Mar 15, 2013

USD Disability Services welcomes motivational speaker Bill Deering

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Bill Deering, a motivational speaker who has dealt with a lifetime of stuttering, will be the featured speaker at the University of South Dakota at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26 at the Muenster University Center Ballroom.

Deering has presented about living with his disability to thousands of junior high, high school and college students. His presentation focuses on how he overcame obstacles, broke barriers and how people with various abilities can work through their own limitations in life. On his website, Deering highlights that his stuttering was so severe it used to take him more than three minutes to say his name, an additional three minutes merely to answer the phone (he didn’t start using the phone until he was 21). The intent of the program is to leave the audience feeling empowered, inspired and ready to face their own personal challenges with a new sense of possibility.  A photograph of Deering is available for download at

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Disability Services at (605) 677-6389 or visit

About the Sanford School of Medicine

For more than a century, the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine has set the standard for medical education of students, residents and professionals in the state. The school’s mission includes education, research and service. It emphasizes family practice to help create the next generation of doctors for all parts of the state. The school’s economic impact includes attracting $17 million annually in research funding as well as hosting two of the four 2010 Research Centers designated by the governor.

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Peter Carrels
The University of South Dakota
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