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DRSD will be closed on May 22nd and May 25th

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Please note that DRSD will be closed on both Friday, May 22nd and Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday.

New COVID-19 Fact Sheets on Disability Rights, Employment, and Education During the Pandemic

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Federal, state, and local law protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination in facilities, place of residence, employment, education, and in their communities. This does not change during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out the following fact sheets for information on your rights as a ....

Offices Closed March 27th from 3PM-5PM

Friday, March 27, 2020
Please note that DRSD offices will be closed today (Friday, March 27th) from 3PM - 5PM. We will still be open from 8AM - 3PM, so if you need assistance or have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-658-4782 or complete an intake form on our website.

Joint Statement on Serving Students with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
The South Dakota Department of Education Special Education Programs, South Dakota Parent Connection, and Disability Rights South Dakota remain committed to the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). We believe the rights of all students with disabilities must be mainta....
CategoriesCOVID-19, Education

COVID-19 Resources

Monday, March 23, 2020
In order to stay updated on the current coronavirus outbreak, DRSD has created a dedicated COVID-19 resource page to provide information about COVID-19 and its impact on disability-related issues.

DRSD not accepting walk in clients at this time...

Monday, March 16, 2020
Please note that starting today, March 16th, Disability Rights SD will not be accepting any walk in clients at our offices due to COVID-19 concerns. We are still open, however, to receive phone calls. So if you are in need of assistance, please contact us at 1-800-658-4782 or 605-342-2575. You may a....
CategoriesAnnouncements, COVID-19

Follow DRSD on our new Twitter page!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
DRSD is now on Twitter! Follow us @DRSD_Rights to stay up to date on all the latest disability rights news.

DRSD Closed February 17th

Friday, February 14, 2020
Please note: DRSD offices will be closed Monday, February 17th for Presidents' Day. We will be open once again on Tuesday.

Individual/Family and Stakeholder Meetings Coming Up!

Thursday, February 13, 2020


Check out the following message from DHS below for an opportunity to share your opinions on our current services system!


Individual/Family and Stakeholder Meetings


As you are aware, the Department of Human Services has engaged in a broad effort to look at how the state can best serve South Dakota’s I/DD population. Align has been contracted by the DHS to conduct an assessment of the current system of services. Critical to this assessment is the input of individuals in services, families and guardians. We need to hear from you on what is working in the current system, what is not working, and what services or options you think are needed.

Please join us at one of our Family and Stakeholder Meetings to give us your feedback. We will be holding meetings in multiple cities in South Dakota to get as much feedback as possible. Additionally, we will be offering online access to the meeting for Stakeholders who cannot attend in person. We are very excited to have the opportunity to meet with you and gather your opinion and input! We hope to see you at one of the meetings.

There will be meetings on February 18th, 19th, and 20th across the state. See the flyer below for more information:

Flyer with text and links to meetings

SPIL Public Input Survey - Your Opinion Needed!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

SPIL Public Input Survey


The Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) is in the process of developing a new 3 year State Plan for Independent Living (IL), and is looking for input on IL services from individuals with disabilities in South Dakota.


Fill out the survey here if you would like to share your opinion and help inform the development of this plan!


Feedback will be accepted through March 6th, 2020. If you would like to receive the survey in an alternative format, please contact 605-773-3195 or email infors@state.sd.us.


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