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2010 Tri-Unity Conference will focus on culturally based needs

The 2010 Tri-Unity conference will have the theme "Engaging in Culturally Responsive Childhood Learning and Literacy," focusing on the resources schools, teachers, families and professionals can use to provide culturally appropriate language, learning and literary skills as well as the identification of various learning styles of children with special, unique needs.


The Tri-Unity Conference is held each year and is presented by New Mexico State University's Special Education and Communication Disorders Department, Aprendamos Intervention Team and Direct Therapy Services.

The conference will be held Feb. 26 and 27 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces. The deadline for pre-registration is Feb. 17, and on-site registration will be limited.

Louis Rossetti will be the keynote speaker at the conference. Rossetti, a professor emeritus in the department communicative of disorders at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, is an internationally recognized authority on services to infants, toddlers and their families; and he is a frequent presenter at professional conferences throughout the world.

"Dr. Rossetti has spoken nationally, and he will be able to focus on the needs of the families within our region, especially Hispanic families, and make the presentation practical for this community," said Marlene Salas-Provance, associate professor and director of communication disorders in the NMSU Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders in the College of Education.

Spanish translation will be provided for many of the presentations throughout the two-day conference, and information will be provided for families and educators as well as allied health care providers and other professionals.

Michelle Saenz, program coordinator for the Alliance for Advancement of Teaching and Learning and who is coordinating the Tri-Unity Conference, said the conference's topics will range from providing resources for language development, classroom instruction information, literacy through storytelling, early intervention, clinical services in the classroom, visual support for individuals with autism and more.

For more information and to register for the conference, contact Saenz at (575) 646-1348 or micsaenz@nmsu.edu or visit the Web site http://www.triunityconference.com.