Temple Grandin, an innovator, author, activist and leading advocate for autistic communities, will speak on April 29 at Southern Door Community Auditorium, 2073 County DK, Brussels at 6:30 pm.
Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a child and went on to pursue work in psychology and animal science as a consultant on the humane treatment of animals. As a high-functioning autistic person, Grandin has been able to make sense of and articulate her unusual life experiences with rare depth. She is a primarily visual thinker who considers verbal communication to be a secondary skill.
Grandin has taken strong positions on autism and the education of autistic children. She advocates early intervention, including the training of teachers to direct each child’s specific fixations. She is a champion of “neurodiversity” and has opposed the notion of a comprehensive cure for autism. She argues that her contributions to the field of animal welfare would not have been possible without the insights and sensitivities that are a consequence of her autism. This event is open to everyone and is sponsored by P.A.T.H. (Promoting Access to Help for Families with Special Needs). A free will offering is asked. For more information call 920.559.6217.