NFB of SD State President:
Kennneth Rollman.
903 Fulton Street.
Rapid City, SD 57701.
Phone: (605) 721-3311.

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The South Dakota State Flag

The flag of the state of South Dakota represents the U.S. state of South Dakota with a field of sky blue charged with a version (in navy blue on white) of the state seal in the center, surrounded by gold triangles representing the sun's rays, surrounded in turn by inscriptions in gold sans-serif capitals of "SOUTH DAKOTA" on top and "THE MOUNT RUSHMORE STATE" (the state nickname) on the bottom. The inscription on the bottom was "THE SUNSHINE STATE" before it was changed in 1992. Read the full Wikipedia article.

Resources for the Blind and Visually-Impaired

These links allow you to access general information about the NFB and the NFB of South Dakota.

National Federation of the Blind

Click here to go to the home page of the National Federation of the Blind's national website.

National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute

The National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute-- is the first and only nationally-recognized research and training institute operated by the blind for the blind.

Click here to go to the NFB Jernigan Institute's website

Jacobus tenBroek Library

Named in honor of Dr. Jacobus tenBroek, Founder of the National Federation of the Blind, the Jacobus tenBroek Library contains a vast array of research data and information on blindness and the accomplishments of the National Federation of the Blind

Click here to go to the Jacobus tenBroek Library's website

Black Hills Special Services

Executive Director: Dr. Joe Hauge
2885 Dickson Drive
PO Box 218
Sturgis SD, 57785
Phone: (605) 347-4467
Fax: (605) 347-5223

Black Hills Special Services Cooperative offers South Dakotans public education, community development coordination, and technology applications that reduce geographic isolation. Central offices are located in Sturgis, with satellite offices throughout the Black Hills and in Pierre. Though it is a government legal entity, the Cooperative does not levy taxes. Funding is secured by providing services that public institutions and private organizations are willing to buy.

Free Directory Assistance

Anyone who cannot read the phone book is eligible for free directory assistance. Contact your service provider for an application.

Free Money Identifier

A money identifier is a device small enough to fit on your keychain. Depending on how you set it up, it will beep, speak, or vibrate when you scan paper money. Ask the State Library for an application to recieve your money identifier totally free!

Telecommunication Adaptive Devices Program, the TAD Program

The Telecommunication Adaptive Devices Program provides devices such as fully voice-activated phones, phones with large buttons, and picture phones to those who cannot use a telephone in a timely manner and who are ineligible for TEDP. Those who are deaf, deaf-blind, or speech-impaired are not eligible.

Telecommunication Equipment Distribution Program, the TED Program

The TED program is available to those who are deaf or hearing-impaired, speech-impaired, deaf-blind, or any combination of the prior conditions.

SD National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program

This new federal program provides support for the local distribution of a wide array of accessible communications technology. It was mandated by the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) and established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Learn more about South Dakota's NDBED Program

Senior CCTV Program

Any senior citizen fifty-five years or older is can recieve a CCTV. Contact SBVI to determine if you are elible.

National Association of Guide Dog Users

Learn more about guide dogs and the National Association of Guide Dog Users, (NAGDU.)

Diabetes Action Network

Learn more about the Diabetes Action Network.

Governmental Affairs

There is a whole page devoted to information about blindness-related South Dakota State and Federal legislation that can be accessed by following the link below.

Learn more about blindness and governmental affairs now

The Office of Special Education

Director: Ann Larsen
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, South Dakota 57501-2293
Phone: 605-773-3678
Fax: 605-773-3782

Visit the Office of Special Education's website

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Braille Literacy

Braille Literacy Initiative

The NFB's Braille Literacy Initiative strives to promote Braille Literacy among both blind children and adults. The site contains many articles about the production and use of Braille, Braille reading programs, and information concern the Lewis Braille Coin.

Click here to visit the Braille Literacy Initiative website

NFB Braille Share

NFB Braille Share is an exciting new service that allows members to share and exchange hard-copy Braille books and other material.

Click Here to visit NFB Braille Share's website

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Independent Travel

The National Federation of the Blind Free Cane Program

The NFB Free Cane Program is a program that provides free white canes to blind persons living in the United States.

Get your free White Cane Now!


Dial-A-Ride is a curb-to-curb/door to door transportation service in Rapid City operated by the Rapid Transit System. Dial-A-Ride operates within the city limits of Rapid City and has been providing services to local residents who qualify for service under the Americans with Disabilities Act since 1992.

Call (605) 394-6631 and schedule a ride today!

Things to Remember:

  • All trip requests must be made at least one day prior to your scheduled trip request; there is no same day scheduling.
  • You must present a fare to the driver upon boarding the bus. No fare, no ride!
  • During off hours, please leave a detailed message through our voicemail system to schedule your trips.

