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Happy summer! Thank you everyone who joined us this year at our signing suppers. We will be taking the summer off. Keep an eye out for our next signing supper later this year. See you all in September! ... See MoreSee Less
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The Vermillion Community Theatre is presenting a special showing of the musical "Beauty and the Beast" this Saturday, July 13th, at 7pm in Vermillion. This performance will be interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL). Don't miss out! You can order your tickets online at www.vermillioncommunitytheatre.org. 🎤🎶🌹 ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy 4th of July! 🇺🇸💥🧨We wanted to hear from our staff and ICs about their plans for 4th of July. Check out the video to see what they are doing to celebrate!Transcript:Mark is spending his 4th of July in Chicago for the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) conference! He is representing the South Dakota Association of the Deaf (SDAD). Take a look at his view from his hotel room – it's pretty cool! He hopes you all have a happy 4th of July!Angela is spending her 4th of July chilling with her family in Sioux Falls. She is also pet sitting for three days (4th, 5th, 6th). She hopes you all have a good day!Lance is spending the 4th of July with his nephew and his family, as well as his son and his girlfriend, who are all coming to his house in Bristol to grill, hang out, and watch fireworks. He is also considering going golfing! He wishes you all a happy 4th of July!Kale is heading to Fort Stevenson in North Dakota to camp with his friends over the 4th of July weekend. He's looking forward to a fun time and wishes you all a safe and happy 4th of July!Check out Jez's beautiful view of the campground! Jez is spending her 4th of July enjoying time with her family and friends at the campground. She wishes you all a happy 4th of July and wants to remind you all to not drink and drive! Be safe!Katie is traveling to Minnesota to visit her family, friends, and explore on the 4th of July. She hopes you all have a wonderful 4th of July!Tanya and her family have a unique tradition - they celebrate Christmas every year in July! This year, they are planning a trip to Minnesota to visit family and do various activities, creating memories that will last a lifetime. That's their 4th of July plan!Chelsey plans to hang out with her friends and family for the 4th of July, with no special plans. She wishes you all a happy 4th of July!#sddrop #sddeafresource #happy4thofjuly #4thofJulyplans ... 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.