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Camp Lakodia Receives Accreditation, Starts Pheasant Season

On Oct. 9, the Northland Section of the American Camp Association’s board of directors voted to classify Camp Lakodia as accredited.

In short, the American Camp Association said, “Congratulations on having an ACA accredited camp! You can be very proud of your accomplishment and have earned the right to display the ACA accredited camp logo at Camp Lakodia and on literature and Web sites for the camp.”

The camp was rated on different areas like site and food service, transportation, operational management, program design and activities, and numerous other categories, all of which the camp passed.

Camp Lakodia, based in Madison, S.D., is a four-season campground best known for hosting deaf youth camps, like the National Leadership & Literacy Camp and the Children of Deaf Adults Camp. Besides the summer programs, Camp Lakodia offers year-round lodging, with options of the bunk houses, RV spots with complete hook-ups, and the immaculate Turk Lodge.

Another popular aspect to the camp is the program called Lakodia Outfitters, a full-service hunting package complete with professional guides, hunting dogs and 2,200 acres of private property to hunt pheasants on. South Dakota is renowned as the prime pheasant hunting state in the nation, and last year, 44 hunters enjoyed the rustic charm of the cabins and overall services Lakodia Outfitters offers, including cleaning, vacuum-packing and freezing the pheasants.

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Ben Soukup Chosen Deaf Person of the Month by Deaf

Ben Soukup Chosen Deaf Person of the Month by Deaf

Joining the ranks of other groundbreaking deaf leaders—like Dr. Robert Davila, Laurene Simms, Bernard Bragg, Donald Tinsley, and others—Ben Soukup, CSD chief executive officer, has been chosen Deaf Person of the Month by Deaf for October.

Soukup’s recognition was twofold: as an entrepreneur, and a leader. His list of achievements supporting this honor is listed on his bio page at His achievements include founding CSD and steering it to nationwide prominence over the past 32 years; his National Association for the Deaf presidency from 1993-1998; his appointment as the chair of the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees; and many more success stories.

“I would like to thanks Matthew Moore and Deaf for this honor,” said Soukup. “It is a testament not just to my efforts, but to all of the organizations and individuals in Deaf America who myself and CSD has partnered and collaborated with as together we further the cause deaf and hard of hearing people continually strive for — equal access and independence for us all.”

CSD of Oklahoma Attends National Conference on Tobacco

Last year, CSD of Oklahoma was awarded a tobacco grant under Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust. Since then, CSD has been developing tobacco outreach and training materials that will benefit deaf and hard of hearing consumers.
Jimmy Mitchell, CSD of Oklahoma tobacco program coordinator, and Rick Postl, CSD state programs director, attended the biannual National Conference on Tobacco or Health held in Minneapolis, Minn. Oct. 24-26. The conference provided valuable evidenced-based information, materials and outreach strategies while providing excellent networking opportunities with experienced professionals from across the country.
At the North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC) Conference two days before, Glenna Cooper (CSD of Oklahoma division director) and Judy Morgan (CSD director of development) offered technical assistance to some the nation's tobacco education leaders by participating in a panel discussion related to accessibility. Other participants included, Sally Carter, Oklahoma State Department of Health Director of Planning and Cessation Systems, Mary Anne Bright, Associate Director, Office of Cancer Information Service, National Cancer Institute; Linda Bailey, President and CEO of NAQC, and Mary Kokstis, Client Services Director. The panelists discussed how they teamed ideas and resources to improve access to Oklahoma’s Quitline for deaf and hard of hearing consumers.