Autism center hosts annual conference, benefit concert


Nationally recognized autism researchers and practitioners gathered July 27, 2013 to speak about the latest developments in their fields at the University of North Texas Kristin Farmer Autism Center’s 5th Annual Adventures in Autism Intervention and Research Conference. Over 250 special educators, behavior analysts, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, parents and other autism service providers attended. Over fifty parents received grant funds from the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities to attend at no cost.

Keynote speakers were Dr. Brian Reichow of the University of Connecticut and Dr. Katherine Loveland of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. More than 20 breakout sessions were presented by researchers and professionals in the field of autism intervention. The conference offered free childcare and CEU’s for Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Speech and Language Pathologists.

After the conference, eight bands from the Dallas and Austin areas rocked the stage in a benefit concert to raise money to support the mission of the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center. Over 400 people gathered on the UNT campus in Denton for the D.R.E.A.M. 2013 (DFW Rocks to End Autism through Music) Benefit Concert and enjoyed live performances by School of Rock, Goodnight Ned, Jess and the Echoes, Special Mister Ed, Fate Lions, Blue Bear, The O’s and Larry g(EE). The concert marked Dallas funk singer-songwriter Larry g(EE)’s first performance in Denton, and his band included two UNT alumni as backup vocalists.

The conference and benefit concert were sponsored by Autism Comprehensive Educational Services, Inc. and Kristin Farmer.

Above: Larry g(EE) performs at the DFW Rocks to End Autism through Music (D.R.E.A.M.) benefit concert following the 5th Annual Adventures in Autism Intervention and Research Conference, held on the UNT campus in Denton on July 27. Photo by Rebecca Farrar.