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ASD and the Neurodivergent Brain featuring Virtual Guest Speaker Dr. Temple Grandin

Updated: Apr 12, 2023

We are thrilled to announce our upcoming event "ASD and the Neurodivergent Brain," which will feature Dr Temple Grandin as a virtual guest speaker! The event will take place on Tuesday, April 4th, in the school theatre, CASA dei Curiosity, and is open to the public. We welcome everyone to attend. Tickets will be available at the door for a reasonable cost of $5 and proceeds will support our Exceptional Learner Program. Seating will be first come, first serve, and doors will open at 6:30.

Temple Grandin (bio linked here) is a prominent advocate for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and a professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Temple was diagnosed with ASD at a young age and struggled with social and communication difficulties. However, she has not let her diagnosis hold her back. Instead, she has used her unique perspective and experiences to become a leading authority on animal behavior and welfare, as well as a sought-after speaker on autism and neurodiversity.

Temple Grandin's contributions to the field of autism have been immense. Her work has helped to increase awareness of autism and the unique perspectives and strengths of individuals with ASD. She has also been instrumental in developing educational and employment opportunities for people on the spectrum. She has written numerous books, including "Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism" and "The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed." Temple has also been recognized for her work, receiving awards such as the National Women's Hall of Fame, being listed in Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World," and was featured in an award-winning HBO biopic of her life.

At our event, Temple will speak about ASD and the Neurodivergent brain, drawing on her personal experiences and expertise. She will discuss the challenges and strengths of individuals on the spectrum, as well as the importance of understanding and accommodating neurodiversity in society.

We are excited to welcome Temple Grandin as our virtual guest speaker. This event promises to be informative, engaging, inspiring, and educational. We hope to see you all there, and we hope that everyone who attends will leave with a greater understanding and appreciation of neurodiversity!

Post Event:

We had a delightfully authentic and unique Temple Grandin experience. Dr. Grandin shared her insights and experiences and devoted so much of her time to answering questions from families and learners! We're so grateful to all the families who were able to join us, and especially grateful to the learners who worked up the courage to ask questions themselves!

You can also download Dr. Grandin's presentation slides (some of which you might recognize from her Ted Talks) below:

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