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Youth Support/Transition

Because Support Group Information is Subject to Change,
Please Contact Groups of Interest for Current Information.

Please contact us at 1-800-640-4553 or to learn of other available resources and/or to share information on additional support groups in your area.


Augie Access
Young adults 18-24 years of age with intellectual and developmental disabilities are encouraged to apply and participate in Augie Access, a post-secondary education pilot program. Information and application can be found at the website.

Catch the Wave, Transition Services Liaison Project
Pierre 605-224-5336

A day of university orientation for high school students with disabilities who are considering postsecondary education. TSLP provides information, training and liaison to encourage students with disabilities to complete their education and succeed in independence.

Going to
Information for high school students with a disability who are, or will be attending college. The site contains video clips, activities, and resources that can help students explore more about themselves, learn what to expect from college, and examine important considerations and tasks to complete when planning for college.

LifeQuest – Dakota Wesleyan University Post-Secondary Program
A post-secondary 2 year certification program for transition students 18-21 with intellectual or developmental disabilities who have an IEP and are seeking to gain independence and employment skills.

National Center for Secondary Education and Transition
NCSET coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance and distributes information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities to achieve successful futures.

National Deaf Center of Postsecondary Education
Information, resources, and personal assistance to support successful transition from high school to life beyond.

Project Search – Aberdeen, Brookings, Rapid City, Sioux Falls
Designed as an internship program, Project SEARCH provides students the opportunity to put employability skills into practice. For five days a week, students report to the host business and learn employability skills in the classroom and job skills while participating in targeted internships. They receive support with accommodations, adaptations, and on-the-job coaching. Students who have completed all academic requirements for graduation from high school may apply for enrollment in Project SEARCH. Participants must be 18 to 21 years old.

We Connect Now
We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues.

Health Care

Adolescent Health Transition Project
Information, materials, and links designed to help smooth the transition from pediatric to adult health care for adolescents with special health care needs.

Children’s Special Health Services
Please refer to page 18

Got Transition?
National resource center focusing on a young adult’s transition from pediatric to adult health care.

Institute for Child Health Policy Videos
Videos for young adults, featuring young adults, to support independence in managing personal health care and transitioning to adult health care providers.

Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD)
Please refer to page 20.

Personal Assistance Services (PAS)
Please refer to page 21.

Social Security Administration
Please refer to page 57.

Legal Obligations, Rights & Assistance

Establishment Program, SD Department of Human Services
The Establishment Program assists families or friends of adults with developmental disabilities who reside in South Dakota pay legal costs up to $500 associated with establishing a guardianship or conservatorship.

Selective Service System
847-688-6888 (TTY)

Men ages 18-25 living in the US must register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday. It’s the law. You may be denied benefits or a job if you have not registered. Registration may be done at any US Post Office or on-line.

South Dakota Advocacy Services
800-658-4782 (Voice/TTY)
Pierre 605-224-8294 (Voice/TTY)

SDAS provides information, referrals and representation to help protect the rights of persons with disabilities.

Vocational Rehabilitation

The vocational rehabilitation (VR) program is part of services and supports offered through the South Dakota Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS).

The work closely with individuals to determine a specific and individualized plan for employment and to create a fulfilling work environment.

VR Packet

This resource provides a guide for individuals working with VR.

Transition Services Liaison Project

Advance Young Adult Transition Program

Provides students and youth with disabilities training opportunities and services to achieve competitive and integrated employment

Independent Living Choices Peer Support Program

Peer Support is an opportunity for individuals with disabilities to gain understanding and information from others who have gone through similar life experiences. Peer visitors assist participants in learning how to live independently as possible and to utilize community resources. This program is one of the more important services offered at ILC. Peer Support services are provided through one on one meetings (either in person, over the phone, or by email) or local group settings. The Peer Support Program assists participants with development of the following skills:

Coping with their disability  Obtaining information and resources to allow them to advocate on their own behalf

Assuming control over the decisions and choices that will affect their lives




Information and Referral We offer various groups that meet monthly in selected areas throughout eastern South Dakota. Peer Support Groups feature monthly speakers and offer activities such as attending local conferences, bowling, picnics and bingo. Meetings and most activities are free to participants, but if there is a charge associated with the activity, it is usually at a discounted rate and participants will know in advance.

The Youth/Young Adult Support Groups are open to participants ages 16+ but all other groups welcome participants of any age. Currently peer support groups meet in several locations in our 43 county service area.

For more detailed information on a meeting being held in your area, please contact your local ILC office, or check out the Calendar of Events. Individual Peer Support Counseling Offers the opportunity for people with disabilities to give and receive one-on-one peer support with others with similar disabilities. A person receiving peer support may meet in person, over the phone, or by email with their peer support provider. Training is provided to those interested in being a peer support visitor.

If interested in giving or receiving peer support counseling, please tell your IL Specialist or contact Sarah Jo at ILC by phone at 605-362-3550 or by email at

Disability Rights South Dakota

Disability Rights South Dakota is the non-profit legal services agency dedicated to protecting and advocating for the rights and inclusion of South Dakotans with disabilities.


This app is for students with disabilities ages 14 and older. The app produces a Draft Transition Plan for use in planning for the future.


Client Assistance Program (CAP) The Client Assistance Program helps individuals applying to Vocational Rehabilitation understand eligibility, rules and regulations that govern Voc. Rehab.; and the individuals rights under the law. Staff working in the CAP program can help advocate on an individual’s behalf when engaged with or in process of engaging with Vocational Rehabilitation.

For other services and supports go to Disability Rights South Dakota.

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Check out our most recent publication, “Understanding School Testing and Test Scores” created to help parents better understand the data included in their child’s evaluation so they can best advocate for their needs.

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