Assistive technology services help in selecting, acquiring, and learning to use an assistive technology device. You can get the process started by contacting DakotaLink to discuss your individual circumstances. Perhaps an assistive technology evaluation is needed or you need information about a specific assistive technology device. DakotaLink staff can provide information and refer you to South Dakota State Agency Programs that provide assistive technology in the services they offer.
The Telephone Adaptive Device (TAD) program is for people with disabilities other than deafness, deaf/blind, hard of hearing and in some cases speech impairment) Special equipment is available based on income eligibility to enhance telephone communication. The Program provides telecommunication devices such as fully voice activated phones, picture dialing phones, large button phones and other equipment including iPhones & iPads which may be needed to communicate through the phone system. Application
Over the years, The Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) has received donations from individuals in memory of loved ones. Thanks to the generosity of those individuals, the Division implemented the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Lease/Loan Program in April of 2004 as option in The Independent Living Older Blind Services Program. This program makes CCTVs available to individuals who cannot otherwise afford them because of limited financial resources. For more information call Toll Free: 1-800-265-9684 or visit their Website.
The iCanConnectSD is a program established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to distribute a wide array of assistive technology to people who are deaf-blind and require special equipment to make a phone call, send an email or access the Internet. Application
The Strengthening Families Program is designed to assist families who have a child or adult with a developmental disability. A flexible pool of limited funds is available for eligible families, regardless of income, to use to purchase services or supports that otherwise are not available.
Family Support 360 serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This program assists participants and their families in self-directing the services they need to live as independently as possible in the community.
Hearing Aid Assistance Program for individuals under 19 years of age. HAAP will help with the cost of hearing aid(s) and associated ear mold(s) for South Dakota children, younger than 19, with progressive or permanent hearing loss who would benefit from hearing aid(s). Application, Required Audiologist Form
Department of Education Office of Special Education Special Education Programs provides leadership and support for educators, parents, and students with disabilities receiving special education and related services throughout South Dakota’s public schools and communities. We strive to support districts and families to improve outcomes and ensure a free appropriate public education for students with disabilities.
The Telecommunications Equipment Distribution program is to provide accessible telephone services for individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind, have severe hearing loss or are speech-impaired. This is accomplished through a combination of both the Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) and the Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program (TED). Special equipment is available based on income eligibility to enhance telephone communication. The Program provides telecommunication devices such as amplified phones, loud ringers with or without flashing lights, captioned phones, TTY’s and other equipment including iPhone & iPads which may be need to communication through the phone system. Application Rapid City Area, Application Pierre Area , Application Aberdeen Area, Application Sioux Falls Area
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. Eastern SD and Tribal Nations Independent Living Choices Western SD Western Resources For Independent Living
Disability Rights South Dakota is the non-profit legal services agency dedicated to protecting and advocating for rights and inclusion of South Dakotan’s with disabilities.
The South Dakota Benefits Specialist Network helps people receiving supplemental security income (SSI) and social security disability insurance (SSDI) to understand how work will impact their benefits such as food stamps, housing, Medicaid, and others.
The South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library provides special public library services for the blind, visually handicapped, physically handicapped, and the reading disabled free of charge. This Library of Congress network, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, has 56 regional and 93 subregional libraries throughout the United States.