Communication Services for the Deaf (CSD), South Dakota Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities (COALITION), and South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault (The Network) came together to create Bridging South Dakota. As a group, these three organizations are working to improve services for victims and survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors throughout South Dakota. CSD is a dedicated group of professionals committed to making positive, permanent changes for Deaf, Deaf-blind, and hard of hearing people everywhere. COALITION advocates for the full inclusion of all individuals with disabilities, whatever their age, in all aspects of society. The Network is a state-level nonprofit agency dedicated to creating a world free of violence and is committed to working in collaboration with other allies to advance prevention and improve response efforts across the state of South Dakota.
In recent months, COALITION needed to withdraw as a collaborator due to organizational restructuring. Disability Rights South Dakota, the protection and advocacy agency in South Dakota for people with disabilities, and The Compass Center, a leader in combating sexual and domestic violence, have become new collaborators on Bridging South Dakota. Both new partners bring years of advocacy and expertise to their sides of the intersection and to the continuing work of the project.
Our Unique Contribution
Bridging South Dakota is exploring the complexities of serving survivors of sexual assault who have disabilities and Deaf survivors, in a largely rural state. They are building South Dakota’s capacity to respond to survivors through developing resources, and providing technical assistance and educational training.