The first event is a public lecture by world-famous expert on autism Dr. Temple Grandin. The talk is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Akron Civic Theatre (about a 5 hour drive from Indianapolis.) Grandin was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2010. She shared the spotlight with the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs and Barack Obama.
Dr. Grandin’s presentation will be followed by a one-day Autism Summit at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) in Rootstown on November 13. The Autism Summit will include a roundtable of local leaders about the results of a new “Autism Wellness” survey. There will be workshops for caregivers of people with autism, individuals with autism, educators, providers and others who want to learn more about the fastest-growing developmental disability.During her lecture, Dr. Grandin will talk about how the mind works. Those on the milder end of the spectrum tend to be good at one thing and bad at something else. For instance, Grandin was superior at art, but struggled with algebra.
“I want to see kids on the autism spectrum get out there and achieve,” she added. “Some are already working at Google.”
For more information about this event, including times and cost, read the Akron Beacon Journal article “Dr. Temple Grandin kicks off two days of events on autism” by Kim Hone-McMahan.
About Temple Grandin
Mary Temple Grandin (born August 29, 1947) is an American professor of animal science at Colorado State University, best-selling author, autism activist and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. She is the inventor of the “hug box”, a device to calm those on the autism spectrum. In the 2010 Time 100 list of the one hundred most influential people in the world, she was named in the “Heroes” category. She was the subject of the award-winning, biographical film, Temple Grandin. (src: Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Grandin)
For more information about Dr. Grandin, her work, and her books about autism and developmental disorders, visit her website, www.templegrandin.com.