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.