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Center for Disabilities

The Center for Disabilities is South Dakota’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (SD UCEDD) which provides training, clinical services, research, and information dissemination with a vision that all people, including individuals with disabilities, can achieve independence, self-determination, productivity, and community inclusion.

The Center for Disabilities also houses the South Dakota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (SD LEND) program which provides interdisciplinary training as well as interdisciplinary services and continuing education. The purpose of SD LEND is to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities. We accomplish this by preparing trainees from diverse professional disciplines to assume leadership roles in their respective fields and by ensuring high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence.

We offer specialized diagnostic clinics not available elsewhere in our state in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and Developmental/Behavioral concerns. Additionally, our Center also supports individuals with disabilities, their families and the people with whom they interact to enhance community participation and quality of life through support groups and other advocacy and leadership initiatives.