Over 40 Years of Nonprofit Experience

We leverage Deaf communities worldwide.

Who We Are

We are changing the conversation on Deaf people away from misconceptions, and towards authenticity.

With a $15,000 grant in 1975, CSD began providing sign language services in Sioux Falls, SD, from a broom closet. CSD quickly expanded to multiple programs and services designed to provide communication and access points for Deaf people. Programs and services included job placement and training, adult basic education classes, and domestic violence support, along with telecommunication relay services, video relay services, and then video remote interpreting. Today, CSD continues this influential ambition of ensuring equality among all people — in One World.

By creating innovative tools and resources that empower, promote, and encourage One World where everyone is valued with opportunities for everyone, we are actualizing the future. CSD invests in the community by sparking the inner light of each individual, bringing them together to create a bright future.

The CSD logo with pictures of our history behind it

Founder’s Story

CSD started out of a broom closet more than 40 years ago. It is now an international multimillion-dollar organization — all because no bank would give a deaf farmer a loan.

Community Investments

CSD has historically sponsored numerous initiatives for the Deaf community. Those initiatives, or as CSD calls them, investments, are created with the goal of maximum impact and reach. CSD is always looking for new ways to support individuals and organizations in our community.

The People Behind CSD

Together we are greater than the sum of our parts. We work together to create a future where everyone self-actualizes.

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Timeline: 40 Years of CSD