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NMSU Tri-Unity Conference will focus on alternate methods of communication

New Mexico State University will host the 2013 Tri-Unity Conference on Jan. 18 at the Corbett Center Ballrooms. The conference is a yearly event aimed at helping individuals with communication disorders.

The Tri-Unity Conference is presented by NMSU's Special Education and Communication Disorders Department, Aprendamos Intervention Team and Direct Therapy Services. This year's conference will focus on "Augmentative Alternative Communication," or AAC, which will provide the community with information to better service individuals who need alternate modes of communication, apart from speech.

Cathy Binger will be the keynote speaker at the conference. Binger, an associate professor at the University of New Mexico, has been a speech-language pathologist for 19 years and has experience in building functional communication skills with individuals who use AAC.

"Dr. Binger is a nationally known expert on evaluating the effectiveness of intervention programs designed to enhance the language skills of individuals who use AAC," 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.

Salas-Provance said the conference topics will cover the role of AAC in communication and developing language-based objectives, creating communication opportunities for individuals who use AAC, the variety of iPad apps for speech-language therapy and more.

The event is open to the general public, with an admission fee of $35 for students and families, $55 for daycare professionals and $120 for others.

For more information on the Tri-Unity Conference, contact Felicia Olivas at 575-526-6682 or folivas@aitkids.com or visit www.triunityconference.net.