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CSD of Texas Opens Branch Office in San Antonio

Austin, Texas -- Effective May 1, CSD will assume the current contracts, customers and property of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resource Center (DHHRC), a community based nonprofit agency that provides a variety of services to deaf, hard of hearing and hearing communities throughout Baer County in Texas (San Antonio and the surrounding area).

"Our presence in San Antonio represents our ongoing commitment to the deaf and hard of hearing citizens of Texas," said Benjamin Soukup, chief executive officer of CSD. "Since opening the Austin office in January of 1998, our goal has been to expand and diversify our programming in the state and to solidify the existence of quality services to communities in need. Our acquisition of DHHRC allows us to do that, and we are pleased with possibilities that this new office represents.

Since the summer of 1999, Becky Compton, executive director of DHHRC, has been working to secure funding sources and expand its list of services to include advocacy, community education, information and referral, and consulting services. Late last year, DDHRC approached CSD to explore the possibilities of working together and it was agreed that CSD would acquire DHHRC. The purpose of the center has been and will continue to be removing communication and cultural barriers and providing opportunities for those who are deaf and hard of hearing of all ages. The new San Antonio office creates a solid presence in the area of human services throughout the south-central region of Texas and, more specifically, the greater San Antonio area.

"We believe this is a good transition for everyone involved, said Compton. The consumers of San Antonio will have the benefit of working with an experienced service provider, and CSD has the benefit of offering their programs to a new market areaCSD has a reputation for providing an outstanding level of service, so I am confident that we are moving in the right direction."

As of May 1, Comptons position will change from executive director to director of development. John Cage, another DHHRC staff member, will remain as the regional specialist. Both of them will report to Lori Breslow, division director at the CSD of Texas office in Austin. The new CSD of Texas San Antonio office will remain in its present DHHRC location at 5323 Blanco Road. Office hours and telephone numbers will also remain unchanged. For more information, call (210) 349-3332 voice/TTY.

About CSD -- CSD (also known as Communication Service for the Deaf) was established in 1975, primarily to provide sign language interpreting services to deaf and hard of hearing citizens in South Dakota. Today, CSD employs over 2,000 individuals nationwide to provide social or human services, as well as communication services for deaf and hard of hearing consumers. CSD is a private, non-profit agency dedicated to providing quality services; ensuring public accessibility; and increasing public awareness of issues affecting deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired individuals. For more information, see: (http://www.c-s-d.org).

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