About Us

The South Dakota School for the Deaf (SDSD) was established in 1880 to serve children identified as deaf or hard of hearing. SDSD’s mission is to be a partner in educational success for children from birth through high school graduation. SDSD serves as a resource by providing informed, evidence-based consultation to families, schools, and educational teams statewide, in addition to both screening and diagnostic audiology services, and multidisciplinary evaluations. SDSD is devoted to delivering the specialized educational services and resources for South Dakota children who are deaf and hard of hearing, leading to their full and active participation.

Mission Statement

South Dakota School for the Deaf was established in 1880 to serve children with hearing loss. Since that time, SDSD has worked to provide quality educational programs and support services for deaf and hard of hearing children and their families. The school’s mission includes consultation to families and educational teams statewide and comprehensive student evaluations including audiology and hearing screening. SDSD serves as a resource for families and local schools by providing a specialist in the education of deaf and hard of hearing children as a member of the educational team.

Accessibility at SDSD

South Dakota Services for the Deaf (SDSD) is committed to web accessibility for all, regardless of ability or disability. We work continually to improve the accessibility and usability of our digital content, informed by web accessibility standards. Accessibility is an ideal and responsibility that we share with the greater community. We collaborate with our webmaster to make this website and its contents as accessible as possible. Please review additional content: