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Services for the deaf/Hard of Hearing

The Division of Rehabilitation Services administers programs that provide services to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech impediments. 

who is eligible?

Any individual who is deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and late-deafened and is a resident of South Dakota is eligible.

Click on the following links to learn more about services for the deaf/hard of hearing:

 

telecommunications relay services (TRS)

Telecommunications relay services provide full telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech disabled. Specially trained Communication Assistants (CAs) complete all calls and stay on-line to relay messages either electronically over a Teletypewriter (TTY) or verbally to hearing parties.

The service, known as Relay South Dakota is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with no restrictions on the length or number of calls placed. This valuable communications tool gives all individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech disabled the opportunity to make personal and business calls just like any other telephone user.

For more information, visit Telecommunication Relay Service.

 

Telecommunication Equipment Distribution

The purpose of the Telecommunications Equipment Distribution program is to provide accessible telephone services for individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind, have severe hearing loss or are speech-impaired. This is accomplished through a combination of both the Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) and the Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program (TED). Special equipment is available  at no cost to enhance telephone communication.

To be Eligible for Equipment

Eligible residents of South Dakota will have access to equipment and services available through the Telecommunications Equipment Distribution (TED) program. Equipment is distributed by Communication Specialists statewide.

A consumer must complete an application and meet all of the following eligibility requirements before any equipment or services are provided.

An individual must:

  1. Be deaf, deaf/blind, severe hearing loss or have a severe speech impairment; This can be determined by a completed "Certificate of Hearing/Speech/Visual Impairment" form or other medical documentation supporting the impairment. A severe hearing loss will be considered when the hearing loss is 30dB average in the frequencies (500, 1000 & 2000) or greater in the better ear; and
  2. Be a state resident; and
  3. Have access to telecommunication Service

For more information about TED services, or for applications use the links below:
Note you will need to select the application for the office serving your county

 

Equipment Distribution Program office addresses and counties served.


CSD Rapid City Branch Office
2040 W Main Street, Suite #306 Rapid City, SD 57702
Phone (605) 394-6864 V/TTY

Bennett, Butte, Custer, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Jackson, Lawrence, Meade, Mellete, Pennington, Perkins, Shannon, Todd

Telecommunication Equipment Distribution Program Application, Rapid City

Pierre Division of Rehabilitation Services
Hillsview Properties Plaza 3800 Hwy 34, c/o 500 E. Capitol Pierre, SD 57501
Phone (605) 773-5990  V/TTY

Brule, Buffalo, Corson, Dewey, Hughes, Hyde, Jones, Lyman, Stanley, Sully, Ziebach

Telecommunication Equipment Distribution Program Application, Pierre

CSD Aberdeen Branch Office
1707 4th Ave. SE Aberdeen, SD 57401
Phone (605) 626-2668 V/TTY

Beadle, Brown, Campbell, Clark, Codington, Day, Deuel, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant, Hand, Marshall, McPherson, Potter, Roberts, Spink, Walworth

Telecommunication Equipment Distribution Program Application, Aberdeen

CSD Sioux Falls Branch Office
117 W 39th Street Sioux Falls, SD  57105
Phone (605) 593-9392 V/TTY

Aurora, Bon Homme, Brookings, Charles Mix, Clay, Davidson, Douglas, Gregory, Hamlin, Hanson, Hutchinson, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Sanborn, Tripp, Turner, Union, Yankton

Telecommunication Equipment Distribution Program Application, Sioux Falls

 

 

Hearing Aid Assistance Program (HAAP) for children under 19

In 2014 the South Dakota Legislature identified a need for many families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing: assistance in purchasing hearing aids. Under HB 1166, the legislature approved funding to establish the Hearing Aid Assistance Program (HAAP).

HAAP will help with the cost of hearing aid(s) and associated ear mold(s) for South Dakota children, younger than 19, with progressive or permanent hearing loss who would benefit from hearing aid(s). The program is open to families with a household income of less than 400 percent of federal poverty guidelines that do not have coverage through their current insurance plan. HAAP operates on a sliding fee schedule, with the financial contribution ranging from 50 to 100 percent of the total cost of purchasing hearing aid(s) and associated ear mold(s). If costs for services and hearing aids are currently bundled together, they will need to be separated for submission to HAAP. HAAP will begin accepting applications Dec. 1, 2014. Program launches Dec. 1, 2014.

