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American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation (Section 121) Programs
Section 121 Programs provide culturally appropriate vocational rehabilitation services to American Indians with disabilities who reside on or near Federal or State Reservations and who are a member of a State or Federal Tribe. Services provided may include vocational rehabilitation counseling, physical and mental restoration, vocational training, financial support for some expenses, transportation, interpreter services, job search assistance, job coaching, assistive technology, self-employment services and transition services for youth with disabilities.

Oglala Sioux Tribe

Pine Ridge Vocational Rehabilitation Project


Serving Shannon, Jackson, and Bennett counties

Pine Ridge

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Oun’iyekiyapi Vocational Rehabilitation Services

605- 964-4400

Serving Dewey and Ziebach counties

Eagle Butte

Standing Rock

Sioux Tribe Vocational Rehabilitation Program


Serving Corson county


Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

Oto Kahe Teca Vocational Rehabilitation Services


Serving Lyman County

Lower Brule

Freedom to Work Project, SD Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities
FTW offers work incentive trainings, resource materials on the website and contact information on Benefits Specialists in SD who can answer your questions about work and SSI/SSDI benefits.

National Business and Disability Council
For job seekers with disabilities. Post a resume, apply for internships or jobs, view webcasts and on-line presentations.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability
NCWD specifically focuses on what youth with disabilities need to know to prepare themselves for careers or meaningful jobs, and what parents need to know to ensure that their children are getting all of the things that they need to succeed.

Project Skills, Transition Services Liaison Project
Pierre 605-224-5336

A paid work experience program for high school students with disabilities.

Project Search  

Business-led transition program for students ages 18-21 with disabilities. Students report to a host business and learn employability skills in classroom settings and job skills while participating in internships. Students 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. Apply with local programs.


            Brookings                               605-690-9796  

            Rapid City                                                                         605-430-3263

            Sioux Falls                             605-322-5071



South Dakota Benefits Specialist Network
Pierre 605-224-6287

Staff assist SSI and SSDI beneficiaries in understanding how part-time, full-time, or seasonal work affects disability benefits and other federal, state, and local benefits. Staff can also answer questions about how employment would affect health care benefits, SSA work incentives, and employment-related work incentives offered by other programs.

Ticket to Work
866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD)

If you have a disability and want to work, the Ticket to Work program will connect you with the right people to help you explore your options. If you are age 18 through 64 and receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) you already qualify.

Virtual Employment Services, SD Department of Labor and Regulation
Online job search toolkit featuring career exploration, resume and job search tools, job finder, skills training, student services and more.

Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Pierre 605-773-3195

VR provides individualized vocational rehabilitation and supportive services to assist eligible individuals with disabilities to get and keep jobs compatible with their skills and abilities. Apply at local office.


Phone/TTY 605-626-2398 



Phone/TTY 605-688-4280 



Phone/TTY 605-734-4555 



Phone/TTY 605-353-7130 



Phone/TTY 605-995-8072 



Phone/TTY 605-773-3318 


Rapid City 

Phone/TTY 605-394-2261 


Sioux Falls 

Phone/TTY 605-367-5330 



Phone/TTY 605-642-6817 



Phone/TTY 605-882-5150 



Phone/TTY 605-668-3050 


Work Incentive Programs, Social Security Administration
800-325-0778 (TTY)

Special rules make it possible for people with disabilities receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments and Medicare or Medicaid. Social Security calls these rules “work incentives.”

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