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We are excited to announce the return of the "GPS for Life" summer camp, designed specifically for deaf and hard of hearing high school students, ages 15 and up. This year, the camp will take place at Storm Mountain Center in the beautiful Black Hills from July 22nd to 26th. 🏕️The camp offers a unique opportunity for students to participate in fun activities while also learning about future careers, STEM, and self-advocacy. This combination of experiences will help prepare students for a successful future. Registration for the camp is now open at forms.gle/AgFum8VXVyfLb9776. We encourage all deaf and hard of hearing high school students to take advantage of this incredible opportunity to connect with peers, learn new skills, and build confidence. 📋The "GPS for Life" summer camp is made possible through the generous support of SD Deaf Resource & Outreach Programs, South Dakota Service for the Deaf Foundation, RIT National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and South Dakota Department of Human Services. We are grateful for their partnership in providing this valuable experience for our students. 🤟🏼Please feel free to reach out to us or your SDSD consultant if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at the camp this summer! ... See MoreSee Less
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SD Deaf Resource & Outreach Programs has been serving the community for more than 45 years.

Services Provided

Information Referral

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Services provided in relation to a consumer’s rights or a referral to other resources. SD-DROP connects the consumer to necessary services through disability, civic or social programs, or provides information and referral to programs that address the barriers confronted by deaf and hard of hearing individuals in areas of education, employment, and other settings.

Employment Services

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In partnership with Vocational Rehabilitation, SD-DROP3 provides job coaching, job shadowing, communication assistance, sensitivity training, and sign language classes for employment with deaf employees.

Peer Support

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Services provided to promote personal growth by sharing experiences either in a group setting or through one-on-one meetings between our specialists and individuals who may be homebound or live in rural areas. Peer support services may include information sharing, support services, mentoring and parent-to-parent opportunities. Peer Support may help facilitate personal and social adjustment skills, communication skills, educational activities, and develop resources.

Communication Assistance

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SD-DROP works to bridge communication and cultural gaps. Individual or small group sign language classes help parents and caregivers to communicate more effectively with deaf individuals. Larger classes may be offered to the community for a small fee.

Family Communication

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Families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing from birth to age 8 are eligible for services to promote early visual communication through instruction in American Sign Language, gesture, and Deaf Culture by a trained Deaf Mentor. Mentors have been screened and chosen based on their signing fluency, their ability to communicate easily with hearing families, their comfort with young children, and their ability to support family decisions.

Community Integration Skills Training

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Individualized teaching, mentoring and guidance services enable consumers to access programs in the community. Services include national supports, social supports, skill development and communication supports that empower the consumer to become more independent. Additionally, transition services are also provided to support students moving from basic education to post-secondary education or entering the workforce.

Deaf Awareness Training/Technical Assistance/Consultation

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Deaf culture and awareness trainings are provided to different organizations to remove existing communication and cultural barriers. Technical assistance or consultative services are offered to Centers of Independent Living, schools, vocational rehabilitation, medical, parents, employers and businesses to enhance the consumer’s experience.

Interpreter Mentoring/ASL Classes

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SD-DROP’s  mentoring program is an opportunity for a new interpreter to learn from an experienced interpreter or a native ASL user and receive direct support, access to information critical for their continued growth, a more smooth entry into the interpreting profession, and expert feedback. While not a substitute for a formal interpreter training program, SD-DROP’s mentoring program is used to augment the skills of a novice interpreter.
 

Our Offices in South Dakota

Sioux Falls

524 N Sycamore Ave, Suite 2
Sioux Falls, SD 57110
Phone #: (605) 362-2618

Aberdeen

14 S Main St. #305
Aberdeen, SD 57104
Phone #: (605) 626-2668

Rapid City

2310 N Maple Ave
Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone #: (605) 394-6864

Learn More About the Telecommunication Equipment Distribution Program

Project LinkSD

Project LinkSD is made possible through the State of South Dakota, Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitative Services, under the Relay South Dakota program.

Meet the SD Deaf Resource &
Outreach Programs Team

Lance Sigdestad

Executive Director

Aberdeen area
VP: 605-370-6593

Katie Peterson

Operations Director

Rapid City Area
VP: 605-274-7717 (leave a message)
Voice: 605-519-8208

Community Support

MaKenzie Ovenstone

Community Support Specialist

Rapid City area
VP: 605-413-1927

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Todd Honas

Community Support Specialist

Sioux Falls area VP: 612-842-1297

Equipment Distribution

Jackie Bosma

Equipment Distribution Specialist

Aberdeen area
VP: 605-626-2668

Tim Hempel

Equipment Distribution Specialist

Sioux Falls area
VP: 605-362-2912

Rapid City area

Equipment Distribution Specialist

Rapid City area
VP: 605-394-6864

For more information on available services in South Dakota, contact us
by calling us at (866) 246-5759 or filling out the form below.