Our Belief Statement

The South Dakota Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities believes in the inclusion of all people into all aspects of society, and everyone should have the freedom of choice to pursue their own quality of life.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of South Dakota Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities is to advocate for the full inclusion of individuals of all ages with disabilities in all aspects of society.

Our Vision Statement

The South Dakota Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities provides resources and advocacy for individuals to exercise their rights and freedoms:

  • We support the idea that people with greater needs should receive greater support, and people with greater gifts are called to share those gifts with others.
  • We support the idea that people should be active and independent members of society.
  • We promote self-responsibility, self-determination, and freedom of choice.
  • We want to expand our network of partners to provide opportunities for their involvement.
  • We promote unity by serving as a single point of contact for all disability groups.


"We have the knowledge, money, productivity, and technology to create a life of profound equality for all 21st century Americans. At the same time, we are challenged by powerful political and psychological forces that threaten the dream of democracy with retreat and defeat.

How can we defeat these overwhelming forces with their billion dollar lobbies and ad agency campaigns? We can beat the odds the same way our founding mothers and fathers did.

We can give up life as usual and become passionate, single-minded, 365-day advocates for the American dream. We can give up politics as usual and devote every possible minute to a passionate politics that will elect friends of democracy in the elections of 2002, 2004 and beyond. We must politic as if our lives depended on it. Because believe me, they do.

I propose that we of the 'disability community unite' with all who love justice to lead a revolution of empowerment. A revolution to create a culture that will empower every single individual."

                                                                                                                                 Justin Dart
                                                                                                                                 June 14, 2002