Temple Grandin, Ph.D., the most famous person with autism in the world, is coming to Atlanta, where she and Eustacia Cutler, her mother, will team up to talk about the autistic brain, the subject of Temple’s most recent book.
Ms. Cutler and Dr. Grandin will be spending the evening in Atlanta, speaking and visiting with attendees between 5:00 – 8:30 in the Loudermilk Center, 40 Courtland St. NE.
Dr. Grandin most recently published an article in the Nov. 7 Time magazine on “the strengths of brains built differently,” a position she’s taken that has become her public mantra. Dr. Grandin advocates that the strengths of a child with autism should be our focus rather than the diagnosis or the child’s deficits.
In the Time article, she cites research from the University of Montreal that reverses the assumption that autistics are “low-functioning” because recent intelligence tests show that approximately 1/3 of autistics are “highly intelligent.”
Her climb into a broader public consciousness was somewhat sealed when her life story became the subject of the Emmy award-winning film “Temple Grandin” (2010). The film garnered seven Emmys, including one for actress Claire Danes as “Best Actress” and HBO for “the Best Film” of the year. Ms. Danes subsequently gave Dr. Grandin her Emmy in recognition of her accomplishments.
In 2011, she was chosen as one of Time magazine’s Top 100 “Most Influential Persons in the World,” being recognized for her duel importance in two seemingly-disparate communities: autism/special needs and animal rights, where she continues to re-define how we as humans should humanely handle animals.
Eustacia Cutler will tell the fascinating story of Temple’s early years, when children with autism were institutionalized or considered mentally deficient. Ms. Cutler — a former actress, singer, and Harvard graduate — also has amassed significant information on diagnoses and brain research, which she will also address.
To register for the event, which will cost $59 for either or both speakers, go to http://fhautism.com/attend-a-conference/atlanta-ga-december-12-autism-and-aspergers-conference/ or call 800.489.0727. Seating is limited.