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South Dakota Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Lease/Loan Program

South Dakota 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

Improving communication for older individuals who are blind: South Dakota Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Lease/Loan Program

The CCTV program, administered by the South Dakota Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) in partnership with Dakota Link, makes CCTVs available to current and former consumers of the OIB program who cannot otherwise afford them due to limited financial resources. This device is a camera and monitor system that magnifies script or pictures up to sixty times its size. SBVI implemented the program in 2004 with donations, primarily from memorials, and since that time has distributed approximately 150 CCTVs. Consumers indicate that it has opened up a new communication avenue and greatly expanded their access to information, especially for those located in remote areas of the state. CCTVs allow consumers to perform routine tasks in their homes they could not otherwise do, including viewing bank statements and other mail, reading labels on medical prescriptions, and signing their names on important documents. In addition, CCTVs provide consumers a means to stay in touch with their families and friends by allowing them to read letters and see photographs. Altogether, this program allows consumers to remain more independent in their homes.

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Last Modified: 11/29/2007