Dec 17, 2013

Center for Disabilities announces inaugural annual spring symposium

VERMILLION, S.D. -- “Best Practices in Providing Services to Individuals with Disabilities” is the theme of the recently announced USD Center for Disabilities Spring Symposium, which takes place in Chamberlain, S.D., April 14-16.

In the past, the Center for Disabilities held trainings and presentations like the Fall and Spring Autism Conferences or the Traumatic Brain Injury Conference, but this is the first conference that covers all of the Center for Disabilities programs and services, including areas like Birth to Three, academic and interdisciplinary training, technical assistance, transition and employment, technology and much more.

The symposium is developed for direct service providers, advocates, families of individuals with disabilities, educators, employment specialists, community support specialists, case managers, counselors and anyone who is interested in programs and services that cover the life course of a person with a disability.

“We are excited about this symposium and feel it will better meet the needs of the many talented practitioners in the state by offering them the opportunity to network and attend a myriad of workshops, presentations, and trainings in one focused event,” said Wendy Parent-Johnson, Center for Disabilities executive director. “This is our first annual symposium and we look forward to bringing the symposium to other parts of the state and offering new and diverse themes each year.”

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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

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