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.


Here goes the list of members being recognized in their years of membership with SDAD as shown below:


      Larson Jr, Norman, 65            Puthoff, Larry, 50

       Anderson, William, 30            Faini, Cindy, 30

          Koterwski, Mark, 30            Panek, Belinda, 30

     Gunderson, Christa, 25            Haake, LaDonna, 25

   Schweitzer, Douglas, 25


September 9, 2019

November 23, 2019

January 11, 2020

March 14, 2020

May 9, 2020

July 25, 2020

September 12, 2020 (TBD)

November 14, 2020

January 9, 2021

March 13, 2021 (TBD)

May 8, 2021


News & Updates



The South Dakota Association of the Deaf (SDAD) is very proud to announce that the 2020 Election Ballots, How to Register to Vote are Signed in ASL!


The videos explain how to register to vote, as well as how to vote by absentee/mail in ballots.  The other three videos introduce each initiated measure (IM) and cover both sides (Pros and Cons) for each.  Please note, if you wish to vote by absentee ballot and mail in your vote, you must register for this at least 2 weeks prior to November 3.  More information is provided in the video.


Here are the links to four videos:


1. How to Register to Vote and Voting by Absentee Ballot:


2. Initiative Measure 26 (Medical Marijuana Initiative):


3. Amendment A (Marijuana Legalization Initiative):


4. Amendment B (Deadwood Sports Betting Legalization Amendment:


Please feel free to share (forward) these signed videos with all your friends, relatives and co-workers who are residents in South Dakota.  These videos are not only in ASL but closed captioned and have been voice interpreted.


On behalf of the South Dakota Association of the Deaf and members we want to extend our deepest thanks to Tanya Miller, Chair, Angela Ellman, Patty Kuglitsch and Kevin Barber for making the voting process more accessible for the deaf community.  SDAD also wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the Secretary of State Office and the Department of Human Services and Division of Rehabilitation Services for their support by awarding the grant and making these videos possible and accessible for SD constituents who are deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind.  


Please join us to take control of our future and take advantage of our right to vote!

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