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Workforce Services | Disability Resources

Disability Resources

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation is committed to providing quality services to assist individuals with disabilities find employment. We also serve as a resource for businesses as they benefit from the talents these individuals offer through employment.

Workplace Accommodations

Despite myths, accommodations for employees typically cost nothing. For those that do have a cost, they are generally less than $500. Accommodations should not focus on the person's disability, rather what is needed for this person to perform the essential tasks of the job. Accommodations can range from an adjusted work schedule or screen reader to a phone headset or ergonomic workstation. Employers who have implemented an accommodation have reported increased retention and productivity among those employees. You can learn more about accommodations at the following sites:

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

  • is the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division's website. It provides Information and Technical Assistance regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • The ADA Business Connection provides ADA compliance resources for businesses.
  • View ADA videos featuring tools and resources to help employers and employees better understand the ADA.

Tax Credits

Find out through the Internal Revenue Service about tax benefits for businesses who have employees with disabilities.

Resources in South Dakota

  • The South Dakota Division of Rehabilitation Services can help individuals with disabilities to obtain or maintain employment, economic self-sufficiency, personal independence and full inclusion into society.
  • The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation has information on labor and employment laws.
  • The South Dakota Retailers Association is Getting Down To Business across South Dakota. Read featured articles or watch a YouTube video sharing how businesses in South Dakota are using the abilities of individuals with disabilities to improve their organization.
  • DakotaLink serves the entire state of South Dakota with assistive technology needs.
  • Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills (WDNBH) is a team of business and human resource individuals to serve as a link between employers and individuals with disabilities who have the desire and qualifications to work. Members of WDNBH recognize that a healthy workforce is diversified and inclusive of persons with disabilities.
  • Employment Disability Resources in Sioux Falls provides education, awareness, and resources to promote the successful employment and inclusion of people with disabilities and helps businesses successfully recruit, retain, and promote qualified individuals with disabilities.
  • Department of Human Services has a number of services and programs for people with disabilities.

National Resources

ADA Videos

DLR has released three videos featuring tools and resources to help employers and employees better understand the ADA.

What You Need to Know about the ADA
Learn about protections under the ADA and expectations for communication regarding a disability, as well as etiquette tips when working with or providing services to those who have a disability.

What You Need to Know about the ADA for Employees Video


ADA Pre-Employment Considerations
Discover how employers can improve hiring practices and allow for the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the applicant pool. It also provides an overview of the ADA and tips on how to abide by the ADA during the hiring process.

ADA Pre-Employment Considerations Video

The Pre-Employment Considerations FAQ fact sheet (Adobe PDF) contains guidance and considerations for pre-employment scenarios.


ADA Considerations During Employment

This essential employer resource reviews how to accommodate and retain new or existing employees with disabilities in accordance to the ADA.

ADA Considerations During Employment

The Considerations During Employment FAQ fact sheet (Adobe PDF) contains guidance and considerations for scenarios during employment.