SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) An important partnership was announced Thursday in Sioux Falls that will help those with disabilities.
LifeScape intends to lease over 31-acres of land from USD's Discovery District in Sioux Falls. The campus will include a future hospital, school, and rehabilitation center.
"To be able to have a state of the art facility with state of the art technology,” said Kristin Tuttle, Medical and Therapy Services Vice President.
The goal is to create a destination for those with disabilities to receive services. LifeScape serves around 5,000 people with disabilities but, they're running out of space. Their facilities are decades old and they need room to grow. Right now, they have a wait-list of up to two years.
So, staff are looking forward to the move
“To not have to be always worried about space or not accepting kids into our program because we don't have space is just going to be extremely impactful for those families,” said Tuttle.
The collaboration will also help with workforce development
“A huge shortage of therapists right now both from the autism speech, physical, occupational, etc,” said Steve Watkins, LifeScape CEO.
There will soon be more hands-on experience for students going into these future careers as
LifeScape is right around the corner from where students are learning. With both organizations now in one place, they'll work together on their goal of making a big impact on the lives of South Dakotans living with disabilities.
Liefscape's CEO says it will be a minimum of three years before work gets underway on the new campus. The project is expected to cost $62 million.