Kober is president of S.D. Assn. of the Deaf

Kober is president of S.D. Assn. of the Deaf Thomas W. Kober of Vermillion was recently appointed to the South Dakota Association of the Deaf (SDAD) as the organization's newly elected president.

Kober is currently the assistant vice president of purchasing at CSD, Inc., a national organization based in Sioux Falls. The SDAD announced its new board members after its biennial conference in Madison.

Founded in 1900, the SDAD is the oldest and largest organization in the state representing the interests of the deaf and hard of hearing populations. It is a non-profit advocate and social organization dedicated to the education and welfare of an estimated 55,000 citizens who have varying degrees of hearing loss in the state of South Dakota. SDAD currently has two centers located in Sioux Falls and Rapid City.

Kober is a well known expert on federal laws and mandates and has provided workshops, seminars and presentations about access issues, the ADA, the judiciary process, government affairs, empowerment, advocacy and leadership. In fact, Kober has documented well over 100 such workshops over the past few years.

From all across the nation, his advice and expertise is sought from various businesses, agencies, organizations and other groups directed toward the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing communities.

In addition to his work with community/government entities and speaking engagements, Kober has also served as a board member of the national Association of the Deaf, as well as South Dakota's Vocational rehabilitation Board and the Statewide Independent Living Council.

Before moving to South Dakota in 1995, Kober worked with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC, and has testified before the U.S. Congress in regards to access issues. Kober earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Gallaudet University. He lives in Vermillion with his wife, Lori, who is the first and only known deaf female mortician and deputy coroner in the United States.

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