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Board of Vocational Rehabilitation Statewide Independent Living Council

Date: April 2 at 10:30am


Board of Vocational Rehabilitation

Statewide Independent Living Council

221 South Central Avenue, Suite 33

Pierre SD 57501

Phone:  605.494.3613

DATE: January 21, 2021

 

TO: All Interested Parties

 

SUBJECT: Seeking Nominations

 

FROM: Cole Uecker, BVR Chairperson

Alan Adel, SILC Chairperson

 

The Board of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) and Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) need your assistance in identifying knowledgeable individuals who are committed to improving employment and independent living services for individuals with disabilities in South Dakota.

 

The BVR and SILC are both federally mandated councils that meet four times a year. Members represent a cross-section of South Dakotans from across the state. In 2020, the majority of meetings were held utilizing ZOOM which also allows access by telephone. If meetings are held in person, member expenses (e.g., mileage, per diem, lodging if needed) resulting from participating in quarterly meetings or other board/council activities are reimbursed at state rates.

 

We are seeking nominations for pending vacancies. Nominations received are then forwarded to the Governor for review and selection. Members are typically appointed to serve three-year terms.

 

People with disabilities, parents or guardians of individuals with disabilities, and advocates for individuals with disabilities are encouraged to submit nominations. Representatives from organizations that provide services for individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply as well.

 

More information and a nomination form are included. Nominations are due Friday, April 2nd. Prior to submitting any nomination(s), please ask the potential nominee if they are willing and able to serve.

 

If you have any questions, we invite you to contact BVR/SILC staff at 1.605.494.3613 or at cwagoner@bhssc.org. Thank you for your consideration of this request and any subsequent nominations you submit to us.

Roles and Responsibilities of BVR and SILC Members:

 

 

Board of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR)

Attend and actively participate in BVR meetings and activities.

Actively work on at least one BVR committee.

Advise the Division of Rehabilitation Services on its performance, policy, and state plan.

Serve as an advocate for all persons with disabilities needing vocational rehabilitation services.

Assist in preparation of South Dakota's State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment services.

 

 

Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)

Attend and actively participate in all SILC meetings/activities.

Actively work on at least one SILC committee or work team.

Serve as an advocate for all persons with disabilities needing independent living services.

Advise the State of South Dakota on the independent living needs of persons with disabilities.

Provide leadership in the development and implementation of the State Plan for Independent Living.

Concentrate on independent living issues, resources and solutions that are shaped by the geography, values, politics, and cultures unique to South Dakota.

 

 

Values Desired:

Belief in the principle of equal access and equal opportunity.

Commitment to the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society.

Honesty, integrity, and respect for others.

Resistance to potential conflicts of interest.

 

 

NOMINATION FORM

 

 

Select your preference: Board of Vocational Rehabilitation ________

 

Statewide Independent Living Council ________

 

Name: _______________________________________________________________

 

Address: _____________________________________________________________

 

Personal Phone: _________________ Work Phone: ___________________________

 

Disability: ____Yes ____No Occupation: _________________________________

 

Email: ____________________________________________________

 

 

Current/former recipient of Independent Living Services ____Yes ____No

 

Current/former recipient of Vocational Rehabilitation Services ____Yes ____No

 

 

Biographical Sketch: ____________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

 

 

Previous Board, Council or Community Advocacy Experience: ___________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

 

 

Other Information: _______________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

 

Nominated By (if other than self): __________________________________________

 

Phone Number: ___________________ Email: _______________________________

 

Please Return by Friday, April 2nd to:

infors@state.sd.us or

Division of Rehabilitation Services

3800 E Hwy 34, c/o 500 E Capitol Ave

Pierre, SD 57501

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