Application/forms/additional information:

 

Cochlear Implant Program

A Cochlear implant is a surgically implanted device that assists an individual with severe or profound hearing loss to hear sounds. The Division of Rehabilitation Services, through the Department of Human Services, administers the Cochlear Implant Program. This program is designed to provide financial assistance to an eligible individual who is uninsured or to help offset the deductible or coinsurance for an individual with an insurance plan that covers cochlear implants. The program provides funding for the cost of the implant surgery for one ear or both ears, one or two implant devices, surgeon fee, hospital fee, the initial mapping and up to a maximum of 12 follow up mappings within one year post surgery.

Cochlear Implant Final Rules  

Apply for the Cochlear Implant Program

If you have questions please contact:

Katie Gran, CRC
Program Specialist
811 E 10th St Dept 21
Sioux Falls, SD 57103-1650
Katie.Gran@state.sd.us
(605) 367-4657 - Phone
(605) 367-5327 - Fax
 

 

South Dakota Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (SD 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.

Working in conjunction with the FCC, Perkins and Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults (HKNC), the Department of Human Services will connect people in South Dakota who are deaf-blind with the proper equipment and training on how to utilize it. NDBEDP provides a wide range of specialized and "off-the-shelf" hardware, software and applications. The program also provides one-on-one training to help people use the equipment to its fullest.

Who can benefit from NDBEDP program:


Who is eligible?

Any individual who meets the definition of deaf-blindness in the HKNC Act and has an income that does not exceed 400% of the federal poverty level can qualify to receive telephone, advanced communications and information services equipment.

Communication is essential for staying healthy, holding a job, managing a household and participating in the community. If you know someone who might benefit from the NDBEDP program,

Katie Gran, CRC
Program Specialist
811 E 10th St Dept 21
Sioux Falls, SD 57103-1650
Katie.Gran@state.sd.us
(605) 367-4657 - phone
(605) 367-5327 - fax


You can also visit the national website or call 1-800-825-4595.

The following links are to the FCC Consumer guide and the Application Form for the South Dakota program.

 

Communication assistance services

The purpose of the communication assistance services program is to provide communication support services to eligible individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing to achieve increased integration into the community and workplace.

Communication assistance services include:

 

Interpreter Certification

The Department of Human Services implemented interpreter certification policies and procedures. Along with South Dakota Certification level III, IV, and V, South Dakota recognizes national certification (RID & NAD), EIPA (Educational Interpreter Proficiency Assessment) with a score of 3.5 or higher, and will be issuing provisional certification for graduates of an accredited IT (Interpreter Training) Program. All certifications require initial and annual registration. All interpreter certification testing must be taken through the national organization (RID) or through EIPA.

SD Interpreter Registry

For further information contact: Katie Gran at 605-367-4657 or email at Katie.Gran@state.sd.us

Julie Paluch
(605) 773-4644
toll free at (800) 265-9684
E-mail at Julie.Paluch@state.sd.us

Department of Human Services
Division of Rehabilitation
Hillsview Plaza, E. Hwy 34
c/o 500 East Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
Phone: 605-773-5990
1-800-265-9684
Fax: 605-773-5483

 

Mentoring Services

The Department of Human Services (DHS); Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) sponsors mentoring services in order to promote certification and to support advancing of interpreting to the highest level an interpreter can achieve in order to assure quality interpreting services for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. The Division of Rehabilitation Services administers and provides mentoring services through contracts with provider agencies and free lance mentors that provide services to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Mentors must be a Level V (Master of Interpreting) certified interpreter or an individual who is deaf and follow essential functions of a mentor. State office will approve Level IV (Advanced) interpreters on a case-by-case basis when mentoring is requested in a remote location where a Level V interpreter is not readily available. DRS will maintain a list of mentors for availability to candidates seeking mentoring.

South Dakota Mentor List  

For further information on mentoring, contact:


Katie Gran, CRC
Program Specialist
811 E 10th St Dept 21
Sioux Falls, SD 57103-1650
Katie.Gran@state.sd.us
(605) 367-4657 - phone
(605) 367-5327 - fax

 

Interpreter & Mentoring Resources