South Dakota Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired

General Information

South Dakota Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired
Hillsview Properties Plaza
Pierre South Dakota 1 57501
(605) 773 4644
http://dhs.sd.gov/servicetotheblind/default.aspx

Brief Description

The mission of the Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) is to provide individualized rehabilitation services that result in optimal employment and independent living outcomes for citizens who are blind or visually impaired.
SBVI has offices in Aberdeen, Pierre, Rapid City, and Sioux Falls, where the South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind is also located.

Staff

Dawn Backer, Manager, Rehabilitation Center for the Blind, dawn.backer@state.sd.us, 605 367 5260

Gaye Mattke, Division Director, Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired, gaye.mattke@state.sd.us, 605 773 4644

Sandy Neyhart, Program Specialist II, sandy.neyhart@state.sd.us, 605 773 4644

Services Offered

  • Assessment
    • Assessment for vocational, low vision and independent living skills. Services Available All services must be part of an Individualized Plan for Employment or an Independent Living Plan, and must be jointly agreed to by the consumer and counselor/rehabilitation teacher.

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Braille and reading instruction falls under the category of communication services which is determined for each individual to achieve their vocational, low vision and independent living skills. All services must be part of an Individualized Plan for Employment or an Independent Living Plan, and must be jointly agreed to by the consumer and counselor/rehabilitation teacher.

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Assessment and training for assistive technology devices and services. Service may include an evaluation of an individual, and acquistion of the assistive technology device. Examples of devices include canes, slates, magnifiers, adaptive cooking items, handwriting guides, and computers.

  • Counseling
    • Offers help with transition and personal adjustment skills and vocational, peer, and family counseling. For additional information, please go to our website at http://dhs.sd.gov/sbvi/

  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in communications, independent living skills, leisure time activity, self-advocacy, in-home rehabilitation teaching services, vocational evaluation, exploration, work adjustment, job-seeking skills services, job placement, and supported employment.

  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers vocational evaluation, exploration, work adjustment, job-seeking skills services, job placement follow-up, and supported employment services.

  • Health Services
    • Provides diagnosis, evaluation, and physical restoration services resulting in increased visual functioning, including low vision services.

  • Information and Referral
    • Information and referral services may be the only service necessary for some individuals, and includes training for other professionals, telephone inquiries, and general inquiries.

  • Low Vision Devices
    • Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.

  • Low Vision Services
    • Low Vision Services are designed to benefit those persons whose ability to function in everyday tasks has been compromised by impaired vision. Low vision services include a visual examination conducted by a trained specialist in the field of low vision, assessment of visual functioning of individual needs and goals, prescriptions for specialized low vision devices, and individualized training.

  • Professional Training
    • The Divison of Services to the Blind and Visually Impairs provides professional training to their staff based on their positions and level of interest.

  • Reading Services
    • Reading services are a supportive service, and are available to an eligible individual while actively participating in the program or attaining their employment or independent living goals.

  • Services for Seniors
    • Consumers and rehabilitation teachers determine which independent living services will assist consumers in achieving their goals and enhance their ability to remain living on their own.

  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Orientation and mobility, and travel training are skills taught in order to access public or private transportation, and to travel safely and as independently as possible, in the home or community, with or without the use of mobility aids and devices.