Independent living (IL) services are available to people with disabilities through Centers for Independent Living in South Dakota. Funded in part by the state and a federal IL grant, services are provided to improve the ability of individuals to function independently in their home and community.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for services, an individual must have a significant disability, which means:
- An individual with a significant physical, mental, cognitive or sensory impairment;
- Whose ability to function independently in the family or community or whose ability to obtain, maintain, or advance in employment is substantially limited; and
- For whom the delivery of independent living services will improve the ability to function, continue functioning, or move towards functioning independently in the family or community or to continue employment.
What services are available?
- Information and Referral Services - These services are provided to anyone in relation to their rights, resources and responsibilities. These services can be provided individually or in a group, in person or phone contact. The service includes situations when an individual contacts a program for services, information or they are referred to other more appropriate resources. These services are not based upon economic need.
- Independent Living Skills Training - These services involve teaching independent living skills, either on an individual or group basis. Basic survival skills training is provided in areas such as food preparation, shopping, personal grooming. Training should encompass a broad view of life skills and is not limited to basic survival skills. These services are not based upon economic need.
- Peer Counseling Services - Peer counseling services are differentiated from counseling services in that these services are provided to consumers by an individual with a similar disability. The peer counselor and consumer meet on a one-to-one basis, or a consumer may meet with a group of peers, in order to discuss issues related to their disability. These services are not based upon economic need.
- Individual and Systems Advocacy - These services assist an individual in developing the skills needed to advocate on their own behalf within the independent living services process and all activities of daily life. These services also address needed community-wide systems change, which will result in leadership, independence, productivity and full inclusion in society of individuals with significant disabilities. These services are not based upon economic need.
- Transition Services - These services deter an individual from entering a nursing home or institution, assist individuals in returning to their home/communities from a nursing facility or institution, or assist students with transitioning from secondary education to post-secondary life. These services are not based upon economic need.
How does the process work?
During the application process the independent living specialist will meet with you to begin to assessing your disability and independent living needs. When the assessment is completed, you and your independent living specialist will set goals for you to achieve. There is no charge for services but some services are based upon your economic need.
How long does the process take?
Usually eligibility for services is determined on the same day of application. You can speed up the eligibility process by coming to the center for independent living with medical information concerning your disability or evidence that you receive an SSI or SSDI check. The time it takes to reach your independent living goal depends upon your individual needs.
Where to get services?
Individuals should apply for services at the provider which serves the county in which they live.
Western Resources For Independent Living
529 Kansas City St., Ste. 203
Rapid City SD 57701
Service area includes these counties: Pennington, Meade, Lawrence, Butte, Custer, Fall River, Stanley, Sully, Hughes, Jones, Lyman, Mellette, Tripp, Harding, Perkins, Haakon, and northern Jackson.
Independent Living Choices
4107 S Carnegie Circle
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
Service areas include these counties: Aurora, Beadle, Bon Homme, Brookings, Brown, Brule, Buffalo, Campbell, Charles Mix, Clark, Clay, Codington, Davison, Day, Deuel, Douglas, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant, Gregory, Hamlin, Hand, Hanson, Hutchinson, Hyde, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, Marshall, McCook, McPherson, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Potter, Roberts, Sanborn, Spink, Turner, Union, Walworth, and Yankton.
The State Plan for Independent Living is a three-year plan developed by the Statewide Independent Living Council for the Independent Living program within the Division of Rehabilitation Services.
Telecommunications adaptive devices (TAD)
What is the Telecommunications Adaptive Devices (TAD) Program?
The aim of the Telecommunications Adaptive Devices (TAD) program is to provide equal access to telecommunications for individuals with disabilities other than deafness, deaf-blind, hard of hearing or speech impairment.
The Telecommunications Adaptive Devices Program provides telecommunication devices such as fully voice activated phones, main street emergency messenger telephones, picture dialing phones, large button phones and other equipment which may be need to communication through the phone lines.
For more information, check out the TAD Brochure.