One of the most renowned advocates of autism awareness, Temple Grandin, will speak at a conference sponsored by Future Horizons, Inc., on September 20, at the Omni Richmond Hotel. Her presentation, "The Way I See It", will focus on Dr. Grandin's experiences growing up with Asperger's Syndrome.
Asperger's is an autism spectrum disorder that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, repetitive patterns of behavior, and intense interests in limited areas. Despite having autism, Dr. Grandin went on to become a doctor of animal science and a professor at Colorado State University. Her life story inspired the HBO film, Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes, which won five Emmys. She was also featured in a documentary entitled, Beautiful Minds: A Voyage Into the Brain. She was named one of 2010's most influential people in the world by Time magazine.
Dr. Grandin will offer her unique insights on a wide variety of topics pertaining to the needs of those with autism and their parents and caregivers. Some of these included how to accommodate sensory challenges, responsibly use alternative and/or conventional medicine, and helping individuals develop their talents into a career.
The conference will also feature Dr. Jed Baker, a clinical psychologist, giving a presentation entitled, "No More Meltdowns". He is a behavioral consultant for several New Jersey schools districts. Dr. Baker's work has been featured on ABC News and Nightline.
The conference begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. Registration is required and there are discounts for Autism Society of America members. Visit www.fhautism.com to register.