Family Advocacy & Support
Individuals with disabilities and long-term health care challenges are supported by family members, extended family and friends. This section provides resources related to family support and advocacy.
Communication Services for the Deaf (CSD)
CSD provides support services to individuals who are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired. This ranges from Deaf or hard of hearing individuals, Deaf children with hearing parents, Deaf parents with hearing children, parents of children that are non-verbal and in need of a mode of communication, and more. Programs are at no/reduced cost to the consumers, such as sign language instruction, advocacy, peer support, information and referral, communication assistance, and trainings.
Dakota Link is statewide program of resources and supports that enable individuals in SD greater access to assistive technology devices and services to maintain independence, explore funding options, and become educated about assistive technology issues.
IMED sells vehicles, vehicle conversions and in-home accommodations for people with disabilities.
Independent Living Centers (ILC)
Independent Living Choices
ILC has the following programs to support independence: adaptive devices program; advocacy; assistive daily living services; home modification; independent living skills; information and referral services; peer support program; summer transition program; telecommunication adaptive devices; and other programs.
Serving Lincoln, McCook, Moody, Minnehaha and Turner Counties
Serving Brown, Edmunds, McPherson, Campbell, Walworth, Potter, Marshall and Day Counties
Serving Brule, Buffalo, Charles Mix, Douglas and Gregory Counties
Serving Brookings, Kingsbury, Lake and Miner Counties
Serving Faulk, Spink, Hyde, Hand and Beadle Counties
Serving Aurora, Davison, Hanson, Jerauld, and Sanborn Counties
Serving Codington, Clark, Hamlin, Duel, Grant, and Roberts Counties
Serving Bon Homme, Clay, Hutchinson, Union, and Yankton Counties
R and R Conversions
R & R sells vehicles, vehicle conversions and in-home accommodations for people with disabilities.
SD Assistive Technology 4 All
A web site combining a number of state agencies, private businesses, and lending programs along with individuals that are listing items for sale, giveaway, demonstration, or loan. Each agency, business, or program will have their own criteria for selling or lending their equipment. If you have any questions, please contact the specified person for that item.
South Dakota Relay Service
711 or 800-877-1113
SD Relay provides free telephone accessibility services to people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech-disabled.
Telecommunication Equipment Distribution Program, SD Department of Human Services
SD Relay assists people who have difficulty communicating over the telephone because of hearing loss or speech disability. A variety of smart devices (iPad, iPhone) specialized phone equipment is available to qualified residents of South Dakota at no cost. (Amplified phones, loud ringers, light flashers, ring signalers w/bed shaker, TTY's, captioned phones)
Advanced Special Needs Childcare Assistance, Childcare Services, SD Department of Social Services
This program helps eligible families maintain employment when there are challenges in obtaining quality, affordable, child care for their child (under age 19) with special needs. These families often do not meet eligibility requirements of the regular child care assistance program. A limited number of slots are available statewide at any one time; eligible families will be place on a waiting list until an opening occurs.
ARCH National Respite Network
A national respite network and resource center for families.
Nationwide listing of caregivers for children and adults, including caregivers with special needs knowledge or experience. For fee.
211 or 605-339-4357
Sioux Falls region
Childcare database for Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha and Turner Counties and general childcare resources.
Child Care Provider Search, SD Department of Social Services
Search for registered or licensed child care providers in South Dakota communities. Families without access to internet may contact their local office of SD Department of Social Services, Child Care Services to request a printed copy of available providers.
Child Care Services, SD Department of Social Services
The Division of Child Care Services provides assistance to low income families who need held with child care costs while parents work or attend school. Information on licensed child care providers in your area can be accessed through the 800 number or by calling your local Department of Social Services, Child Care Services.
Early Childhood Enrichment Program, Child Care Services,
SD Department of Social Services
Statewide, regionally based free or low cost services to support early child care providers and parents. May include telephone, consultation, on-site help and/or trainings on issues such as managing behaviors, encouraging development, and financial management. Developmental toy/equipment and resource lending libraries.
Especially 4 You Child Care
Especially 4 You offers respite care for children ages birth to 12 with special needs. Limit of eight children per care time.
Here4Youth After School and Summer Program, Lutheran Social Services
Care for children ages 3-21 of all abilities. Daycare, after school care, summer and respite night programming available. Families can use services on day/week to five days/week depending on their needs. Staff-to-student ratios are much higher than a typical daycare.
