Transition to Adulthood
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
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 College.org
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.
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
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.
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
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
Pierre 605-224-8294 (Voice/TTY)
SDAS provides information, referrals and representation to help protect the rights of persons with disabilities.
Youth Development, Leadership & Peer Support
A Life 4 Me has activities and resources for middle school youth with disabilities and parents. It is a project of Virginia Commonwealth University and Partnership for People with Disabilities.
Sioux Falls 605-999-1224
FRIENDSLink provides an avenue for adults with disabilities (ages 18+) to establish friendships on an ongoing basis. Several small group and one-on-one educational and recreational opportunities are available each month, ranging from 1 to 3 hours in length, through a partnership with Augustana students. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Provides students fast facts on their disability, legal rights, community life, employment, etc. Self-knowledge is crucial for students with disabilities to succeed in post-secondary life.
This free online community is for individuals with health challenges, and caregivers, to find and support one another.
National Youth Leadership Network
Online clearinghouse/library/archive of curriculums, training guides, and empowerment tools created by and for young leaders.
NYLN Resource Clearinghouse
Resources for youth with disabilities in the areas of education, employment, health care, disability history, disability culture, advocacy, policy, material by and for young people with disabilities, international exchange, documents from NYLN and KASA (Kids as Self Advocates), scholarships and financial aid for students with disabilities, and more.
An innovative leadership and advocacy training opportunity designed to involve and empower people with developmental disabilities, parents of children with disabilities and other family members. It requires a serious commitment from each participant during the course of the training, as well as after graduation. The expectation is that each Partner will commit to actively use the skills learned to encourage positive changes in the areas of community awareness, sensitivity, accessibility, and inclusion for people with disabilities.
People First of South Dakota Facebook Page
People First of Southeastern South Dakota is a self-advocacy group for adults with developmental disabilities from Brookings, Madison, and Sioux Falls. Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 6:30 – 8:00 pm and are open to the public. Anyone can come, anytime. No need to register. Meeting locations vary, please check the website.
Independence & Community Living
Offers a limited pool of funds to be used for supports and services chosen and directed by each person including (but not limited to) personal care and supplies, adaptive equipment, home modifications, supported employment, respite care, companion care, community living and independent living skills.
Independent Living Choices
ILC has the following programs to support independence: adaptive devices program; advocacy; assistive daily living services; home modification; independent living skills; information and referral services; peer support program; summer transition program; telecommunication adaptive devices; and other programs.
Serving Flandreau Santee, Lincoln, McCook, Moody, Minnehaha, and Turner Counties
Serving Brown, Day, Edmunds, Marshall, and McPherson Counties
Serving Brookings, Kingsbury, Lake, and Miner Counties
Serving Faulk, Spink, Hyde, Hand, and Beadle Counties
Serving Bennett, Jackson, Oglala Lakota, Todd, Pine Ridge and Rosebud
Serving Aurora, Brule, Buffalo, Davison, Hanson, Jerauld, and Sanborn Counties
Serving Campbell, Corson, Dewey, Potter, Walworth, Ziebach, Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Counties
Serving Clark, Codington, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Roberts, and Sisseton Wahpeton Counties
Bon Homme, Charles Mix, Clay, Douglas, Gregory, Hutchinson, Union and Yankton Counties
Rapid City 605-718-1930
WRIL provides services to make it possible for people with disabilities to live as independently as they choose in the community. Independent Living Specialists offer the following services: individual and systems advocacy program; information and referrals; independent living skills; peer support; children’s services (supplementing learning & independence skills); home modifications; housing assistance; mobility training; employment services; recreational services; technology adaptive services; transportation services; youth transition services (ages 12-24). Adult day services are available in Rapid City and Spearfish. WRDI serves Butte, Custer, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Hughes, Jackson, Jones, Lawrence, Lyman, Mellette, Pennington, Perkins, Stanley, Sulley and Tripp counties.
Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid health insurance can be provided to people with disabilities who have limited income and resources if they meet certain criteria. www.ssa.gov/pgm/getservices-apply.htm Apply for SSI, Survivor or Family benefits.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROVIDERS
Community Support Providers across South Dakota provide residential options for people, such as group homes and supervised apartments. Community living training and residential expanded follow-along are also provided for those who are living on their own or are working toward that goal. Vocational opportunities may include working in the agency workshop, job coaching and pre-vocational training for participants looking for community jobs and vocational expanded follow-along for those working in the community.
Ability Building Services
Black Hills Workshop
Black Hills Special Services
Center for Independence
Community Connections, Inc
LifeScape (formerly Achieve)
Northern Hills Training Center