We support community inclusion and employment because they enhance quality of life, encourage acceptance and diversity within the workplace and positively impact individuals, families and communities across our state.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Establishment Grant Training Project

This project stems from a partnership between us and the South Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Services are provided for employment specialists, other vocational rehabilitation service providers and vocational rehabilitation counselors through ongoing face-to-face training and online networking sessions.

Funded by the South Dakota Department of Human Services' Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Employment Specialist Training is offered several times a year with monthly online sessions to collaborate, troubleshoot and discuss new topics or challenges. Participants learn strategies to enhance employment for people with disabilities, including assessment/discovery, job development/worksite analysis and emerging industry trends.

Autism State Grant

The Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Program, in partnership with the South Dakota Division of Developmental Disabilities, is designed to provide education, technical assistance, direct service, and information-sharing to families and professionals supporting individuals with ASD. This collaboration has a long history of serving people with ASD in South Dakota and focuses on maintaining access to evaluation services, family support groups and new information about ASD. 

National Core Indicators Project

National Core Indicators (NCI) is a combined effort between the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services and the Human Services Research Institute to collect information about the performance of public developmental disabilities service systems. The NCI collaboration shares information to make positive changes to programs and policy.

The Center for Disabilities manages the face-to-face Adult Consumer Survey for the state of South Dakota, which is one of 40 states that participates in the program. With the assistance from paid temporary employees, including individuals with disabilities, students and Native Americans, the Center conducts 350 face-to-face meetings with people with disabilities across the state. These meetings include conversations about work, relationships, satisfaction, choice and decision making, self-determination, safety, health, service coordination, family and community inclusion. Data collected from the surveys are published in reports that are made available statewide.