UTPA conference to focus on communication disorders
By Brig Lopez III, Informational Writer II
Posted: 02/18/2000
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EDINBURG – A panoramic view of current trends, demographic indicators and clinical challenges for the next millennium will be the focus at the “Intervention in the 21st Century: Meeting the Challenges of a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse World” conference Feb. 5 at The University of Texas-Pan American.

Sponsored by UTPA’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Health Sciences and Human Services, the conference is designed to provide a forum for the exchange of related information and research and to bring together communication disorder professionals, educators and students.

Topics discussed at the conference will include developing a knowledge base of the multiple languages, cultures and people in our community and our nation; cultivating your ability to use multiple methods to assess communication when standardized tests are not available; having critical state-of-the-art information on instruments and procedures; understanding the issues involved in providing culturally fair assessment; gaining insight into the barriers of service delivery to the bilingual/multicultural populations; and raising questions regarding our current professional service delivery to the bilingual/multicultural populations.

The keynote speaker Saturday Feb. 5 will be Dr. Li-Rong Lilly Cheng, professor of Speech Language-Pathology in the Department of Communicative Disorders in the College of Health Sciences and Human Services at San Diego State University, where she is also assistant dean of Global Program Development in the Office of the President.

Dr. Cheng is the recipient of the 1997 ASHA RPO on International Affairs Association, and current President of the Chinese-American Education, Research and Development Association.

All sessions will be held in the Engineering Building, auditorium room 1.300. Registration for the conference is $60. For more information, call 956/316-7040.