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RSA: Promising Practices for Statewide Independent Living Councils and State Independent Living Programs
South Dakota Collaborative IL Service Delivery Model

South Dakota Division of Rehabilitation Services
and
Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired
3800 East Highway 34
Pierre, SD 57501

Telephone: 605-773-3195
Web (DRS): www.state.sd.us/dhs/drs
Web (SBVI): www.state.sd.us/dhs/sbvi

IL Services: South Dakota Collaborative IL Service Delivery Model

In South Dakota, the Designated State Units, the SILC, the CILs, and other service providers, including Dakota Link and the Assistive Technology Devices program, work collaboratively together to develop specialized IL programs to benefit individuals with significant disabilities in overcoming barriers that would otherwise substantially limit their ability to function independently in family and community activities.

One of the most prominent programs is the Home Modification and Adaptive Devices (HMAD) program that provides adaptive devices such as portable ramps and assistive technology devices. CILs have primary responsibility for coordinating this program utilizing part B funds provided by the DSU and the SILC. An important aspect of this program is its successful reliance on community partnerships and volunteers to leverage resources. For example, components of ramps are built by prison inmates, transported to consumers' homes by off-duty National Guard members, and assembled by volunteers. Another positive aspect of the program is the recycling component that allows equipment to be transferred from one individual to another as individuals' needs change.

This model for the delivery of IL services demonstrates how the SD IL stakeholders, together with community partners and volunteers work together to maximize resources and increase the independence of individuals with significant disabilities throughout the state.

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Last Modified: 11/29/2007