Find out more about Dial-a-Ride and the rest of the Rapid Transit system

Blind & Visually-Impaired Travelers' Guide

Upgraded Points has put together a guide for visually-impaired travelers and their loved ones. It includes resources for planning your trip, disability rights information, and many tips and tricks that will help you get from one location to another safely and enjoyably.

Visit Upgraded Points' Website & Read the Full Article

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Low Vision and Eye Care

Black Hills Regional Eye Institute

2800 Third Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
Toll Free: 1-877-553-2700

This Organization provides comprehensive eye care and continuously improves that care through education and research.

Visit the Eye Institute's website now

The Low Vision Center Store

2800 3rd Street
Rapid City, SD, 57701
Phone: (605) 718-2303 Toll-Free: 1-800-658-3500 ext 3303

The Low Vision Store has 2 representatives that cover the South Dakota area. Visit their in-store show room or arrange for an on-site visit from one of these representatives for a demmonstration of reading machines that will best meet your needs. (Store hours are Monday-Friday 9AM to 4PM.)

Shop the Low Vision Center's store now!

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National Center for Mentoring Excelence, (NCME)

NCME is a nation-wide program designed to promote networking among blind individuals by matching blind mentors and mentees of common interest and life aspirations.

Visit their website to learn more about NCME


NFB Net offers a variety of services to members and interested persons. One can join various blindness discussion groups, and access a variety of material both blindness and non-blindness related.

Visit the NFB Net site now

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Blind Children and Youth

Hadley School for the Blind

700 Elm St.
Winnetka, IL 60093
Toll-Free: 1-800-526-9909 or
Phone: (847) 446-8111
TTY: (847) 441-8111
Student Services Email:
General Inquiry Email:

Learn more about the programs Hadley has to offer for adults continuing education and children alike

National Center for Blind Youth in Science, (NCBYS)

NCBYS is a national clearing house of useful information and resources for parents and educators of blind children relating to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, (STEM).

Learn more about NCBYS and STEM

National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, (NOPBC)

Are you the lucky parent of a blind child? Don't think you're so lucky? You are; visit the NOPBC's website to learn how to ensure that your child is as successful as anyone else!

Office of Educational Service and Support

Director: Linda Turner
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, South Dakota 57501-2293
Phone: 605-773-3678
Fax: 605-773-3782

South Dakota Office of Special Education provides assistive and outreach services to blind children in public schools throughout the state of South Dakota.

See what the Office of Educational Services and Support can do for you

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Services of the NFB

Information About Vision Loss

The following link provides information about vision loss for blind persons, those losing vision, families of the blind, blindness, giriatric and medical professionals.

Learn more about vision loss and its causes

Independence Market

The NFB Independence Market is the store of the National Federation of the Blind offering a wide variety of aids and appliances for the blind, NFB Literature and other items for purchass from the National Center for the Blind.

See what you can find at the Independence Market now!

Scholarship Programs

Information about the NFB'S National Scholarship Program and the Karen Mayry Memorial Scholarship given by the NFB of South Dakota.

Read more about the various scholarship programs

International Braille and Technology Center, (IBTC)

A one-of-a-kind center shocasing various computer and other devices that allow the blind to live independnet lives, have greater access to information, and to assist in creating employment opportunities for blind individuals.

Learn more about IBTC

Kurzweil-National Federation of the Blind Reader

The KNFB Reader is the first hand-held reading device which gives the blind immediate access to printed documents by converting a photographic image of the document to spoken text.

Learn more about the KNFB Reader

DakotaLink Main Demonstration and Service Center

1161 Deadwood Ave. Suite #5
Rapid City, SD 57702
Phone: 1-800-645-0673
V/TDD 605-394-6742

This organization operates the South Dakota Newspaper Reading Service. It also assists the access technology needs of persons in South Dakota through loan programs, recycling of used equipment, and maintains lists of funding sources for adaptive equipment.

DakotaLink offers five hours of free assistive technology training to anyone referred to them by SBVI or his or her independent living instructor. Call the SBVI to see if you are eligible today!

Visit DakotaLink's website to learn more

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Publications of the National Federation of the Blind

The Braille Monitor

The Braille Monitor is the leading publication about blindness and the work of the National Federation of the Blind.

Subscribe to the Braille Monitor or read the archives

Future Reflections

Future Reflections is the NFB's magazine for parents and educators of blind children.

FLearn more about Future Reflections

Voice of the Diabetic

Developed in Missouri, the Voice of the Diabetic has become the leading publication for blind diabetics, their families, medical, and other professionals.

Learn more about the Voice of the Diabetic

Kernel Books

Kernel Books is a series of inspirational booklets depicting the everyday lives of blind individuals.

Learn more about Kernel Books

Speeches and Reports

A collection of classic banquet and other speeches delivered by NFB presidents and leaders during the annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind Convention. Resolutions adopted during these conventions can also be found here.

