Early Intervention conference opens 34th year with record crowd

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A standing-room-only crowd gathered Monday, Oct. 15, for the opening keynote of the 34th Annual Early Intervention and Preschool Conference.

Phuong Palafox, a speech language pathologist with Bilingual Speech and Language Services in Austin, Texas, delivered the opening remarks, “How a House Is Built: Family First.”

More than 700 early intervention professionals and families pre-registered for the three-day convention, which is being held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. The theme for this year’s meeting is “One Block … Two Blocks … Three Blocks … Four: Building Futures Together.” It features more than 20 distinct breakout sessions and 18 exhibitors.

The conference which wraps up Wednesday, Oct. 17. It is sponsored by Alabama’s Early Intervention System/Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education, the Alabama Department of Mental Health, Special Education Services of the Alabama Department of Education, and United Cerebral Palsy of Alabama.

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