Board of Vocational Rehabilitation
Statewide Independent Living Council
221 South Central Avenue, Suite 33
Pierre SD 57501
DATE: January 21, 2021
TO: All Interested Parties
SUBJECT: Seeking Nominations
FROM: Cole Uecker, BVR Chairperson
Alan Adel, SILC Chairperson
The Board of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) and Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) need your assistance in identifying knowledgeable individuals who are committed to improving employment and independent living services for individuals with disabilities in South Dakota.
The BVR and SILC are both federally mandated councils that meet four times a year. Members represent a cross-section of South Dakotans from across the state. In 2020, the majority of meetings were held utilizing ZOOM which also allows access by telephone. If meetings are held in person, member expenses (e.g., mileage, per diem, lodging if needed) resulting from participating in quarterly meetings or other board/council activities are reimbursed at state rates.
We are seeking nominations for pending vacancies. Nominations received are then forwarded to the Governor for review and selection. Members are typically appointed to serve three-year terms.
People with disabilities, parents or guardians of individuals with disabilities, and advocates for individuals with disabilities are encouraged to submit nominations. Representatives from organizations that provide services for individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply as well.
More information and a nomination form are included. Nominations are due Friday, April 2nd. Prior to submitting any nomination(s), please ask the potential nominee if they are willing and able to serve.
If you have any questions, we invite you to contact BVR/SILC staff at 1.605.494.3613 or at email@example.com. Thank you for your consideration of this request and any subsequent nominations you submit to us.
Roles and Responsibilities of BVR and SILC Members:
Board of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR)
Attend and actively participate in BVR meetings and activities.
Actively work on at least one BVR committee.
Advise the Division of Rehabilitation Services on its performance, policy, and state plan.
Serve as an advocate for all persons with disabilities needing vocational rehabilitation services.
Assist in preparation of South Dakota's State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment services.
Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Attend and actively participate in all SILC meetings/activities.
Actively work on at least one SILC committee or work team.
Serve as an advocate for all persons with disabilities needing independent living services.
Advise the State of South Dakota on the independent living needs of persons with disabilities.
Provide leadership in the development and implementation of the State Plan for Independent Living.
Concentrate on independent living issues, resources and solutions that are shaped by the geography, values, politics, and cultures unique to South Dakota.
Belief in the principle of equal access and equal opportunity.
Commitment to the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society.
Honesty, integrity, and respect for others.
Resistance to potential conflicts of interest.
Select your preference: Board of Vocational Rehabilitation ________
Statewide Independent Living Council ________
Personal Phone: _________________ Work Phone: ___________________________
Disability: ____Yes ____No Occupation: _________________________________
Current/former recipient of Independent Living Services ____Yes ____No
Current/former recipient of Vocational Rehabilitation Services ____Yes ____No
Biographical Sketch: ____________________________________________________
Previous Board, Council or Community Advocacy Experience: ___________________
Other Information: _______________________________________________
Nominated By (if other than self): __________________________________________
Phone Number: ___________________ Email: _______________________________
Please Return by Friday, April 2nd to:
Division of Rehabilitation Services
3800 E Hwy 34, c/o 500 E Capitol Ave
Pierre, SD 57501