Transition Services

For anyone living in or looking to move to SE South Dakota and looking for support, the help you need is right around the corner. SESDAC has been a leader in providing transitional services to teens and adolescents, and the outcomes have been remarkable. Working directly with school districts, area businesses, and families, our team provides personalized services to help high school students with disabilities and young adults reach their IEP goals and learn valuable skills that can lead to new opportunities. Our transition services are designed to support young people and their families as they transition from school to independent adulthood. Working closely with schools and local employers, SESDAC provides a smooth and safe process for this experience. Some people continue living with their family and start with new day services or a new job. Others want or need residential support and are assisted to also move to a supported or more independent home. The transition process can move at whatever pace the person and their support system is comfortable with.

Day Services

SESDAC provides day services to those who have not yet successfully gained permanent employment. These services are designed to increase quality of life, hone social and vocational skills, encourage movement, and improve cognitive development and sensory integration. Day Services can be the stepping stone needed to lead to fulfilling and rewarding employment, and help develop much needed confidence and self-esteem.

Skills Training

High school students with disabilities between the ages of 16-21 may enroll in an employment program that provides vocational transition opportunities. The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) provides wages for the students, the school district finances the job development and job coaching services, and the employer provides an actual work environment with real tasks. This invaluable real-life work experience can lead to a stable job with a paycheck.

Employment Services

SESDAC partners with the local business community to provide skills training that often leads to job opportunities, including:

  • Ongoing employment
  • Assistance with maintaining or changing employment
  • Assistance with scheduling
  • Transportation
  • Communication with employers
  • Development of job skills that increase employability