Registration and Details for USD Center for Disabilities Symposium

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Registration is open to the upcoming Center for Disabilities Symposium in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for anyone interested in programs and services that cover the life course of a person with a disability.

The event, April 18-19 at the Sheraton Hotel & Convention Center, was developed for direct service providers, advocates, families of people with disabilities, educators, employment specialists, community support specialists, case managers, counselors and anyone else interested in such programs and services.

Keynote speakers for this year's symposium, entitled “Connecting the Dots: Engaging People, Resources and Community,” are Ari Ne’eman, Autistic Self Advocacy Network president, and Mindy Scheir, Runway of Dreams founder, an organization developing adaptive versions of existing apparel.

“Every year, we add new elements to the symposium, and this year’s symposium offers many new things in addition to some of the old favorites, like the World Café community conversations,” said Wendy Parent-Johnson, executive director of the Center for Disabilities, part of the USD Sanford School of Medicine. “Overall, there’s surely something to please everyone.”

Professional, early bird, group, student, individual with a disability and family member rates are available on the registration site.

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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 205 undergraduate and 73 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 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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