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Center for Disabilities at USD celebrates 40 years of excellence

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The Center for Disabilities at the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota is celebrating 40 years of excellence on Wednesday, Aug. 17 with a program at 4 p.m. in Room 106 at the Sanford School of Medicine Health Science Center.

The program, “Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence: The Journey Continues,” features honorary guests such as Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., and his wife, Barb, and Charlie Anderson, the Center’s first director, and an awards ceremony. Awards will be presented for Advocacy in Action to Shelly Pfaff and the South Dakota Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities; Collaboration (Black Hills Special Services Coop Autism Program); and Distinguished Service to Deb Bowman, Senior Advisor to Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

Originally started as the South Dakota Developmental Disabilities Evaluation Center, the Center for Disabilities had many names through the years as well as several locations, including USD's Department of Special Education in the School of Education in 1971. Today, the Center is located at the Health Science Center in Sioux Falls and works with others to create opportunities that enhance the lives of people with disabilities and their families through training, services, information, research and community education.

A division of the Department of Pediatrics at the Sanford School of Medicine, the Center for Disabilities is South Dakota’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDD). The Center is an affiliate of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. For more information, please visit For additional information about the 40th anniversary celebration, go to


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News