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COVID-19 & Disability Rights

This page contains information and resources regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and how it relates to disability issues. This page will be updated regularly as new information is released.

DRSD Offices

Until further notice, Disability Rights South Dakota is not 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, or have disability-related questions or concerns, please contact us at 1-800-658-4782 or 605-342-2575. You may also complete an online intake form at https://drsdlaw.org/intakeform/

SD DOH & Other Reliable Resources

*Please protect yourself from coronavirus-related scams by seeking out accurate information from legitimate sources such as the CDC and other reliable agencies linked below. 

SD Department of Health Updates - For updates on the number of cases and response measures in South Dakota.

CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Website - The CDC website includes the most current information about the coronavirus. 

World Health Organization - WHO provides information on how to protect yourself, travel advice, and answers to common questions.

National Institutes of Health - NIH provides updated information and guidance about the coronavirus. 

Education Resources

Joint Statement on Serving Students with Disabilities During COVID-19 Outbreak - A joint statement from the SD Department of Education, Disability Rights South Dakota and South Dakota Parent Connection on educational services for students with disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities - Supplemental Fact Sheet from the U.S. Department of Education

Q & A on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Outbreak - This document outlines states’ responsibilities to children with disabilities and the staff serving these children during the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 Home Learning Resources - The SD SFEC team put this collection of resources together to help families and educators guide student learning while school is out. You can sign up for their newsletter to get daily digests sent straight to your inbox.

NDRN Education Resources During COVID-19 - Educational resources compiled by the National Disability Rights Network.

COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities - A plain language information guide created by Green Mountain Self-Advocates. There is also a Spanish version available on their website.

COVID-19 Information in ASL - A video series by the CDC that provides relevant information in ASL.

US Department of Education - COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel

SD Department of Education - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Schools

Helpful Websites

Corona Virus Help - Sioux Falls - Website for individuals in Sioux Falls to be able to receive help getting essentials, food, and laundry services during COVID-19.

Helpline Center COVID-19 Response - In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 211 Helpline Center is providing up to date information, assistance in finding food or other basic essential needs, and connecting volunteers with those who need them.  In addition to connecting individuals with resources, they are also providing a centralized location for organizations and businesses to list available assistance, closures and cancellations, and program restrictions.

Mental Health

Mental Health America  - Provides many resources for individuals who have mental health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NAMI South Dakota - South Dakota's National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Stress & Coping - CDC - CDC's dedicated webpage to manage anxiety and stress during the pandemic.

Taking Care of Behavioral Health - "Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak" from SAMHSA

SAMHSA COVID-19 Resources - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a great resource page with all kinds of information about mental health services and treatment during the COVID-19 outbreak.

NAMI COVID-19 Guide - A comprehensive resource guide on mental health issues during COVID-19 from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).


What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19 - Resource from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Absentee Voting

Secretary of State Absentee Voting - With the current health concerns and recommendations for social distancing, DRSD has received questions regarding when and how to absentee vote. Absentee voting for the June 2nd Primary elections begins April 17th, and you can also request to vote in city and school elections absentee. Above is the link to the Secretary of State's website that details the process and provides the form needed to request an absentee ballot. You will see a spot on the form for a notary- if a notary is not available, a copy of a state photo ID can be sent with the application. Please contact DRSD with any questions.



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