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CSD of Maryland Thanks the CFFC

CSD of Maryland’s growing community education and literacy services offer a wide variety of educational opportunities through its community programs. CSD recently requested and won an award from The Community Foundation of Frederick County, to expand upon those opportunities by purchasing a SMART Board. The SMART Board will assist in providing community education and literacy services to the area’s deaf, hard of hearing and sign language interpreter community.

“We would like to thank The Community Foundation of Frederick County for believing in our programs,” said Karen Sheffer-Tucker, CSD of Maryland division director. “There are a myriad of organizations the foundation could have identified as worthy of their support, and I’m sure our deaf and hard of hearing consumers will benefit immensely as CSD of Maryland continues to grow our scope of services.”


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CSD Establishes New Nationwide Sales Team

During March 17-20, the CSD home office in Sioux Falls, S.D. welcomed six new sales team members from across the nation. Those new employees spent the week in Sioux Falls undergoing intense training to gear up for their responsibilities of bringing products like the Public Access Videophone (PAV), CSD Interpreting Online and the GPS Ranger to the public.


The new staff members and are Cheri Blazek, F. Andrew Fernandes, J. Michael Held, D. Lynn Shover, Roy Trafalski, and Joseph Wojdyla.


It’s only a matter of time before the new team assures that not only airports are carrying the PAV, but also retail chains like Target and Wal Mart, amusement parks like Six Flags and Disneyland, and basically everywhere the now outdated and traditional payphones currently exist.


CSD looks forward to seeing this re-energized sales team creating industry-wide momentum and taking CSD’s products and services to new heights, so CSD can continue to directly and indirectly make a positive impact on the nation’s deaf and hard of hearing consumers.

Wrong Game

The CSD of Oklahoma Domestic Violence Program hosted an American Sign Language Movie called “Wrong Game”. The movie was sponsored by Sprint and the movie was held at Circle Cinema in Tulsa, Okla. with two movie show times.


Over 200 people attended to see this exciting film with all deaf actor and actress using American Sign Language. The ASL movie, Wrong Game, takes place in a mansion filled with mysterious history. A group of people are called to the mansion to participate in a game where the winner receives $1 million. When the participants gather at the mansion, they learn the hard truth that the game is no original. Losing the game is not an option.


To add further drama, each participant holds highly specialized skills and collectively, they must determine whose skills or expertise is most beneficial to the game. What the participants do not know is that the mastermind of this game is among them as a participant, judging each of them silently and strategically.


With more unexpected twists and turns than most movies, this film kept viewers guessing until the very end. Special thanks to ASL Films, and to Sprint as the main sponsor, for making this possible.

CSD Employees Celebrate 25-Year Anniversary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that people in their 20s change jobs every 18 months, and Career Journal notes that at any given time, up to 75 percent of all employees are looking for their next job. So, it is a marvel and something to be celebrated when an employee shows their loyalty to one organization and reaches their 25-year anniversary like Deb Brozik recently attained at CSD.


Reiter began her CSD career in 1982 as an assistant/receptionist for Ben Soukup, CSD chief executive officer. Reiter proved her adaptability through the decades by heading up the Info Text Service for the Deaf; coordinating interpreter workshops and training; heading up Quality Assurance as a special assistant to the C.E.O.; and since 2003, acting as CSD’s legal support office. 


Brozik joined CSD in 1983 as an assistant office manager, and before that, worked at CSD part-time as a custodian and transportation driver. Over the years, Brozik showed professional flexibility by working in several positions, as an Independent Living Service trainer, office manager, director of Financials and Maintenance, payroll in the relay division, community service specialist, and today, as a purchasing accountant.


“Since 1983, Deb has been one of CSD’s most respected and well-liked ambassadors when working with the deaf and hard of hearing community,” said Ben Soukup, CSD chief executive officer. “She has dedicated herself to the CSD mission with unending patience and professionalism regardless of her job title, and it is because of loyal and talented employees like Deb, who has been with us nearly every step of the journey, that CSD will be celebrating its 33-year anniversary in November.”

CSD of Minnesota Fundraiser Help Raise $15K For Domestic Violence Program

One of the most successful and groundbreaking gender-focused performances in recent history was adapted to a deaf audience by CSD of Minnesota to help raise awareness and funds for its domestic violence program.  


The Vagina Monologues was written by Eve Ensler 10 years ago. She interviewed woman all over the world about their experiences, both positive and negative, and many of these experiences were about what they endured through rape, incest, abuse, etc. Ensler wanted to give a voice to the "vagina," a term whose use is often taboo. She wanted to give a voice to the woman to speak up about the part of the body that is too often maligned. She wanted women to take ownership and pride in who they are.


Jessalyn Frank, who operates the CSD of Minnesota Domestic Violence Program, wanted to bring this performance to the area to begin dialogue about topics that are often given "Closed Eyes." She knew it would be a time consuming event and tap into her resources of support, and asked four others to help her direct the play. She asked Elise Knopf, Krissy Cinealis, Mary Pat Tracy and Aaron Cucci. From there, the team attracted 45 people who helped produce this successful show. The goal was to bring woman of all walks of life — Deaf/deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, deaf blind and oral deaf — to the dynamics of the show.


The event raised over $15,000 for the Deaf Domestic Violence Program and created a lasting friendship amongst the wide variety of woman who had never met prior to the performance.


Over 750 people attended both showings (Friday and Saturday combined), and the post-performance VIP reception was sold out, with 210 guests.