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Gov. Daugaard to Speak at USD Center for Disabilities Symposium in Sioux Falls

Image Gov Dennis Daugaard Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak April 19 at the USD Center for Disabilities Symposium in Sioux Falls, S.D.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak about his Ability for Hire initiative at the University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities Symposium during the employers’ breakfast on April 19 at the Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center.

Keynote speaker Randy Lewis, former Walgreen’s executive who created an employment model that resulted in 10 percent of Walgreen’s workforce consisting of individuals with disabilities, will also speak and hold individual sessions with employers at the breakfast.


“Employers need workers and people with disabilities want to work,” said Wendy Parent-Johnson, Center for Disabilities executive director. “You can find great employees by tapping into an underused workforce, and Gov. Daugaard and Randy Lewis will tell us how.”


The symposium was developed for direct service providers, advocates, families of individuals with disabilities, educators, employment specialists, community support specialists, case managers, counselors, employers and anyone who is interested in programs and services that cover the life course of a person with a disability.


You can register or find rates (professional, group, student, individual with a disability, etc.) by going to this link: Graduate/undergraduate credits, SHRM credits and CEUs are available as well. For more information, visit the Center for Disabilities website at


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News