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Independent Living

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:

  1. An individual with a significant physical, mental, cognitive or sensory impairment;

  2. Whose ability to function independently in the family or community or whose ability to obtain, maintain, or advance in employment is substantially limited; and

  3. 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?

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
(605) 718-1930

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
(605) 362-3550

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.


Approved 2017 State Plan for Independent Living

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.

704 Report

IL Manual

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.

TAD Application

For more information, check out the TAD Brochure .