Authorization:
Section 1-36A-5 of the South Dakota Codified Laws
Activities:
Advise the Director of Rehabilitation services in the development of state plans, policy related to the expenditure of federal and state funds and the coordination of planning and service delivery to individuals involved in vocational rehabilitation and independent living services.
Organization:
Administered under Department of Human Services
Composition:
Members of the council shall be appointed by the Governor. The Governor shall select members after soliciting recommendations from representatives of organizations representing a broad range of individuals with disabilities and organizations interested in individuals with disabilities. In selecting members, the Governor shall consider the extent to which minority populations are represented. A majority of council members shall be persons who are individuals with disabilities and not employed by the designated state unit. No more than seven members may be of the same political party Federal Requirements: A. At least one representative of the Statewide Independent Living Council; B. At least one representative of a parent training and information center C. At least one representative of the client assistance program; D. At least one vocational rehabilitation counselor with knowledge of and experience with vocational rehabilitation programs (exofficio, nonvoting member if the counselor is an employee of the designated State unit); E. At least one representative of community rehabilitation providers; F. Four representatives of business, industry and labor; G. Representatives of disability advocacy groups representing a cross section of: i. Individuals with physical, cognitive sensory, and mental disabilities; and, ii. Parents, family members, guardians, advocates, or authorized representatives of individuals with disabilities who have difficulty in representing themselves or are unable due to their disabilities to represent themselves; H. Current or former applicants for, or recipients of, vocational rehabilitation services; I. Native American Vocational Rehabilitation (121 Project); J. Representative of Office of Special Education; K. State Workforce Investment Board; and L. Director of designated state agency A majority of Council members shall be persons who are: a. Individuals with disabilities; and, b. Not employed by the designated State unit.
Term of Appointment:
Three years. No more than two consecutive full terms.

Contact Info:
221 S. Central Avenue Pierre SD 57501, Phone (605) 945-2207 or 1-800-310-0143

Mission Statement:
To serve as an advocate for all persons with disabilities seeking to reach their employment goals and aspirations through vocational rehabilitation services