The goal of the South Dakota DEI is to improve the education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of young adults, ages 18-24, with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.

An Integrated Resource Team (IRT) brings together public and private sector representatives at the local One-Stop community level to improve communication and collaboration that results in enhanced coordination of services and supports for a jobseeker with a disability.

Every job seeker with a disability is faced with the same decision: “Should I or shouldn’t I disclose my disability?” This decision may be framed differently depending upon whether you have a visible disability or a non-visible disability. Ultimately, the decision of whether to disclose is entirely up to you. Below is a video developed by South Dakota Disability Employment Initiative with personal testimonies by South Dakotans on their choice to disclose or not disclose their disability in the education and workplace setting. The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/DEI.htm is jointly funded and administered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the Office of Disability Employment Policy. Auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. State and federal laws require the Department of Labor and Regulation to provide services to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, ancestry, political affiliation or belief, national origin, or disability. Contact Information: South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation South Dakota Disability Employment Initiative 700 Governors Drive Pierre, SD 57501-2291 Tel. 605.773.3101 Fax. 605.773.6184 www.sdjobs.org