that will help us reach our goal of increasing the employment rate of people with disabilities in South Dakota.  Task Force Report

2014 Governor's Awards

The Boards of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired and Vocational Rehabilitation are seeking nominations for the 2014 Governor's Awards.  Nomination forms and additional information can be found at


Board of SBVI

Next Board of SBVI Meeting is March 28, 2014 in Pierre  Agenda

State Plan Public Meetings

Each year SBVI develops a State Plan for submission to the Rehabilitation Services Administration. The following document provides information about the public meetings and information about development of the State Plan.

State Plan Input and Information

Public Meetings:

  April 10, 2014 4 - 6 pm CT via DDN sites in Aberdeen, Pierre, Sioux Falls, SD

  April 25, 2014 4 - 6 pm MT at Adoba Eco Hotel, Rapid City, SD

  April 29, 2014  11 am - 2 pm Public Gathering at Sinte Gleska University,

    Mission, SD


South Dakota National Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP)

The National Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) is a program established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to distribute a wide array of assistive technology to people who are deaf-blind and require special equipment to make a phone call, send an email or access the Internet.  Additional information

Annual Report

Each year SBVI submits an Annual Report to the Governor of South Dakota and the Commissioner for the Rehabilitation Services Administration.  To access the 2013 Annual Report, please click on 2013 SBVI Annual Report.

To access a text-only version click on Text only 2013 Annual Report


When life offers challenges BURNNIE learns there are choices to be made. Trevor teaches BURNNIE that only a positive attitude will help him conquer the obstacles of his newfound blindness.   To watch an excerpt from Better or Bitter filmed at the SD Rehabilitation Center for the Blind: Click Here

Eric, Levada and Will, who are seen in this 30 Second Public Service Announcement, are just three examples of people who have benefitted from SBVI's services.

SBVI materials

Referral Form

Compatibility problems with various web browsers has resulted in SBVI not receiving referrals submitted utilizing the Eform electronic submission.  SBVI has removed the Eform from the webpage until the problems can be resolved.  Referrals may be submitted via U.S. Postal Service, fax, or e-mail attachment.  Our primary concern is our consumers and that we receive referrals in a timely manner to address their needs in the provision of services. Referral Form


Over the years, the Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) has received donations from individuals in memory of loved ones.  SBVI is extremely grateful for the generosity.  If you wish to make a donation or memorial to SBVI, please contact the Director at 605.773.4644 or toll free at 1.800.265.9684.  To view a list of the donors, follow this link SBVI Memorial List

To view a tribute to Clara Acker, click on Clara Acker Memorial