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USD’s Center for Disabilities Executive Director Wendy Parent-Johnson to Aid Efforts in Tanzania

Photo of Wendy Parent-Johnson. USD Center for Disabilities' Wendy Parent-Johnson will travel to Tanzania as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act International Fellowship Program.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Wendy Parent-Johnson, executive director of the University of South Dakota’s Center for Disabilities, has been selected to travel to Tanzania as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) International Fellowship Program. Parent-Johnson will offer technical assistance to an inclusive education project implemented by ADA International Fellow, Goodluck Chanyika, from Moshi, Tanzania. Chanyika spent April and May of 2017 at the University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities.

Parent-Johnson will spend two weeks interacting with children with disabilities, families, educational leaders, government officials, and other stakeholders in Tanzania. She will also share data-informed practices with service providers, local advocates, and will connect with U.S. Embassy officials who promote educational exchanges at the international level. She begins her travels this week.

Parent-Johnson earned a Ph.D. in Urban Services Leadership, with an emphasis on adult/secondary education services for persons with developmental disabilities, an M.S. in rehabilitation counseling, and a B.S. in psychology, all from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a certified rehabilitation counselor, and is internationally recognized for her work and research on employment for individuals with disabilities. She has been at the Center for Disabilities since 2013. The Center for Disabilities is housed within USD’s Sanford School of Medicine.

See more information and details on the ADA International Fellowship Program.


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.


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