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Autism disorders and treatment teleconferencing linked to UTPA
By Biada Pena, Public Affairs Specialist
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Posted: 12/14/2001
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A partnership between The University of Texas-Pan American and the Autistic Treatment Center (ATC) of Dallas was announced during a news conference Friday, Dec. 14.

The ATC was awarded a $172,267 grant by the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board this summer.


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A partnership between The University of Texas-Pan American and the Autistic Treatment Center (ATC) of Dallas was announced Friday, Dec. 14. The ATC will link its facilities in Dallas and San Antonio with UTPA and Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, creating a videoconferencing network – the Texas Research and Information Network for Autism – by next summer. From left are Alonzo Andrews, ATC director; Dr. James Curtis, UTPA associate professor in the College of Education; Dr. Mac McWright, UTPA professor in the College of Education; Dr. Cheryl Fielding, Department of Educational Psychology; Dr. Jeanne Yanes, UTPA assistant professor of Instructional Technology and Distance Education; Sue Gilbert, ATC project director; David E. Young, chief financial officer and Dr. Jo Ann Mitchell, UTPA chair of Department of Educational Psychology.

The ATC will link its facilities in Dallas and San Antonio with UTPA and Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos creating a videoconferencing network next summer.

The research and training efforts of ATC combined with the delivery of educational programs and clinical services by UTPA and SWT will provide valuable information to educators and clinicians for the treatment of individuals with autism.

"There’s a lot more that needs to be done with autism in our state and we’re going to try and lead the way in whatever way we can with important and incredible partners, and of course UTPA is one of the most important partners," said ATC Chief Financial Officer David Young.

"We were absolutely eager to get this university to participate and help us provide better services to the autism community. In fact we were thrilled to get (College of Education) Dean (Hilda) Medrano and UTPA President (Dr. Miguel A.) Nevárez who were willing to participate and make all this possible. We’re glad to be here and to serve the Valley."

For more information on the partnership, call 381-3404.

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