|The La Salle Autism and Developmental Disabilities Education Resources (LADDER) Family Center presents |
Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
Thursday, May 2, 6 p.m., Dan Rodden Theater, La Salle Union Building
The cost for the event is $20 and space is limited. Reserve your spot today by clicking the registration button above.
Temple Grandin and her mother, Eustacia Cutler, are the keynote and featured speakers at the 7th Annual Autism Conference, “Building Bridges Across Generations: Evolving Insights on Autism,” sponsored by the La Salle University LADDER Family Center and Green Tree Partners, on Friday, May 3. Click here to register for the conference.
About Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, bestselling author, autism activist, and consultant on animal behavior to the livestock industry. Grandin has published her insights on autism and animal rights in books, including Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human, and a memoir, Thinking in Pictures. She has been featured on NPR, major television programs, such as the BBC special The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow, Primetime Live, The Today Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours, and 20/20, and she has been written about in many national publications, including Time, People, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and The New York Times. Grandin became nationally known after appearing in Oliver Sacks’ 1995 book, An Anthropologist on Mars, the title of which is derived from Grandin’s description of how she feels in social settings. Her fascinating life, with all its challenges and successes, has been featured in the award-winning biographical film, Temple Grandin. In 2010, Grandin was listed in the Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world in the “Heroes” category.
Eustacia Cutler, Temple Grandin’s mother, earned a B.A. from Harvard, was a band singer at the Pierre Hotel in New York City, performed and composed for NYC cabaret, and wrote school lessons for major TV networks. Her research on autism and retardation created the script for two WGBH television documentaries, The Disquieted and The Innocents, a prize-winning first. Her 2006 book, A Thorn in My Pocket, describes raising Temple in the conservative world of the 1950s, when children with autism were routinely diagnosed as infant schizophrenics and banished to institutions. Today, Cutler lectures nationally and internationally on autism and its relation to the rapidly emerging bio-neurological study of brain plasticity. She discusses what causes rigid behavior in autism, the toll it takes on the family, and how current research into the neural nature of consciousness is pointing toward insightful possibilities of change.