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Center for Disabilities announces session titles, early bird discount for Spring Symposium

VERMILLION, S.D. -- “Best Practices in Providing Services to Individuals with Disabilities” is the theme of the recently announced USD Center for Disabilities Spring Symposium, which takes place in Chamberlain, S.D., April 14-16.

Among the session titles are “Tackling Today’s Technology: Promoting social skills in a new way by using video games;” “Healthcare Transitions: Bridging Troubled Waters;” and “Can we talk? Enhancing Communication Skills for People with Disabilities.” Other topics include creative job development and workplace supports, understanding and respecting diversity, nutrition tactics to improve the health of youth with disabilities, working with other professionals in a team environment, effective tools and strategies for supporting individuals with Autism/Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders/Traumatic Brian Injury and much more.

Registration for the symposium is $150, but there is an early bird discount of $135, if registration is completed by Friday, March 14. The deadline to register for the symposium is Friday, April 4.

“We invite everyone—not just from across the state but around the region—who works in some capacity with people with disabilities to attend the Spring Symposium,” said Wendy Parent-Johnson, Center for Disabilities executive director. “This unique symposium, besides the training and breakout sessions, also includes a forum where those in attendance can share their knowledge and experience and also participate in a community conversation everyone can benefit from.”

Get more information about the Center for Disabilities and register for the symposium. Family and student rates can be found on the registration page as well.


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, Knudson 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