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Center for Disabilities
Health Science Center
1400 W. 22nd St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Center for Disabilities was established in 1971 as part of a national network of federally-designated centers now known as University Centers for Excellence in Development Disabilities, Education, Research and Service (UCEDDS). Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families across the state of South Dakota, the region and nationally. The Center for Disabilities carries out its diverse capacity-building efforts through community education, clinical services, interdisciplinary training, technical assistance, research, information dissemination and policy/advocacy work. Our work focuses on the strengths and contributions of people with disabilities. We believe that all people can achieve independence, self-determination, productivity and community inclusion. We strive for a brighter future within the community of people with disabilities, their families and the workforce who support them. 

Our Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program provides long-term, graduate level interdisciplinary training as well as interdisciplinary services and care. The purpose of the LEND training program is to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities. They accomplish this by preparing trainees from diverse professional disciplines to assume leadership roles in their respective fields and by ensuring high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence.

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Programs & Services

Our experienced team of experts offers training, technical assistance, research and educational resources to help people with disabilities, families, health care professionals and educators. 

Meet Our Team

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Center for Disabilities.

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Bridget Amundson

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Jamie Butler

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Teresa Byrnes

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Brenda Canfield

Senior Accountant
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Debbie Carter

Fiscal Assistant
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Kendra Gottsleben

Communications, Info Officer
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Ryan Groeneweg

Clinical & Behavior Svcs Mngr
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Lenora Heckel

NCI Coordinator
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Marni Martin

Assistant Director, Center for Disabilities
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Stephanie Krusemark

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Eric Kurtz

Executive Director
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Emily Meier

Train Tech Assist Specialist
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Shannon Nelson

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Jana Richardson

Assist Dir-Fin Health Affairs
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Nicole Saue

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Amy Scepaniak

Deaf Blind Coordinator
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Kurt Schiferl

Behavioral Specialist
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Brandy Sebera

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Melissa Stellingwerf

Department Assistant
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Jonathan Wallner

Training Associate
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Jim Warne

Community Engagement Manager
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Ann Wilson

Temp Education Advisor
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hear from a usd student

Success story Blake Warner smiling.
I chose USD because it felt like home. My choice to pursue my doctorate in Clinical Psychology came through working as a work study in the Student Counseling Center. I saw the chance to help people and make the world a better place. Much of my work is in the area of developmental disabilities--a passion I have been able to foster at USD through many training opportunities and partnerships through the Center for Disabilities. Everyone at USD and in the Psychology department has been supportive of my goals and because of these opportunities, I know I'll have the experience I need to be an effective clinician and advocate following graduation.

Blake Warner

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology '24
M.A. Clinical Psychology '22
B.A. Psychology, Communication Studies '18
Current PhD Student, University of South Dakota
Windom, MN