Diabetes is a disease that affects all parts of the body, from the eyes, to the teeth, to your mental and emotional health. There are many national and local resources and support programs for patients with diabetes.
The mission of the Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) is to provide individualized rehabilitation services that result in optimal employment and independent living outcomes for citizens who are blind or visually impaired. SD SBVI provides the following services:
Independent Living Older Blind Services
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
In addition to the services provided by the Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired, the South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind (SDRC) provides support for individuals with vision loss or low vision. The Center provides staff members who are trained to teach skills that help people lead a full productive life - regardless of how much one does or does not see. Upon completion of training, individuals usually return to their community and use their new skills in their home, school or job.
First-aid providers have important choices to make before providing care to a patient with diabetes. Click below to learn more about providing first aid for patients with diabetes, from hypoglycemia to hyperglycemia, to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).
You are not alone. There are several support groups across the state. Click below to locate one near you.
It is important to learn about diabetes from a professional in order to successfully manage your diabetes.