Respite Care Program, SD Department of Human Services
Respite, a break for caregivers and families, is temporary care provided to a child or adult with disabilities or chronic illnesses. This program helps families pay for respite services that families set up. Respite can occur in out-of-home or in-home settings.
Refugee & Immigration Programs / Community Interpreter Services, Lutheran Social Services
Refugee & Immigration Programs help individuals, community service providers, employers, hospitals, schools and law enforcement agencies serving people with limited English skills. Community Interpreter Service promotes cultural and language communication by making available interpreters who are well-trained, unbiased, objective and confidential.
Sioux Falls Multi-Cultural Center
A resource center for the culturally diverse community through assistance with housing, adult services, youth services, interpreter and translation services, and community education.
Care Pages, Caring Bridge
Free and easy-to-use personalized web sites allows families to connect with friends and family, and receive emotional support, when a loved one is receiving care.
Sibshops provide an opportunity for children, ages 6-12, who have a brother or sister with a disability or chronic health concern to come together and share experiences, make new friends, learn and have fun.
Sioux Empire, Rapid City, Northern Hills, Yankton areas
Referrals to programs that support members of the military and their families.
Secure website provides a single gateway to find comprehensive information on military-operated or military-approved child care programs worldwide.
Military k12 Partners offers a variety of programs promoting quality education, seamless transitions and deployment support for military families.
Military One Source
Provides special needs consultation, research, resources and materials to families with special needs as well as free tip sheets, booklets, CDs and cassettes.
STOMP (Specialized Training of Military Parents)
Assists military families in accessing resources for their children by enabling them to navigate a variety of educational and medical systems/programs, both military and civilian, regardless of their current duty station/location.
Responsive Parenting Classes, SD Dept. of Social Services
Responsive Parenting classes are free six-week classes for parents with children ages birth to 3 years old and offered throughout the state. Some locations provide child care at no cost.
South Dakota Parent Connection
Contact SD Parent Connection or visit the website for information/referrals related to parenting, grandparenting and parenting classes.
SD Parent Information and Resource Center Parenting Classes
Links to statewide Common Sense Parenting classes, appropriate for parents/caregivers caring for children aged 3 and above. Be sure to check the link for Common Sense Parenting Classes at the bottom or the page
AARP Grandparent Information
Information, guides and resources.
Grandparents of Kids with Special Needs
Meet other grandparents through Yahoo Group or Facebook groups, share ideas for supporting your kids and grandkids, and even post pictures of you and your grandkids.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren - USA.gov
Information on financial assistance, childcare, health and safety, state resources and more.
Brain Injury Alliance of South Dakota
Brain Injury Alliance of SD is a statewide organization of individuals, families and organizations who educate the public, advocate to improve the quality of life for people with brain injuries and their families and support programs to help prevent brain injury.
Diabetes, Incorporated holds a diabetes camp for children in the winter.
Disability is Natural
Parent, author, and trainer Kathie Snow offers new ways of thinking about developmental disabilities, in the belief that attitudes drive actions, and changes in attitudes and actions can help create a society where all children and adults with developmental disabilities have opportunities to live the lives of their dreams.
Disability Scoop is on online source for developmental disability news.
A global community that provides information, resources and communication opportunities for persons with cognitive and other disabilities, the families, and those that provide services and support.
NAMI of South Dakota (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
NAMI provides education, support and serves as an advocate for persons with mental illness and their families. Local affiliates are located in the following cities: Aberdeen, Brookings, Huron, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Sturgis, Watertown, Yankton.
Partners in Policymaking, SD Advocacy Services
This leadership, empowerment, and self-advocacy course is for adults with disabilities and parents/family members of children/youth with disabilities. Applications available on-line by clicking on the training button on the left side of this page and following the links. View the Partners in Policymaking video to learn more about the program.
Disability Rights South Dakota
Disability Rights South Dakota provides information, referrals and representation to help protect the rights of persons with disabilities.
South Dakota Council on Developmental Disabilities
SD CDD provides funds to assist people with developmental disabilities and/or their family members to attend in-state conferences, training events, committees, and other similar activities or to attend out-of-state conferences or training events when there is nothing similar held in South Dakota.
South Dakota Parent Connection
SD Parent Connection provides information, support and training to families with children with special needs and the professionals serving them. Call or visit the website for information on support groups, training events, and more.
The ARC is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The ARC encompasses all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X and various other developmental disabilities.