The South Dakota Association of the Deaf, Inc., (SDAD) is a statewide nonprofit organization serving the deaf and hard of hearing South Dakota citizens and their families. Established in 1900, and then incorporated under the laws of the State of SD on July 1, 1910, SDAD has advocated for the rights of deaf and hard of hearing persons so that they can more fully participate in all aspects of society and life – without barriers. SDAD is committed to opening the doors of opportunity to deaf and hard of hearing people living in South Dakota. SDAD also promotes activities where deaf and hearing people can come together to learn about, understand, and value each other.
Where are we now:
Membership continues to be steady around 180 active members. We have seen an increase in parents of Deaf children becoming members. Fundraising and advocacy continue to be our priorities.
SDAD is a state association affiliated with the National Association of the Deaf.
Deaf includes culturally deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind.
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.
The vision of the SDAD is that every deaf and hard of hearing individual can and will participate fully in all aspects of society and life without barriers.