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SD SBVI - Independent Living Services

The focus of this program is to provide a broad scope of services to individuals who are visually impaired or blind in their home communities and to teach the essential skills of blindness necessary to continue to live and work as independently, safely, and comfortably as possible.

Professional rehabilitation teachers work with individuals in their homes to teach alternative techniques of doing everyday activities.

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible, individuals must:

      Have a significant visual impairment;

      Have a substantial limitation in ability to function independently;

      Have a reasonable expectation that Independent Living services will assist the individual; and

      Reside in South Dakota.

Services Available:

      Counseling;

      Training in cane travel skills and other travel skills;

      Training in communication skills such as writing letters and reading Braille;

      Training in telling time;

      Training in homemaking skills;

      Strategies and technologies for utilizing low vision;

      Leisure activities; and

      Training to public and private organizations.

Contact Information:

Sandy Neyhart, Rural Independent Living Specialist
Address: Hillsview Plaza
3800 East Highway 34
c/o 500 East Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
Phone/Fax: (605) 773-4644 / (605) 773-5483

Or contact your SBVI District Office. To locate which of the SBVI three district offices serves your area of the state go to:

http://www.state.sd.us/dhs/sbvi/county.htm

Source:

http://www.state.sd.us/dhs/sbvi/independ.htm

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Division of Service to Blind and Visually Impaired - Overview

Welcome and Introduction to the South Dakota Benefits Information System


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