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September 15, 2003

National Symposium on Childhood Deafness to be Held in South Dakota

From: CSD - Sept 15, 2003



Release Date: Sept. 15, 2003

Contact: Derric Miller

CSD Communications Office

National Symposium on Childhood Deafness to be Held in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — "The Roads to Literacy for Deaf Children, Utilizing Collaboration and Partnership," is the theme of the 2003 National Symposium on Childhood Deafness. The symposium takes place Oct.19–23 at the Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The symposium features six keynote presentations — including Robert Davilla, Lauren Teruel and James Tucker— along with six innovate plenary sessions and over 50 child-centered workshops. The entertainment sessions will include Bernard Bragg's "Kiddie World" and Russia's "Toys Theater," both of international acclaim.

Some of the workshops include "Partnering for Literacy Development: Linking K–12 Programs and Teacher Education;" "No Child Left Behind … The Teacher's Role;" and "ASL Models Program Within a Bilingual Literacy Program."

"There is nothing more important to deaf youth — besides their overall health — than education," said Benjamin Soukup, CSD chief executive officer. "We need to be sure they are armed with the best education possible, and with all of the experts collaborating for exactly that cause, the National Symposium on Childhood Deafness will go far in ensuring our deaf youth are not left behind."

The symposium is sponsored by CSD, the National Association of the Deaf and the American Society for Deaf Children. For any questions, please see the CSD Web site or contact Melody Tsai at

About CSD – CSD (also known as Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc.) was established in 1975, primarily to provide sign language interpreting services to deaf and hard of hearing adults in South Dakota. Today, CSD employs over 2,000 individuals in offices across the nation, providing a broad continuum of social and human services programs, as well as telecommunications relay services. CSD is a private, nonprofit agency dedicated to providing quality services; ensuring public accessibility; and increasing awareness of issues affecting deaf, hard of hearing and individuals with speech disabilities. For more information, please visit

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