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Center for Disabilities spring ASD Conference features autism expert

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Center for Disabilities at the USD Sanford School of Medicine will host “Embracing Autism with Practical Supports,” March 12-13, in Sioux Falls, S.D. at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Keynote speaker for the conference is Judy Endow, M.S.W. Endow is an author and international speaker on a variety of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) related topics. She is part of the Wisconsin DPI Statewide Autism Training Team and a board member of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Autism Society of America and the Autism National Committee. In addition, she also works with the Autistic Global Initiative, a program of the Autism Research Institute. Endow maintains a private practice in Madison, Wis. providing consultation for families, school districts and other agencies. On the autism spectrum herself, she is the parent of three grown sons, one of whom has also been diagnosed with an ASD.

The conference addresses two main keynote topics — “Embracing Life Autistically” and “Diagnostic Deficits and the Humanity of Autism” — along with the presentation “Outsmarting Explosive Behavior.”

“This is a great opportunity to hear from someone who has a truly unique perspective on important issues related to ASD,” stated Dr. Eric Kurtz, director of the Center for Disabilities ASD Program. “As a professional working in the field of ASD, a parent of a child with an ASD, and a person with autism herself, Judy Endow provides essential information on effectively supporting individuals with ASD,”

Cost of the conference, which runs 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, is $200 for professionals, $125 for a family member of an individual with a disability, and $60 for full-time students. For more information or to register for the conference, go to


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.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News