Empowering Every Story,
Advocating Every Right

A Pledge for Dignity, Equality and Unwavering Hope

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Who We Are

Welcome to Disability Rights South Dakota (DRSD), where every individual is valued and supported. Since 1977, we’ve been passionately advocating for the rights of people with disabilities across our state. From addressing neglect and abuse in special education to becoming a beacon of support for individuals of all ages and abilities, DRSD is committed to celebrating diversity and empowering self-advocacy.

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Who We Serve

At DRSD, we’re here for anyone in need of support and understanding. Whether you’re a student navigating the education system or a parent advocating for your child’s rights, our inclusive community is ready to walk alongside you. From infants to seniors, from urban centers to rural communities, we serve with compassion and dedication. If you’re facing challenges related to disability, know that you’re not alone. DRSD is here to listen, support, and empower you every step of the way.

What We Do

At DRSD, our focus is on creating positive change and promoting inclusivity. Through our advocacy services, we work tirelessly to break down barriers, challenge discrimination, and empower individuals with disabilities to live life to the fullest. Whether you need legal assistance, educational resources, or support navigating essential services, DRSD is here to help. Together, we can build a brighter, more inclusive future for all.

Our services are based on program eligibility as well as annual goals and priorities approved by the DRSD Board of Directors.
*Typical priority areas include:

Individual Case Services

  • Assistive Technology Access
  • Special Education Assistance
  • Protection and Advocacy Services
  • Vocational and Rehabilitation Support
  • Community and Workplace Integration
  • Guardianship Guidance and Alternatives
  • Employment (Disability) Discrimination Advocacy

Systemic Activity

  • Investigations
  • Monitoring of Service Providers
  • Community and Workplace Integration
  • Employment (Disability) Discrimination
  • Guardianship Guidance and Alternatives
  • Institutional Abuse, Neglect, & Exploitation
  • Voter Registration and Voting Accessibility Advocacy
  • Education, Training, & Self-Advocacy Support Programs

* While our areas of direct assistance are shaped by federal guidelines, we understand that your challenges may extend beyond those listed above. Don’t hesitate to reach out—whether it’s for information, guidance, or connections to suitable resources, we’re here to support you. Your well-being is our top priority!

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