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Holiday Wishes from SDAD Board!

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

January 15, 2022 Updates:  SDAD President announcement: Membership Dues

June 6, 2020 Updates

The Legislative Committee wants to share new information regarding House Bill 1228. It was introduced yesterday (February 4th) by Representative Erin Healy from Sioux Falls. What is HB 1228 all about? It is an Act to include all children with a hearing loss in the reporting criteria required for deaf and hard of hearing children.

February 10, 2020, Skye for Business

SDAD President's Message - 1.24.2020

Government Operations & Audit Committee Meeting Update Regarding SDSD and Deaf Education

Government Operations & Audit Committee re: SDSD Data Information and Property Swap

Announcement of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Workshop

SB 117 Update - Deaf Child's Bill of Rights

How to Contact the State for ADA Request for the Interpreting Service During the Legislative Session

February 10, 2020, Update on SB 117

Update on SDSD Strategic Plan and Bylaws SDSD Advisory Council

Public Hearing Regarding SDSD Campus Swap with TCF Building

SD Board of Regents Community Forum

Click on this closed captioned video to see what the Education Committee is working on. 

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