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Occupational Therapy at USD to host fifth annual research symposium: ‘Aging, Occupational Justice, and Human Rights’

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Department of Occupational Therapy, part of the School of Health Sciences, will host the fifth annual Occupational Therapy Research Symposium with the theme: “Aging, Occupational Justice, and Human Rights” on Thursday, May 8 at the Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine and Science Building.

This daylong conference will focus on issues of occupational injustice and human rights so that aging is valued – not viewed as a social burden. A keynote address by Dr. Elizabeth Townsend is scheduled at 9 a.m. on May 8. Townsend is a Canadian professor emerita at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and an adjunct professor in the faculty of education at the University of Prince Edward Island. She is known internationally for institutional ethnography research on client-centered practice, enablement and occupational justice. In addition to Townsend’s keynote address, a series of general discussions and poster sessions will provide an opportunity for participants to network with researchers and experts working in the field.

A 10:15 a.m., a workshop, led by Townsend will address client-centered, occupation-based interventions and occupational justice. There will also be sessions dedicated to Incorporating Exercise in daily Life with Diabetes; Addressing Global Issues through Occupational Behavior Change and The SOS Approach to Feeding: A Case Report.

For more information or to register, please contact the Occupational Therapy department at USD at (605) 677-5000 or e-mail: Cost to register is $75 per person ($25 for students). Lunch will be provided. More information is also available on the department’s website at


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