Visit the Speeches and Reports page for inspiration

NFB Literature

A collection of literature produced by the National Federation of the Blind. Many publications can be accessed online. Others can be ordered from the NFB'S Independence Market.

Check out the NFB's collection of literature

Information Packets

Information packets are a collection of literature aimed at different audiences including blind individuals, new NFB Affiliates, Parents and educators of blind children, blind seenior citizens, rehabilitation professionals, blind students, employers, and many more. These can be ordered from the NFB'S Independence Market.

See what kind of information packets are available

Audio Video Center

The Audio Video Center is a collection of audio and video presentations from past NFB events, commentaries on the work of the federation and media presentations concerning the NFB's work, and of issues effecting the blind.

Check out the Audio Video Center now

The NFB offers many more publications than those in this list. Check out the more detailed list of publications now

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Library Services

South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library

800 Governors Drive
Pierre, South Dakota 57501-2294
Phone: 605-773-3131
Toll Free: 800-423-6665
Fax: (605) 773-6962
Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time
7:00 AM-4:00 PM Mountain Time Monday-Friday

Learn more about the Talking Book Library

NLS BARD: Braille and Audio Reading Download

The Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) Mobile app is now available from Apple. The free app allows readers to download audio and braille books from their National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) BARD accounts. In South Dakota, access to BARD is provided through the South Dakota State Library. BARD contains nearly 50,000 books, magazines and music scores in audio and braille formats, with new selections added daily.

The above text is an exerpt from the South Dakota State Library's resource list page. Read more about BARD and check out the state library's resource list.

Check out BARD's extensive library of audiobooks

KNFB Reader Mobile App

Make the print yours!

The KNFB Reader is a mobile app that converts printed text into high quality speech to provide accurate, fast, and efficient access to both single and multiple page documents with the tap of a button.

To purchase KNFB Reader, please visit

Hand holding a mobile phone with KNFB Reader logo on the screen

Learning Ally (Formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, or RFB&D)

Learning Ally is the nation's oldest and largest producer of textbooks and other material in recorded format. Member ship for their services is required.

Learn more about Learning Ally is a nation-wide library of volunteer-produced books available from their portal to eligeable members. NFB Newsline for the Blind newspapers can also be accessed via An annual subscription is required.

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Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a world-wide colllection of classic literature and historical documents freely available to interested individuals. This collection can be accessed free of charge anywhere in the world.

Learn more about Project Gutenberg

The Internet Public Library

The Internet Public Library is another collection of literature, documents, and material freely available to individuals and educators. This service is similar to Project Gutenburg.

Learn more about the Internet Public Library

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Rehabilitation and Training

National Federation of the Blind Training Centers

The National Federation of the Blind operates three adult orientation and adjustment facilities which provide adjustment to blindness training and other services to blind youth and adults. We have also established a program for training and certifying those in South Dakota wishing to become blindness professionals. Further information can be obtained from the links below. Rehab resources in South Dakota are also listed.

Blindness: Learning in New Dimensions, BLIND, Inc.

BLIND, Inc. is the NFB's training center located in Minniapolis Minnesota. Along with all NFB training centers BLIND Inc's program is based on the NFB's Civil Rights Model of rehabilitation and employs Structured-Discovery Learn in its curriculum.

Learn more about BLIND, Inc.

Colorado Center for the Blind

The Colorado Center is located in Littleton Colorado and provides the same high-quality orientationa nd adjustment to blindness as do the other NFB Centers.

Learn more about the Colorado Center for the Blind

Louisiana Center for the Blind

Begun in 1985 the Louisiana Center for the Blind was the first of our three centers to be established. It is located in Ruston, Louisiana.

Visit the Louisiana Center for the Blind's website

South Dakota Division of Service to the Blind and Visually-Impaired

Hillsview Properties Plaza
3800 East Highway 34, c/o 500 East Capital
Pierre, South Dakota 57501
Phone: 605-773-4644
Toll Free: 800-265-9684

The SD SBVI provides rehabilitation services to blind persons in South Dakota.

Learn more about SBVI and what it can do for you

South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind (SDRC)

Rehabilitation Manager: Dawn Backer
2900 West 11th Street, Suite 101
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone/TTY: (605) 367-5260
Fax: (605) 367-5263
Toll Free: 1-800-658-5441

Learn more about SDRC

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Blindness Professionals Training

These links lead to information concerning training offered in partnership with leading universities for blind rehabilitation professionals and educators of blind children.

Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness

This Institute provides leadership in creating programs and conducting research that recognizes the socially constructed assumptions underpinning the current structure of the blindness system and research being done on blindness. As a result, the Institute on Blindness provides alternative programs and research that expands the boundaries of the blindness.

Visit PDRIB's website now

National Blindness Professional Certification Board, (NBPCB)

The National Blindness Professionals Certification Board currently offers a certificate in Orientation and Mobility for the blind. In addition the NBPCB provides recertification and continuing education programs to certificants.

Learn more about NBPCB

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