UM Student Group Hosts Annual Spring Autism Conference

February 22, 2016

MISSOULA – University of Montana student group Students in Communication and Hearing Working in Action will host its fourth Annual Spring Autism Conference from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 5, at Ruby's Inn Missoula, located at 4825 N. Reserve St.

The conference is intended for those who are interested in learning more about the Autism Spectrum Disorder which currently is being diagnosed to one in every 68 people.

Speakers are UM Associate Professor Ann Garfinkle and Marie Middleton, family support specialist at Missoula’s child development center. Garfinkle will present “Motivating Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder to Learn” and Middleton will present “Applied Behavior Analysis Intervention Working in Team Collaboration.”

Organizers encourage both students and professionals to attend this event. To register or for more information on scholarships and continuing education opportunities visit

Contact: Jennifer K. Schoffer Closson, UM DeWit RiteCare clinic director, 406-243-5261,; Ashley Strandberg, vice president, Students in Communication and Hearing Working in Action,