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Doug Puetz

I was born and raised in Parkston, South Dakota. My diagnosis was glaucoma at birth, and I have been legally blind since birth. I attended public school through the fourth grade when it became difficult for me to access print and get around. Because Parkston was a small school district and did not have resources for me I needed to go somewhere else to learn braille, orientation and mobility, and other necessary skills of blindness. I attended the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired from fifth through ninth grade. After that I returned to Parkston and graduated from the Parkston High School. Attending collage at the University of South Dakota was definitely a highlight of my young adult life. It was great to make new friends, expand on my academic potential, and experience many new things. My degree in psychology from University of South Dakota


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led me to Rapid City where I worked in the human services field for a few years and volunteered for many community service projects. Unfortunately my vision got much worse and I had to re-evaluate my priorities in life. This allowed me to serve on several local and state disability advocacy organizations. Currently, I volunteer at the Rapid City YMCA Hospice of the Hills and local church groups. Volunteering is the best way to give back and share talent.


My newest interests include enjoying the accessible hiking trails and tourist


areas, and other things that my local community has to offer.