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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.

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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.


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

Specialist, Birth to 3
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Joan Aughenbaugh

Birth to 3 Intake Assoc
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Greg Boris

Leadership Dev&Pol Spec
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Jamie Butler

Lead Svc Coord, Birth to 3
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Teresa Byrnes

Program Assistant 1
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Brenda Canfield

Senior Accountant
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Debra Carter

Accountant
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Aimee Deliramich

Psychologist
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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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Pat Herman

Grants Specialist
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John Johnson

Grants Dev & Research Manager
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Marni Johnson

Assistant Director, CD
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Stephanie Krusemark

Specialist, Birth to 3
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Eric Kurtz

Executive Director
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Emily Meier

Train Tech Assist Specialist
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Shannon Nelson

Specialist, Birth to 3
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Amanda ONeill

Birth to 3 Specialist
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Jana Richardson

Assist Dir, Fin Health Affairs
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Nicole Saue

Specialist, Birth to 3
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Amy Scepaniak

Deaf Blind Coordinator
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Kurt Schiferl

Behavioral Specialist
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Brandy Sebera

Instructor
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Melissa Stellingwerf

Senior Secretary
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Jon Wallner

Training Associate
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Jimmy Warne

Community Engagement Manager
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Brandon Wenzel

Senior Secretary
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Wayne Weston

Oyate Circle Coord & Trainer
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Ann Wilson

Temp Education Advisor
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