The La Salle Autism and Developmental Disabilities Education Resources (LADDER) Family Center and Green Tree School present

Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

Thursday, May 2
6 p.m.
Dan Rodden Theatre, La Salle Union

Tickets are $20. Space is limited. Click here to register for the event.

Temple Grandin and her mother, Eustacia Cutler, are the keynote and featured speakers at the 7th Annual Autism Conference, “Building Bridges Across Generations: Evolving Insights on Autism,” sponsored by the La Salle University LADDER Family Center and Green Tree School, on Friday, May 3. Click here to register for the conference.

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, bestselling author, autism activist, and consultant on animal behavior to the livestock industry. Grandin has published her insights on autism and animal rights in books, including Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human, and a memoir, Thinking in Pictures. Grandin became nationally known after appearing in Oliver Sacks’ 1995 book,
An Anthropologist on Mars, the title of which is derived from Grandin’s description of how she feels in social settings. Her fascinating life, with all its challenges and successes, was featured in the award-winning biographical film Temple Grandin. In 2010, Grandin was listed in the Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world in the “Heroes” category.

Eustacia Cutler is Temple Grandin’s mother. Her research on autism and retardation created the script for two WGBH television documentaries, The Disquieted and
The Innocents, a prize-winning first. Her 2006 book, A Thorn in My Pocket, describes raising Temple in the conservative world of the 1950s, when children with autism were routinely diagnosed as infant schizophrenics and banished to institutions. Today, Cutler lectures nationally and internationally on autism and its relation to the rapidly emerging
bio-neurological study of brain plasticity.

The La Salle Autism and Developmental Disabilities Education Resources (LADDER) Family Center

The LADDER Family Center is a unique opportunity to combine educational, community outreach opportunities, and clinical services for families and youth dealing with a variety of issues surrounding autism and developmental disabilities. Over the past three years, an interdisciplinary team of La Salle faculty and staff has been working to develop the LADDER Family Center. The primary focus is to provide an array of credit earning courses and programs, services to families and relevant research that will lead to improved services for the families of children with special needs.

La Salle has a variety of existing programs which address the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities. The LADDER Family Center will enable the University to provide services to families, while also training students, in a comprehensive and coordinated manner. Click here for more information about The LADDER Family Center.

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