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Annual Tri-Unity Conference helps schools and the community

New Mexico State University, in collaboration with Direct Therapy Services and Aprendamos Intervention Team, will be hosting the sixth Tri-Unity Conference Feb.18 at the NMSU Corbett Center Student Union. This year's theme is "Supporting Treatment for Autism with Evidence-Based Practice."

The Tri-Unity Conference came about in 2005 when Stephen Farmer and Connie Stout, co-directors of the communications disorders program, met with Bryan Tierney, Abel Covarrubias, Danny Palma , Kerry Linnan, Dean Palma and Dave Reis of Direct Therapy Services to discuss the idea of hosting an event that would bring together professionals, students-in-training, caregivers, and families. Their goal was to "unite the community in education."

Jennifer Ganz will be the keynote speaker at this year's conference. She is an associate professor of special education at Texas A&M. She received her doctorate from the University of Kansas with a concentration in autism spectrum disorders. Ganz has been working for 13 years as a general and special education teacher and continues to give presentations to schools and parents on topics relating to autism spectrum disorders and behavior difficulties.

Marlene Salas-Provance, associate professor and director of the communication disorders program in NMSU's College of Education, says the conference has grown significantly since its inception.

"It is important to have experts with a current record of active research and work in the field. Bringing Dr. Ganz to Southern New Mexico provides professionals, students and families with the highest caliber of training and the best information available to date," Salas-Provance said.

"As a result of the success of this yearly conference, in 2010, the TriUnity collaboration donated $10,000 from its earnings to the Stephen and Judy Farmer Supervision Fund to benefit student training in NMSU's Edgar R. Garrett Speech and Hearing Center," said Abel Covarrubias, of the Aprendamos Intervention Team.

"With this gift, the program will be able to provide clinic supervisors and ensure excellence in the clinical program. It is important for others to follow this example of philanthropy by Direct Therapy Services and Aprendamos Intervention Team to build school and community relationships. This is an example of a win-win situation for both NMSU and the community," Salas-Provance said.

For more information go to http://www.triunityconference.com