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The mission of the SDAD is to preserve, protect, and promote the civil, human and the linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in South Dakota. Furthermore, to furnish advocacy, aid and resources by all possible means to deaf and hard of hearing citizens of South Dakota and to encourage cooperation among all diverse organizations of deaf and hard of hearing citizens in the said State.

News & Updates

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Rake the Town took place on Nov 4th, 2023. Thank you to members from SDAD, Z/Purple, SDDROP, & Deaf Awareness for making this Rake the Town a success!


Patty Kuglitsch received the Governor's Award for Outstanding Individual With A Disability

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The Governor’s Awards recognize the achievements of businesses, individuals with disabilities, and South Dakotans for their contributions toward ensuring those with disabilities have equal opportunities to employment. Seven award recipients were recognized during the 2023 Governor’s Awards ceremony that was held on October 30 at the Capitol Rotunda in Pierre.

One of our Deaf community members, Patty, received her award from Governor Kristi Noem, right, and the South Dakota Department of Human Services Cabinet Secretary Shawnie Rechtenbaugh, left.

Patty Kuglitsch (Sioux Falls) was born deaf and has faced communication challenges throughout her life. She has an extraordinary record of achievements as a teacher, counselor, workshop leader and trainer, program developer, and administrator.


Patty has generated creativity, enriched people’s lives, and uplifted them to feel responsible, productive, and valuable in all areas of life. She has served on local, state, and national boards, councils, and committees. Her advocacy and educational efforts have led to improved services in multiple areas including communication, interpreter certification, employment outcomes, telecommunications, equipment distribution programs, and other services.

Thank you for your outstanding work for the deaf community of South Dakota! Congratulations from SDAD and the members!

SDAD President's announcement for the year of 2023-25

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SDAD Board Meeting dates as follows:

September 28, 2023

October 10, 2023 (Special meeting)

December 9, 2023

1 PM at Siouxland Library - Callie Branch

March 9, 2024

June 9, 2024

September 14, 2024

December 14, 2024

March 8, 2024


Congratulations to new officers of 2023-2025!

Tanya Miller - President

Ashley Cain - Vice President

Kevin Barber - Treasurer

David Dahle - Secretary

Callista Anderson - Board - at large

John Timmer - Board - at large

Mark Koterwski - Board - at large

Patty Kuglitsch - Board - at large

Tim Jackson - Board - at large

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