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USD Disability Services welcomes motivational speaker Bill Deering

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Bill Deering, a motivational speaker who has dealt with a lifetime of stuttering, will be the featured speaker at the University of South Dakota at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26 at the Muenster University Center Ballroom.

Deering has presented about living with his disability to thousands of junior high, high school and college students. His presentation focuses on how he overcame obstacles, broke barriers and how people with various abilities can work through their own limitations in life. On his website, Deering highlights that his stuttering was so severe it used to take him more than three minutes to say his name, an additional three minutes merely to answer the phone (he didn’t start using the phone until he was 21). The intent of the program is to leave the audience feeling empowered, inspired and ready to face their own personal challenges with a new sense of possibility.  A photograph of Deering is available for download at

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Disability Services at (605) 677-6389 or visit


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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