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USD Center for Disabilities Hosts 2018 Symposium & The JAM Oct. 21-23

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities hosts the Center for Disabilities’ Symposium & The JAM – “Potential meets Opportunity” at the Sioux Falls Convention Center Oct. 21-23.

The event will feature notable keynote speakers such as the Honorable Katherine McCary, Jason Freeman, Wayne Weston and Dan Habib. These speakers’ stories and presentations will encourage awareness, understanding and progress. For example, local employers will learn about the value of hiring and employing people with disabilities.

The event will also include breakout sessions to promote leadership and professional development for individuals with disabilities, family members, service providers and the business community. As an added bonus, attendees will have the opportunity to view a documentary film entitled, “Intelligent Lives.” This featured film, produced by Dan Habib, stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college and the workforce.

Additional information and a schedule can be found at the event page.

Media inquiries should contact Kendra Gottsleben at 605-357-1462 or


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
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