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National Leadership & Literacy Campers Unite With Family at Banquet

From June 29-July 18 at Camp Lakodia — a four-season campground located on the shores of Lake Herman in Madison, S.D. — the National Leadership & Literacy Camp (NLLC) was held for ninth–12th graders. The camp’s mission is to prepare the campers for a meaningful and productive life in a competitive and ever-changing world.

Many of the campers are attending the NLLC for the first time. This year, Daniel Gott, a 17-year old from Kansas, was one of the first-time attendees. Daniel actually learned about the camp from his school, the Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe, who encouraged him to attend.

His parents, Dan and Peggy, had already sent Daniel to a sports camp this summer, but were intrigued by the NLLC because they wanted their son to experience a camp that would hone his academic skills.

The parents traveled from Kansas to Madison to take part in the banquet and pick up their son, who they’d been apart from for over two weeks. During that time, the only family communication was via written letters, not pages or e-mails.

When asked, Daniel was adamant about his attendance at next year’s NLLC.

CSD Golf Classic Raises $25,000 for Camp Lakodia Youth Programs

Every year during the summer, CSD holds a fundraiser called the CSD Golf Classic. This was CSD’s sixth consecutive golf fundraiser. On Aug. 1, at Spring Creek Golf Course in Harrisburg, S.D., 64 golfers joined in a scramble-format tourney to support CSD’s deaf youth programs.


The event culminated in a luncheon and silent auction, where golfers could bid on everything from the new Sprint Curve to a 32-inch HDTV. At the end of the luncheon, Ben Soukup, CSD chief executive officer, was presented with a check for $23,000. Along with the silent auction, which raised $1,935 and the mulligan tickets sold generating $980, the entire fundraiser was a complete success, with over $25,000 the upshot of the golf classic.


Special thanks go to Haake Companies, the premier sponsor of the event; Hagen, Wilka & Archer, First Premier Bank, Eide Bailly, Sprint, CSDVRS and Customer1 as the major hole sponsors; along with SDN Communications, B2B CFO, CoSentry, ADP, Sanford, Wells Fargo, and CSD Contact Centers as hole sponsors.


Next year’s golf classic will be held July 31, 2009.

‘Ben Franklin’ Guides Signed Tours of Independence National Historical Park

Recently, the Independence Visitor Center Corporation and BarZ Adventures Inc. announced the debut of the first multimedia GPS Ranger™ tour of Independence National Historical Park.  The educational and entertaining video tour leads visitors to over 25 points of interest, detailing the history, stories and significance behind some of the nation’s most treasured landmarks. CSD provided the sign language component of the tour, which is also available in five other languages besides English.


The self-paced tours are delivered through the GPS Ranger, a patent-pending, handheld computer device that delivers compelling video, audio, musical soundtrack and historical photography based on the location of the user through the power of GPS (Global Positioning System) technology.  Visitors rent the device from the Independence Visitor Center, and as they walk, informative full-color videos automatically play as the users approach pre-determined GPS waypoints or tour stops. 


Some highlights of the tour include the Liberty Bell, the National Constitution Center, the Declaration House, Washington Square, the City Tavern, and Elfreth’s Alley.


Because the script was originally developed in English, the act of translating the tour into ASL is a simple, efficient and cost-effective means of meeting ADA guidelines, since the interpreter only needs to be recorded signing the available script/tour. The GPS Ranger also includes a captioning option, for those deaf and hard of hearing individuals who do not use ASL as their primary mode of communication.


The GPS Ranger Independence Tour is self-paced and about two to three hours in length including stops into the different sites. Tours can be rented from the Independence Visitor Center for $15.95 and can be shared by several visitors.