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Success Story: AJ

June 30, 2015

AJ applied for vocational rehabilitation services when he was in high school.  He had no paid work experience at the time.  AJ was eligible for services because of the functional limitations posed by paralysis due to Transverse Myelitis.  Transverse Myelitis is a rare inflammatory disease causing injury to the spinal cord with varying degrees of weakness, sensory alterations and autonomic dysfunction.  For AJ, this impacts his ability to walk and stand. 

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Success Story: Samantha

June 30, 2015

Samantha attended high school in North Dakota and was on an Individualized Education Plan. After graduation, she moved to South Dakota to be closer to her mom and other relatives.

Samantha has intellectual disabilities, which impact interpersonal and communication skills as well as self-care, self-direction and work tolerance. Her work experience during high school was very limited, and when she applied for services through the Division of Rehabilitation Services and was found eligible, she had less than one month’s work experience. 

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SD Employment Works Initiative

March 13, 2015


Myth: “Providing accommodations for people with disabilities is expensive.”
Fact: “Of the minority of workers with disabilities who do need some sort of special equipment or accommodation, 56% of these accommodations cost less than $600, with many costing nothing at all?  And available tax incentives make it even easier for businesses to cover accessibility costs.” 

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